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Kaleden is a small, picturesque town situated in British Columbia's beautiful Interior. This quiet community is known for its stunning views of Skaha Lake, an inviting lake that compliments the town's vineyards and orchards. Visitors come to Kaleden to kick-back, relax, and immerse themselves in beautiful surroundings. With fine beaches throughout the community, it's no wonder that this historic town gets so much attention.


The town is located in the Okanagan valley on Skaha Lake, near Okanagan Falls. The city of Penticton is just fifteen minutes north on Hwy 97. 

Things to See and Do
  • Hotel Kaleden

Two historic buildings, the General Store and neighbouring Hotel Kaleden are found in Kaleden. Contrary to local rumour, the hotel never burnt down. Financial difficulties around the time of the First World War led to the closing of the hotel and subsequent salvage of all re-usable material. Only the concrete shell remains.

  • Skaha Lake

Skaha Lake is situated directly south of Okanagan Lake and the city of Penticton. The beach stretches from Parkview St. to the Skaha Marina. Here you will find everything from basketball courts, tennis courts, beach volleyball nets, and 2 great concession stands. Lounge on the sand or swim in the warm water. There are slides for the kids, and a grassy area with large ponderosa pine trees for shade. There is also a small splash park on the east side of the park.

  • Okanagan Lake Provincial Park

Beautiful, sandy/pebbly beaches surrounded by ponderosa pine and sagebrush make this park the perfect spot for swimming and water activities. At the two large campgrounds in the park, panoramic views, picnic sites, and interpretive programs which run from late June through Labour Day weekend, will add to your enjoyment. The landscape across the lake, from beach to skyline, is part of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, accessible by boat or by driving back through Kelowna. 

  • Apex Mountain Resort

It requires equal amounts of action and ambience for a mountain to become a world-class destination. At Apex, it's the varied terrain, first-rate amenities, and friendly atmosphere that keeps people coming every year. Located a short 30-minute drive from Penticton, this full service resort offers activities for all members of your family. In addition to exceptional downhill and cross-country skiing, Apex has a tube park, snowshoe trails, sleigh rides, and snowmobile tours. And the fun doesn't end when the sun goes down. After the lifts close, you can party in the pub or soak in a hot tub. If you have any energy left, tie up your ice skates and take part in a game of hockey on the outdoor rink or make your way around the night-lit skating loop.

  • Hiking

Release your spirit of adventure and come explore the distinctive habitat of the Okanagan's living desert landscape or the cool shadows of the forest and lake area. There are interpretive trails, sightseeing routes, and guided excursions.

  • Experience the Kettle Valley Railway Trail Network

Stretching along 500 kilometres of scenic gravel track, the gentle 2.2% grade into Penticton travels through vineyards, orchards, and wineries, and offers unparalleled views of Okanagan Lake. This historic former railway is shared by the Trans-Canada Trail and is ideal for walking or cycling. Guided day/overnight excursions are also available.

  • Rock Climbing

You don't have to be a climber to appreciate Penticton's Skaha Bluffs. What's not to like? The eighty-meter tall cliffs are impressive on their own. The fact that they tower over stunning views of Skaha Lake, emerald orchards, vineyards, and the golden rafting grasslands to the west is a bonus.

Long before many areas of Western Canada are released from the grip of winter, climbers are ascending at Skaha. Okanagan die-hards know that Skaha offers the longest, sunniest climbing season in Canada, and there's enough terrain for every level of skill. Gently angling cliffs with abundant holds are a dream for beginners, while more than 700 routes with overhanging faces keep experienced climbers challenged for a long time.

  • Mountain Biking

Your heart pounds and your pulse races as you climb higher and farther away from the city. You are acutely aware of muscles you had long since forgotten and the warm, plastic-infused water in your bottle tastes as good as the finest champagne.

As you emerge from the trees, pause for a moment. You'll have just enough time to catch your breath before the view takes it away.

The aches and pains of moments ago are forgotten as you make your way down narrow dirt trails winding through dense forests and grassy meadows, emerging into an orchard in full bloom.

This is what mountain biking in Penticton and Wine Country is all about. Whether you prefer a challenging technical ride to a leasurely spin on the Kettle Valley Railway or a gnarly downhill descent to the paved Channel Park pathway, you're sure to find trails to satisfy your skill and comfort level.

You don't have to go far to find these trails, either. Many great rides are easily accessible right from town.

Visit the Visitor Centre for trail maps and information about bike rentals.
  • Penticton & Area Wineries

Featuring unique architectural styles, there are 54 wineries surrounded by more than 2,000 hectares of vineyards within the valley's picturesque landscape. Visitors are welcome to sample, shop, and, in select wineries, dine at their establishments. Step off the world and enter the wonderful world of wine in Penticton & Wine Country.

  • Golfing

Gently rolling golden hills, punctuated by the rich green hues of scrub and Ponderosa pines; dramatic cliffs and dry gulches; gentle streams running through meadows; stately willows bending low near the water's edge; cacti and tumbleweeds defining the desert's reach are all simply part of the golf experience here in Canada's sunniest climate.

Swing-stopping views, sweeping fairways and lush greens guide golfers on a close-up tour of this remarkable region. From challenging, full-length courses to comfortable short layouts, all the area's courses take full advantage of the spectacular and unique surroundings to provide a memorable golfing experience that can be enjoyed by beginning and accomplished players alike.

  • Okanagan Wine Festivals

There are four Okanagan Wine Festivals held throughout the year in spring, summer, fall and winter. The Okanagan Wine Festivals are a perfect marriage of wine and great food and are held throughout the entire Okanagan valley. Visitors can choose from an amazing array of wine-related events.

  • Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival

    Held annually in September, this is one of the Okanagan's premier cultural music events. The Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival features three days of scintillating sounds and rhythms to entertain and excite music lovers of all ages.

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    Web: www.tourismpenticton.com


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