The Top 10 Things to do Near Big White Ski Resort, Canada

Okanagan Valley Winery
Okanagan Valley Winery | © Kelowna09 / Flckr

Big White Ski Resort is located 56km (35 mi.) outside of Kelowna in the Okanagan. It’s the third-largest resort in British Columbia, so there are plenty of runs to keep you busy on the mountain. But there’s so much more to this region, including quality wineries, adventure activities and, well, kangaroos. Here are 10 things to do near Big White to make your holiday unforgettable.

Visit a winery

The Okanagan Valley wine region is the second largest in Canada, and vineyards are located all around Okanagan Lake. More than 60 grape varieties are grown in the area, including icewines and German varieties. Mission Hill Winery must be on your list, with its panoramic lake views, European-style buildings, and Terrace Restaurant. Summerhill Pyramid Winery is another top choice, where you can sample ice wine or their ‘cult favourite white’, Ehrenfelser.
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna, BC, Canada +1 250 768 7611
Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna, BC, Canada +1 250 764 8000

Okanagan Valley Winery

Enjoy a drink

Big White has some of the best après-ski bars, so it’s only natural to have a drink after a day on the slopes. The most popular place is the award-winning Snowshoe Sam’s Pub. Ski Canada Magazine awarded it number-one ski bar, while Good Skiing and Snowboard Guide voted the pub the best après-ski spot in North America. Sessions Taphouse is another option, home to the mountain’s largest deck.
Snowshoe Sam’s Pub, 5375 Big White Road, Kelowna, BC, Canada +1 250 765 5959
Sessions Taphouse & Grill, Big White Road, Beaverdell, BC, Canada +1 250 765 1375

Watch a hockey game

Big White Ski Resort has a great package that offers tickets and transportation to a Kelowna Rockets ice hockey game. They organise everything, so all you have to do is board the bus at the Village Centre Mall and bring your cheering voice (pompoms optional). It’s a great night out and a way to see the NHL stars of tomorrow in action.

Feast on farm-to-table food

Kelowna is known for its high concentration of farm-to-table restaurants, particularly at the local wineries. Within the township, RauDZ offers a locally focused dinner menu, only Okanagan wines, and a communal dining atmosphere. KRAFTY kitchen + bar is a casual restaurant focused on the best Canadian ingredients. Home to Kelowna’s only duck-fat fryer, they proclaim to serve ‘good food brought to you by people who honestly give a duck fat’.
RauDZ, 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC, Canada +1 250 868 8805
KRAFTY kitchen + bar, 281 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna, BC, Canada +1 250 868 7228

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