Sockeye salmon run in the Adams River
(Chun Lee photo)

Thompson Okanagan

Parks & Wildlife


Helmcken Falls, Wells Gray Provincial Park

Mountains, lakes, rivers and desert – you'll find this diversity in the Thompson Okanagan region. Provincial parks here cover a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from dry desert to high alpine.

One of Canada's most ecologically significant areas, it contains some of the most fragile ecosystems in the country, as well as a number of endangered species. Join a bear-watching tour to spot black bears in Wells Gray Provincial Park or float along with a wildlife river safari to spot grizzlies and other wildlife. 

Go birdwatching at places like Vaseux Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary near Penticton, the Robert W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary near Valemount, or Salmon Bay Nature Reserve near Salmon Arm. 

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