Seasons in the North Okanagan-Shuswap are more pronounced than on the coast. Summers tend to be warmer and drier, while winters are mild and temperate with varying amounts of precipitation depending on the area. Thanks to this climate and a vast array of mountains and lakes, the North Okanagan-Shuswap has become both a summer and winter holiday playground.
Temperatures warm up rapidly in the region, with April daytime highs reaching 20°C in the Okanagan Valley. The spring provides warm days great for spring skiing at Silver Star, sledding in the alpine, and golf or gardening in the afternoon.
The Okanagan, Shuswap and Thompson river valleys experience BC’s hottest summers, with temperatures ranges from the mid 20s to 30s °C, occasionally rising above 40°C.
By late October, average daily highs range from 8-13°C, with lows reaching freezing. In December, communities throughout the North Okanagan-Shuswap experience mild winter temperatures ranging from 4 ˚C to -10˚C. Occasionally a cold front from the North will arrive dropping temperatures below -15˚C.
During the winter months most of the region’s average daytime highs hover around near-freezing. Daytime lows of -10°C are common. Skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are magnificent, with the region’s mountains renowned for their dry, fluffy powder snow.