Top 5 Okanagan Winter Activities

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Jan13

Top 5 Okanagan Winter Activities

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Top 5 Okanagan Winter Activities for the Cool-Weather Traveler

The appeal of the Okanagan Valley in the summertime is undeniable: sunny days on the beach, a walk through the public parks, ice cream from local vendors. But did you know that this semi-arid desert vacation spot is just as charming in the winter? Plus, you won’t have to compete with sun-chasing tourists for parking spots, dinner reservations, and accommodations.

Here are 5 Winter activities you can do near La Casa Cottage Resort during the cooler months:

  1. Big White Ski Resort

You’ll find Big White Ski Resort about an hour outside of Kelowna. An express bus will even take you from the city to the resort for a small fee. Enjoy 119 designated trails with the longest being a full 7.2 km (4.5 miles) from the top of the T-Bar to Bottom of Gem Lake. Once you’re done shredding powder, the Big White area has 20 on-mountain restaurants, cafes, delis, pubs and nightclubs for you to enjoy.

  1. Snowshoeing Around Vernon

Check out the Vernon Visitor Centre for the various snowshoe trails in the area. Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre offers 14 km (8.7 mi) of trails with different levels of intensity from beginner to expert. Silver Star has another 16 km (10 mi) of single-track trails through forests and hills for nature lovers to relish. Anyone craving a challenge should try the BX Creek & Falls Trail or the Longacre Trail snowshoe hike.

  1. Stargazing in Heated Pools

Enjoy the crisp, refreshing night air in a heated pool or hot tub. Download a star-gazing app like Star Chart for an augmented reality experience while you take in the night sky. It will help you spot constellations using your smartphone. Wintertime is great for star-gazing because it stays dark for much longer. Even if you don’t spot a falling star, heated pools can do wonders for stress and relaxation.

  1. Stuart Park Skating Rink

In the heart of downtown Kelowna, you’ll find the Stuart Park skating rink. This attraction is a local favorite during the chilly winter months. Visitors can rent skates on-site via the Bladez Skate Truck and using the rink itself is free otherwise. Open from 6 AM to 11 PM, the Stuart Park rink is only available from around December to February annually so catch it before it closes.

  1. Holiday-Themed Events

During December, the various neighborhoods of Kelowna and Vernon host a variety of holiday-themed events, markets, and light-ups. Okanagan Christmas Fest, for example, is only $5 to get in and presents festive shopping and snacking opportunities as well as a Christmas Tree Walk in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank. Or, try the Holiday Light-Up in downtown Vernon.

Whatever you decide to do, know that the Okanagan is so much more than blistering hot days and summer music festivals. There is a quiet, charming beauty to the Okanagan area in the winter. We hope you will come and discover it for yourself.

Looking to book a Winter Getaway? La Casa Mirador sleeps up to 26 guests and includes a roof top hot-tub, private movie theatre & games room! Come make the most of winter in the Okanagan!

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