When it comes to planning the ideal winter getaway in B.C., there are some common contenders that come to mind: Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, and, of course, Whistler, to name a few.
While all are great winter destinations, the popularity of these venues can also mean the slopes aren’t the only steep thing you can expect. On top of increasing costs season over season, the hoards of people migrating to these destinations from inside the province, across the country and worldwide mean the mountains themselves – and the available tickets, line-ups, and accommodations – can get very busy and book up fast.
Luckily, we know of an alternate destination that offers pristine powder, award-winning wineries, and outstanding outdoor adventures that are as epic as they are affordable.
Welcome to the hidden winter gem of British Columbia, where you can ski, sip and snowshoe to your heart’s content. It’s time to Visit Penticton.
Say ‘yes’ to sensational skiing and snowshoeing
Whether you’re a seasoned snow pro or a beginner strapping on your boots for the first time, an ideal feature of Penticton is its central location near not just one but two superb ski hills.
Just a short 30-minute drive away is Apex Mountain Resort, boasting some of the best ski conditions in the area, with short lift lines, prime powder, and a diverse selection of other winter activities, including night skiing, tubing, and an epic one-kilometer forest skating loop.
For those who love cross-country and snowshoeing, Nickel Plate is a world-class Nordic paradise, offering the longest ski season not only in the province, but the country. Featuring carefully maintained trails, quality snow, and breathtaking K9 snowshoe trails, you can bask in the region's expansive beauty at your own pace and even bring along your furry friend to enjoy some trails.
For those seeking an enjoyable and affordable winter retreat for the whole family, Baldy Mountain Resort offers a fantastic option for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing and more, just an hour away. Lessons and rentals are also available, making it easy for anyone of any skill level to participate.
Sip and savour the flavours of the South Okanagan
While it is the unsung hero of B.C. as a winter and all-season destination, there is much more to Penticton than meets the eye. It’s also a favourite hub for foodies, wine lovers and craft beer connoisseurs.
With over 90 nearby wineries, as well as cideries, distilleries and eight local craft breweries, Penticton invites visitors to indulge all their senses. Whether you want to explore these delectable options at your own leisure or take the more curated route with a wine tour, options are readily available to take you on a tasting journey.
The unique charm and atmosphere of Penticton add to its allure, enhancing your experience as you sip and savour not only the locally crafted wine and beer but also the breathtaking winter landscapes or the warm, comfortable crackle of a fireplace. A few options to enjoy a beverage or dinner next to a cozy fireplace include Neighbourhood Brewing or Station Public House.
This ambience adds an extra cozy layer to every sip and bite to make your visit that much more enjoyable.
An unbeatable B.C. destination
Another key factor that sets Penticton apart from other popular B.C. winter getaways is that its centralized location allows you to experience everything on foot without the need for constant driving, not only offering an affordable and “fuel free…almost” winter getaway but also promoting sustainable travel for eco-conscious visitors.
Looking to spend the evening snuggled up next to a fireplace? Book your stay at Penticton Lakeside Resort in the West Wing, at Casa Grande Inn to enjoy the 16 foot fireplace in the main living room, or Cormier’s Studio, which not only provides a fireplace in your suite but also offers an in-home art gallery for you to browse.
This preview is just a tiny taste of what your visit to Penticton might entail, offering everything you need for an ideal winter escape and then some.
So, why wait? Plan your visit to Penticton now and experience the ultimate winter vacation that ticks all the boxes. Learn more and book today at visitpenticton.com.