Working at HI Penticton

Live life at the lake

Nestled among rolling vineyards and sparkling lakes is Penticton, the gem of the laid-back Okanagan Valley. Here, there's no need to choose between beach life and the call of the mountains—you can have it all. Besides, we've got one of the best year-round climate of all Canada.

Working at HI Penticton means becoming a member of our work family, and making new friends among our guests every day. Our cozy hostel is close to everything you need, making it easy for you to get a taste of the signature Okanagan slow life, full of wine tastings, festivals, lazy afternoons on the water, and farmers markets.

Meet your manager

Lisa Grey-Dreaper, Hostel Manager

Lisa is a life-long Penticton resident and has been with the hostel for 27 years. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in local events, volunteering with various charities and spending time outdoors. Her daily routine includes a minimum 5km run every morning – no matter what the weather conditions are!

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Staff Amenities

Like most hostels, the vibe at HI Penticton is made up of equal dose of professional and equal dose relaxed. Penticton is a true beach town and we're blessed to have the beach literally 4 blocks from the hostel. After our shifts, our team likes to gather together for a late afternoon at the beach or for a BBQ in the hostel's backyard. On days off, staff can join guests on guided tours like winery visits or guided cycling trips, or discover other regions by staying for free at other HI hostels.

• Free coffee and tea all day long

• Free participation in guests' tours

• Free stays at other HI hostels

• Staff BBQ nights in the summer

• Free Wi-Fi

Live your best life

in Penticton

Penticton is a Salish name meaning "a place to stay forever", and you'll soon get why. The city of Penticton is nestled between two pristine lakes with miles and miles of sandy beach and, of course, every water sport imaginable. The hills surrounding the valley offer world class rock climbing, scenic hiking and biking trails along the historic Kettle Valley Railway, and champagne powder on the ski hills in the winter.

Explore Wine Country

Penticton is located right into Wine Country, and if we're honest, most of our guests are here to experience it. Spend your days off unwinding in the countryside at one of the region's 170 wineries, most of which are open year round!

Hit the KVR and TCT trails

If you're into hiking, running or cycling, go and explore Penticton's famous trails. Chase stunning views over the shimmering lake on the KVR (the Kettle Valley Railway), a historic rail line that was stopped in 1985, or on the TCT -the part of the Trans Canada Trail that goes through the region.

Live the beach day everyday

Because nothing beats a beach day to relax. Choose from the lively beach at Skaha Lake Park, named one of Canada's top beaches, or one of the quieter spots around the Okanagan lake. Afterwork volleyball game, anyone?

Shred the slopes

Even if Penticton is a beach town, it's so close to the mountains that you can hear them calling. Our local ski hill, Apex Mountain, is only 24 km away—not to mention all of the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains that spread outside our valley.

Hear it From Our Staff

"I have worked at Hi-Penticton for 11 years and counting. Penticton is a tourist paradise with 2 beaches, beautiful mountains to bike and hike, skiing in the winter and festivals and concerts in the summer and through-out the year. One of the benefits of working for Hosteling International is the flexible hours. I'm able to enjoy all the beauty and adventures this city has to offer and meet incredible people from all over the world. The Penticton Hostel is a charming heritage style building with a lot of character and challenges. Having a small staff, each of us get to contribute and learn in all areas of the business. My experiences here have been invaluable to me professionally and personally."

-Harold Denys, Hostel Staff

"I have been working at HI-Penticton since I moved from Quebec to here about 8 months ago. The heat and sun of the Okanagan Valley was part of my decision to live here. Besides meeting people from all over the world at the hostel, I really enjoy to have a flexible schedule that gives me time to go run or bike on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail and admire the stunning view of the lake and the mountains around. Or to go swim or paddle board at Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake beaches in summer time. Or to go hike at Campbell Mountain or ski at Apex Mountain in winter time. There is so much to do around even wine tasting tour with friends is awesome! Finally, I like to work at the hostel because I can share my favorites activities with the guests so they can discover the best about Penticton!"

-Marie-Christine Gouin, Hostel Staff