Penticton full of fun options to explore the water

Time to hit the water

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There’s still plenty of summer sun and fun to enjoy, and fall will be here before we know it. Take a day or as weekend to explore the many ways to cool down on the stunning lakes and water ways around Penticton.

It’s hard to miss the bright green, yellow, and blue structure that seems to be floating near the S.S. Sicamous on Okanagan Lake. The Penticton Wibit has been a hit for all ages, but especially the kids.

Requirements? A swim suit and a towel, and a healthy appetite for fun! Easily book online and sign the waiver in advance, and you’re good to go.

While you’re at that end of town, make a plan to visit Coyote Cruises <https://www.coyotecruises.com/> for a lazy river float down Penticton’s iconic river channel, and spend a couple of hours meandering from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake. Book a tube or ‘party’ quad and your return bus ride online and skip the lines.

If you stick around Skaha, you may see the very popular double decker slide pontoon boat out on the water. Up to 14 guests can enjoy an outing on this two-story pontoon, equipped with a waterslide. It, and many other options, are available to rent from Penticton Boat Club and Rentals.

“It’s great to see families and groups getting back out on the water together,” says owner Jordan McCallum, whose company also serves Okanagan Lake and just opened on Skaha.

“It’s going really well, and there’s a new Mexican restaurant,” he continues. “We put together a great experience, we’ve got a good mixture of watercraft, and everything is popular.

A variety of luxury boats are available to rent at Okanagan Lake, from surfboats to skiboats to pontoons, and Waverunners can be rented for those looking for a jetski experience. Bonus, the Club offers a Boat Club: choose a membership option or a flex-pass and spend less time booking, more time boating.

“The best way to cool down is on the lake,” says Jordan.

For fuel-free options, rent a kayak or canoe from Hoodoo Adventures, or head to the village of Naramata and visit Sun n’ Sup, your stop and shop spot for stand-up paddleboarding.

“We have a very big fleet, the best inflatables around, and a schwack of hats!” laughs owner-operator Eileen Meehan, herself a wearer of many hats.

The Sun n’ Sup shop is a great place to shop for accessories – from hats to clothing to gear – while you’re getting primed on the three beaches you can paddle to within 5-7 minutes.

“Naramata is on a point, so you can go to several areas where you’re protected from the wind,” explains Eileen. “And holey smokes, we’ve done a lot of lessons. Come back safely, then drop by the general store, a winery or distillery,” she suggests.

Pier Water Sports has a fun fleet of boats, including its famous party barge for up to 24 passengers (complete with a BBQ, tables and chairs, and a swim ladder) to rent on Okanagan Lake, plus Seadoos, kayaks, and paddle boards. Find them online or in downtown Penticton at 45 Martin Street.

Don’t forget your safety gear and sun block while you’re on the water!

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