10 rea­sons to visit Pen­tic­ton this win­ter

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Whether you’re search­ing for a fam­ily va­ca­tion, a ro­man­tic es­cape, or a week­end pack­age deal, you’ll find ex­actly what you are look­ing for in Pen­tic­ton. With cozy ac­com­mo­da­tions and plenty of en­ter­tain­ment, it’s easy to see why Pen­tic­ton is a favourite des­ti­na­tion for B.C. win­ter get­aways.

Lo­cated in the heart of Okana­gan wine coun­try, Pen­tic­ton of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties year-round, mak­ing it per­fect for a Christ­mas­time va­ca­tion—and be­yond. Just a four-hour drive or 45-minute flight from Van­cou­ver, Pen­tic­ton is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for a mini break that’s sure to be­come your an­nual re­treat.

Here are 10 rea­sons to take a trip to Pen­tic­ton this hol­i­day sea­son. APEX MOUN­TAIN RE­SORT

A short 30-minute drive from Pen­tic­ton, the re­sort of­fers down­hill ski­ing and snow­board­ing plus a hand­ful of other ac­tiv­i­ties for all age groups. Be sure to check out the on­line events cal­en­dar, which kicks off with the open­ing day of the win­ter sea­son on De­cem­ber 8. Lace up your skates and try the onek­ilo­me­tre ad­ven­ture skat­ing loop or chal­lenge some friends to a game on the Nhl-sized out­door hockey rink. The re­sort also has a tube park that’s ideal for younger chil­dren or non­skiers.

CROSS-COUN­TRY SKI AT NICKEL PLATE NORDIC CEN­TRE

Only seven kilo­me­tres from Apex Moun­tain Re­sort, Nickel Plate Nordic Cen­tre boasts 50 kilo­me­tres of crosscoun­try ski trails groomed for both clas­sic and skate ski­ing. Day passes, les­sons, and equip­ment rentals are all avail­able. The cen­tre also of­fers a range of les­sons and for­mats to suit ev­ery abil­ity, from the be­gin­ner to the more ex­pe­ri­enced skier hop­ing to hone their skills. All in­struc­tors are cer­ti­fied with the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nordic Ski In­struc­tors (CANSI), and the ski school is man­aged by one of CANSI’S top cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors.

TRY IN­DOOR ROCK CLIMB­ING With over 2,000-square-feet of climb­ing, Hoodoo Ad­ven­tures of­fers op­tions for climbers at ev­ery level. If you’re not quite sure how to get in­volved, in­tro­duc­tory in­door cour­ses are avail­able. RENT A FAT BIKE AND HIT THE TRAILS

Fat bikes have wider tires with a much lower pres­sure that pro­vide in­cred­i­ble trac­tion and a smooth, com­fort­able ride. They’ll take on snow, gravel, and reg­u­lar ter­rain mak­ing them the best set of wheels for ex­plor­ing the places that you couldn’t go oth­er­wise on a stan­dard bike. Spend a day ex­plor­ing the fa­mous Ket­tle Val­ley Rail Trail or head up to Apex Moun­tain Re­sort for a spec­tac­u­lar alpine ex­pe­ri­ence. TOUR LO­CAL ART GAL­LERIES

The Pen­tic­ton Art Gallery has been open since 1967 and of­fers the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in some cul­ture on your next South Okana­gan va­ca­tion. The gallery’s ex­hibits change monthly with the goal of in­ter­pret­ing, pre­serv­ing, and pro­mot­ing the vis­ual artis­tic her­itage of the re­gion and the prov­ince in re­la­tion to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional art. There are also sev­eral gal­leries lo­cated in the down­town core fea­tur­ing tal­ented lo­cal artists for your tour­ing plea­sure. IN­DULGE IN LO­CAL CUI­SINE Whether you want to savour a mul­ti­course, wine-paired din­ner or en­joy some hearty gas­tropub fare, Pen­tic­ton can de­liver. With more than 140 eater­ies, of­fer­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally in­spired dishes with a bit of lo­cal flair, you’re sure to find some­thing to sat­isfy the most dis­cern­ing palate.

BOOK A WIN­ERY TOUR

With over 80 winer­ies less than 20 min­utes away, Pen­tic­ton is a winelover’s par­adise. A num­ber of winer­ies re­main open year-round in­clud­ing dur­ing the qui­eter win­ter months, so you’ll have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a more per­sonal tast­ing. You may even meet a wine­maker or two. Re­lax with a Craft Beer at a Mi­cro­brew­ery In Pen­tic­ton there’s a say­ing that it takes a lot of great beer to make fine wine. It is a nat­u­ral fit then, that in the mid­dle of wine coun­try, you’ll also find a dy­namic craft beer scene with five lo­cal brew­eries. In fact, craft beer has be­come so pop­u­lar in the area that ex­pe­dia.ca rec­og­nized Pen­tic­ton as one of Canada’s Best Beer Towns. EX­PLORE THE BACK COUN­TRY ON SNOW­SHOES

Noth­ing is quite as in­vig­o­rat­ing as a win­ter hike, with the sound of the crisp white snow crunch­ing be­neath your feet. Rent a pair of snow­shoes and dis­cover some hid­den trails or take a guided tour and learn about the his­tory, flora, and fauna of Pen­tic­ton’s win­ter won­der­land.

SHOP THE WIN­TER FAIRS & MAR­KETS

If you’re look­ing to pick up some sou­venirs, gifts, or just want to get into the hol­i­day spirit, Pen­tic­ton’s Farmer’s Win­ter Mar­ket takes place ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day un­til De­cem­ber 22, and of­fers plenty of in­spi­ra­tion. Don’t miss the Santa Claus Pa­rade in Down­town Pen­tic­ton on De­cem­ber 1.

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