Thursday, September 5, 2013

Peachland - A Lovely Day Trip from Penticton

If you have visited Peachland recently you will know why it isn't hard to tell why it's billed as "The Sweetest Place Under the Sun" on the official Peachland website.
We hadn't been there for years and were delighted with how charming this little lakeside community has become.

It was the last day of August, and it seemed like everyone and their dogs were out to enjoy the day and capture the last rays of summer sun.  People spilled out of the shops, cafe's and pubs on one side of  Beach Avenue, while the lakeside hosted sun-worshippers, kids having fun, picnickers and old folks relaxing in the shade with their books. 

The Centennial Way boardwalk was new to us, and we found out that it was so named in honor of Peachland's 100th anniversary in 2009.  The 3 metre wide walkway goes along the lake for around 1.2 km and is the perfect place to go for a relaxing stroll.  The park at the beginning of the walkway, has a gazebo area, plaques commemorating the centennial, park benches, and stunning views of the lake. 

A little ways along the walkway you come to Swim Bay, with its sandy beach, washroom facilities, concession and a wharf with a diving board and rope swing. We were entertained for quite a while by some kids swinging way out and jumping into the lake.  What a great way to cool off on a hot day.

We decided to head across the road and buy a soft ice-cream cone and enjoyed watching some jet skiers from our shady park bench as we licked our cool treat.

On the way back to our car we poked in some of the little boutiques and snuck a preview at some of the restaurant menus for future reference.  One that appealed to us was Gasthaus on the Lake offering European dining.  They also advertise Medieval Banquets for parties of 10 or more. This sounds like fun so we decided to come back and try it out before the end of the season.


We made our way back to the car and continued north along the lake.  The road seemed to go on for miles and we passed a number of beaches with families saying a final farewell to summer for this year. We drove until we finally made our way back up to the highway and headed back to our home in Penticton.  What a great excursion that was, and so close to home!!!

If you are planned a summer vacation for next year, it probably isn't too late to book one of these Peachland Vacation Rentals.


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