The month of March is an thrilling time of transition within the Okanagan Valley—there’s nonetheless loads of snow within the excessive nation, however round city purple crocuses and white snowdrop blossoms are poking up in every single place. This implies there’s a variety of actions to maintain households busy over spring break.
Our household loves heading as much as Massive White for spring snowboarding nearly as a lot as we sit up for lacing up our mountaineering boots and hitting the paths on Knox Mountain. Because of Kelowna’s delicate local weather and proximity to the mountains, we plan to do each—and extra. Listed below are a number of concepts for household enjoyable over March break.
Strive Nordic snowboarding
When you’re searching for an reasonably priced method to get train on snowy forest trails, head as much as Telemark Nordic Membership in West Kelowna. There’s nonetheless loads of snow this excessive up the Glenrosa Highway, the place over 50 kilometres of trails await. We at all times have a number of enjoyable on the Chalet Loop, a groomed newbie circuit that begins and ends behind the warming lodge. There are additionally on-site leases that make it straightforward for newbies to get equipped.
Hike Knox Mountain Park
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The paths that zigzag up this extinct volcano simply 5 minutes from downtown are often snow-free by early March. Park within the lot on the finish of Ellis Avenue, begin hoofing it up the Apex Path, and see how excessive you may get—decided households will likely be rewarded with nice views over downtown Kelowna and Okanagan Lake. Alongside the best way, hold an eye fixed out for marmots sunning themselves on rocks and deer grazing on the brand new spring shoots.
Go to a museum
Cease by the Okanagan Heritage Museum downtown for a refresher on the valley’s geological and human historical past. In West Kelowna, the Sncəwips Heritage Museum has moved right into a vivid new area within the Okanagan Lake Purchasing Centre and options reveals that elevate cultural consciousness and understanding in regards to the native syilx nation.
Play within the snow at Massive White
Photograph by: Massive White Ski Resort
We love spring snowboarding on mushy snow below sunny skies with heat temperatures, and this 12 months guarantees to be epic—Massive White Ski Resort has one in all its greatest snow bases in current seasons. With 72 % of the mountain’s terrain designated newbie or intermediate, there are infinite groomers and rollicking tree runs for households to ski collectively. We additionally love ending the day on the Completely happy Valley Journey Park for ice-skating, tubing, or simply warming up by the outside fireplace with a scorching chocolate.
Tee up for mini golf
Whereas it’s true that many golf programs in Kelowna are open by mid-March, strolling (and even golf cart driving) 18 holes isn’t real looking for a lot of households. That’s why there’s mini golf! The 18-hole mini golf course at Scandia Golf & Video games options traditional ball obstacles together with a windmill and chateau. The amusement centre additionally has a go-kart observe and batting cages. If the climate isn’t cooperating, you’ll be able to head inside to putt the Indoor Jungle Golf course or play a number of the many video video games within the arcade.
Cycle the Mission Creek Greenway
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Search for pileated woodpeckers drilling into bushes or mallard geese floating alongside the water as you pedal the flat gravel pathway that parallels Mission Creek between Lakeshore Highway and Mission Creek Regional Park. On the park, cease into The Environmental Schooling Centre for the Okanagan to study in regards to the park’s crops and animals, or to signal out a Discovery Backpack stuffed with actions that make it easier to uncover the encircling atmosphere. The park additionally has a playground, plus strolling trails that result in a duck-filled pond and a fishing gap the place youngsters can study to forged a line.