Ask newly relocated people how they landed in Penticton and many will tell you that they used to come here on vacation as kids. They fell in love with the place at the time, and when, years later, the opportunity to move here presented itself, they jumped at it.
That’s a common story, but it’s not mine. I grew up in Italy and spent my summers between the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea.
Yet my own journey to Penticton involves falling in love. Just not with a place, but rather with a local girl. The first time I got to experience Penticton was, in fact, the week of our wedding. I flew in from Ireland where I was working at the time.
Penticton felt like a beautiful, wondrous place inhabited by friendly people.
A few days after the wedding, our life circumstances required us to fly back to Ireland. At the time, as peaceful as Penticton was, it seemed almost impossible for us to end up living here. I was not a Canadian citizen, and even if I became legally allowed to work in Canada, there were certainly not many local jobs in my field of specialization, which is software engineering.
It would take another eight years (two in Ireland, six in Toronto) before we’d achieve the perfect alignment of conditions that made it possible for us to relocate to Penticton. Much like the nostalgic vacationers I mention before, we hopped at the first chance we got to do so.
Today I work remotely for IBM and I’m also a web entrepreneur, all of which I do from my home office in Penticton. As I work, I hear the calming sound of the creek no further than 100 yards away from our home.
What really makes this possible is the fact that my line of work (at either my day job or my side business) can mostly be handled online, and therefore carried out from anywhere in the world that has a solid internet connection.
For a relatively small city, Penticton has remarkably good broadband options. My residential connection download speed is just shy of 150 Mbps.
I used the qualifier “mostly” because my day job does require me to travel to present at conferences and meetings to various locations far beyond the Okanagan. Thankfully Penticton comes through even with this particular challenge. The local regional airport will get you to Vancouver and Calgary, and from there you’ll be able to connect virtually everywhere else in the world.
Penticton is country enough to enjoy a relaxed, outdoorsy lifestyle, and city enough that you won’t be missing key services and conveniences. This is particularly true if you’re up for a beautiful drive to the larger nearby city of Kelowna, for things that may be harder to come by locally.
People move to Penticton, above all, for the lifestyle.
The weather is quite mild by Canadian standards and the opportunities for outdoor activities are boundless, almost regardless of what you are into. I can honestly say that living here has made me a much more outdoorsy person.
It even motivated me to rekindle my love for some old hobbies and to take on new sports that will ultimately lead me to become healthier and fitter (something that I have neglected for far too many years as a techie).
If you are relocating from a larger city (or are considering it), you’ll also find that housing is quite affordable in comparison, especially if coming from Toronto or Vancouver. It is no wonder then that so many Vancouverites are selling their tiny condos and trading up for a wonderful house on the lake.
In conclusion, Penticton’s motto is, “A place to stay forever” and I feel that it’s quite apt, especially if you’re lucky enough to be able to work remotely.
My Penticton Top 5
- Biking the KVR trail.
- Fishing at Skaha lake.
- Hiking at the Skaha Bluffs.
- Events (and the Penticton Vees games) at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC).
- Walking through the Penticton Farmers’ Market on Saturday.
Antonio Cangiano is a Software Developer and Technical Evangelist for IBM, a published book author, web entrepreneur, and blogger. He relentlessly pursues self-development. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, biking, hiking, fishing, and photography. antoniocangiano.com