Whereas Vancouver has Granville Island, Penticton has the Cannery Trade Centre. Simply taking a walk through this large industrial complex offers reflections of times gone by, taking you back almost 100 years.
But where there were once hundreds of people canning fruit and vegetables, today you’ll find more than 30 shops and services taking up residence, offering an eclectic mix of shops, entrepreneurs, creatives, restaurants, a craft brewery, studios and specialty businesses.
The Cannery Trade Centre is at 1475 Fairview Road (corner of Duncan Avenue). And if you haven’t paid it a visit lately, here are 7 reasons to add it to your list.
1. You’ll be wowed by the history and architecture
The complex is actually made up of four conjoined buildings, with one section – a former warehouse at the westerly end – dating back to 1936. For many years, the processing plant would have been humming with the machinery and the clatter of hundreds of people working away.
The Aylmer Cannery was the main fruit canning factory in Penticton from the 1930s to the early 1980s – and a major contributor to the local economy. After the business closed, it was sold and converted into a commercial centre, reopening in 1983 as the joint space it offers today.
You’ll notice canning machinery on display throughout the hallways, much like a museum, with high ceilings and other architectural delights at every turn.
2. Shop for unique items
McPhail Kilt Maker specializes in kilts, Highland dress and tartan accessories, shipping their custom products around the world.
Check out the list of businesses online or simply drop by to take a walk through.
3. You can sample craft beer
New owners Alexis Esseltine and Timothy Scoon recently took over the reins at Tin Whistle Brewery. In a matter of short months, they gave the business a facelift, expanded its tasting room area, created an outdoor patio and achieved carbon neutral certification.
Drop by for a tasting on the patio or to pick up some beer to take out for a picnic. Its location has had a fascinating past, once a theatre, yoga studio, clothing factory and previously the home of Cannery Brewing. Read our recent blog for more.
4. Pick up amazing food
The Cannery is also home to Pulse Kitchen, which specializes in vegan and gluten-free foods made with pulses, including vegan cheeses.
5. Sign up for dance or gymnastics classes
6. Try something different
Check out the Penticton Virtual Reality Studio or Many Hats Theatre Co. Although the theatre group has been on hold during the pandemic, you can subscribe to their mailing list for updates about their pending reopening. Be sure to get your tickets for a live theatre production, once available.
7. Discover other useful services
The Cannery is also home to independent radio station Peach City Radio (CFUZ), some home improvement and construction supply shops, an ink printer cartridge business, fabric store, shoe repair, small businesses such as counselling services, and so much more.
Sure, you can scope out the list online, but really – you should check it all out for yourself in person.
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