Penticton sits between two lakes, Lake Okanagan at the north end and the smaller, shallower Skaha at the south end.
In the Okanagan language, “skaha” means horse, but whatever its name, it’s a gorgeous lake. It warms up quickly in the spring, and retains its temperature until late in the autumn, which allows for continued swimming, boating, paddle boarding, and kite surfing.
In ancient times, the land that Penticton sits on didn’t exist, and Skaha Lake and the larger Okanagan Lake were just a single lake. However, there was a massive, seven kilometre (4.5 miles) wide landslide, and presto! The site of the future Penticton was born and eventually became settled by the Okanagan people.
Penticton is one of only two cities in the world located between two lakes (the other is the Swiss city of Interlaken which is also very beautiful).