Vancouver flights: new option to visit Penticton, British Columbia

This jewel of British Columbia is one of only two cities in the world located between two lakes.

Looking for a scenic vacation just a short flight away?

Located less than an hour away in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Penticton is one of only two cities in the world located between two lakes (the other is actually a Swiss city called Interlaken).

Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake each offer several fuel-free activities as well as scenic views of the stunning mountain ranges. Tourists who visit the beach in the summer can enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the freshwater lakes on a hot day.

WestJet will now fly direct from Vancouver (YVR) to Penticton (YYF), giving locals another option to enjoy a short, car-free trip to the popular destination.

The new service is scheduled to start from February 17, 2023, with six weekly flights every day except Saturday.

Through the airline’s capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airline, all flights will be operated by WestJet Link, using a fleet of 34-seat WestJet-branded Saab 340 aircraft.

The new route is the 11th destination in WestJet’s “Link network,” which the airline says connects more travelers in smaller communities to its global network.

“Adding new intra-provincial routes is essential as we invest in our western presence and seek to strengthen our offerings to ensure British Columbians have better access to convenient and affordable air travel,” said Jared Mikoch- Gerke, director of WestJet. Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

“This new route marks the first steps in our renewed commitment to British Columbia and will open up connections and opportunities for local businesses and residents as they recover from the difficulties of the past few years.”

Currently, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Air Canada and Cascadia Air offer non-stop service between Penticton Airport and Vancouver International Airport. However, WestJet is now the only airline to serve Calgary and Vancouver directly from Penticton.


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As of February 17, 2023

6x Weekly (except Saturday)

WestJet Link

12:45 p.m.

1:35 p.m.


As of February 17, 2023

6x Weekly (except Saturday)

WestJet link

2:05 p.m.

2:55 p.m.

Discover the magic of Penticton BC

Travelers visiting the city during the summer months have access to a variety of lakeside restaurants, shops, activities, and accommodations. And, with sweeping mountain views in every direction, Penticton is an ideal destination for cycling enthusiasts almost year-round.

The area offers a variety of responsibly maintained bike paths and bike paths that transport visitors to many attractions as well as breathtaking viewpoints. The Kettle Valley Railway Trail (KVR) offers a breathtaking journey through several vast orchards and overlooking beautiful Okanagan Lake.

Tourists visiting in the winter can go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. People who want to stay indoors can also try their hand at rock climbing with Hoodoo Adventures.

Find out more about some of the top attractions and things to do in our Penticton travel guide.

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