Celebrate Family Day locally in Penticton

Local fun on Family Day

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With snow sticking around and more in the forecast, it’ll be a Family Day like no other today as families across the South Okanagan celebrate within their bubble.

There’s no shortage of outdoor activities in the South Okanagan that can be enjoyed even when the weather is a bit chillier - and there’s definitely no shortage of incredible local restaurants with meals to warm the soul at the end of a busy Family Day.

Apex Mountain Resort has seen a flurry of snow at the top of the mountain, bringing hundreds of local thrill seekers to the mountain to enjoy the fresh powder.

If you’re hoping to get to the mountain today or even this upcoming weekend, there’s no better place to purchase your adult lift pass than the Penticton Visitor Centre.

Priced at $79, purchasing your lift ticket from the Visitor Centre at the mid-week price will grant you access to the lifts even on the weekend, saving you a few extra dollars from the regular $92.

Each voucher purchased from the Penticton Visitor Centre also comes with a 25 per cent discount off of a Junior or Teen lift ticket, which can be purchased at Apex Mountain Resort.

You’ll also be treated to 25 per cent off ski or snowboard rentals.

The Penticton Visitor Centre is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but hours may be affected today due to the Family Day holiday.

Staying local and supporting what Penticton has to offer is important more than ever as B.C. continues to navigate through the pandemic, a sentiment Travel Penticton’s marketing director Brad Morgan shares.

“The fact that Ski Canada and a bunch of other international teams utilize Apex’s training grounds speak volumes to the terrain and what we have in our own backyard,” he said.

“We’re very fortunate for what we have in our own backyard with Apex and Nickel Plate … and as you get back down into the valley, all the recreational activities and breweries and culinary that we have going on here.”

And if there’s one person who knows outdoor activities, it’s Morgan, who frequents the KVR trail.

“The trail doesn’t change, but the views do with the seasons,” he said. “It’s pretty incredible just to do that.”

If you bring your bike, Morgan reminds locals to be “trail aware,” as the environment is sensitive, especially this time of year.

And if you plan on bringing your bike, be sure to stop by Freedom Bike Shop on Main Street, which offers up some great advice about taking care of your bike, which can be sensitive to mud, salt and other elements winter has to offer.

The KVR is listed as one of “Five Awesome Hikes With a View Near Penticton” on Travel Penticton’s blog, a blog we strongly recommend you check out for lots of ideas on enjoying a safe “staycation” this year.

Travel Penticton’s blog also features some amazing write ups from locals and offers fresh ideas on where to snowshoe this winter for families looking for adventure but at a slower pace than skiing or snowboarding.

If you’re looking for a shorter drive or live in Summerland, the Trans Canada Trail offers some incredible views and is snowshoe friendly: be sure to check out this blog for ideas and other incredible locations to take in the sites and nature.

Whether you hike, ski, snowboard, snowshoe or even sled, as your Family Day begins to wind down, be sure to pick up a meal to go from an assortment of incredible local restaurants.

Penticton’s Hooded Merganser Restaurant is offering up a “Hood at Home” menu, which executive chef Dan Vichitthavong personally designed with a “warm the soul” theme.

The Restaurant at Poplar Grove Winery, now open for the season, also offers up a “Poplar at Home” menu, with take-and-bake options available to order online.

But if you’re in the downtown region of Penticton, TIME Winery also offers some delicious take-and-bake options from their “TIME at Home” menu.

Learn more at www.visitpenticton.com and on social @visitpenticton

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