With snow-dusted mountains in every direction and a glassy lake that reflects those peaks on sunny days, Kelowna paints a pretty winter picture. Not only does the frosty city enchant with its looks, but its mild winter temperatures also encourage visitors to embrace the season.
Downtown, you can stroll along the waterfront boardwalk or skate lakeside at the outdoor rink in Stuart Park, then warm up by the fire pit with some hot chocolate. The city’s Cultural District buzzes all season long with new exhibits at museums and galleries, WHL hockey games at Prospera Place, live music and winter markets, and plays and musicals at community theatres. Comfort food abounds, too. Pop into a cozy café for a cappuccino, sip a hearty stout at a craft brewery or dig in to warming, seasonal fare at one of the many restaurants in the core.
You can also explore Kelowna's agricultural roots. Take a drive in southeast Kelowna, where you'll pass farms, orchards, and snow-covered vineyards, and explore the wineries of the Southeast Bench.
At Big White Ski Resort, you can explore the winter wonderland by dog sled or a horse-drawn sleigh. If you are looking to speed things up, hop on a snowmobile instead. Climb the tower of ice with pickaxes in hand, glide down the mountain at the tube park, or ice skate at Canada's highest outdoor rink. There are so many options for winter fun in Kelowna, Canada's four-season playground.
Kelowna is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ (land) of the syilx/Okanagan people who have resided here since time immemorial