The fun never ends in Kelowna and Vernon. Between the two jewels of the Okanagan, there are over 20 golf courses, two ski mountains and endless sandy beaches to conquer. The balmy summers and mild winters make these twin communities the perfect destination for family fun.
In winter, it is tough to choose between the two excellent ski resorts of Silver Star and Big White for snowboarding and skiing. Famous for dry, light snow and nearly two thousand annual hours of sun, the Okanagan alpine season never disappoints. If it is cross-country skiing is in the cards, Silver Star has 55 km of groomed trails vs Big White’s 8 km. But at both resorts snowshoeing, or even a scenic dogsled tour are options on down days.
As the largest city located on stunning Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is a recreational lakeside paradise with miles of beautiful parkland and beaches that offer swimming, boating, water skiing, windsurfing or catching a massive trout. Even Kelowna’s main street ends at a beach. Hop over to Vernon and continue to enjoy lake life, or visit honey farms, hot springs or a bike park. The whole region is bursting with the outdoors and climbing, caving and horseback riding are just some of the summer activities.
Both cities have thriving arts scenes and it’s easy to spend time wandering the galleries or taking in a community theatre production. Stroll the streets, enjoy the coffee shops and take advantage of the network of lakeside trails for biking or an early morning walk. Kids will love the splash parks strategically placed along the way so they can cool off in the summer heat.