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A TASTE OF THE THOMPSON OKANAGAN: WINTER 2010

paired up with the region’s best activities.

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SNOWSHOE. Wintertime turns the Thompson Okanagan into a snowy playground for people that love nothing more than getting outside and enjoying the best of this season.

And it’s not just our world-class ski resorts that attract outdoor adventurers, either. Skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledding— the region is like a smorgasbord of unique wintertime activities. And that smorgasbord is just a quick 45-minute flight away from Vancouver or Calgary, so you can jump in to winter fun in less time than it takes to commute to work.

THE ICING ON THE CAKE It’s pretty

Big White’s two outdoor rinks are popular with

hard to think of something more authenti-

everyone from NHL wannabes to families out

cally Canadian than skating on an outdoor rink

for a leisurely skate. The twin skating ponds are

(maybe canoeing with a maple-syrup covered

part of Happy Valley, Big White’s aptly-named,

beaver?). The Thompson Okanagan offers

off-the-slopes adventure playland with sleigh

plenty of places for anyone to unleash their inner

rides, tubing, mini-snowmobiles for the kids and

Crosby or Rochette.

more.

Silver Star Mountain Resort boasts Brewster’s

WHAT AN ICE HOLE If skating on ice

Pond, a gigantic one-hectare skating surface

isn’t really your thing, maybe fishing under it

with plenty of room to spin, jump and fall

is! It’s a Canadian winter tradition as old as

spectacularly. Afterwards, you can warm up

snowball fights, but the ‘sport’ has come a long

by the outdoor fire. Sun Peaks hosts Family Fun

way from the days of shivering over a small

night at their outdoor rink every Tuesday, with

hole. Today you can relax in warm, comfy huts

a hockey skills challenge, bonfire, hot chocolate

packed with more amenities than some luxury

and entertainment.

condos. Heaters, benches, heck some huts even have satellite TV. It’s the glorious confluence of a couch potato lifestyle and outdoor recreation!

PAN-SEARED POTATOES JALAPENO SALSA

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GRILLED ZUCCHINI

BAKED SQUASH

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BLUEBERRY AND

FRESH CORN ON THE COB


A TASTE OF THE THOMPSON OKANAGAN: WINTER 2010

IT GOES TOGETHER LIKE… SNOWSHOEING & CHOCOLATE?

at midnight, include a hearty brunch on an-

enjoy the winter fun around the Thompson

other, or cap off your tour with a marshmal-

Okanagan. All you need is your sense of ad-

They say if you can walk, you can snowshoe.

low roast. Okay, so it’s not exactly roughing

venture, a healthy appetite and maybe a nice

Lucky you, because this fantastic activity can

it. But it certainly is a great way to spend a

pair of warm mittens.

take you deep into places otherwise inacces-

winter’s evening.

sible during wintertime. That means amazing backcountry vistas, a kind of quiet you’ve likely never experienced, and in some cases, a delicious fondue dinner. Seriously.

If you are looking for a more ‘authentic’ snowshoeing experience, try the trails that criss-cross Wells Grey Park. There are clearly

Silver Star and Big White offer snowshoe and

ous types, backcountry trails that take you

fondue mountaintop tours. You’ll head out

deep into the wilderness. You won’t find any

with a guide under the stars, trek through a

fondue meals here, just solitude and the satis-

snowy landscape of meadows and forested

faction that comes with snowshoeing outside

glades to a rustic cabin where you’ll reward

your comfort zone.

yourself with a sumptuous chocolate fondue. Sun Peaks gives you a range of tours: try one

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Chili, stew or any of those great comfort foods at Paradise Camp or Long John’s Pub

Best hearty meal on the mountain: Guinness beef stew in a bread bowl at the Happy Valley Day Lodge

Hot Cocoa (made from imported Dutch chocolate) at Bugaboo’s Bakery Café

Best winter cocoa: The Gun Barrel coffee at Snowshoe Sam’s mixes in dark cocoa, brandy, and Grand Marnier

Mulled wine at the Bulldog Grand Café A liquid “Toblerone” at The Den

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British Columbia

marked, groomed trails or, for the adventur-

Best seasonal drink: The Gluvine at the Bearhouse Delicatessen is non-alcoholic deliciousness infused with the taste of cinnamon, cloves and lemon

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Assemble your own smores at Globe Café & Tapas Bar with homemade marshmallows, dark chocoloate Kahlua ganache, and graham crackers. And toast them over your own mini tabletop firepit. Have a hearty meal at Masa’s Bar & Grill by trying the slow roasted lamb shank, served “osso buco” style with root vegetables and a delicate tomato sauce.

Ready to taste the outdoors? Get special offers and four more vacation/pairing getaway ideas at thompsonakanagan.com

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