There’s a reason why it’s called ‘The Napa of the North.’ Like its California counterpart, people flock to the Okanagan Valley for its sunshine, warmth, wineries—and so much more. This year, if you can’t make it to Palm Springs, Phoenix or Florida for the Winter, there’s no need to stay home. You can still head South and enjoy an idyllic Winter at The Shore, Kelowna’s long-stay hotel of choice.
If you’re considering how you can still live the snowbird life and stay in Canada this Winter, we have four compelling reasons to make Kelowna, and The Shore, your temporary home.
#1. Kelowna has some of Canada’s warmest weather
Imagine this: It’s February. Long past the twinkle of Christmas, and it snowed overnight. Again. Your car is buried up to the door handles. With the windchill, it’s nearly -25C, and it’s going to get colder overnight.
But you are in Kelowna, hearing about the weather from your next door neighbour, who decided to stay in Winnipeg or Regina or Edmonton and tough out the winter at home.
In Kelowna, according to Tourism Kelowna, February’s average low is just a balmy -5 C, and it often reaches the average high of 4 C. You hardly wear your Winter coat. On morning walks with your partner along the lake, most days, your sweater and your coffee keep you warm.
Kelowna also enjoys:
- 304 days of sunshine per year
- 2,000 hours of sun every year
Instead of shoveling out your car, you can sip your morning coffee in your light-filled suite and soak up the views of the sun, shimmering on the lake and the hills beyond.
#2. Kelowna has some of Canada’s best Winter activities
The beautiful thing about Winter in the Okanagan, particularly Kelowna, is that you actually get to enjoy it. With mild temperatures and a plethora of world-class Winter activities, The Shore is an ideal home base to enjoy:
- Nordic & cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Big White Ski Resort, promises plenty of that coveted Okanagan Champagne powder (and sunshine!) You can also enjoy hitting the slopes at Silver Star Ski Resort near Vernon and Apex Ski Resort near Penticton.
- Walking on a network of urban and mountain trails
- Golf (often until late fall and starting again in early spring) on 19 exceptional courses that make Kelowna one of Canada’s premier golf destinations
- Wine tours, with 40 wineries within a 20-minute drive, and open year-round
#3. The Shore offers hotel hospitality with all the comforts and familiarity of home
The Shore was designed as a long-stay hotel that would feel like home and yet give you the ease of being on holiday.
Here are just some of the suite features you’ll love:
- Private balconies
- State-of-the-art culinary kitchen
- Custom-designed modern furniture
- 4K flat-screen LG TV’s
- High-speed wireless internet
- In-suite washer and dryer
- Community outdoor terrace with fireplace and Weber stainless steel barbecues
- Guest lounge
- Mobile digital key entry
It’s easy to choose the suite that suits your needs, with a selection of long-term stay one, two and three-bedroom spaces to choose from, with either lake or mountain views.
You’ll also love everything about the lakefront Lower Mission location, which lets you enjoy being footsteps away from some of the city’s most treasured boutiques and restaurants as well as transit routes and trails.
Learn more about our vibrant neighbourhood and restaurants downstairs and within walking distance!
#4. The Shore is a Sure Thing
Right now, the typical snowbird journey brings uncertainty. It’s hard to tell what will happen across the border and the coming months, and many who usually make the journey want the reassurance of knowing they’re making the best decisions for their health and that they’ll be able to come back to Canada if and when they need to.
Staying at The Shore in Kelowna is your next-best destination for a warm, worry-free Winter away from home!
Are you considering Wintering at The Shore, Kelowna’s long-term stay hotel of choice for Canadian snowbirds? Discover what it means to live here and get in touch so we can help you plan the perfect winter in Canada!