Big White ski resort is located just 56 kilometres southeast of Kelowna. The mountain is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and offers visitors fantastic adventures during the winter season. Visiting the mountain is a great way to escape to the outdoors and enjoy a variety of activities with the family. Although open and ready for action November through April, Big White is closed throughout the summer months. The slopes may be out of commission, but there are still plenty of family friendly adventures nearby for you to enjoy and discover.
Cycle Through Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park
The wildfires of 2003 caused significant damage to Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park. Since that time much has been done to restore the natural beauty of this park. There are still hazards to be aware of when visiting, and children should stay under adult supervision. Despite this, many parts of the park are safe and open for exploration. The historic Kettle Valley Railway is a great destination for a family bike adventure. Trails offer varying difficulties, and run through the park. You can find bike rentals, tours and concessions at the Myra Station parking lot. Myra Canyon Bicycle Rentals provides bikes to rent, and Monashee Adventure Tours offers bicycle tours and shuttle services. Remember to yield to hikers and horses, and always wear your helmets.
Discover Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park
Established in 1973, the Okanagan Provincial Park is a popular family destination for Kelowna residents. There are no public roads that enter the park, but visitors from Kelowna can access the park via Lakeshore Road. Above the lake shore lies over 100,000 hectares of spruce-fir forests, mountain lakes and grasslands perfect for a day out with the family. Hiking trails and fishing are abundant here. Six marine campgrounds fill the 33km of undeveloped shoreline, along with many secluded bays and sandy beaches. Stay and play while enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds the Okanagan. Divide, Norman and Baker lakes are all stocked by Summerland Trout Hatchery with rainbow trout for families looking to fish. Make sure if you're adding a bit of fishing to your outdoor adventure that you have the appropriate licenses before casting your lines. The park is also rich in culture, as provincially significant pictographs by First Nations can be found on canyon walls and rock outcrops.
Explore Graystokes Protected Area
45 kilometres away from the city of Kelowna is Graystokes Protected area. The area is made up of over 11,000 hectares, and protects an extensive complex of meadows, swamps and meandering streams. There's not much in they way of facilities here, but the natural landscape is the perfect setting for an outdoor family adventure. Teach your children about wildlife preservation while enjoying the natural sights of Graystokes. Make sure to pack a picnic and water for your trip, as there's no access to drinking water. The area also offers fishing sites and walking trails for you and your family to enjoy.
There are no shortage of discovery and adventure for your family this summer near Big White Resort. Kelowna residents and returning visitors have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the many wonders of the great outdoors. Sometimes, however, with so many events happening in the Kelowna area, it's easy to forget about the great parks and trails outside the city. So take some time out to experience and enjoy the beauty that’s tucked away beyond Kelowna's borders.