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Winter Activities for the Whole Family in Kelowna

January 18, 2014

By Natalie Appleton

Kelowna winter activities are almost as endless and exciting as our summer activities. Whether you want to be near the ice or the snow, there’s something for everyone in your family, and you won’t have to go far from Kelowna hotels to enjoy it.


Kelowna is home to the Kelowna Rockets, a Western Hockey League (WHL) team that went to the Memorial Cup a record four times. Locals pack Prospera Place, where Rockets place home games against teams from Washington and BC as well as across the Prairies. Their 2013-2014 season so far has seen the team with eight-game winning streaks thanks, in part, to star goalie Jordon Cooke.

Taking in a Kelowna Rockets home game is a great way to keep alive your love for hockey or introduce your children to one of Canada’s favourite sports.

Kelowna Rockets Damon Severson by Marissa Baecker
Photo by Marissa Baecker/


Cross-Country Skiing

This is one of the best ways to experience nature and the beauty of the Okanagan backcountry—on a pair of cross-country skis. The valley is home to hundreds of kilometres of groomed, serene wooded trails, a handful of which can be found near Highway 33, easily accessible from your centrally located Kelowna hotels. Several ski resorts offer alpine trails as well as downhill trails. There are also a handful of dedicated Nordic skiing destinations.

Here are a few of our best Nordic cross-country ski trails:

Cross country skiing at Soverign Lake Nordic Centre
Photo by Steve Austin Photography/


Downhill Skiiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Snowshoeing and Sleigh Rides

With more sun and snow than almost anywhere else in western Canada, the Okanagan is one of the best places to ski and snowboard, not just in BC or Canada, but in the world. The valley is home to four hills, three of which are major resorts that offer several other outdoor winter activities, such as tubing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and more. Learn more in our post A Guide to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Near Kelowna Hotels.

Snowshoeing at Big White
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If you want to change up the pace of your Kelowna holiday, we’ve got great year-round indoor activities for all ages as well. Read up on the rainy day activities in our guide to family fun.

When you and your family stay at pet-friendly Kelowna hotels such as the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, you can also start or end your day in a mineral pool, hot tub, restaurant and more. Book your room today!


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