A child holding a dog in the snow
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3-day Winter Family Adventure

To make a family vacation in Vernon even more memorable, just add snow. Wintertime in the Okanagan is nothing short of magical. Enjoy our pristine great outdoors in its winter blanket of white, and take advantage of all the indoor family-friendly activities offered in the area.

  • 3 days
  • Dec - Feb
  • Moderate
family tobogganing in snow
Danae Marie

Day 1

After a hot breakfast in town, check out the top local tobogganing spots for snow fun, and if it's a weekend or holiday break, some favourites also include Fulton Secondary School, Mission Hill Dog Park, Mission Hill Elementary, Silver Star Elementary, Vernon Christian School.

Next, cruise indoors for a warm up and visit the Okanagan Science Centre and Planet Bee Honey Farm for some educational fun. 

Grab dinner and round out the day with a family-favourite movie at The Towne Theatre.

A family pose for a photo while snowboarding
Lianne Viau

Day 2

Head up to the storybook mountain village of SilverStar Mountain Resort for a full day of family fun. With purchase of a My1Pass Full Day Ticket, you can downhill ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice skate, and tube. See how many activities you can fit in! Rentals are available for all activities at the rental shop and Brewers Pond.

A person using an indoor climbing wall

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast in town, head out for a winter stroll on the Okanagan Rail Trail. The flat gradient makes it accessible for all ages.

Next, burn off some energy with indoor climbing at the Rock Garden Climbing Centre, a perfect outing for those chilly winter days.

Spend the evening swimming in the indoor pool at your hotel before ordering pizza from Jim’s Place, a locals’ favourite.

Locals' Tip

Visit during the first couple weeks in February to enjoy all the activities during Vernon Winter Carnival, the largest winter event in greater Vernon.

Where to Stay

Prestige Vernon Lodge has a unique atrium with tropical plants and an indoor swimming pool.

Fairfield Inn & Suites has a water slide and indoor pool 

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