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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6162 Trans Canada Hwy
Malakwa, British Columbia
Located halfway between Calgary & Vancouver along the Trans Canada Hwy 1, you'll find our glacier fed, 3 hot pools & cold plunge pool, boasting beautiful mountain scenery. These relaxing outdoor pools are geothermally heated & offer a heated deck & shower rooms. The spectacular, 2 tiered waterfall can be seen from the suspension bridge, boardwalks & viewing platforms.
For added adventure, bring your own toys & enjoy some of Canada's best backcountry sledding, ATVing, heli-skiing & cat-skiing located nearby. There's also 2 kms of beach along the Eagle River, walking & biking trails & additional swimming & fishing holes within close proximity.
Ice cream & souvenir shop at High Mountain Patio.
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.
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, 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
Okanagan's only racing ziplines. 2-3 hours... a thrill for every age. Oyama Zipline is a premium, full-on, downhill zip park through pristine forest (20 minutes north of Kelowna Airport). Unique side-by-side lines; plus 'trapdoor starts', ropebridge crossings and 180º lakeviews.
Seven different zipline rides one-after-the-other... some fast (85 km/hr), some high (with bellies for that free-fall sensation), some 1500 ft (457 m) long with views over turquoise Kalamalka Lake, plus pastural scenery by Wood Lake. Best of all, urban-convenient, minutes to beaches/parks. Pleasant scenic drive so typically Okanagan - passing farms, patio bars, markets, art galleries and shopping. PLUS teambuilding corporate area with 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.
3109 Kirkland Ranch Rd
Ashcroft, British Columbia
With so much adventure, you'll want to stay! BC's newest adventure park offers extreme zip lining, with lines over 1400 ft., clocking speeds at over 42 km/hour. Race side by side on the last line, then take a leap of faith on the Quick Jump, a sensation of free falling while safely lowering you to the ground.
There is fun for the whole family. Send the kids to the inflatable park while you enjoy vistas, wildlife and bird-watching from our hiking trails.
Wrap up the evening with a sunset wildlife safari in our troop carrier. We'll send you off with an experienced guide and a bottle of wine and snacks.
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!