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Top 5 Things To Do During Spring Break in West Kelowna

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Now that the snow has disappeared, for those with a little ‘spring fever’, we have some suggestions for you to participate in over this spring break. The top five things to do in West Kelowna on Spring break include:

  • Stopping the by one of the local bike shops to find out what the trails are like. West Kelowna’s town centre is only minutes from some of the best mountain biking trails in the Central Okanagan. Sovereign Cycle or Outbound Cycle can get your bike tuned up and let you know which trails to head out on.
  • If the spring showers come there is no need to stay indoors. Why not head out to the Museum to learn about some local history? After the visit, take in a flick at one of our two movie theatres.
  • Insider tip here. This time of year is the perfect to visit the wineries as the tasting rooms are less crowded. What this means is more opportunities to ask questions and learn about the wines! Visit www.thewestsidewinetrail.com for a listing and map of all of the wineries along the Westside Wine Trail.rollingdale
  • Indulge. Try some new restaurants that you haven’t been to before. The Westbank Centre has several ethnic restaurants, all within a two square block radius. Here you can find Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese as well as classic diner style eateries. Or head over to Governor’s Landing for some bannock.
  • Keeping the little ones entertained is usually on the top of mind of parents. Some fun and active options include the Johnson Bentley Aquatic Centre as well as OgoPlay Family Entertainment Centre, an indoor playplace.

Top 5 Winter Activities in West Kelowna

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From action on the ice to the slopes of the mountains, tons of fun can be found during the winter months in West Kelowna. The powder filled valleys and mountains beckon snowboarders, skiers and snowshoers to come out and play, while the roar of the crowd in the local arena provides entertainment.

The top 5 winter activities you don’t want to miss out on include:

  1. Snowshoeing among the pine trees. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Wind through the forest or challenge yourself to the top of Panorama Ridge at Telemark Nordic Club, the 62 km of snowshoe trails will keep you coming back!
  2. Hitting the slopes. Grab your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes of the local ski hill, Crystal Mountain. Known as the ‘family-friendly’ ski-hill in the Okanagan, its close proximately to town allows families to spend more time on the hill and less time in the car!
  3. Joining the roar of the crowd at a hockey game. The Warriors represent West Kelowna in the BCHL and they are a great way to see the NHL stars of tomorrow.
  4. Skating indoors or out. Winter just wouldn’t be winter without a little ice skating. Jim Lind arena offers public skating throughout the week and if the temperatures get cold enough, Shannon Lake is a popular spot for outdoor ice skating.
  5. Skiing in the woods. Relax, have some fun and reconnect with nature during an afternoon of cross-country skiing at Telemark Nordic Club. Wildlife abounds in the 2500 acre site and with over 50 kms of groomed trails, where there is a challenging trail for all levels.

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Family Friendly Skiing at Crystal Mountain

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Families always have a great time when they are at Crystal Mountain, as it is known as the family-friendly ski hill in the Okanagan. There it is about relaxing, having fun and being close to nature. You won’t find the hustle and bustle of high-end ski resorts at this place, but what you will find is great skiing with 26 runs spread out over 470 acres of trails. The peak elevation is at 5001 ft and the terrain offers beginners 30% of the slopes, with 50% being rated as intermediate and 20% difficult.Crystal Mountain - West Kelowna - Darren Hull

Located just 20 minutes from West Kelowna’s town centre, one can spend more time hitting the slopes and less time in the car getting there!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: During the Winter Break, Crystal Mountain is open daily until January 5th and starting January 6th, the hill will resume regular winter season hours of being open Thursday to Sunday. Visit www.crystalresort.com for more information.

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