Despite being favored as a summer destination, the Okanagan Valley still has much to offer to winter visitors. In this blog, we’ll share all the things you can get up to in this amazing corner of Canada.
Hit up its world-class snow resorts
Like much of the rest of British Columbia, the Okanagan is known for its outstanding skiing and snowboarding. Don’t be fooled by the gentle grades and mild conditions near the lakes – the Monashees and the Cascades provide all the steepness, coldness, and snow you’ll need to have a banging time.
Start with Silver Star, which is a short drive from Vernon. With enough runs to challenge experts, but plenty of terrain for novices and intermediates, it is an excellent place to bring the family.
Afterward, head down to Big White. A short commute from Kelowna (or stay on the hill in the resort village), this gem has multiple lifts leading to countless runs, gets regular dumps of champagne powder, and has plenty of off-hill activities (ice climbing, tubing, skating, hockey) for non-shredders.
Too tired out from the slopes to do the apres ski thing? Let your friends get polluted while you curl up in bed with your phone. Load up an android casino site, and you’ll be instantly be transported to a world of entertainment where the spin of a roulette wheel or the flip of a card at the blackjack tables will not only thrill you, but also make you money that will help pay for your day at the hill.
Taste some ice wine
These days, the Okanagan is known for being one of Canada’s best wine regions, accounting for much of the travel to the region. Think that tasting rooms shut down during the winter? This is not at all the case, as many not only offer visitors samples of their best vintages, but of the winter crop which has just been harvested as of the writing of this article.
Ice wine is the product that is currently on offer. It is made by leaving grapes on the vine in the fall. After the first hard freeze (when temperatures dip below -8 degrees Celsius), they are harvested and crushed into a product that is very sweet.
Suitable for serving guests at dessert, you’ll be taking more than a few bottles home with you after sampling some in the Okanagan Valley.
The mountains of the Okanagan aren’t the only place where you can have some winter fun. The trails at lower elevations are perfect for snowshoers throughout much of the winter season.
The ski resorts all have snowshoeing tracks, but there are many other trails which are suitable for this activity, dependent on snow cover. Places like the Telemark Nordic Club and Sovereign Lake are well-loved by locals who practice this sport, as they offer long, quiet trails where one can embrace the silence nature offers this time of year.
Take in the region’s craft brewing scene
The Okanagan doesn’t just make wine – they brew beer as well. In each of the cities in the valley, you’ll find a variety of microbreweries that will please beer enthusiasts. Marten Brewing in Vernon, Big Surf Beer Company in Kelowna, and Bad Tattoo Brewery in Penticton, and others have something different to bring to the table, so take your time exploring during your winter vacation to the Okanagan.