Picture it: You’ve just finished an alpine hike, you’re sipping a pint of craft beer, basking in the summer sun and enjoying the unparalleled view of the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges.
You’re at Big White Ski Resort, located in the heart of the Okanagan, just 45 minutes outside of Kelowna, BC – and while the mountain is known for its epic snow conditions during the winter season, during the summer months underneath the 25 feet of powder, lies an extensive network of hiking trails and a fully lift-accessed bike park.
This summer, (open July 1 to September 6), Lara’s Gondola will be spinning on the weekends, so even if you aren’t planning on camping at the resort, you can park in the Happy Valley parking lot and hitch a ride up the gondola to the main Village, where you’ll find access to restaurants, hiking trails, and scenic chairlift rides.
Big White Ski Resort is home to an RV park in the Black Forest area, complete with a washroom cart and outdoor shower – and is a short drive from other epic camping spots in Boundary Country, not to mention other activities and must-see destinations.
Camping Boundary Country
After your stay at Big White, take your camping expedition through the rest of Boundary Country. Boundary is known for its wide, open spaces, and abundance of natural wonder. As you would imagine, this makes the region an excellent area for camping. Camp beside a historic river, quaint lakes, in the middle of the forest, or just off of a trail on an overnight biking trip. If remote camping is more your speed, perhaps Jewel Lake Provincial Park or Conkle Lake Provincial Park will better float your boat. Jewel has a few more amenities available while Conkle is more secluded, but both have lovely lakes and incredible scenery.
Trails From Your Campsite
Whether you’re planning on camping or glamping, adventure is never far away. Most campsites will be connected to Boundary’s extensive trail system in some way, shape or form. Hike, bike, or meander over 2,000 km of trails that link our communities and their history. It’s a great family experience and the perfect way to get up close and experience nature.
Relax Beside the Historic Kettle River
The Kettle River is a famed landmark of Boundary Country and there are several campsites available that are located directly on the River’s banks. Campers will often bring floaties and enjoy an afternoon cruise downstream or plant a beach chair in a shallow, slow-moving spot to enjoy company and the gorgeous surroundings.
Boundary Country is filled with a wonderful variety of lakes, each of which will take your camping experience to the next level. Christina Lake is a renowned summer camping retreat for the surrounding area. Watersports are ever-popular here and there is a laid-back feel to the town to enjoy during your downtime. There are a number of other recreational options available including hikes around the lake and biking on the Trans Canada Trail.