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Our Canada: Penticton, B.C.

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Our Canada: Penticton, B.C.

Penticton, in the heart of British Columbia's wine country, is one of only two cities in the world that is bordered on both sides -- north and south -- by two separate lakes, making it unique in all of Canada. And even better? Both lakes have soft, sandy beaches.
 
From May to October, the core of downtown Penticton is filled every Saturday morning with one of the largest outdoor markets in Western Canada; farmers, bakers, artisans, crafters, wineries, breweries, you name it, they take over four blocks and on a busy long weekend, and up to 10,000 locals and visitors do their shopping from stall to stall.
 
And have we mentioned wine? Award winning wineries dot the landscape around Penticton, with dozens within a few minutes' drive, and many with spectacular views of the surrounding Okanagan Valley. They each have their own tasting rooms and bistro patios. Distilleries in the area produce award-winning spirits, too.
 
What to see: The SS Sicamous Sternwheeler and Inland Marine Museum, currently celebrating its centennial; the world-renowned Skaha Bluffs for rock-climbing; the Kettle Valley Railway, now a hiking/biking trail dotted with historical rock ovens, trestles, and First Nations pictographs; and the famous "Peach on the Beach" concession stand.
 
What/where to eat: Fresh fruit in season, artisan cheese from Upper Bench Winery and Creamery, Joy Road Catering farm-to-table al fresco dinners in a vineyard, fresh local fare at BRODO Kitchen, create your own burger at Burger 55.


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