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.
The historic streets of the Okanagan’s oldest community come alive with over 100 events at the Vernon Winter Carnival, (February 7-16, 2020). Events are spread throughout the town and nearby SilverStar Mountain Resort. Sip and savour the Okanagan’s best, get your heart pumping during a guided snowshoe tour or have a birds-eye view of the area from one of the many brightly-coloured hot air balloons that fill the sky during the festival.
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!