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Looking for sun at the beach? Try Penticton this weekend

Penticton's Skaha Beach is groomed and ready for summer.
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May 26, 2017 - 12:15 PM

PENTICTON - With all the media attention on the Okanagan Valley’s flooding issues this week, many residents are probably wondering if there is anywhere to go to enjoy this weekend’s anticipated summer-like temperatures.

Well, wonder no more. Skaha Lake and its beaches have not been as badly affected by high water as Okanagan Lake and its beaches.

Chief administrative officer Peter Weeber says the city remains open for business, and although there is very little beach left on Okanagan Lake at present, the Skaha Lake beaches are holding up very well.

“Skaha Park is like a golf course right now, the beach is manicured and it’s beautiful right now,” Weeber says.

He encourages residents and visitors alike to visit the city, check out the flood mitigation efforts along Lakeshore Drive, visit the Saturday markets and spend the afternoon at Skaha Beach.

“We have work zones, and are closing certain areas as work goes on in them, but we are open for business. Even the Okanagan lakeshore is open, there’s not a lot of beach but there’s still lots of grass,” he says.

Environment Canada is forecasting lots of sun and temperatures in the upper 20s throughout the weekend.

City officials are discouraging recreation activities in the Okanagan River channel this weekend, however, as water continues to flow fast and high.

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