A group of friends walking on a bridge (Patrice Halley photo)
The Thompson Okanagan's endless sunny summer days allow wineries, markets, gardens, farms and orchards to flourish – it's also ideal for waterslides and amusement parks.
Interspered among the vineyards, lakes and fields are museums and historic sites that highlight Aboriginal culture, railways, pioneer farms and more.
Visit a winery on a wine tour or learn about the desert and Aboriginal culture at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Pick up fresh fruit and veggies at a roadside stand or stop by Historic O'Keefe Ranch for a taste of history. The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is a fun way to take in the scenery and live entertainment at the same time.
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343 Clearwater Valley Rd
Clearwater, British Columbia
Unforgettable wilderness and wildlife experiences in Wells Gray Park. We'll open your eyes to the secrets of one of the largest tracts of wilderness in southern BC. Founded by biologist Dr Gy Ovenden, Discover Wells Gray offers interpretive and adventure guided hikes and nature tours to suit all ages and abilities in varied landscapes from river gorges to alpine peaks. We lead small groups that allow us to provide personalized interpretation and close contact with nature. Half, short and full day trips include guide, snacks or lunch and 4WD transport.
3827 - 35th St
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Great Horned Owl Eco-Tours Limited offers outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, a variety of unique, educational excursions & exciting learning opportunities in & around Canada's only desert. Birdwatching & Nature Adventure Tour: multiple stops in a mecca for bird watching. Fractured Rock Gold Mine: visit the historic gold mining town of Hedley & pan for gold on the Similkameen River.The Complete Okanagan Experience Tour starts with a walk in the desert, followed by a tour of a 212 ha (700 ac) organic farm & to complete the day, wine tasting at 3 wineries. All tours include transportation, lunch & refreshments.
9380 Hwy 97 N
Vernon, British Columbia
Founded in 1867, Historic O'Keefe Ranch tells the story of ranching in BC. Guests tour the opulent O'Keefe Mansion, the heritage boardwalk, visit artisans, view antique farm equipment, see ancient breed farm animals and can view a intricate model railway upstairs at the Greenhow Museum. Visit the Rose Garden and St. Anne's Church, both popular venues for weddings and enjoy some heritage candy at the site of the original Okanagan post office. Horse and pony rides are offered, events are hosted and visitors can also camp in our small on site and unserviced campground. Restaurant and gift shop on site.
3 - 510 Lorne St
Kamloops, British Columbia
Spirit of Kamloops Ghost Train & Spirit of Christmas Special Events Rolling Stock: Steam Locomotive #2141 is unavailable in 2013 due to mechanical repairs being required. We hope to be back for 2014!
Journey back in time aboard our steam-powered heritage train. On the "Spirit of Kamloops" railtour, visitors enjoy reenactments of railway operations as they were in the past, including staff in period uniforms.
In 1906, just east of Kamloops, Bill Miner & his gang robbed a CPR train & made off with the loot. The reenactment of the Bill Miner Train Robbery is a big part of the trip's entertainment providing some exciting wild-west horsemanship at the finish of the journey.
Guided walking tours of the KRH Park site, seasonal events & private charters are also available.
7879 Hwy 97
Vernon, British Columbia
Canada's first precious opal mine is operated by Opal Resources Canada Inc. Browse through the Opal Miners Gift Shop in Vernon & select a fine piece of opal jewellery or other opal item to remember your visit to the Okanagan. Arrange a day trip(seasonal) to go opal digging to unearth your own treasure. Advanced booking required for digging trips. Arrange to have us cut/polish the opal you find and make it into a special jewellery item to remember your trip to the Klinker opal mine.
5617 Oyama Lake Rd
Lake Country, British Columbia
2-3 hrs, a thrill for every age. Oyama Zipline is a premium full-on downhill Zip park through pristine forest (20min north of Kelowna Airport). Unique side-by-side racing lines plus 'trapdoor starts', viewtowers & ropebridges. A total of 7 zipline rides one-after-the-other... some fast (85 km/hr), some high (with bellies for that free-fall sensation), some 1500' (457m) long with 180º lakeviews over Kalamalka Lake plus vineyard vistas over Wood Lake. Best of all, Oyama convenient, minutes to beaches & parks. Pleasant scenic routes so typically Okanagan passing restaurants, patio bars, farmers' markets, art galleries, & shopping. PLUS teambuilding corporate area & licensed catering.
5090 Mackinnon Rd
Peachland, British Columbia
Parrot Island Sanctuary is nestled in beautiful Peachland in the Okanagan Valley. We take in parrots from all over Canada and give them a wonderful permanent home. We have a gift shop with great parrot souvenirs. Please bring your camera.
8 Km Up Princeton Ave
Peachland, British Columbia
Get High in the Okanagan - Canada's HIGHEST ziplines!
6 breathtakingly high ziplines crossing Peachland Creek. Nestled in the hills just 20 mins from Kelowna, our lines are so high we needed special permission from Transport Canada to install them. Planes can actually fly beneath them!
Enjoy our Unique Interpretive Trail and replica Tipi and visit our Puzzlearium for hours of family fun.
Spend the day in our local boutique wineries, take a quad tour, paddle a kayak or visit the beautiful town of Peachland. There's so much to do here!