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Exploring Kelowna in March

A visit to Kelowna means making the most of its four distinct seasons, with March signalling the official transition from winter to spring. Read on to find out more about what you can discover, and what to expect, in Kelowna when visiting at this time of year.


Outdoor Adventure

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Fat biking at Myra Canyon Trestles

Adventure abounds throughout the year in Kelowna, but in March, you can really make the most of Kelowna’s outdoor playground. Snow is generally scarce right in the city, but is still plentiful in the mountains, allowing visitors and locals alike the opportunity to enjoy both winter and spring activities.

Head up to Big White Ski Resort to get your fill of Okanagan champagne powder. With added activities like fat biking, skating, tubing, snowmobiling, and more, you’re sure to find something for any outdoor lover (or après-ski opportunities for those who prefer to stay indoors). If you’re a skier who’s comfortable on green and blue runs, be sure to take advantage of Big White’s free Snow Host tours. These 90-minute tours, which take place every day at 10:30 a.m., are open to all ages—an experienced local volunteer will show you the ins and outs of the resort, making sure you have fun and make the most of your visit. Discover more about the program and other available activities on Big White’s website.

Feel like skiing and golfing on the same day? In most years, you can do that in March! In 2021, Two Eagles Golf Course in West Kelowna opened on March 3, with other courses starting to follow suit in mid-March. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just getting started with the sport, you’ll find a Kelowna golf course that matches your skillset.

While rentals for water sports aren’t available yet this early in the year, those who have their own equipment and the right gear to stay warm can get out to explore the Kelowna paddle trail on Okanagan Lake—many locals are out on the water year-round! You can also explore the waterfront boardwalk by bike or scooter thanks to Kelowna’s shared transportation providers.


Local Events

Peak Pride at Big White Ski Resort

As restrictions continue to ease, local events are kicking into high gear for 2022. Here are some of the events you can enjoy in Kelowna this March.

St. Patrick’s Day

Festivals & Sports
  • Get set for 8 days of inclusive fun as Peak Pride, an annual winter Pride event, returns! First launched in 2016 at Big White, the event has now expanded to multiple locations throughout BC. This year’s Okanagan events are set to take place at Big White from March 24 – 27 and at SilverStar Mountain Resort from March 31 – April 3.
  • Take in some Western Hockey League action at one of the Kelowna Rockets March home games, taking place at Prospera Place in downtown Kelowna.

Food & Drink

Music & Performing Arts

Heritage, Arts & Culture
  • Learn more about eco-wellness practices from Indigenous Elders and knowledge carriers by attending the Okanagan Heritage Museum’s online event, na̓ʔk̓ʷulamən (what we do): syilx Wellness Practices, which takes place on March 16.
  • Visit the Kelowna Art Gallery to experience a travelling reproduction of The Witness Blanket—a nearly 40-foot-long cedar carved installation created by master carver and Indigenous artist, Carey Newman, “bearing witness to the truths of residential school survivors.” The impactful piece of art is on display until April 10.  


For a full list of events happening in Kelowna, check out our events calendar.


Transitioning Weather

Waterfront Park-March

Waterfront Park, downtown Kelowna

As with any transitional month, fluctuating weather may require you to pack more strategically. Average daytime temperatures can range from -2°C / 28°F to 10°C / 48°F—depending on where you’re visiting from, this may seem balmy or downright chilly, so you’ll want to pack accordingly. March will see a mix of precipitation, with an average is of 21 mm (0.8 inches) of rain/snow for the entire month. There isn’t generally a need for tons of rain gear though, as showers tend to be brief and light. If you’re planning on heading up into the mountains, be sure to have appropriate winter gear as there will still be plenty of snow around. View our helpful outdoor safety tips.


Helpful Planning Resources

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Plan a purposeful and rewarding trip to Kelowna by using the resources available on our website:

Have more questions about your trip to Kelowna? Connect with our team at the Kelowna Visitor Centre.

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