former vancouverites who moved to Pen...

former vancouverites who moved to Penticton area: Likes and dislikes?

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EastVanTony

Vancouver, Canada

#1 Dec 20, 2012
Hello! I'm just trying to gather up as much information on Penticton living as possible. I. When the time is right i will make my move for the Penticton area, but i do have concerns regarding the lack of decent paying employment . I would love some info and a discussion about the experiences of former Vancouver/lower mainland residents who made the move. Specifically interested in: how are you finding the winter weather months?cOST OF LIVING?
EastVanTony

Vancouver, Canada

#2 Dec 20, 2012
Basically i have a good idea of what Penticton is like and the Okanagan in general (i have family in Summerland /penticton, but i only have 4-6 days a year of visiting...looking for a more complete, honest living experience.) Do you regret moving there? Are you financially ahead of where you were in the lower mainland ?(i know wages are lower and the job market is depressed in the okanagan, but if you had a $15-18 job with the lower costs of renting an apartment, cheaper gasoline, much cheaper car insurance...are you better off there?)Is it as friendly and relatively crime free as my relatives claim it to be? Do you miss the culture, ethnic foods and such of metro vancouver?
SHYKORA paul ARTs

Calgary, Canada

#3 Jan 7, 2013
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Heather Knoll

Penticton, Canada

#4 Jan 29, 2013
I just want to say that Penticton is a wonderful city
to live in and raise children.We moved here 15 years
ago after living our whole life on the coast and its been a positive move all around.There are no regrets what so ever and we dread even thinking of visiting
the lower mainland now.My husband and I have our own business and don't make any less than we did on the coast.The crime is minimal and the summer is paradise.
EastVanTony

Vancouver, Canada

#5 Jan 30, 2013
thanks for replying , Heather. I am very familiar with Summerland and Penticton. My brother moved to Penticton last october of 2012, which i helped him move into and set up. I'm just wondering if i would be ok with the winters(i realize it's kinda cloudy nov-feb, and i could live with dry snow, cold air and sunny skies) and a much quieter lifestyle. But, i guess there is always a side trip to Kelowna or a weekend run down back to vancouver for certain things i enjoy(such as ethnic foods,restaurants etc).Of course there is the challenge of finding decent employment in Penticton. If you have anything more to add, Heather, of your moving experience or thoughts your husband might add, please do. Thanks!
Penticton Paris

Penticton, Canada

#6 Feb 1, 2013
I can speak of behalf of my husband he loves it even more than I do.The cost of living is of course less
than Vancouver as far as buying property and property
taxes you will pay a lot less.It is a very dry climate with little rain and we do have winter cloudy months but the Spring Summer and Fall are
so beautiful you do learn to put up with it.There is a incredible amount of culture here with our huge wine industry and many ethnic restaurants.I would suggest trying it our for 6 months and seeing if it works for you and your family.
David

Airdrie, Canada

#7 Jan 13, 2015
I have found Penticton proper to be pathetic. Scummy neighbourhoods filled with run down shacks, on the flats.
The surrounding area is beautiful.
Too hot in summer. Too cold in winter. No sun in the winter.
Main Street lined with bums. Drinking and smoking dope.
Motel rooms filled with welfare recipients.
Cost of groceries/gasoline sky high. Taking advantage of the elderly.
I could not recommend it.
Eastvantony2774

Canada

#8 Jan 15, 2015
David wrote:
I have found Penticton proper to be pathetic. Scummy neighbourhoods filled with run down shacks, on the flats.
The surrounding area is beautiful.
Too hot in summer. Too cold in winter. No sun in the winter.
Main Street lined with bums. Drinking and smoking dope.
Motel rooms filled with welfare recipients.
Cost of groceries/gasoline sky high. Taking advantage of the elderly.
I could not recommend it.
. Ahh thanks David for honest opinion. My brother moved there about two and half years ago. I have family in Summerland and i have visited okanagan since a baby thru middle age years. I know the things you said are true but coming from a scummy Vancouver where nothing can be sky high living and very rude unfriendly people plus about 240 days a year of rain, its not so bad . Tell me more about your exps there good and bad. I really hate Vancouver and love the okanagan but i do realize the job opportunities are near zilch and i can live with warm long sunny summers and dress warm for a dry cold winter of what, 4 months??? Try almost everyday and night of heavy rain from mid september thru to may with maybe two good months of summer weather n vancouver... Drive you batshit crazy trust me. Tell me more please... I like to make my move there in next two years or less.... Vancouver really is that bad and so much more i left out. Take care😉
Worst Place Ever

Penticton, Canada

#9 Aug 30, 2015
Godawful city. It's all obnoxious seniors and thieving meth heads. Looks like a nice quiet tourist town at first but it's full of crime, drugs, and scammers. People are super snobby and care more about the brands you're wearing than the content of your character. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Lousy place to live

Penticton, Canada

#11 Aug 3, 2016
Agreed, the longer I live here the more I hate Penticton. Lousy Mayor and council. Backroom deals everywhere. Storefronts left to ruins. No industry. Festivals have the same boring performances year, after year, after year. Little variety in shopping. Crime everywhere. I'm certain I'm Raising my kids to move away. Huge regret moving here.
Dustspeck

Canada

#12 Feb 11, 2017
I have lived in London, U.K., Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Calgary, Alberta, and have lived in Penticton for the last 14 years.
And believe you me - I cannot stress enough to STAY AWAY from this God-forsaken place.
The medical professional is an absolute joke. Most doctors will just dismiss you. If you are fortunate to find a grocery item that you like, you best buy it RIGHT NOW, because once it is out of stock, it is gone for years - if not forever.
This pathetic, insignificant dot on the map is a HUGE drug haven between Vancouver and Alberta. The streets are filled with homeless people and hookers carry on their work casually in residential neighborhoods.
Forget EVERYTHING you THINK you know about "How lovely it would be to live in Penticton".
It is full of snobs, alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, and (not that they are bad) but old people. People come here to die.
If ever there was a place they were talking about when they coined the phrase: "It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there", it is this boring, stuck-up, unfriendly, suspicious Ghost Town.
please do not make the same mistake I did by moving here.
Rod is Surrey

New Westminster, Canada

#13 Apr 13, 2017
Well, I hope some pentictonites will respond to all the cheerful, rays of sunshine, you've posted above. We are thinking about moving from Surrey to Penticton. I'll just say that you can find lots and lots of people who think Surrey is the worst place in Canada. I haven't lived all over Canada but I have lived on four continents and in various parts of the lower mainland and in our opinion Surrey is great. We wouldn't even consider moving from such a good place if it weren't for the fact that if we do not, then our grown children will never own a house, as far as we can tell. Cheer up. :-)
EastVanTony

Canada

#14 Apr 13, 2017
ya, actually i have been reading up on more ''moving to penticton'' internet articles and i am starting to agree it is kinda a boring ass dump full off fake turds. The crime has increased a lot in the last 5 years, over valued properties for sale, rents have risen and the job market is the same old shitty-shitty old thing. It is a place if you are old senior with money , but if you ar
e of working age..forget it.
barisax5

Canada

#15 Sep 5, 2017
David wrote:
I have found Penticton proper to be pathetic. Scummy neighbourhoods filled with run down shacks, on the flats.
The surrounding area is beautiful.
Too hot in summer. Too cold in winter. No sun in the winter.
Main Street lined with bums. Drinking and smoking dope.
Motel rooms filled with welfare recipients.
Cost of groceries/gasoline sky high. Taking advantage of the elderly.
I could not recommend it.
sounds like some oversized under used diesel pickup driver from Alberta. I would suggest a real look around town
Tom

Oliver, Canada

#16 Friday Dec 29
Dustspeck wrote:
I have lived in London, U.K., Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Calgary, Alberta, and have lived in Penticton for the last 14 years.
And believe you me - I cannot stress enough to STAY AWAY from this God-forsaken place.
The medical professional is an absolute joke. Most doctors will just dismiss you. If you are fortunate to find a grocery item that you like, you best buy it RIGHT NOW, because once it is out of stock, it is gone for years - if not forever.
This pathetic, insignificant dot on the map is a HUGE drug haven between Vancouver and Alberta. The streets are filled with homeless people and hookers carry on their work casually in residential neighborhoods.
Forget EVERYTHING you THINK you know about "How lovely it would be to live in Penticton".
It is full of snobs, alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, and (not that they are bad) but old people. People come here to die.
If ever there was a place they were talking about when they coined the phrase: "It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there", it is this boring, stuck-up, unfriendly, suspicious Ghost Town.
please do not make the same mistake I did by moving here.
Just came across this because I'm looking to move to Penticton as well. Been there several times but I've never seen an hookers working anywhere and only the odd homeless person here or there. Is there certain bad neighborhoods this happens in or have I just not noticed it during my visits?

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