Expect a busy Canada Day long weekend with multiple park and road closures

Service Announcement

Penticton is anticipating a busy weekend ahead at its major parks and outdoor spaces, with events planned at multiple parks and throughout the downtown core. All citizens are reminded to be patient, watch for on-site signage and prepare for road and park closures. 

Canada Day event information

Canada Day celebrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gyro Park. For further information, visit the Downtown Penticton Association’s website at downtownpenticton.org/event/canada-day. A fireworks show, organized by Penticton’s Lakeside Resort, is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. 

Important road closure information
  • Okanagan Lake Park’s beach area, including the dog park, will be closed from 9 a.m. onwards.
  • The remainder of Okanagan Lake Park will closed to the public from 9 p.m. onwards to allow for a safe fireworks launching site.
  • The 100-block of Main Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Canada Day celebrations. Full road closure details can be found online at penticton.ca/roadclosures
Where to view the fireworks

The fireworks will be launching from Okanagan Lake Park, which will be closed to the public at that time for safety measures. Options to view the fireworks include: 

  • Anywhere along Lakeshore Drive (Okanagan Beach, from the S.S. Sicamous to the Yacht Club) 
  • Marina Way Park 
  • Munson Mountain 
  • Higher elevations including Carmi, Valleyview Road and West Bench
  • Local restaurants / patios
Other events at Skaha Lake Park, Kings Park, Rotary Park and the KVR

Ribfest Penticton will take place from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3 at Skaha Lake Park. Organized by the Rotary Club of Penticton, this event is expected to draw large crowds over the weekend. Residents are reminded to exercise patience and caution during this time.  

The Penticton Scottish Festival will be taking place on Saturday, July 2 at King’s Park, so visitors to that area should expect extra congestion and foot traffic. 

Also, the Okanagan Trestles Tour cycling event will be conducted along the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) trail on Sunday, July 3, ending at Rotary Park. Anticipate additional cycling and foot traffic in the area. 

How to get around

Free parking on Friday, July 1, for the public holiday. For information about City parking lots, visit penticton.ca/parking.

Free bike valet parking on Saturday, July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. near Gyro Park: This service is provided by PACA during the Penticton Farmers’ Market. 

Bus information: Visit the BC Transit website at bctransit.com/south-okanagan-similkameen