Penticton recognizes the value of preserving our heritage and enhancing the charming qualities that characterize this community.
Penticton Heritage Registry
The Penticton Heritage Registry was adopted by City Council in 2009 and currently lists 55 sites that are recognized as having specific heritage significance to the community.
The City’s Public Parcel Viewer also has a map layer which lists all the sites and includes the “statement of significance” for each as well as the provincial and federal heritage ID.
The City is interested in partnering with owners of heritage properties to protect the community’s heritage assets. Grants are available for property owners for heritage restoration and other incentives, such as fee reductions and tax reductions.
Penticton's Official Community Plan includes policies which strengthen and enhance heritage recognition, including:
- A goal to expand the heritage register to include First Nations sites and place, and more modern landmarks, including examples of mid-century modern architecture.
- Engage the City’s heritage-related Advisory Committee to identify criteria to evaluate sites and buildings to be considered for heritage protection.
- Expand interpretive signage in historical parts of the city and along trails to inform and educate users about the natural environment, the Sylix/Okanagan Nation and Penticton’s history.
- Identify and protect trees that are significant due to their age, uniqueness or history by creating and maintaining an inventory of heritage trees.