Annual Penticton Discovery House golf tournament is back



The annual Discovery House golf tournament, dinner and auction is back again this year at St. Andrew’s by the Lake.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, bust out your golf clubs in support of a community cause, and have a good time while doing so.

The tournament supports the many addiction recovery services that Discovery House in Penticton offers for men throughout the South Okanagan, under the motto “Returning fathers to children and sons to families.”

The tournament will be teams of four in a best ball format with shotgun starts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. plus dinner, online and live auction, games, and incredible prizes, including:

  • $10,000 Parker’s Chrysler vehicle package
  • $10,000 PCS home renovation package
  • Ok Home Centre hot tub spa package
  • Prestige Resorts: Two night stay and $50 dinning credit

Ways to participate include sponsoring a hole, purchasing a promotional table at a hole, or entering a team of four golfers or a single golfer.

The event is on a first come, first serve basis and traditionally sells out, so anyone interested is encouraged to register now.

Registration is $85 per player and includes dinner and entertainment after the golfing.

All proceeds will go towards long-term, abstinence based recovery in the South Okanagan through the Discovery House Recovery Program.

Call Jerome at 250-462-1388 for registration and sponsorship details.

Penticton opens cooling centres as heat wave settles in



Extreme high temperatures are expected this week and the City of Penticton is extending hours at several facilities starting today.

“We want to ensure everyone is safe during this period and providing cooling centres is a way to help residents and visitors beat the heat,” says Anthony Haddad, the director of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre.

“We’re extending the hours at civic facilities to assist people who need a place to cool down.”

The extended hours are at the following facilities:

  • South Okanagan Events Centre (835 Eckhart Avenue) will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Penticton Community Centre (325 Power Street) will be open between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Penticton Public Library auditorium and lobby (785 Main Street) will be open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre (2965 Main Street) will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Water will be available at those locations as well, and bylaw enforcement and community safety officers will be carrying water for those in need

More community resources and tips on dealing with the heat are available here.

Residents and visitors who may have questions about available resources can call also call 250-490-2400 for assistance finding resources.

The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre if further response is required.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Interior British Columbia. Temperatures in Penticton are expected to reach 38 C this week.

Oliver Fall Festival back after two-year hiatus, featuring famous activities like the Grape Stomp Competition



Canada’s Wine Capital is extra thrilled to welcome guests back to the Oliver Fall Festival after two years on pause.

From September 30 to October 2, 2022, the event will bring together breweries, wineries, distilleries, artisans, musicians and eateries together for three days of family-friendly fun.

“Our community could not be more excited to welcome everyone back to the Fall Festival this year,” remarks Danielle Hutton, chairman of the Fall Festival Committee and vice chair of the Oliver Tourism Association.

“This event means so much to our local businesses and we truly cannot wait to celebrate the harvest with locals and visitors alike, and showcase the bounty that our mighty little town has to offer.”

This year’s lineup includes signature festival events Cask & Keg and Festival of the Grape featuring the world-renowned Grape Stomp Competition, as well as exciting new events like the Amazing Oliver Race, Beer Olympics and the Kick-Off Party at District Wine Village featuring award-winning Canadian band The Trews.

“This year marks 25 years since the first Festival of the Grape and it has been amazing to see the festivities continue to grow each year,” says Ian Lobb, executive director of the Oliver Tourism Association.

“Throughout the weekend, guests will get to experience the very best that our region has to offer and also be treated to the musical stylings of award-winning Canadian musicians The Trews and the Randy Bachman Band Cease & Desist. I can’t think of a better way to welcome harvest in the Okanagan.”

Early bird tickets are available online now until August 15 with regular price tickets available until September 29.

Guests can purchase singular event tickets, a package to attend all three days of festivities or an exclusive VIP package to make the most of their festival weekend that includes priority access and seating for all signature events.

To view the full range of events, competitions and ticket options, go to and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest event updates.

Get your creative juices flowing at the annual PeachFest sandcastle competition



Registration is now open for one of Peach Fest’s most fun and creative activities — the sandcastle competition.

Held at Skaha Lake, teams compete over several hours to create intricate giant sculptures on the beach to be judged by a panel at the end of the evening.

There are options for a corporate/business team, family and friends team, youth team aged 13-16 and a separate competition for kids teams age 12 and under.

The creations are judged on bet use of plot, artistic content, intricacy and some points for judge’s discretion.

All materials included in the final sculpture must be environmentally friendly materials like pebbles and pinecones.

The event is sponsored by Greyback Construction, and all money from registration will go to support the Penticton Rotary’s work in the community.

Tickets range from $10-$50 depending on the type of team.

It all gets started on the beach near the Skaha sundial on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and spectators are welcome! For more information and to register, click here.


The Princeton Museum and Archives now has an online virtual tour option to explore their exhibits from home.

Explore the museum in 3D, “walking” through the rooms and clicking on areas of interest for additional information.

The museum touches on all aspects of early Similkameen settlement history, including the lives of early European settlers and the key interactions with local Indigenous populations who have called the area home for far longer.

Displays include clothing, equipment, tools and photographs from the early days of Princeton.

Start your virtual tour here.


The Town of Oliver is hosting a rain barrel sale in an effort to save water and protect local waterways from runoff pollution.

Interested residents can purchase the rain barrels at a significantly reduced cost of $70 each.

Orders must be placed online before July 27, 2022, and will be available for pickup on August 13 and 14 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. outside the Oliver Public Works Yard at 5971 Sawmill Road.

“Even in our semi-arid climate, rain barrels harvest a significant amount of water. Capitalizing on this water saves you money, and can give your plants the extra water they need throughout the summer,” reads an explanation from the town.

“Most importantly, rain barrels prevent runoff pollution by allowing rainwater to be naturally filtered through the earth before entering our waterways.”

The $70 price per unit will only be offered for the first 200 units sold so it is recommended that customers order as soon as possible. Those from outside the Town of Oliver are also welcome to place orders.

Penticton celebrating return of Ironman with call for artists to create new mural



The City of Penticton is putting a call out for artists to submit proposals for a new outdoor mural near Okanagan Lake, in celebration of the impending long-awaited return of Ironman Canada.

Artists have until July 8, 2022 to submit a proposed design as well as examples of previous work. The winning design will earn the artist $4,000 courtesy of grant funding from the provincial government.

Art will be installed by the municipality on the west wall of 185 Lakeshore Drive, facing the triathlon’s swim event starting point.

It will be up and ready the week of Aug. 17, just in time for Ironman to return on Aug. 28.

“The city is proud to welcome back Ironman Canada to Penticton, where the iconic race began nearly 40 years ago,” said Carly Lewis, economic development manager.

“We envision this mural will capture the spirit of this event and help tell the story of its history and importance to Penticton.”

The successful artwork will be photographed and reproduced as a graphic on the exterior wall surface. Designs should be divided into four panels representing four major themes: swim, bike, run and community/volunteerism.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Summerland residents asked for feedback on downtown future plan



Summerland residents are now encouraged to give their feedback on the new Downtown Neighbourhood Action Plan.

A draft plan establishing a roadmap for future actions and projects over the next 20 years is now available, 53 actions that have been prioritized into the short, medium, and long term.

The broad scope of actions include preliminary costing, land use and density, infrastructure enhancements, parks and open space planning and amenities, policy and bylaw regulation review and development of financial incentives.

The plan also includes the Memorial Park Master Plan which is a detailed future concept plan for the park with key amenity improvements like a new bandshell facility and civic plaza area and a focus on enhancing winter activities such as a kids toboggan hill and ice skating in the civic plaza area.

Other identified projects include:

  • Permanent closure of Henry Avenue to vehicle traffic between Main Street and Wharton Street to create a pedestrian-friendly entryway into Memorial Park
  • Revitalization of Wharton and Main Street, including a review of the streetscape, to potentially accommodate wider sidewalks and enhanced amenities like sidewalk patios
  • “Trail of the Okanagans” multi-use pathway connection extended through Downtown via Kelly Avenue and Wharton Street
  • Actions to encourage momentum for private development in the Downtown core

The community is now being asked to review the draft online here, then complete an online survey here.

“We want to hear your thoughts and feedback on the proposed vision for your downtown!” reads a news release from the District Monday.

The public survey will be available until Monday, July 11, 2022.

Stop and smell the roses with Dad at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens this Fathers Day



The Summerland Ornamental Gardens are offering a way to stop and smell the roses this Father’s Day — literally.

On Sunday, June 19, rosarian for the Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens Rick Sauder is offering a tour and talk at the gardens to learn more about growing roses.

Sauder will point out the English rose garden, beds of specimens developed by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada breeders, a new Canadian heritage garden and more.

It all kicks off at 11 a.m. on the Lakeview Lawn at the gardens, and attendees are asked to bring their own chair, water, and to dress appropriately for the weather.

Numbers are limited, so to pre-register, email

They also suggest packing a picnic lunch, and enjoying it after the tour at one of the many tables in the gardens.