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- 4.5 hours from Vancouver
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CAD$ 519,000 MLS Listing
“Bring on the heat” might be the best way to describe what life is like in the South Okanagan. Penticton has long been one of B.C.’s most affordable retirement havens, drawing everyone from Prairie farmers to rain-soaked Vancouverites, and now it’s a hot spot among remote workers, young families and entrepreneurs. Serving as a business hub, Penticton offers a state-of-the-art arena and hockey centre, a hospital and an airport. Dozens of beautiful sandy beaches dot many of the larger lakes in the region.
There are almost 130 wineries in the south Okanagan, with over 4,000 acres under cultivation – fully 40 per cent of B.C.’s total. More than 1,000 acres are grown on lands owned by the Osoyoos First Nations Band, a key economic player in the region.
Work: Penticton offers the perfect balance of lifestyle and work. Agriculture, tourism, health care and education are the major employers in the south Okanagan (and yes, you can get a job picking grapes during the harvest season).
Play: Bring plenty of sunscreen to go boating on Okanagan and Skaha Lakes, float down the Channel, bike, run or hike on the premiere trail networks, or golf at some of B.C.’s most established courses. Afterward, make sure to stop by one of the seven craft breweries or countless wineries in town!
Culture: The Nk’mip Desert and Heritage Centre celebrates the traditional culture of the region’s First Nations and provides enormous information on plant and animal adaptation in Canada’s hottest climate.
Note: Population is listed by either municipality or region. Sample listing represents a home near the median average selling price in 2017. Real estate trend metric uses B.C. Assessment data for value and includes sales of all property types.