Visiting Central & Eastern British Columbia
Make the most of your next visit to eastern British Columbia. Plan your exploration of this region for the winter or early parts of spring and discover a wide range of excellent attractions, pleasant cities, welcoming locals, and an impressive list of events, festivals, and concerts. From Fernie and Cranbrook out to Williams Lake and Valemount – you’ll have a blast in eastern BC.
One of the premier destinations during the winter season in BC is the Radium Hot Springs Mineral Pools. These naturally heated pools can be found in the village of Radium Hot Springs, north of Cranbrook and just on the outskirts of Kootenay National Park. The nearby Forester Creek Area yields excellent sledding and skiing during the winter months, and be sure to check out a Back Roads Adventures with an exploration of the Kootenay Rockies.
You’ll find even more impressive and thrilling winter ski opportunities at the Crystal Ridge Ski Area in Valemount. The Crystal Ridge Ski Area is free, and is also a sled-assisted ski hill. Don’t miss out this winter in eastern BC.
Your visit to central and eastern BC should certainly include a stay in Kamloops. Home of the BC Wildlife Park, Kamloops will easily yield full days of fun for the whole family.
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The wineries of Southern British Columbia are ripe for exploring and you’ll find a few popular destinations along the shores of Okanagan Lake and scenic hills across the region.
Several family-owned wineries and estates in the Okanagan Valley are within a short drive of each other so you can map out your own wine trail during your visit.
Premier Golf Destinations
Play on some of the most unique terrain in the Thompson Okanagan valleys at two beautiful golf courses. Endless days of sunshine, bountiful orchards and views of the vineyards are a few reasons to play golf in this region.
Make your way to the Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver or play at the Okanagan Golf Club for an unforgettable playing experience.
Go Skiing & Snowboarding
The Okanagan Valley is home to some of the best ski resorts in British Columbia and offers a wealth of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Head to the ski resorts to experience ‘Okanagan powder’, or light snow, and enjoy the beautiful views of the mountain ranges.
Plan your winter or spring skiing adventure in Penticton, Oliver, West Kelown, and Vernon for an unforgettable cold-weather retreat.
Exciting Events and Festivals
From food and wine events to golf tournaments, you can participate in some local traditions and annual events that bring the community together. Okanagan Falls, Salmon Arm, Summerland and Vernon are some of the popular destinations for events in southern British Columbia.
Enjoy live performances, outdoor theater experiences, concerts, sporting events like the Spartan Race, and food festivals during your visit.