BC isn’t only known for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing is a fun and cost effective way to enjoy the fresh air in the winter. Rent skis and hit one or more of the 16 groomed trails at the Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna, visit the largest cross-country ski trail networks in Canada at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, or try the Nordic Trails at Big White Ski Resort. If you have your own skis the Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club has 75km of groomed trails to explore.
Nothing beats a crisp winter evening along the shores of Okanagan Lake skating with your friends or family at Stuart Park in the heart of downtown Kelowna. Plenty of other outdoor skating opportunities are available including in the mountains Brewer’s Pond at SilverStar or Canada's highest rink at Big White and 5km up Princeton Avenue in Peachland is Mountain View Park with a new outdoor rink waiting to welcome you.
The mountains surrounding Kelowna get plenty of powdery snow which makes hitting the hiking trails a little more fun! Visit Rose Valley, Cedar Creek Park or Bear Creek for epic valley views, partially frozen waterfalls and fully frozen alpine lakes. The Myra Canyon Trestles are even more majestic with a layer of snow, be sure you have a 4x4 with winter tires to get to the parking lot, but the views will make it 100% worth it.
A winter stay in Kelowna is not complete without carving through the famous Okanagan champagne powder at Big White Resort or SilverStar Mountain Resort. Both mountains are about an hour from downtown and offer varied terrain for all levels and with charming town sites worth exploring for that extremely important après ski!
Cycling through Kelowna in the winter is easy on a fat bike. Get to where you need to go or just take in the views on the extensive trail systems throughout the city including the Mission Creek Greenway, Waterfront Boardwalk, Abbott Street Corridor and the Okanagan Rail Trail. If hitting the alpine is more your style, Big White and SilverStar both have fat biking along their Nordic trails and SilverStar even has fat bike rentals, making it easy to try the sport. If you have your own bike, head to Crawford Trails in Myra Bellevue Provincial Park for trails with views of Okanagan Lake.