Myra Canyon Kettle Valley Rail Trail
Trestle 11 and 12 on the Myra Canyon in Winter. Photo Credit Monashee Adventure Tours

5 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Wine Country

As cooler temperatures emerge, and the snow blankets the vineyards, the valley transforms from a sun-soaked paradise to the ultimate winter destination. From champagne powder to frozen waterfalls to theatrical sleigh ride shows, the winter can be a magical time to explore the Okanagan.
Silver star mountain resort Vernon

Silver Star Mountain Resort. Photo Credit Destination BC/Blake Jorgenson

1. Take A Winter Road Trip

With surrounding mountains and expansive lake views, Route 97 through the Okanagan Corridor is one of BC’s top scenic drives. In the winter, the sweeping landscape is enveloped in glistening tones of white and blue. Be sure that your vehicle or RV is ready for winter and always check road conditions in advance of your trip.

Poplar Grove Winery Penticton Naramata

A couple sampling wine at Poplar Grove Winery. Photo Credit Destination BC/Kari Medig

2. Winter in Wine Country

The colder weather brings with it the perfect opportunity to enjoy the elegant, bold reds the Okanagan is so good at crafting. Try out the exceptional vintages garnering international attention, and raise your glass to the upcoming year. Meet the winemakers and savour new releases in an intimate setting at Big Reds at Big White, check out one of the many events at the Sun Peaks Okanagan Winter Wine Fest, or embrace the best of local flavours at Winter in Wine Country.

Sun Peaks Ski Resort Kamloops

Skiiers on the chairlift at Sun Peaks Resort. Photo Credit Destination BC/Ryan Creary

3. Winter Camping

What could be more magical than waking up in a winter wonderland? Enjoy the warmth of a roaring fire with mulled wine in hand, unwind in the great outdoors, and try your hand at winter camping. With many RV Parks and Provincial Campgrounds open year-round, escape to the Okanagan for the ultimate winter getaway.

Myra Canyon Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Trestle 11 and 12 on the Myra Canyon in Winter. Photo Credit Monashee Adventure Tours

4. Ski Three Resorts in a Week

The Okanagan is home to a multitude of mountain resorts so you don’t have to travel far to hit the slopes. Known for unparalleled champagne powder, the mountains boast beautiful villages that will get you right into the festive spirit. And you don’t have to ski to enjoy the winter culture. From dog-sledding and ice-fishing to a horse-drawn sleigh ride to a rustic cabin in the woods – there’s an array of wonderful experiences for anyone looking to embrace the snow season.

5. Snowshoe the Myra Canyon Trestles

Explore the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail in the winter with a guided snowshoe tour. With this easy, flat adventure you’ll see 11 trestles and 2 tunnels as Trailhead Ed talks you through the local history and lore.

Whatever your winter preference this season, be sure to take a step back, enjoy the view, and welcome the festive charm of the Okanagan. For more information on winter camping visit Camping & RV in BC .