Feeling like cooling off with an alpine adventure?
Jump in your car, load up the kids, and enjoy the 45-minute scenic drive from Kelowna up the mountain to a summer oasis – temperatures about 6-10 degrees cooler than in the valley, hiking trails for every ability, mountain biking, disc golf, and lots of family-friendly fun.
Big White is open until September 4. You can either make the drive for a day trip and enjoy free parking throughout the resort or look at staying at the Inn at Big White. The Big White Central Reservations team updates their last-minute deals every Monday – stay for as low as $114 per night, plus enjoy access to the outdoor pool and hot tub. Or, pull up your RV and park it in the Happy Valley RV Parking area.
Big White’s hiking trail network is easily accessible from the Village Centre, or you can skip the incline and grab a Sightseeing Chairlift Ticket. The Bullet Chair (PS: dogs welcome for FREE!) will bring you up to Rhonda Lake, where you can hike back down the mountain into the Village. Plus, Big White has an app-based scavenger hunt to keep the kids entertained while you do! The Big White team has been working with Kelowna-based digital education technology platform, Agents of Discovery for the past to design an augmented reality game for the resort. Complete Missions, win prizes and get to know the mountain while you’re at it. Learn more here.
If you’re into flora and fauna, Big White has a handy Wildflower Field Guide and Birdwatching Guide for you to check out while hiking. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Fairy Doors situated along the trails!
Whether you’re new to mountain biking, or a pro, Big White’s bike park has something for every ability. Bring up your own bike, or rent from the Village Centre Mall. Keep an eye on BikeBigWhite.com for camps, lessons, race series and more!
Need to fuel up? There are plenty of places to rehydrate and replenish at the resort. Enjoy an ice-cold pint and burger on The Woods outdoor patio, cool off with ice cream from the BullWheel, grab a quick and healthy bite at Tea Bar Cafe, and unwind after an adventure-filled day at everyone’s favourite pub – Snowshoe Sam’s. Craving sushi? Check out Sasquatch Sushi in StoneBridge. If you plan on packing your lunch, there are plenty of picnic tables and designated eating areas throughout the resort. Please pack away everything you bring and use the garbage and recycling cans available in busy areas.
While there, you may as well rent a couple of discs and try your hand at the 9-hole disc golf Course below the Village Centre!
Be sure to check out the summer events calendar before you hit the road – Big White hosts live music in the Village every Saturday throughout the month of August, as well as weekly Fiv’r Friday bike races and bike camps. You can find the full calendar of events here.