Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, 2019

Experience one big magical event to kick off winter…

November 29th, 4pm – 9pm

Walk through an illuminated archway into a winter wonderland.

The scent of seasonal, mouthwatering morsels waft through the air as the sounds of joyous cheers ring amongst the ambient music. 

With each step you discover something new to explore; interactive art, photo booths, tasting rooms, kids activities and roaming performers all set the stage for a tremendous kick-off into a magical winter.

Immerse yourself in dozens of memorable activities…

  • Sip and sample at the regions hopping breweries and cafes
  • Indulge in mouthwatering culinary meals 
  • Ignite your curiosity at museums, galleries and mural tours
  • Shop-til’-you-drop at Customer Appreciation Day (Nov. 30)
  • Stay and play for an entire weekend of markets, music, live theatre and so much more

Get ready for winter Nov. 21 to Dec. 1!

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From historic downtown hotels, motels and inns to charming vacation rentals and secluded resorts, you’ll find accommodations for every taste and budget.


Indoors or outdoors, there’s plenty to keep you active. Charming yoga studios and spas await, while early season snow beckons snowshoers and backcountry skiers.


Our distinctive culture is a culmination of our natural surroundings, arts, and heritage. Delve into our true character by visiting our galleries, museums and historic sites.

Getting Here

Nestled in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, our rural location is surprisingly accessible. Enjoy the scenic drive and set your clock to Kootenay Time.

Shop & Dine

With more restaurants per capita than San Francisco or New York, and a diverse collection of boutique stores, our region is a food and shopping lover’s dream.

Travel Deals

Get great deals from across the region to help you enjoy your visit a little bit more!