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Snowbirding this winter? You don’t have to go south!

Warm weather can be yours to enjoy in these four-season Canadian destinations

Merritt, BC, snowbirding
The Kane Lake area near Merritt is enjoyable no matter what time of year you visit. — Neil R. McLeod photo/picturebc.ca

Canadian RVers might wish to avoid the snow and head south, but you don’t have to go that far to find a temperate climate. There are several places where you can still escape the harsh winter weather without leaving beautiful British Columbia.

Osoyoos brings out the best

If you like winter sports, but you don’t want the extreme cold, Osoyoos is the place to be. A pleasantly warm location, Osoyoos has some areas close by that still lend themselves to activities like snowshoeing and downhill or cross-country skiing. Mount Baldy is  one such location, and you can even go snowboarding there.

If you prefer to spend your winter indoors, there are tons of shops, quality restaurants and entertainment venues in town as well. Several festivals take place all throughout the year, so you will always have something to look forward to during your visit.

It’s a blast being in Merritt

A commercial centre in the Nicola Valley, Merritt has mild winters and a dry climate, making it a perfect all-season destination.

The Nicola Valley Museum & Archives is open year round, and can give you a taste of Merritt’s historical roots. Visit the Pioneer General Store, or browse the displays pertaining to local First Nations, mining and transportation history.

Despite the lack of snow in town, you can venture out just a few kilometres and enjoy the numerous cross-country skiing trails near by. The Kane Valley Cross-Country Ski Trails, located 18 kilometres north of Merritt, are particularly impressive.

Langley has variety

Nicely situated a short distance from Vancouver, Langley always has fun things to do all year round.

Vikki's Clay Art Studio gives guests a chance to try their hand at ceramic and glass art. No experience is necessary; the staff at the studio will be happy to assist you with your artistic creations.

The Canadian Museum of Flight is another must-see, with aviation displays from the years gone by and a gift shop to pick up a few souvenirs. Open year-round, this volunteer-run facility houses more than 25 aircraft, including a Second World War Handley Page Hampden and a T-33 Silver Star. In fact, the museum has the honour of boasting the only displayed Handley Page Hampden aircraft in the world.

For a bit of nightlife, Cascades Casino is a lively spot to do a bit of gambling, take in some live entertainment, or get a bite to eat. 

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