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Winter Wonders: 7 Must-Visit Places in the South Okanagan

Winter in Penticton and the South Okanagan is a magical time, with its snow-covered landscapes and serene atmosphere. Beyond the breathtaking scenery, the region offers a plethora of unique experiences waiting to be discovered, and Penticton is the perfect hub to stay and explore the area from. From mouthwatering delights to outdoor adventures, here are seven must-see places that will make your winter visit to the South Okanagan truly memorable.

The South Okanagan Winter Spotlight video featuring 7 businesses, highlights some amazing and unexpected places to have great experiences in our area. From the Naramata Bench to Penticton, all the way down to Osoyoos, these businesses each have something unique to offer.
Video Credit: Awesome Business Videos

1. Township 7 Vineyards and Winery: Vintage Sips on the Naramata Bench

Winter in the South Okanagan is not complete without indulging in some exquisite local wines in a tasting room which is open during the winter. Township 7 Vineyards and Winery, nestled along the Naramata Bench in Penticton, offers a unique wine-tasting experience. Sip on their traditionally crafted reds, whites and signature sparkles while learning about the winemaking process from passionate and knowledgeable staff. Township 7 Vineyards and Winery is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts looking to savour the flavours of the South Okanagan winter.

2. Penticton Museum & Archives: A Family-Friendly Indoor Activity

Take a step back in time and explore the rich history of the South Okanagan at the Penticton Museum & Archives. Located in downtown Penticton, the museum is the perfect place for families who want to get out and do something fun with the kids. (And guess what, it’s fun for adults as well!) Historical artefacts and displays tell the stories of early settlers and Indigenous cultures in the region. Interact with the many experiential exhibits learning about wildlife, early architecture, how airplane wings work, physics, earthquakes, and more!

3. Eskala Mountain Sports: Gear Up for Your Outdoor Adventures

For those craving to get out into the winter wonderland of the South Okanagan, Eskala Mountain Sports in Penticton is a haven. Located conveniently in downtown Penticton, this little store has a surprisingly mighty inventory. This family owned and operated outdoor activity store caters to winter enthusiasts, from snowshoes and avalanche safety gear to shoulder season rock climbing and quality winter apparel. Friendly staff members are passionate about outdoor pursuits and can guide you to the right equipment for your winter escapades. Whether you’re a seasoned winter adventurer or a novice looking to explore the snowy landscapes, Eskala Mountain Sports has everything you need to make the most of the season.

4. Ascend Hair Salon: Elegance and Style With a Mission

Pamper yourself this winter at Ascend Hair Salon, a unique and friendly hair salon in Penticton. Ascend Hair Salon offers an inclusive and approachable atmosphere, so anyone can have an enjoyable time there. Not to mention, they use eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty free products. It’s their mission to uplift and support every client that walks through the door, and you can feel it with every friendly interaction with the team.

5. Black Sage Butcher: Best Meat Shop of the South Okanagan 4 Years in a Row

Located in the heart of Oliver, just 30 minutes south of Penticton, the Black Sage Butcher is a carnivore’s paradise. What sets it apart is the commitment to locally sourced, naturally raised, high-quality meats. As you step inside, you’re greeted by the bright atmosphere and the rich aroma of spices and meats. Whether you’re looking for a cut for a cosy winter stew, a delicious off the ski hill meal, or a special culinary experience, the helpful owners and staff at Black Sage Butcher will guide you to the perfect selection.

6. Gino’s Coffeehouse: Legendary Coffee Bliss in Osoyoos

Warm up your winter days at Gino’s Coffeehouse (formerly known as Jojo’s Café), a charming café on the main street of Osoyoos, an hour south of Penticton. Indulge in a rich cup of locally roasted coffee or treat yourself to a decadent hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. The menu features an array of freshly home-baked goods and hearty sandwiches and wraps, perfect for refuelling after a day of exploring the winter wonderland outside.

7. Convivia Bistro: Mouth-Watering Authentic French & Italian Cuisine

When it comes to culinary experiences, Convivia Bistro stands out as a winter delight in Osoyoos. The friendly European atmosphere sets the stage for a memorable dining experience for a date night or a night out with some friends. Indulge in dishes crafted with quality ingredients, paired with a carefully curated wine list. Convivia Bistro is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely winter evening, savouring the flavours of Italy and France in an intimate setting.

Visit the South Okanagan this Winter

The South Okanagan transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a diverse range of experiences for every type of traveller. So, bundle up and embark on a journey to discover the hidden gems that make Penticton and the South Okanagan a magical destination during the wintertime.

Penticton is the perfect central location to stay in during your visit to the South Okanagan. Explore our winter packages and find a special offer for your winter trip to Penticton, or check out those offering extended stays, and stay in Penticton for longer.


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