Wander Winter's Wonderland
Experience the quirky spirit of the Kootenays this winter in the historic mountain community of Rossland. The Rossland Winter Carnival (January 23-26, 2020) is Canada’s longest-running winter carnival and is, according to Tourism Rossland, as “offbeat and unpredictable as our locals”. Catch the custom-made bobsleds flying down the centre of town, discover what it’s like to go dogsledding, or take in the live music with some local, seasonal brews. For something completely different, the team at Rossland’s RED Mountain Resort will teach you how to luge.
Near Kamloops, indulge in food, wine, and winter adventure at Sun Peaks Resort. The second annual Savour the Sun Mountain Wine Festival (December 5-8, 2019) brings five different events focusing on regional food and wine. You’ll hear from chefs and sommeliers alike about what makes this area of the world special, all the while taking in the charming ambiance of Sun Peaks village in the snow.
For a taste of true Canadian north, you won’t want to miss the High On Ice Winter Festival (February 14-17, 2020) in Fort St. John. Immerse yourself in winter sports and culture at this annual Northern BC event. Enjoy the snowy landscapes on an a horse-drawn sleigh ride, catch a good ol’ hockey game, and admire intricate ice carvings the festival is famous for. With higher latitudes come longer nights, and if the geomagnetic activity’s high, you may even see some northern lights!