June/July 2015

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Ignite Destination Supplement | Ignitemag.ca | 69 PENTICTON NOTEWORTHY Nestled between the Okanagan and Skaha lakes, Penticton boasts beautiful scenery, great beaches, year-round recreation and is within 20 minutes of more than 60 wineries. Penticton's temperate climate, and over 2,100 annual hours of sunshine a year, makes it a desirable destination to visit. Summer-like tem- peratures extend into the late fall, so visitors can take advantage of outdoor activities much longer than in the rest of the country. A four season playground, groups can take advantage of stand-up-paddle boarding and kayaking in summer, golf almost year round and skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing are available at the close by Apex Mountain Resort in the winter. Penticton is in the heart of BC wine country. With over 120 vineyards in the Okanagan Val- ley, choosing where to tour and taste will be the biggest decision of the day. Visit Painted The South Okanagan Events Centre, con- nected by an enclosed walkway, offers an additional 35,000 sq. ft. of meeting, special event or trade-show space. There are close to 1,000 hotel rooms within a 10-minute walk to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and over 1,600 in the city. Four local hotels offer in-house meet- ing space: the Penticton Lakeside Resort, Ramada Inn & Suites Penticton, Sandman Penticton and the Days Inn Penticton. Getting to Penticton is easy with daily flights on Air Canada from Vancouver and on WestJet from Calgary, landing at the Penticton Regional Airport, just six km from downtown. visitpenticton.com Rock Estate Winery on the east side of Skaha Lake (winner of the 2014/2015 InterVin Winery of the Year Award, beating out competitors from around the globe). Poplar Grove Winery on the Naramata Bench is home to Vanilla Pod Restaurant which showcases local ingredients and seasonal flavours as well as a spectacular view. The city is home to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, the only full service conven- tion facility in the region. This venue features two ballrooms (the largest configuration has 28,000 sq. ft. of pillar-free space), seven smaller meet- ing rooms for breakouts, a 2,000-sq.-ft. patio that hosts up to 210 people for a reception and a boardroom. A professional event manager is on staff to collaborate and assist with every aspect of your event, including AutoCAD floor plans. The Tasting Room at Poplar Grove Winery The Penticton Trade and Convention Centre PHOTO CREDIT: POPLAR GROVE WINERY PHOTO CREDIT: GLOBAL SPECTRUM PHOTO CREDIT: ALLEN JONES

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