Anticipation in Penticton for the return of one of the world’s premium triathlon events is at a 10-year high.
It was in 2012 when the Peach City last played host to Ironman Canada and the thousands of travelling athletes in the city are expected to put on a show starting on Sunday morning.
Prior to the big day, though, community members and tourists alike have no shortage of things to do in Penticton.
Three Sisters Winery and the Maker’s Market (Aug. 26)
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at 1250 Munson Avenue, Three Sister’s Winery is inviting the community to partake in its outdoor market where local artisans will be sampling and selling their handcrafted products.
Live music alongside the Lobster Pot food truck and wine samples, courtesy of Three Sisters, will also be featured.
No tickets are required.
Funk N’ Reggae takes over Penticton venue (Aug. 26)
The Hillties, a six-piece band from Nelson, take to the Dream Cafe stage Friday night.
A showcase of funk, reggae and hip-hop begins at the Penticton venue at 6 p.m.
Nine hours of girls hockey at Memorial Arena (Aug. 27)
Penticton Minor Hockey is hosting an all-girls four-on-four hockey day starting at 9 a.m.
The event is for girls aged 9 to 12 and is set to end at 6 p.m.
Hit-to-Pass trailer racing returns to the speedway (Aug. 27)
The Iron Driver 200 at the Penticton Speedway features hornets, street stocks and the return of hit-to-pass trailer racing on Saturday night.
Trailers took to the track in July in front of one of the speedway’s largest crowds of the year.
Gates open at 5 p.m., with the races set for a 7 p.m. start time. Tickets can be purchased
The return of Ironman Canada (Aug. 28)
Featuring a 3.8-kilometre swim in Okanagan Lake, 180-kilometre bike ride through Osoyoos and Keremeos, as well as a 42.2-kilometre run along Penticton’s Lakeshore Drive, this year’s edition of Ironman Canada promises to be action-packed all Sunday long.
Competitors will jump in the water at 7 a.m., marking the start of the triathlon.
Motorists are advised to use the Channel Parkway whenever possible, amid the several planned road closures around the city.