Penticton’s Most Instagram-Worthy Murals

Pink polka-dotted mural in Penticton, British Columbia.

Penticton is a beautiful city in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada. It is actually my hometown, where I was born and lived the first 18 years of my life. On a recent visit back home, I went on a hunt for murals and was surprised with how many I found! Keep reading for my guide to 22 of Penticton’s most Instagram-worthy murals. I’ve also included a custom Google map to make it easy for you to find all these incredible murals!

Tickleberry’s

Tickleberry’s is a famous ice cream shop in Okanagan Falls, about 20 minutes south of Penticton. They have also opened three concession stands along Skaha Lake in Penticton. This first mural is on the side of the concession stand at Sudbury Beach, at the corner of Skaha Lake Road and Sudbury Avenue. I love this mural because it’s bright pink and covered in fun polka dots.

Pink polka-dotted mural in Penticton, British Columbia: Penticton's Most Instagram-Worthy Murals

Beach Rentals

This next mural is also at Sudbury Beach, on the side of the Glow SUP Adventures building. Glow SUP is a great place to go to rent stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. This bright yellow mural filled with tropical flowers is so pretty and beachy.

Yellow mural with tropical flowers on the beach rentals building in Penticton, British Columbia: Penticton's Most Instagram-Worthy Murals

Tickleberry’s

Another Tickleberry’s concession stand is at Skaha Lake Park, at the end of Parkview Street. The murals on this building feature the Tickleberry’s bears eating ice cream and playing at the beach.

Mural of the Tickleberry's bears at Skaha Beach in Penticton

Tickleberry's mural at Skaha Beach in Penticton with a bear riding a bicycle

SS Sicamous

The SS Sicamous is a famous ship that was used to transport passengers and cargo up and down Okanagan Lake, from Penticton to Vernon. The boat was in service from 1914 to 1936. It has been docked in Penticton since 1951.

This mural of the Sicamous is on the CPR Dredge Shed, which is now a workshop for the SS Sicamous and the SS Naramata. The shed is in the rose garden next to the Sicamous. The mural was done in 2014 by Young@Art, which is a program through the Penticton Art Gallery.

SS Sicamous mural in Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton History

This large mural showcasing the changing landscape of Penticton from 1908 to 2008 is on the side of a building at 291 Brunswick St. Artist Gerry Houghton painted this mural in 2008.

Murals showcasing the history of Penticton from 1908 to 2008

Mural showcasing the history of Penticton, British Columbia, from 1908 to 2008

Mural showcasing the history of Penticton, British Columbia, from 1908 to 2008

Animals

This is one of my favourite murals in Penticton, because of how big, bright and bold it is. Artist Brad Mulherin painted this stunning mural of a heron, an osprey and a coyote. It is on the side of the building at 351 Westminster Ave. W.

Mural featuring a heron, osprey and wolf in Penticton, B.C.

Mural showcasing the history of Penticton, British Columbia, from 1908 to 2008

Mural showcasing the history of Penticton, British Columbia, from 1908 to 2008

Penticton

This mural shows a historical scene of Penticton showing the SS Sicamous, a horse and buggy and the Kettle Valley Railway. Back Alley Design created this mural on the side of Slumber Lodge, at 274 Lakeshore Dr. W.

Mural featuring Penticton's cityscape

Mural featuring Penticton's cityscape

Train mural downtown Penticton, B.C.

Kiddie Hall

This mural of two blue characters with wings on a yellow background is in the alley behind Kiddie Hall, at 104-166 Main St.

Mural with fun blue characters in Penticton, B.C.

Hands

These large hands covered in henna are in the same alley as the previous mural, at the back of Dream Cafe, at 67 Front St.

Mural of hands in Penticton, British Columbia

Ironman Penticton

Ironman is a famous triathlon, and it was held in Penticton from 1983 to 2012. It is set to return to Penticton in 2020. This mural is on the side of 30 Minute Hit, at 52 Front St.

It was painted in 1992 by McNicoll, according to the credit on the wall. I could not find any more information on the artist.

Iron Man mural in Penticton, British Columbia

Iron Man mural in Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton Businesses

These three murals depict former Front Street businesses from the early days in Penticton, including the Penticton Tire Hospital, Central Garage and the Empress Theatre (Penticton’s first movie theatre). Artist Larry Hunter created these paintings in 2007. They are on the side of a building at 199 Ellis St., across from Cannery Brewing.

Murals featuring historical images from Penticton, B.C.

Murals featuring historical images from Penticton, B.C.

Murals featuring historical images from Penticton, B.C.

Murals featuring historical images from Penticton, B.C.

Murals featuring historical images from Penticton, B.C.

Shanghai Alley

This massive mural depicts Shanghai Alley, which was Penticton’s now non-existent Chinatown. Artist Larry Hunter painted this mural on the side of Guerard’s Fine Furniture, at 70 Backstreet Blvd.

Historical mural painting of Penticton, B.C.

Historical mural painting of Penticton, B.C.

Historical mural painting of Penticton, B.C.

True Love

This dark blue mural features a large butterfly and a flower. It also wraps around the corner, where it has a tree branch with a lady bug, a bird and a heart with the words “true love” going through it. Artist Lyn BB painted this mural in 2010 in the alley behind SmartShopper Value Variety Convenience, at 232 Main St.

Blue mural with a flower and a butterfly in Penticton, B.C.

Blue true love mural in Penticton, B.C.

Main Street Laneway

The next two murals are among several paintings that line the laneway between Main Street and Backstreet Boulevard next to The Book Shop, at 242 Main St.

Okanangan wine country mural in Penticton, B.C.

SS Sicamous mural in Penticton, B.C.

The Book Shop

The Book Shop is a well-known used bookstore downtown Penticton, at 242 Main St. At the back of the store, the whole wall is painted with various characters, books and an owl.

The Book Shop mural in Penticton, B.C.

The Book Shop mural in Penticton, B.C.

The Book Shop mural in Penticton, B.C.

The Book Shop mural in Penticton, B.C.

Stilt Jugglers

Artists Sarah Fahey and Jan Little painted this large mural of two jugglers on stilts in 2012. It is on the back wall of Skaha Sound, at 51 Nanaimo Ave. E.

Stilt jugglers mural in Penticton, B.C.

Stilt jugglers mural in Penticton, B.C.

Elite

This mural features several people surrounding tree branches. It is in the alley behind Block300 Casual Steakhouse (the former Elite restaurant site), at 340 Main St. Artist Reasha Wolfe painted this mural in 2010.

Penticton's Most Instagram-Worthy Murals

Penticton Vees

The Penticton Vees are a huge part of Penticton’s history. They played in the Okanagan Senior Hockey League from 1951 to 1961, and are most famous for winning the 1955 World Ice Hockey Championships in Germany, beating the Soviet Union 5-0.

Artist Glenn Clark painted this mural of the 1955 gold medal team, depicted in front of the Bradenburg Gate in Berlin. It is on the side of the Elk’s Lodge, at 343 Ellis St.

Penticton Vees hockey team mural

Main Street Laneway

Murals depicting storefronts line the laneway between Main Street and Robinson Street, next to the Okanagan Cosmetology Institute, at 358 Main St.

Murals in Penticton's Main Street laneway

Murals in Penticton's Main Street laneway

Murals in Penticton's Main Street laneway

Murals in Penticton's Main Street laneway

Murals in Penticton's Main Street laneway

Water and Air

This mural features a bird flying above the water and some kind of sea creature. I believe artist Emily Ludington painted this mural in 2010. It is on Robinson Street, on the back of  the Ellis Professional Building, at 383 Ellis St.

Bird mural in Penticton, British Columbia

Environment is in our Hands

This impressive mural features animals flowing out of open hands on a rainbow background, topped with the words “Environment . . . is in our Hands.” Laura Morrow painted this mural on the side of The Care Closet, at 574 Main St., in 2018.

Rainbow Environment is in our Hands mural in Penticton, B.C.

Rainbow Environment is in our Hands mural in Penticton, B.C.

Rainbow Environment is in our Hands mural in Penticton, B.C.

$100 Bill

From 1954 to 1974, Okanangan Lake was on the back of Canada’s $100 bill. The mural of this bank note is on the side of Penticton Dental Arts, at 602 Main St. Theme West Studios created this mural.

Note, when I visited this mural, there was unfortunately some graffiti on the bill, which I attempted to remove in the editing process. It is such a shame when people try to ruin public art.

Mural of a historic Canadian $100 bill in Penticton

Check out this map to find all the amazing murals featured in this post!

Thank you for reading this guide to Penticton’s most Instagram-worthy murals! Which one was your favourite?

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Penticton's Most Instagram-Worthy Murals

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50 Replies to “Penticton’s Most Instagram-Worthy Murals”

  1. Love these murals. They’re so fun! And it makes a great day trip

    1. It’s definitely a fun way to spend the day and to see the city!

  2. These are amazing. You always find the best murals! It’s definitely my favorite activity now, looking for cool street art and there’s so much here in BC, although I really need to get myself out to the okanagan

    1. Thank you so much! There really are so many in BC. I think next on my list is Nelson, I’ve heard there are lots of cool murals there!

  3. I love The Bookshop and, of course, those cute bears!! Thanks for this article. Keep inspiring us!

    1. Thank you for reading, you are so sweet!

  4. Love those murals. They are so GORGEOUS! Great post. Since you’re into murals, Miami has some amazing one in our neighborhood Wynwood if you make it down South!

    1. I would love to check that out! Need to get down to Florida one day 🙂

  5. Oh I recognize some of these from my weeks spent in Penticton! Love murals!

    1. Awesome!! You’ll have to come back one day! 🙂

  6. I love street art and always try to find some wherever I go. Some of these are really good. I love the heron, and also the mural of the Penticton Vees is fantastic. Well done finding all of this awesome art around Penticton.

    1. Thank you! The heron is one of my favourites too, so big and bold!

  7. Wow so much colourful art to uncover! Looks like a great day out!

    1. It was! Albeit a bit cold this time of year haha. 😉

  8. Didn’t know they were so many beautiful murals in Canada haha This country looks so incredible, I really feel the need to go there one day *w*

    1. Canada is the best! And there is so much to see, I still need to make it out east!

  9. Awesome post. I can always appreciate good street art and I can see there here is a lot of it!

    1. Thank you! Street art is so fun, definitely brightens up a city I think!

  10. Wow those murals are gorgeous — I never would’ve expected so much street art in a smaller city! Really interesting to read about the story behind each one as well.

    1. Same! I actually couldn’t believe how many there were when I started looking!

  11. As always, your posts are so thorough and have such cool murals! You’ve really found one hidden in each corner of the city. I really liked the environment one – what a powerful image/idea. Really beautiful and makes you stop and think.

    1. Aww thank you so much! <3 I love that one too, such a powerful message.

  12. I absolutely love your photos and the wall murals are so pretty! Inspires me to get out and explore my city for artwork!

    1. Thank you!! You should definitely explore your own city! It seems murals are becoming more and more popular, which I love!

  13. These are really cool! I especially love the Shanghai Alley murals. So many photo opportunities there!

    1. So cool to see a piece of history, while also being an awesome photo op!

  14. Wow! Some really cool murals in this post! Reminds me of my trip to Miami and I’m always looking for new street art cities to visit! Thanks for sharing!
    Jaz

    1. I must get to Miami! Someone else mentioned the amazing street art there too!

  15. Thanks for sharing your hometown with us! I love cities where street art is that prominent, it is so nice to find gems like these in your own backyard.

    1. It’s so funny that I never even paid much attention to the street art until recently! Just goes to show what you can find if you’re looking. 🙂

  16. Oh my goodness! Those murals are stunning! I absolutely love the one with the bird and the purple flower. Great backdrops too for pictures!

    1. The talent of all the artists always amazes me!

  17. As if I didn’t want to go to BC enough already! So many cute photo spots 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. You have to get here soon!! 🙂

  18. These are awesome Andrea! I love the Penticton Businesses and the Shanghai Alley murals. It’s really cool to have a peek at the old Penticton!

    p.s. I love that you’re showing another side of the area. I love the wine, but it’s good to see there is more to the area than that!!

    1. There is definitely a lot more than wine in the Okanagan, even though that is definitely super popular! Thank you!!

  19. wow Penticton has so many cool murals!! I visited Okanagen before (and possibly Penticton!) and loved the area! I really want to go back and will have to look for some of these murals when I do!

    1. You’ll definitely have to come back! The Okanagan is so beautiful! 🙂

  20. These are so fun.
    It reminds a place in Miami called The Wynwood Walls, pretty cool. If you haven’t visited yet, you should check it out, you’d love it.

    1. Ooh that sounds right up my street! I’d love to visit!

  21. I love me an instagrammable wall! You always seem to find the best ones! Never been to penticton but I’m ever there I’ll seek out some of these!

    1. It’s a great city to visit in the summertime especially! 🙂 And thank you so much!

  22. These murals are stunning! I love finding some great street art! I love the polka dots on the ice cream shop! Who doesn’t love an Insta-worthy location that comes with ice cream???

    Hannah | https://getlost.blog/

    1. Right?? Best of both worlds haha! 😉

  23. what beautiful murals your hometown has! thanks for sharing!

    1. It really does! Thanks for reading!

  24. I am a huge fan of street art and your town certainly has some fun examples. My favourite was the bear on the bicycle and your interactive pose with him.

    1. That one is so cute! One of my faves too 🙂

  25. Great Post! Love all the pictures and info : ) You should come to Berlin and check out all the street art!

    1. Thank you! I’d love to go to Berlin, I’ve seen pictures of the street art there, and it looks amazing!

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