Festival of Lights - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/midsommarnights/11276369635It’s that season where the holidays are here again. Okanagan knows how to celebrate the season right by bringing special events to the area. This year you can enjoy the 27th annual Festival of Lights. The event is the true kick-off party for the holidays. Here is what you can expect at the 2014 Summerland’s 27th Festival of Lights.


Summerland is a friendly town in Okanagan with about 11,000 residents. It’s a quiet town where people love to relax and shop. This event is one of the highlights of the year for the area. Summerland is a short drive from nearby communities.

The event that started 27 years ago was thought of by some creative individuals that wanted to show people that Summerland was a great place to live. It gives residents…

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Snowshoes - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kneoh/5508701344Snowshoeing and dogsledding are really popular sports in Okanagan. This is because of the large amount of area Okanagan offers to enjoy the sports. You can enjoy snowshoeing in ski resorts or backcountry provincial parks. Dogsledding is best done from November to April. Here are the locations you should go for snowshoeing and dogsledding in town.


The best places to go snowshoeing in Okanagan include Big White Ski Resort, Sun Peaks Resort and Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Silver Star Mountain Resort is located at 123 Shortt Street. it’s a family-oriented area where a charming Victorian village sits. The atmosphere here usually offers mild temperatures and a large variety of terrain. Many people come here for snowshoeing as well as…

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Backcountry skiing is a very popular sport in Canada. They offer untracked powder and a true test of a skier’s ability. There are great opportunities for this in the northern part of the Thompson Okanagan area. Many people head over to Mount Robson Provincial Park and Wells Gray Provincial Park for great backcountry skiing and sometimes to the Monashee Mountains. Beginners should stick to courses by local outfitters while more advanced skiers would enjoy backcountry tours through Wells Gray and Mountain Robson Provincial Parks.

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Self-Guided Tours

If you aren’t interested in a guided tour and just want your own, personalized experience, you can try a self-guided tour through backcountry skiing areas of Thompson Okanagan. There are plenty of cabins…

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Canadian Cuisine - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/113026679@N03/14154389889If you are looking for authentic Canadian cuisine near Okanagan, there are several options. Many Okanagan restaurants work closely with local farmers to offer fresh cuisine and local wine. Not only will you be able to experience delicious and fresh local options, but many of the restaurants here offer scenic views through dinner cruises. Here are some of the best options for Canadian dining near Okanagan.

Kekuli Café - 3041 Louie Drive, West Kelowna, BC

Kekuli Café is an affordable place to grab Canadian cuisine. Meals range from $11-$24. The menu includes breakfast and lunch options. You can get a bannock, burgers, sandwiches, tacos and salads. Don’t forget dessert and a latte.

Range Restaurant at Predator Ridge Resort - 301 Village Centre…

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Heli-Skiing - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grechman/3195626591Since the Thompson Okanagan Region is found within one of the largest snowbelts in the entire world. The fluffy snow can get as high as 10 metres and provides plenty of heli-skiing and cat-skiing. Residents and visitors can take a heli-skiing tour or they can take advantage of the snow with a cat-ski operator.

Areas Offering Heli-Skiing and Cat-Skiing

There are a few areas with this type of skiing, which include:

  • Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing Village Resort
  • Robson Helimagic Lodge
  • CMH Valemount Lodge
  • Cariboo Snowcat Skiing
  • K3 Cat Ski
  • Monashee Powder Snowcats' Mountain Lodge

These are the most well-known choices for cat-skiing and heli-skiing in the area.

Heli-Ski Tours

The Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing operation is the second…

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Pumpkin Picking - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fauxto_dkp/2987306709Halloween is right around the corner and there are plenty of fun events about to happen in Okanagan. This is a very popular time of year for festivals and other types of events. Here are just a few of the many events coming up throughout the area.

Family Pumpkin Festival - October 18th to October 26th

This event will include plenty of pumpkin picking, pumpkin treats, entertainment and more. It will be held at Davison Orchards found at 3111 Davison Road in Vernon.

Haunted Kamloops Tour with the Kamloops Museum & Archives - October 23rd to October 25th

The Kamloops Museum & Archives will hold this very interesting haunted tour at the burial grounds throughout the area. It will explore some of the scary and spooking spots in Kamloops including…

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