Kelowna – The Okanagan Valley
Kelowna is the gateway city to the Okanagan Region of British Columbia, Canada; and the access hub to Big White Ski Resort.
This region is famous for outstanding summers and even better winters, with super dry snow and lots of it, every year.
The largest town in the region is Kelowna, also the second largest town in British Columbia after Vancouver.
Because Kelowna has an expanding international airport, Big White Ski Resort has become a very popular international ski destination. The resort is an easy 45-minute drive (56km) south-east from Kelowna International Airport (YLW). From Vancouver the road journey is a comfortable and extraordinarily scenic 5 hours (438 kms).
A flight from Vancouver (YVR) or Calgary (YYC) will have you in Kelowna (YLW) in just under an hour. From the east, Toronto (YYZ) boasts multiple daily flights with flight time around 4.5 hours.
Things to Do in the Okanagan in Winter
While you are in Big White, consider a day off the mountain, and take a trip down to Kelowna to visit this spectacular lakeside city. Go on a tour to visit many local Okanagan wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Looking for farm fresh food? Visit the farms, orchards, markets, or many local restaurants for delicious seasonal products grown right here. There is an established arts and cultural district, along with a growing interest in indigenous food and wine tourism throughout the region.
A must-do activity is a hockey game ─ ice hockey that is. The Kelowna Rockets are our home team. Tickets and transport to an action packed game can be arranged.
COVID Update: Due to COVID-19 Restrictions hockey game tours are not available for the upcoming season.
Fun fact: The Okanagan Region is home to some 185 wineries and more than 30 golf courses. Late in the ski season each year, locals will often ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon, and finish the day with dinner at a local vineyard.
Life is good in the Okanagan! Our team from Stonebridge at Big White, can do all the planning for you. Come and experience it for yourself.