Does your family live for skiing and snowboarding? Or do you prefer winter days by the fire, with quick forays outside? No matter your preferences, there's a Kelowna staycation option for you and the kids. With a mild climate, easy access to outdoor adventure, and child-friendly restaurants and activities downtown here are some ideas for making a memorable weekend.
Check in to your two-bedroom condo at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, switch on the gas fireplace, and gear up for an evening out on the town. It’s a five-minute walk along the waterfront boardwalk to Stuart Park, where you can ice skate a few laps while the sun sinks behind the mountains (opening Monday, January 11, with COVID-19 restrictions in place) of the Thompson Plateau just across Okanagan Lake.
Photo by: Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort
After working up an appetite, walk two blocks to downtown Kelowna. There are ample dining options on Bernard Avenue, but we especially like Antico Pizza Napoletana or DunnEnzies for pizza. Make it an early night to rest up for Saturday’s on-piste adventures.
Grab a quick breakfast at Sprout, a downtown bakery that makes all its own bread and tops them with everything from smashed avocado to strawberry balsamic jam.
Photo by: Scott Bakken Productions
From there, it’s just an hour’s drive to Big White Ski Resort. Upon arrival mask up and get outfitted with gear at the rental shop inside the Village Centre Mall. Then, ascend into a snow-globe world of groomed cruisers for beginners, rollicking tree runs for intermediate skiers, and steep, alpine bowls on the backside for advanced riders. Big White offers over 2,700 acres of diverse terrain that’s routinely covered in forgiving powder snow that makes it fun for all abilities. Be sure to purchase your lift passes and book your rentals in advance, as COVID-19 require that all purchases and bookings must be made before you reach the hill. For more info on health and safety protocols in place, click here.
Photo by: Big White Ski Resort
Refuel at The Woods for lunch, right in the heart of the resort’s pedestrian village (The Woods is temporarily closed for indoor dining, but the outdoor concession and patio are still open daily from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Pair stew with a glass of BC red while the kids order grilled cheese or a burger and fries from a kid’s menu that includes dessert. When your ski legs give out after a few more runs, ride the gondola down to get back to your car.
Photo by: BNA Brewing Co.
Next up, it's back to Kelowna for a soak in the hotel’s hot tub (make sure to pre-book your time) before heading out for dinner. It’s a quick walk to BNA Brewing, which serves up craft beer and an eclectic menu that features Asian-inspired dishes as well as favourites like burgers and fries. There’s even 10-pin bowling upstairs (if the kids haven’t fallen asleep at the table).
Start the day with a 4-km round-trip hike to Paul’s Tomb. This easy, flat path parallels the lake at the base of Knox Mountain and the trailhead can be reached on foot or by car. Back in town, hit the Bohemian Café for brunch and then browse the boutiques along Bernard Ave.
Photo by: Meghan Reading
If you still have time for more exploring, consider popping into the Okanagan Heritage Museum to learn about the valley’s natural and human history, and round out all that outdoor adventure with a touch of education.