Imagine air so fresh you can taste it. That’s the Thompson Okanagan.
Experience diversity and bounty that will take your breath away. Discover an abundance of wildlife and adventure. Explore the wilderness, mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, cities, ranchlands and Canada’s only desert.
The Thompson Okanagan is an ideal travel route to Jasper and Banff National Parks. Journey through our valleys as you travel east to Alberta, west to Vancouver or south to the United States. You’ll love the pristine wilderness of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll capture plenty of wildlife with your camera. At Sun Peaks Resort, mountain activities include everything from skiing and boarding to hiking and downhill bike riding, as well as wine tasting, farmers’ markets and outdoor music concerts.
Waterfalls give way to rolling hills and ranchlands as you drive south. Awaken your inner cowboy with ranch stays and rodeos. Immerse yourself in the culture of the aboriginal ancestors at an authentic Pow Wow. Pine forests, hoodoos and pristine grasslands lead you to the Shuswap, home of British Columbia’s largest sockeye salmon run. Delight in rugged scenery as you cruise along this vast lake system in a houseboat.
Explore the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys where climbing bluffs give way to lakes, as historic railway trestles connect the region for bikers and hikers alike. It’s a Foodies’ oasis with unique farm tours, farm-to-table cuisine prepared by world-class chefs, and festivals to celebrate the growing wine, craft beer and spirit industries.
Just north of the US border is Canada’s only true desert and warmest freshwater lake. This unusual landscape is home to endangered wildlife, rare insects and plants. The fascinating stories of the rich living culture of the Okanagan people at the NK’MIP First Nations Desert and Heritage Centre will captivate you.
From the culture rich cities of Kamloops and Kelowna, to the solitude of the wilderness, adventure awaits those who hear the call of the Thompson Okanagan.