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, Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, 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. People come to Penticton for wine tasting and dining, to visit galleries and museums and to take in the symphony, plays and concerts. Penticton's location between two lakes and surrounded by highlands and mountains ensures that outdoor recreation will always be a draw. People still come to Penticton for swimming, boating, wind-surfing and kiteboarding, golf, rock climbing, hiking and cycling in summer and downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.