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.

Prep your home against wildfires before they return with Penticton’s FireSmart program



Penticton FireSmart wants to see the community step up and have their homes checked by the city’s free program now that the area’s drying trend has returned.

The first wildfire in Penticton’s area sparked on Monday afternoon, just above homes on the West Bench.

“We’re really looking for people to be proactive ahead of the wildfire season, it’s a lot easier to do this mitigation before the wildfire is at your back door,” said Miyoko McKeown, FireSmart Coordinator for the City of Penticton.

“One of the benefits of the program is if you are a fire smart certified, you can actually go to the cooperators and receive up to 10 per cent off your property.”

To become FireSmart certified, the first thing to do is to have a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist complete a home assessment. Once the resident has completed any suggestions given by the team, they can become eligible for that insurance discount.

“We’ll go over your whole property, the vegetation, everything around the home up to 100 meters around the home, including the home itself. So what it’s built out of, the roofing, the siding, windows doors, there’s all these boxes you have to check to be certified,” McKeown said.

The team works to turn over those assessments back to the homeowner within five business days.

“This is definitely the time we really want to be seeing people being proactive with FireSmart. We want people cleaning up around their yards, considering some fuel conversion, and just doing the work to build resiliency into their homes and properties and their neighbourhoods,” said Brittany Seibert, the City of Penticton Emergency Program Coordinator.

“Do that mitigation work around your home if that’s cleaning out your gutters, really cleaning out that non-combustible zone around your house, getting rid of all that leafy debris that’s been left over that’s getting super dry this time of year,” McKeown added.

The effectiveness of the FireSmart program has been proven to have a drastic impact on reducing the risk of wildfire.

“We definitely want people to not be complacent, to not forget that wildfire season is still here, it’s still happening. And it can happen at a moment’s notice,” Siebert said.

Assessment takes approximately anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the property.

Its recommended for residents to also be prepared with an emergency plan and a grab-and-go bag if evacuation orders come out in their area.

For more information on the program or to set up an assessment, reach out to

Residents outside of Penticton in the South Okanagan, visit the RDOS FireSmart website here.

Beat the heat and get a slice of local Penticton history



“Four seasons of fun” is an ongoing collaboration between Castanet and Visit Penticton showcasing what Penticton has to offer all year round. Watch for it every Monday morning.

Escape the July heat by exploring some ‘cool’ indoor spaces summer, or if you’re looking for a unique outdoor sense of Penticton’s history, some special trees may pull you outside for a bit of an urban adventure.

Together with the Penticton & District Community Arts Council, the Penticton Museum and Archives is celebrating Historic Places Days until July 31, part of larger national event hosted by the National Trust of Canada. The theme is, ‘every place, a story.’

In Penticton, the two organizations are sharing stories about … trees!

“We have trees that are more than 100 years old,” explains Chandra Wong of the Penticton Museum. “They may not be big, but don’t judge a tree by its size.”

Examples? Camperdown trees that are “short, but have a unique structure” that can be found on Windsor Boulevard, first brought here in 1919, also the year Norway Spruce were planted in the Lakeview Cemetery. Or learn about the Coronation Oak sent by the Royal Gardens in London to the local Women’s Institute in Penticton to commemorate the coronation of King George the VI in 1937.

And many years ago, Pentictonites would head from the downtown area to camp on Skaha Lake, surrounded by pine trees.

Explore the city’s historical foliage by downloading a map, taking part in a scavenger hunt, ordownload a colouring book with artwork created by a number of local artists; all available online from the Arts Council.

“Our regular programming is going on, and the Museum is a great place to beat the heat,” adds Chandra.

As is the historic S.S. Sicamous Museum and Heritage Park, once again open after two years on hiatus due to Covid-19.

“We have lots of history to explore, guided tours, and if you’re a ‘ship’ person, me may be able to take you out on the tug boat,” explains Katie Pereira at the S.S. Sicamous.

The Sicamous is generally open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), but will be closed on certain days for private events.

While not many events are in the works this summer, a jazz performance on board is planned for Aug. 14. The displays – including the famous Kettle Valley model railroad – have changed a bit, and there are many areas of the ship to see.

“We’d love to see more members join us this year,” adds Katie. Membership info is available online And yes, the Sicamous does host weddings and special events, but be sure to check it out and start planning soon, as bookings fill up quickly.

Locals and visitors alike can drop by the Penticton Visitor Centre and grab a cruisin’ the strip guide to plan a historical walking tour of downtown Penticton, or look for these guides while you’re exploring the Downtown Penticton Community Market, held Saturday mornings until autumn.

Learn more at and on social @visitpenticton.

A lot planned for Canada Day in the Park in Penticton


Canada’s 155th birthday will feature live music and activities finished by fireworks

Canada Day events have finally returned to Penticton with an invitation for everyone to join in on the fun at Gyro Park on Friday, July 1.

Canada Day in the Park family day goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music, performances, inflatables, Hoodoo Adventure Company’s obstacle course, yoga, vendors and food trucks.

The Downtown Penticton Association (DPA) is organizing this year’s Canada Day, taking it back from the city of Penticton.

“We are really excited to be able to bring back community events this year. Since this is the first Canada Day we have been able to have in-person in two years, we look forward to bringing thousands of visitors into the downtown area,” said Brett Turner who is the newly appointed DPA executive director.

“We have a fantastic lineup of entertainers and activities this year, including the Indigenous cultural dance from the Bent Family (2 p.m.), an incredible drum performance by Yamabiko Taiko (11 a.m.), musical acts from local favourites like Aiden & Mandy (3 p.m.), and renowned performers such as The Meliponas and Tiller’s Folly (5 p.m.),” added Turner.

Music and activities start at 10 a.m. and will run throughout the day until 6 p.m. Keep an eye out for our Canada Day Market, free face painting, a colouring station and other family-friendly activities.

The opening ceremony will begin at noon, when Serenity Baptiste will perform the Okanagan Song, followed by the national anthem played by the Penticton Concert Band.

Serenity Baptiste is a Syilx woman who was born and raised in Penticton and is a proud member of the Penticton Indian Band. She is a recent graduate of the nsyilxcen language fluency diploma program.

Canada’s 155th birthday ends with fireworks at Okanagan Lake Park at 10 p.m. put on by Lakeside Resort.

The 20-minute show will begin around 10 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Park.

People can expect a lot more than just fireworks by Okanagan Lake. Live music on the Barking Parrot’s patio, courtesy of Vancouver’s Paul Gibbons.

Osoyoos Canada Day

Cherry Fiesta Parade down Main Street at 11 a.m.

Children’s activities and food trucks at Gyro beach, pie eating contest, three-legged races and more from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Osoyoos’s famous fireworks at 10 p.m.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Okanagan Mascot Games comes to Penticton this July!

Okanagan Mascot Games

South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
Saturday, July 25 – Doors: 12:30PM | Show: 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Sunday, July 26 – Doors: 1:00PM | Show: 2:00PM to 4:00PM

Adult – $20.00*
Senior – $15.00*
Youth – $15.00*
Family 4 Pack (2 Adult, 2 Youth) – $63.00*

Adult – $25.00*
Senior – $20.00*
Youth – $20.00*
Family 4 Pack (2 Adult, 2 Youth) – $75.00*

*additional fees and taxes apply. Prices subject to change.

There’s the Gladiator Games and Wipeout, but tell me what’s more fun than the Okanagan Mascot Games. Beacons Furry FUNdation Society along with Beacon the Beaver, will host the 2nd Annual Okanagan Mascot Games on July 25-26 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC Canada.

A have fun, play hard concept, there is guaranteed fun for the family. With a community festival on the promenade leading up to the event with including games, face painting and more! Once inside you will find our community zone featuring local non-profits, Beacons for Hope plush beavers fundraising for local food banks throughout the Thompson Okanagan, meet and greet opportunities with the mascots and of course the Games!

Mascots from across North America will be converging on Penticton July 19-26, 2020 for the Okanagan Mascot Games taking place July 25 and 26, 2020. The Vancouver Canucks’ Fin (Vancouver, BC, NHL), Carolina Hurricanes’ Stormy (Raleigh, NC, NHL), Dallas Stars’ Victor E. Green (Dallas, TX, NHL) and Arizona Coyotes Howler (Phoenix, Al, NHL) will be joining local mascots Penticton Vees’ HarVee (Penticton, BC, BCHL), West Kelowna Warriors’ The General (West Kelowna, BC, BCHL) and Kelowna Rockets’ Rocky (Kelowna, BC, WHL) along with mascots Allen Americans’ Biscuit (Allen, Texas, ECHL), Charlotte Knights’ Homer(Charlotte, North Carolina, MiBL), Powell River Kings’ Rocco(Powell River, BC, BCHL), Nanaimo Clippers’ C-Dog (Nanaimo, BC, BCHL), Pacific FCs’ Stewie(Victoria, BC, Canadian Premier League), Indy Elevens’ Zeke (Indianapolis, Indiana, North American Soccer League) and 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships’ Cooly (Zurich, Switzerland) just to name a few with 24 mascots total competing event days.

Mascots will compete against each other in a variety of crazy & fun games, including an obstacle course, mascot speedway, bullriding, dance battle and an inflatable joust to see who the true champion of the mascot world will be. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beacons Furry FUNdation Society and it’s primary fund:

Beacon Gives Back Community Fund
Accepts grant requests from only ONE registered not-for-profit per region (North Okanagan, South Okanagan, Central Okanagan and Thompson) and, TWO charitable organizations based in the *Thompson Okanagan boundaries. The grants are to assist with; capital projects, new program initiatives and equipment needs. Beacon Gives Back Community Fund focuses on organizations that support the health and well-being of youth and families year round.

The Okanagan Mascot Games will also host an online auction as a fundraiser for Beacons Furry FUNdation. The auction will be held on-site at the South Okanagan Events Centre over the 2 days featuring items from our participating mascots and local businesses.
For more information, visit

CHICAGO the Official Broadway Touring Musical



Saturday, March 28, 2020
South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
Two Shows: 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Tickets: Starting at $75 (*additional fees apply)


CHICAGO is FINALLY COMING TO PENTICTON for its premiere engagement and it’s PURE ENTERTAINMENT! Seen by over 31 million people in 34 countries CHICAGO comes to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC for 2 SHOWS ONLY.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred EbbCHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history — and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!

There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history.

CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s coming to your town!

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!

CHICAGO is a production not to be missed. And all the reviewers agree.

Time Magazine calls it “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.”

Come on, babe! Head to CHICAGO! We’re hotter than ever.

Visit for more information.

Harlem Globetrotters “Pushing the Limits”

Seating Map:
January 30, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tickets go on sale:
October 16, 2019 10:00 am
Doors Open:
6:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
Tickets start at $18 (additional fees apply)

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, will bring their ALL-NEW show, “Pushing the Limits” to the South Okanagan Events Centre on Thursday, January 30th. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personable with a star-stuffed roster including Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, and woman stars TNT Lister, Swish Sutton, and Torch George*. Every show features a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills including ball handling, high flying dunks, and a new record-breaking attempt. The Harlem Globetrotters are a one-of-a kind experience putting a new spin on family time. You won’t want to miss these memories worth repeating! More information to come.

*Rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change. 

5 of My Favourite South Okanagan Events

With the Penticton Peach Festival just around the corner, I got to thinking about all the outstanding events we have here in the South Okanagan. Festivals, car shows, concerts… even through the winter, there always seems to be something fun happening every weekend. I swear they keep adding more every year. Even though it’s getting hard to keep track of them all, here are five of my personal favourites.

Peach City Beach Cruise

Even if you’re not into cars, it’s hard not to be impressed by this event and the passion of the people who take part. Usually held in late June, the Peach City Beach Cruise sees hundreds of glistening, gleaming, and painstakingly restored classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles line up along Lakeshore Drive for the interior’s biggest auto show. Wear your comfy shoes because there’s a lot to explore, including a ton of vendors, food trucks, and concerts. Who knows, you might even spot an Elvis or two because that weekend is also the…

Penticton Elvis Festival

Yep. You read that right. We have an Elvis Festival. A big one in fact! People travel here from around the world to celebrate The King and his music. This event usually happens in late June at the same time as the Peach City Beach Cruise because is there any better match than Elvis Presley and classic cars? For a couple days the city is filled with Elvis impersonators and to be honest, most are pretty convincing. This one’s a unique event and a lot of fun.

Peach City Beach Cruise

Much like we celebrate our juicy peaches here in Penticton, Osoyoos holds a yearly festival for the fruit they’re best known for. Taking place on Canada Day weekend, the highlights of the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta include great bands, fun events for kids, and a delicious assortment of cherry themed foods. Seriously, you have to try the homemade pies. And since it takes place on our nation’s birthday, the festival puts on an incredible fireworks show too. I’ve heard it’s the second largest in Canada after Ottawa and it doesn’t disappoint.

The Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival

Dubbed “The Best Jazz Party in the Pacific Northwest”, this annual three day festival takes place the weekend after Labour Day. Featuring live music from more than a dozen world class jazz bands, the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival is guaranteed to get your toes tapping no matter what kind of music you’re into.

Okanagan Fest of Ale

Our region is famous for world class wines but did you know we’ve also got a heck of a selection of excellent craft beers too? Every April since 1996, dozens of the best breweries from BC and beyond have gathered in Penticton for the Fest of Ale, making it one of the biggest and longest running events of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. This two day festival is your chance to sample some of the top beers in the world and celebrate the almighty ale with friends, food, and music!

Obviously this is just a small sample of what goes on here. I haven’t even touched down on all the bands the play at the South Okanagan Events Centre, The Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic hockey tournament, the Spring, Fall, or Winter Wine Festivals, or any of the other smaller, local events in Penticton and the surrounding area.

If the idea of living in an area where the summers are long, the winters are mild, and there’s always something happening that interests you, contact me today!