Experience the diversity of nature and a spectacle of interior landscapes in this region we call home.
This 3-day adventure tour is designed to show you majestic landscapes, immerse you in hands-on experiences, tour you through storybook settings, and give you a sense of awe in the Thompson Okanagan. From hiking and biking to river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and horseback riding, the Thompson Okanagan has something for everyone.
Day 1 — Vancouver to Cache Creek (4 hours)
Depart Vancouver for Cache Creek along Highway #1 and the mighty Fraser Canyon. Just north of Lytton, the town known for recording some of the hottest temperatures in Canada, is Kumsheen Rafting Resort. Kumsheen specializes in river rafting, family adventure camps and sturgeon fishing on the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. Rafting trips range from 3 hours on the Thompson River as it snakes through hot, desert-like country (325 blue-sky days every year). You can also stay for multiple day trips to include the Fraser River as well and stay overnight camping or in their unique tepees or ultra comfortable cabin tents!
As you drive north, you will enter “Gold Country” and the town of Ashcroft. It is located just off the highway where it is known as the heart of gold country. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1800’s, Ashcroft became Mile “0” on the road to the goldfields. Freight and mining supplies off-loaded from the train, made their way north to the Cariboo Gold fields by stagecoach, freight wagon and sleighs in the winter. The walking tour of Ashcroft shows visitors the many historically significant commercial and residential buildings that are marked with heritage plaques, containing a photo and brief history. Ashcroft is only 5 minutes from the #1 Trans Canada Highway and provides a welcome, quiet respite from the busy highway traffic.
Continue on Highway #1 through desert-like terrain, rolling grasslands and ranches to Treetop Flyers located 30 minutes east of Kamloops. This is an exciting eco-adventure featuring multiple tours through Chase Canyon that last just over an hour and consist of rides on three unique zip lines. These zip lines will take you flying above rushing waterfalls and past steep canyon walls. Put your fears at ease with Treetop Flyer’s professionally trained guides and modern technology – your tour will be as safe as it is thrilling. This is a totally convenient activity as Chase Canyon is adjacent to Highway #1.
Return to Kamloops and travel up the Yellowhead Highway #5 to Sun Peaks Resort. Overnight at Sun Peaks Resort. Three mountains, one village, four seasons – discover the magic at Sun Peaks Resort! Nestled in a storybook, valley bottom setting, all the essentials are at your fingertips – hotels, condos, chalets, B&B’s, hostels, restaurants, spa, and shops. The resort offers golf, mountain biking, alpine and valley hiking, chairlift rides, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, and tennis. Enjoy your stay and come see what everyone is talking about!
Overnight Sun Peaks.
Day 2 — Sun Peaks to Clearwater (2.5 hours)
Continue north along Highway #5 to Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park. Wells Gray Park is BC’s fourth largest provincial park (as big as a country!) and is known worldwide for its incredible mountain scenery, hiking trails, wildlife viewing and a plethora of 39 named waterfalls.
Learn the incredible natural history of the park by joining a naturalist at Helmcken Falls Lodge for a hike or canoe trip. Just down the road enjoy a stop at majestic Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park (at 137 meters, they’re three times higher than Niagara Falls!) Enjoy lunch at Helmcken Falls Lodge or Wells Gray Golf and RV Resort. If neither hiking nor canoeing is your preference, spend your day rafting, visiting waterfalls, or horseback riding.
Overnight in Clearwater/Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Day 3 — Clearwater to Valemount (2 hours)
An activity you may want to consider that’s available in few other place in the world is a River Boat Bear Watching Safari. Take an unforgettable and awe-inspiring one-hour ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest! These custom built, eco-friendly boats will voyage through the mountains’ glaciers & jade-colored waters in search of bear, moose, eagle and osprey, to name only a few.
Enjoy your day in Valemount exploring the Canadian Rockies with Robson Heli-Magic. Their summer heli-hiking tours will surely amaze you! In the area, experiences available include guided ATV, mountain bike and horseback riding tours as well as climbing and hiking.
Overnight in Valemount.
If you wish to stay close to Valemount, a self-guided walk is highly recommended to Jackman Flats Ecological Reserve Interpretive Trail. This is a very unusual area composed of sand dunes formed by deposits laid down after the last ice age. In addition to rare plant communities, Jackman Flats has other plant species growing far outside their normal range.
Overnight in Valemount.
Day 4 — Valemount to Jasper (2 hours)
Your journey the next day will take you to the Mount Robson Visitor Information Center located at the base of the mountain. Unparalleled vistas of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies are available here as well as information on many popular walks and hikes into Kinney and Berg lakes nearby. The Kinney and Berg Lake Trail has been a favourite for many years providing excellent day and overnight routes near or to the base of Mount Robson. The 3-hour return walk to Kinney Lake follows the raging Robson River and is highly recommended for photographers and picnickers. Be sure to check out the Mount Robson Visitor Information Centre as it provides complete and up-to-date information on the park.