Travel to Penticton

Travel to Penticton


Penticton is located in the beautiful South Okanagan of British Columbia, and is easily accessible by automobile or airplane.



Arriving by Air:

Penticton has a regional airport (YYF) with daily flights to and from Vancouver (YVR) operated by Air Canada. Vancouver International Airport has connections to all major west-coast cities, including Seattle, Portland, and Anchorage.

Direct flights to Penticton (YYF) are also available from Calgary (YYC), with service provided by Westjet.

The airport at Penticton is located only minutes from the city itself, including all accommodations.


The nearby city of Kelowna has a larger airport (YLW) with direct service to and from Vancouver and Seattle (among others). Flight tickets to Kelowna can often be more affordable than flying directly to Penticton. The city of Kelowna is one hour (by car) north of Penticton. (Directions from Kelowna Airport to Okanagan College - Penticton.)

Budget, Enterprise, and Avis car rentals are available at the Kelowna Airport. Alternatively, a shuttle service operates between the Kelowna airport and Penticton: South Okanagan Shuttle.


Arriving by Automobile:
Penticton is approximately 4 hours from Vancouver, with two major route options. (Directions.)

Penticton is approximately 6 hours from Seattle, with three major route options. (Directions.)

Penticton is approximately 8 hours from Portland, with at least three route options. (Directions.)

Road conditions in the mountain passes are generally very good in May.

Parking at Okanagan College will be FREE during this event.


Entry Requirements for Canada:

US Citizens do not need a visa to visit Canada.

US Citizens arriving by air require a valid passport.

US Citizens arriving by land, need either:

  • a valid passport,
  • or two documents to prove citizenship and identity.

* Special Note *:

As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. (Government Site: Link)

To clarify, this only affects non-U.S. citizens who do not require a visa to enter Canada. If you are a U.S. citizen or you have a valid visa for Canada, you are not affected.


Getting Around in Penticton:
Taxis operate in Penticton, and there is a local bus transit system as well. In order to do some sight-seeing or visiting of local attractions such as the nearby wineries, you may wish to rent a vehicle if arriving by air. Car rentals companies are Budget and National.

We will be offering a complementary hotel shuttle bus service before and after each conference day.




    If you have any questions please contact Ryan Ransom at rransom@okanagan.bc.ca