Winter Wonderland: Kelowna Edition

If you live in the Okanagan, then you know that winter can be a magical time of year. Despite the cold temperatures, there’s plenty of fun to be had. From skiing and snowshoeing to hot chocolate and cozy fireplaces, here are some of the best winter activities in Kelowna to keep you entertained all season long. 

If you’re looking to view some magical Christmas displays, take a trip down Candy Cane Lane in Rutland. Candy Cane Lane is a two-block stretch of homes that are lit up with dazzling displays during the holiday season. It’s about 70 homes on Collison Road, Gramiak Road, and Mary Court. Every year, residents along the street adorn their homes with twinkling lights and decorations, creating a magical atmosphere that draws visitors from near and far. Candy Cane Lane also offers great opportunities to give back while having some fun. Each year they partner with local charities who collect donations during their visits, helping those in need during this special time of year. So if you plan on visiting this unique experience, be sure to bring some change so you can donate as well! 

The Okanagan is home to several amazing ski resorts, including Big White and Silver Star Mountain Resort. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier or snowboarder, these resorts have something for everyone. With terrain parks, groomed slopes, and incredible views, it’s no wonder why skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular winter activities in Kelowna. 

If downhill skiing isn’t your thing, don’t worry—Kelowna has plenty of options for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well. There are numerous trails located throughout the region that offer stunning views of nature at its finest. Plus, since these activities require much less equipment than downhill skiing or snowboarding, they’re great for beginners who want to get outside without spending a fortune on gear. You can also rent snowshoes from MEC!

The Stuart Park ice rink is open from December 1st to March 31st each year and offers many public skate times. In addition to its traditional ice skating, there are also a variety of special events offered at the park throughout the season. These include family skate nights with live music, as well as Christmas themed evenings that feature carolling and other festive activities. The Stuart Park ice rink is not just for seasoned skaters; it’s also great for people who have never been on skates before or those who simply want to enjoy themselves without any pressure or competition. If you’re not into skating, enjoy a hot chocolate by the firepit!  Whether you’re looking for a place to take your kids or just want some time away from your busy life, this park offers plenty of options that will make your visit truly unforgettable. 

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure or a cozy night with your family, there’s no shortage of winter activities in Kelowna! From a walking tour of Candy Cane Lane to hot chocolate by the ice rink, this wonderful city has something for everyone during this magical season—so bundle up and get ready to enjoy all that Kelowna has to offer!