Sunshine, picnic baskets filled with treats, lake views and cold drinks… sounds like Picnic-ton season in Penticton! This Canada Day long weekend, why not order takeout food and drinks, roll out the picnic blankets and kick back at a local park?
Picnic-ton is a local initiative aimed to support food and drink businesses. Participating businesses have a selection of items to disperse to customers, including beach balls, drink koozies, coasters and more (limited numbers; ask your restaurant as you order). Also, spread the word on social media by using #picnicton!
Click on the Picnic-ton interactive map to:
- Select a business to order your takeout.
- See the designated zoned areas where you can drink alcohol openly (May 1 to Oct. 31, 2022). Personal alcoholic beverages can be consumed between noon and 8 p.m. at designated parks and beaches across Okanagan and Skaha Lakes (locations marked on the Picnic-ton map).
- See where the designated 10-minute parking spots are located downtown to pick up your takeout orders.
- Scope out park amenities including washrooms, splash pads or playgrounds.
Picnic-ton was created in 2021 following recommendations from the COVID-19 Safe Restart Task Force to support local businesses and encourage local dining, with support from partners Visit Penticton, the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Penticton Association. This year’s two Pop-up Picnic-ton events (held at two downtown locations this June) also supported a Task Force recommendation to increase public space downtown with temporary road closures.