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Top 5 Winter Activities To Do In The Okanagan

December 27, 2012

If you’ve chosen BC’s beautiful Okanagan valley as your winter holiday destination, you’re in luck. From Salmon Arm to Osoyoos, there’s just as much to see and explore in the snow as there is in the sun.

When you’re looking for things to do during your stay at a centrally located Kelowna hotel, check out our top five winter activities:


#1: Caravan Farm Theatre

This is a theatre experience unlike any other. Each year Caravan gathers professional actors from across Canada to show its winter performance outdoors, on an Armstrong farm. You’ll even get to sing carols as your horse-drawn sleigh seats are carried from scene to scene by Clydesdales. Productions are often inspired by Santa and/or the season. This year’s production, which runs until Dec. 31, 2012, is the original screenplay, Saint Nick. Onward ho...


#2a: Skiing at Big White Ski Resort

Big White lives up to its motto, "It's the Snow", by offering 750cm of average snowfall each year. Located 56 km from Kelowna, Big White has not only skiing and snowboarding, but activities such as an ice climbing tower, dog sledding, snowmobile tours, and weekly fireworks.


#2b: Skiing at Silver Star Mountain Resort

With stunning vistas, great powder and dozens of dynamic trails, these resorts offer some of Canada’s best alpine skiing and snowboarding. Silver Star, located 75 kilometres from Kelowna, BC, was just named the best place to ski in January, anywhere in the world, in a New York Times article.  In addition to its idyllic skating rink and tubing hill, Silver Star also offers more than 100 kms of snowshoeing and Nordic skiing trails along with the nearby Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre. Which way to the lift?


#3: Vernon Winter Carnival

This is the Okanagan’s version of Montreal’s infamous winter festival. Vernon’s annual event, being held Feb. 1-10 2013, features a winter parade, a pageant, a hot air balloon show, downtown broomball tournaments, starlight movies, snowshoeing tours, and more.


#4: Wine Tours

A glass of Okanagan wine tastes just as lovely in January as it does in July. Wet your lips and take your pick of more than 100 wineries and vineyards which dot the valley. Winter tours aren’t as busy, so you’ll get more time to ask questions and maybe try one more glass of that Shiraz. Many hotels, like the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites offer excellent stay and sip wine tour packages.


#5: Galleries Galore

The Okanagan is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts as well as artists inspired by their beautiful surroundings.  If you’re at all interested in art, be sure to tour private and public galleries big and small while you’re in the valley. Some unique stops to include are  the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Tutt Street Gallery in Kelowna, Gallery Odin on Silver Star Mountain, and The Lloyd Gallery in Penticton.


At the end of the day during your winter adventure, relax and sleep well at the award-winning BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites. This green Kelowna hotel is in the heart of the Okanagan and offers a range of winter activity packages as well as 176 rooms and suites, a conference center, mineral pool, spa, and much more. Book your stay today!

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