Three Quails icon Beads & Map Experiential Tours About BeadTrails What's New Become a Destination

Five Things To Do in the Okanagan in Winter

Published November 21st, 2018

It is our mission to introduce you to the delights of the Thompson Okanagan in every season so here’s a short list of places and activities that you might enjoy in the coming months.

1. Follow the BeadTrails

Always, always at any time of the year you can follow the BeadTrails and explore and collect, discover new destinations and track down new bead charms. Refer to our interactive map to check on opening hours for each BeadTrails location and for a link to their websites and phone number.

Family-fun activities on the BeadTrails include: The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, which is dedicated to sharing the historical and cultural significance of the Osoyoos Indian Band and the desert landscape.

Summerland Sweets, which conveniently includes Sleeping Giant Winery! The perfect destination for ice cream, gourmet jams, fruit jelly candies, gifts and more.

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Honeymoon Meadery in Vernon. You can see and learn about the resident bees, taste the honey and shop in the store.

Many of the wineries, cideries and distilleries on the trails remain open during the winter, just check their websites via our handy-dandy interactive map for opening hours before you visit. The majority of the stores, eating-places and art galleries on the BeadTrails will have open doors and a warm welcome. And of course the Thompson Okanagan provides ample opportunities to play in the winter snow!

2. Summerland Festival of Lights & Light Up the Vines

On Friday November 30th Summerland’s downtown core will be filled with food stalls. activities and festivities. Do call into the BeadTrails Experience Store and say hello! Just before 7:00pm join in the countdown and delight in the fairy-light reveal, and then enjoy the evening with other revelers and wait in anticipation for the firework display at around 8:30pm.

The Summerland wineries, cideries, and a brewery and a distillery open their doors and decorate the vineyards for Light Up the Vines on Nov.24th and Dec. 1st & 2nd from 3 –8:00pm.

3. Sip, Savour & Save

The 17th annual Dine Around Thompson Okanagan January 16 - February 3, 2019. Experience the region's best restaurants as they offer 3-course menus for $15, $25, $35 and $45 paired with BC VQA wines, BC spirits and BC beer. More than 50 participating restaurants from Kamloops to Osoyoos.

4. Okanagan Winter Wine Festival

January 11th – 20th 2019. The alpine village of Sun Peaks near Kamloops is holding its 21st annual festival and includes events such as the Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine with cheese poet David Beaudoin, and Moonlight Snowshoeing and Mulled Wine.

5. Vernon Winter Carnival.

Carnival-tickets on sale February 1st – 10th 2019

This time around the theme is pirates – perfect for the family events and it will be interesting to see the costumes at the Irish Pub Night, Blues Festival and Pinot & Paint!