The big snowstorm that took place on the first day of classes of the new semester didn’t just make me late to class; it also had me reminiscent about all the things I love about spending winter in Kelowna as an out-of-province student at UBC Okanagan.

One of my favourite parts about the winter months in Kelowna is that there is no shortage of things to do, despite the colder weather and shorter days. As a student, I find that having lots of opportunities to get out and be active, specifically during the winter, is important for my mental health.

Arguably the most unique thing about being a student at UBCO is our access to premier ski resorts such as Big White. UBCO Students have access to rentals, lessons, and passes at Big White for discounted rates on select days throughout the winter months. I try to take advantage of these deals each year because Big White exceeds any ski resort that is back home in Ontario.

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When I don’t feel like going all the way to Big White but still want to get active, I enjoy going skating at Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna. Skating is free at Stuart Park and rentals cost only five dollars, which I find makes for an inexpensive outing with a group of friends.

Another activity that I have come to love during my time at UBCO is attending Kelowna Rockets hockey games. Tickets to the Kelowna Rockets are also offered at discounted prices for students, and I find that going out to a game each year is a fun way to join in on the winter spirit in Kelowna.

When all else fails, I like to appreciate the beauty of the winter scenery in Kelowna. Although I might be biased as I have yet to spend a summer in Kelowna, I believe that there is a lot to enjoy about spending winter in Kelowna as a student at UBCO.