Quality Lifestyle and Convenient Location
Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia, in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. With over 2100 hours of sunshine, and only 15 inches or rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.
The City is surrounded by two fresh water lakes and gentle rolling mountains. A wide variety of outdoor recreational activities is augmented by amentities such as a newly renovated Community Centre containing two indoor pools, 4 sheets of ice, tennis courts, a curling rink, and a state of the art South Okanagan Events Centre housing the Penticton Vees hockey team.
A complete range of retail services and public education facilities, and a full spectrum of medical services including a 129-bed acute care hospital round out the advantages that Penticton has to offer as a place to live and a place to do business.
Strong, Stable Economy
The traditional natural resource-based economy has widened to include tourism, high tech, and service industries. Solid growth in manufacturing continues to enhance the economic environment to create a diverse economic base. A significant retired population helps keep the economy stable.
Penticton, from the Interior Salish word snpintktn, is commonly translated as "a place to stay forever," or more accurately, "a place where people live year-round." For over 7,000 years, Penticton has been home to the Syilx First Peoples, who were instrumental in helping the first European fur traders travel through the Okanagan in the early 1800s.
A young Irish immigrant named Thomas Ellis took the meaning of snpintktn to heart and in 1865 became the first European to settle in Penticton. Becoming one of the province's most successful cattle ranchers, Ellis acquired territory that stretched from Naramata all the way south to the American border. When he retired in 1892, Ellis sold off a large portion of his property to developers who laid out a small townsite at the foot of Okanagan Lake. Penticton had been born.
Development in the early years was slow and things only began to really pick up in 1905, when the South Okanagan Land Company subdivided another large section of the Ellis holdings. The original townsite, which lay mostly to the east of Penticton Creek, was linked up to the new one by Smith Street (later renamed Front Street), which was the heart of the small town in its earliest days. By 1908, with a population of six hundred, Penticton was incorporated and growth continued at a faster pace than ever.
Due to the difficulties of land travel due to the rugged local terrain, early transportation in and out of Penticton was primarily by water on Okanagan Lake, which runs from Vernon in the north to its southern tip at Penticton. Much of this travel was aboard steamships like the S.S. Sicamous. Although not the first, the Sicamous was the largest and most famous sternwheeler to grace Okanagan Lake. Known as the "Queen of the Lake," she was built in Port Harbor, Ontario and assembled at Okanagan Landing for her maiden voyage on July 1st, 1914. Many local servicemen heading for the First World War began their journey aboard the Sicamous. With her passenger service discontinued in 1935, the Sicamous worked for two seasons hauling freight before being retired completely. In 1949, the City of Penticton purchased the ship from the Canadian Pacific Railway in order to preserve this important relic of the age of the lake steamships.
In 1910 an announcement was made that Penticton would serve as the headquarters for the new Kettle Valley Railway, the rail line that would finally link the transportation of the coast to the wealth of the Kootenays. This decision secured Penticton's economic future; the arrival of the railway brought many jobs and the town's population more than doubled by the time the line was finished. The railway also provided fast and efficient transportation for local products, greatly boosting the burgeoning orchard industry by opening up distant markets to high-quality Okanagan fruit. The KVR also allowed tourists to visit an area that had long been isolated from the rest of the province, enabling Penticton to become a tourist destination.
Following the end of the Second World War, Penticton entered into a golden age of growth and prosperity. A flood of returning veterans led to a post-war population boom and in 1948 Penticton was incorporated as a city. The 1950s and 1960s were busy decades of construction and large infrastructure projects. The channelization of the Okanagan River and numerous construction projects - including a new city hall, a community arts building, and Penticton's first major shopping centre - changed the face of the young city forever. In March 1955 the city achieved international fame when the Penticton Vees hockey team brought home the World Cup after defeating the Soviet Union 5-0.
Celebrating its Centennial in 2010, Penticton continues to change: old neighborhoods are being revitalized as the charm of small-town life returns to downtown; the new South Okanagan Events Centre brings conventions, sporting events, and performances of all kinds; and, most significantly, the growth of the local wine industry is rapidly turning Penticton into a top destination for wine tourism. The city now has a population of approximately 33,000 and continues to grow. Yet in spite of all this change, at heart Penticton remains the same. It is still the perfect place for an affordable family vacation, where parents and children together can relax on the beach, float down the river channel, or spend a day picking fruit at local orchards. It is still a place of breath-taking scenery, beautiful weather, and an abundance of outdoor activities.
Whether you're looking for a beach where you can go for a swim and work on your tan, a mountain trail where you can ride a bike while taking in the view, or a patio where you can sip wine after a relaxing game of golf, Penticton has something for you, come for a visit and stay forever.
Osoyoos lies on the border with Washington State, approximately 4 ½ hours east of Vancouver at the junction of Highways 3 and 97.
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Population in 2011: 4845
Population in 2006: 4752
2006-2011 Population Change: 2%
*information from Census Canada
Arts and Recreation
The community is vibrant and active with excellent amenities. A dynamic downtown offers residents a broad range of goods and services. Our arts and cultural facilities include an active arts council, museum, concert society, and theatre group, as well as, various ethnic, service, and charity organizations giving Osoyoos a balance and sophistication normally found only in larger urban areas. Residents also enjoy a wide variety of recreational facilities including ice skating and curling complexes, an equestrian training facility and several world-class golf courses, ski areas and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities.
Health and Education
Health care facilities are available including a full service hospital 20 km north; two medical clinics, multiple dental offices and one eye clinic; home care and daycare services. Learning institutions in Osoyoos range from the kindergarten to college level. Okanagan University College offers a variety of academic, career, technological and vocational programs.
Local media includes our weekly Osoyoos Times newspaper and Easy Rock radio station. Osoyoos' leading edge high speed communications network offers investors uncompromised services to access world markets.
Thanks to our location at one of the busiest Canada/US Border crossings and the junction of two of the major transportation routes, Osoyoos is strategically connected by land, air and sea.
Osoyoos' modern and well-maintained transportation system gives businesses a competitive advantage. The north-south lifeline is highway 97, a vital connection that stretches from California to Alaska and links our community to a number of expanded local, regional and international airports.
Highway 3, the Southern Trans-Provincial, connects Osoyoos with the ice-free, deep-sea port of Vancouver. Just 10 minutes away, the Burlington Northern Intermodal Railway services the area.
When combined with our labour pool, infrastructure, and low overhead costs, Osoyoos' open door business support policy make it quick, easy, and less expensive to launch a new venture.
Osoyoos' quality of life and increasingly diversified economy make it easy to attract skilled, talented people - the core of any successful business. These people continually bring new energy to an existing pool of available skilled workers.
Osoyoos' Buena Vista Industrial Park features low-cost serviced lots that are available for purchase by private owners. A unique aspect of the Park is the ability to include a residential living space within your industrial project. Further space opportunities for commercial and tourism enterprises are also readily available.
The total costs of establishing and operating your business in Osoyoos are lower than many comparable communities in Canada or the United States. Investors can expect access to one of the lowest electric utility rates in North America, affordable housing prices, competitive property tax rates, and low labour costs.