Once you’ve arrived in Penticton, there’s no shortage of free activities for the whole family.

Nowadays, it can be difficult to answer the question: what can you do for under 10 dollars? Luckily for visitors of Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, there are plenty of free choices and some cheap options, too.

What to do for free in Penticton

Penticton is a little slice of paradise. Walking, hiking, and spending sunny days at the beach are our favourite free summer activities. Plus, you can distract the kids with a search for the mysterious Ogopogo while you enjoy peace and relaxation.

Weekends are packed full of fun festivals in the town, check out our events calendar to find one during your stay.

The south Okanagan is home to well-known biking and hiking trails. Here’s two you can’t miss:

Bike the Kettle Valley Railway Trail, Penticton to Naramata

BC’s longest rail trail network is just a few steps away from your room at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre.

Pack your bike and get ready for one of the most scenic rides of your life! This two and a half-hour return trip is part of the longest rail trail network in British Columbia, which in full extends from Hope to Castlegar. The trail intersects with Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, which means that starting out is as easy as walking through the front lobby. On the trail, you’ll pass boutiques and coffee shops followed by numerous vineyards set in front of stunning Okanagan Lake. Didn’t bring a bike? No worries. There are bicycle rental shops within walking distance of Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre.

Hike the Giants Head, Summerland

A trip from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre to the peak of Giants Head only takes about 30 minutes.

The Okanagan’s most photographed viewpoint towers 500-meters above Okanagan Lake, giving full panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley. After a 20-minute drive from Penticton, the trailhead at Giants Head Park (9296 Milne Rd, Summerland) gives intermediate hikers a 3.2km return journey through brush and trees. Or, if you feel like taking the easy route, you can park in the Giants Head parking lot and walk 10 minutes to the summit.

Looking for a more advanced hike?

Hiking around Penticton offers gorgeous views of lush forests and fast-flowing rivers.

Cathedral Provincial Park in Keremeos offers a variety of day hike loops and overnight adventures. Plan your hiking trip on the Trails B.C. website to see tall mountains, crystal-blue lakes, and endless stretches of pine forest.

Did we mention the list of amenities included with your stay at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre?

Your stay at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre includes exclusive amenities.

For those who want to have a little more fun on a shoe-string budget, we’ve also put together a list of the three best things to do for under $10.

What to do in Penticton for under $10

1. Vineyards 

$5.00 tasting fees at most of the vineyards on the Naramata Bench mean you can sample a variety of grapes and blends without emptying your wallet. Check our top 5 in the article on wineries you can’t miss in 2019. Bonus: book through the Great Estate Wine Experience Centre to give your taste buds an unforgettable guided journey of the Okanagan’s best wines.  Guests can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting after presenting their guest room key.

Sit back with your favourite glass of vino and enjoy spectacular views of Okanagan Lake.

2. Craft beer tastings

Penticton is home to a bustling craft-beer scene, where tasting flights can be found for under $10.00. Learn all about it in our Local’s Guide to Penticton Microbreweries.

Grab a cold one at Penticton’s many craft breweries, such as Cannery Brewing on Ellis St. and Westminster Ave.

3. Fruit & vegetable stands

PLEASE don’t leave Penticton without trying the farm-fresh food. Penticton has some of the most fertile soil in Canada that produces fruits and vegetables you won’t soon forget, all for under a few dollars.

Enjoy fresh veggies grown at the Valley View Farm at our restaurant, The Hooded Merganser.

The heat of Penticton’s summer may be behind us but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of everything Penticton has to offer. With an incredible ice-skating rink and Apex mountain just a short drive away, Penticton is quickly becoming a notable winter destination for B.C. residents and travellers abroad. Follow the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre Facebook page to learn all about the mystical winters of the Okanagan Valley.