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PARADISE a destination commonly known as Canada’s playground

Geographically, the Thompson Okanagan stretches from Valemount & Mt. Robson in the north, all the way down to Osoyoos (and the US border) in the south, and from Christina Lake in the east to Cache Creek in the west. This tract of land is teeming with lakes, rivers and beaches a plenty! In an area this vast, there is a tremendous opportunity to discover nature, history, culture and a whole lot more. Often the trip is just as exciting as the destination. Well, the Thompson Okanagan is no different. We are surrounded by some of the most spectacular highway scenery. Roads that lead you in and out of the region, also branch off in every direction, each one taking you to a spot more

Impressive than the last. On some routes you can look in either direction and see forever. On others, you are fully encompassed by deep canyon walls, or twisting and turning alongside a deep raging river, as the background rises up into the snow covered peaks. Like most of this glorious region, these scenarios are breathtaking. We are so privileged to be able to enjoy this beautiful cross section of geography that runs from the mountainous and rugged in the north to desert in the south, and lots of everything else in between. In the northern region of the Thompson Okanagan, it is an outdoor adventures delight. Hiking, biking, heli-skiing and white water rafting are regular items on

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the menu. It is exciting climbing aboard a helicopter in Valemount, flying into Mt Robson Provincial Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and heading to Berg Lake - the wildest of memories will be created from the sightseeing and hiking. This is a truly unique experience. Icebergs float in the uniquely turquoise blue water and not just in the winter, during the summer months the lake keeps cold as the north face of Mt Robson’s glaciers slide gently and effortlessly into the frigid waters. The Thompson Okanagan is also partially famous for another phenomena. It is not impossible to ski/snowboard and also swim in a lake on the same day. The entire region celebrates and is famous

for cold, dry snow. Spring riding here is an experience like no other. The sun shining on your face, great snow under foot, what an amazing experience! This is just another rare occurrence on your trek through an incredible territory that never stops impressing you. In the southern region of the Thompson Okanagan, you will find yourself hearing people describe this area of beaches, warm waters and vineyards ‘A Jewel in Paradise’. There is a chain of major lakes that stretch from above & beyond Vernon, right down into the United States, south of Osoyoos. Many of these shorelines offer pristine sandy beaches, with little inlets and bays that are perfect for exploration by a canoe, | 7

kayak, or stand up paddleboard. Lake life is a large part of the daily routine in the Thompson Okanagan. With so many public access points, beaches and hidden spots, it’s easy to either wade into the beautiful water for a swim, or for more excitement, go boating, rent a Sea-Doo or sit beachside and enjoy watching kite boarders slice their way back & forth across the wet, blue playground. There are many different options when it comes to playing in or around on the water. Wandering through areas is the very best way to make the coolest discoveries. As you meander through the Thompson Okanagan, you will notice that here are miles and miles of orchards, vineyards and farmers fields. The freshest fruits & vegetables can be found at one of many roadside produce stands. If you appreciate fine foods, then the local culinary arts will surely please your taste buds, as the term ‘farm to table’ is very popular in this part of the world. If you prefer to whip up a tasty meal for you and your family & friends, or would rather have the delight

of being spoiled by one of the many local world-class chefs, you are sure to find one common consistency: that all of you are using fresh, local ingredients to fine tune your gourmet delights! Golf is another delight that you will find in the region. Golf courses line the hillsides, valley floors and riverbanks throughout the entire Thompson Okanagan region. And these courses are not just a quick nine holes in a field anymore. Most of the golf courses in the region have championship greens, amazing training facilities with professional staff, and clubhouses or restaurants that are often favoured by the rich and famous. It is not uncommon, as you will soon discover yourself, why the awarded “Golf Course of the Year” is frequently in the Thompson Okanagan. There are certain things that separate one region from another. Here in the golfing community, more than likely you will get to play a round through a working orchard. It sounds so simple but, it is such an unusual feeling, swinging your eight iron through a row of apple

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trees, forcing the ball up, over and back onto the fairway. Where else can you enjoy such a rare moment? If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, how about playing a round on the course, where the fairways are flanked by rows of grapes from a neighbouring vineyard, while deer bounce across the green not too far from where you took your last shot. Welcome to golf in the Thompson Okanagan. Vineyards and wineries tend to be clustered in the southern part of the region, but more and more wineries are popping up north of the 50th parallel, pushing further and further north. They have discovered that some grapes thrive in slightly cooler climates with different soil composition. These businesses have tapped into what is now called the “agritourism” market and have expanded their scope to beyond just grapes and wine making. There are several wineries that boast guesthouses, restaurants and gift shops that rival most international airports! More than just a few wineries, vineyards, and most recently distilleries,

have been recognized and awarded on the global stage. The long hot days and cool, dry nights are absolutely perfect for growing grapes & fruit. That stellar weather, combined with the magic of the Okanagan soil have made for some very tasty glasses of vino! There is a great selection of tour companies in the Thompson Okanagan, willing to shuttle you from vineyard to vineyard to vineyard, so that you may enjoy it all in responsibly, or as an alternative tour choice, take to the air to view the wineries by helicopter. Becoming more and more popular, are concert presentations at local wineries. Set under a summer’s night sky, up above & overlooking the lake in an amphi-theatre or terrace, a favourite band or singer-songwriter strikes up and delivers an once-in-a-lifetime show. Imagine the stories you will have for your family and friends… Helicopter tour & an unbelievable concert in the vineyard, all in the same day. Cultural heritage is a large part of local history and lore. Every city and town | 9

in the Thompson Okanagan is steep in agricultural roots, First Nations, Gold Rush and Old West history. All of these pieces make up the vibrant past that makes these areas so special. The region is proudly home to one of Western Canada’s largest celebrations of Aboriginal culture, the Kamloopa Pow Wow. For the naturalists, there is the annual Meadowlark Festival and Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run to view and enjoy. There is also a huge market for arts, culture, and music festivals & events in the Thompson Okanagan. The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Westside Daze, Centre of Gravity, and of course, the annual Penticton Elvis Festival, are just a few of the many events that are enjoyed in the Thompson Okanagan. These festivals bring in major entertainers and acts, so keep your eyes open, because you never know whom you might see! Seasonally, the Thompson Okanagan has the Spring, Fall & Winter Wine Festivals, with events held across the region at hotels, resorts, restaurants, ski hills, and of course, at the wineries & vineyards. Don’t forget your cowboy hat & spurs when you come, as other popular events in the region include the annual Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) in Armstrong, the Falkland Stampede, and the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo in Barriere, along with the many other community rodeos & fall fairs, showcase the days of farming, ranching and cowboys.

And if all that isn’t enough… what about two things that go together better than peanut butter and jam: fishing and camping! This has to be one of the most victorious combinations known to mankind. There are many RV resorts in the region, offering amenities from water access for your boat, to hot showers & pools to relax by at the end of the day. For the more intrepid outdoorsman, there are hundreds of lakes and streams within reach by vehicle, or you can go as remote and backcountry as you can imagine. If you like the more social scene associated with fishing and camping, there are many provincial & private campgrounds that will accommodate your style of fun. And, for the individual that is looking to reconnect with nature, there are camping options that take you deeper into the wilderness to designated spots, or areas appreciated for their peaceful qualities. Whether you are in pursuit of outdoor adventure, history, culture, relaxing or just touring around, everyone can appreciate something in the Thompson Okanagan. It is the things that are right here that make this place so special and unique. From the northern boundaries to the US border, these peaks and valleys are vast, expansive and beckon to be explored, experienced & enjoyed. Welcome to the Thompson Okanagan, we look forward to having you!

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FestivalS & Events REGION WIDE Spring Okanagan Wine Festival April 30 - May 10, 2015 April 28 - May 7, 2016

Fall Okanagan Wine Festival October 1 – 11, 2015 October 6 – 15, 2016

January 15 – 24, 2016


67th Annual Cherry Fiesta & Fireworks

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Desert Park Race Track & Trainining Horse Races

Canada Day! July 1, 2015 August 8, 22, 2015

April 22 - 25, 2015

Oliver Half Corked Marathon May 22 – 24, 2015


Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

Festival of the Grape

Music In The Park

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June 2 - August 27, 2015

Okanagan Falls

3rd Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon

18th Annual Meadowlark Nature Festival May 14 – 18, 2015

June 20, 2015

4th Annual Party in the Park

July 10, 2015

Penticton 14th Annual Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival June 26 – 28, 2015

5th Annual Prospera Granfondo 68th Annual Penticton Peach Axel Merckx Okanagan Festival July 12, 2015


August 5 – 9, 2015

Naramata Bench Wineries Association Tailgate Party

Naramata Community Market

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Wednesdays, 3:30pm-6:30pm, June - September 2015, Wharf Park

Summerland 33rd Annual Action Festival

June 6 – 7, 2015

106th Annual Fall Fair

28th Annual Festival of Lights

Canada Day Celebrations & Beach Run

96th Annual Fall Fair

Art in the Park

Fall Harvest Fair

Arts on the Avenue

Parks Alive! Free Outdoor Entertainment

September 12 – 13, 2015

November 27, 2015


Peachland 18th Annual World of Wheels Car Show

May 17, 2015

July 1, 2015

September 12 – 13, 2015

West Kelowna Westside Daze

June 27 – July 1, 2015

August 8 & 15, 2015

September 27, 2015

Kelowna 25th Fat Cat Children’s Annual Festival June 12 – 13, 2015

July 30, 2015


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FestivalS & Events BIG WHITE SKI RESORT Craft & Country Mountain Festival

Big Reds at Big White

July 4 - 5, 2015

Lake Country

Lake Country Customs & Classics Car Show

Oyama Fun Day June 7, 2015

World Snow Day

December 11 – 12, 2015

August 22 – 23, 2015

January 17, 2016

Art Walk

September 12 – 13, 2015

Vernon Funtastic Sport & Music Festival Apple Harvest Festival June 26 – 29, 2015

Winter Carnival

Every Weekend in September

February 4 – 14, 2016



Lavington May Day May 14, 2015

Dragon Boat Festival

Mackie Lake House

August 15, 2015

Yearly Events

Lumby Lumby Days

June 12 – 14, 2015

Wild Salmon Music Festival September 12, 2015

Silver Star Mountain Resort BC Cup Mtn Bike Race July 3 – 5, 2015

Silver Star Freeride Festival July 17-19, 2015


Roots & Beets Festival

August 8, 2015

Silver Star Summer Wine & Food Festival

August 7 - 9, 2015

116th Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE)

Caravan Farm Theatre

July 23 – August 25, December 2015

Harvest Pumpkin Festival October 10 - 12, 2015

September 2 - 6, 2015


6th Annual Grindrod Garlic Festival

BC Open Goldpanning Championships Enderby Arts Festival May 15 - 17, 2015



Summer Stomp & Burn Out July 16 - 19, 2015

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July 25, 2015

Sicamous Days Sandfest & Moose Mouse Parade

The Fungi Festival

Salmon Arm Fall Fair & Midway

Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet

August 1, 2015

September 18 – 20, 2015

Salmon Arm Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Music Festival August 14 – 16, 2015

September 11 - 13, 2015

January 16, 2016

Sorrento Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts July 23 – 26, 2015

High Country Pottery Sale August 1 – 2, 2015


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FestivalS & Events Chase Chase Farm & Craft Market

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Fridays, 10am - 2pm May 15 - October 9, 2015 Downtown Chase

August 8, 2015

Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run Early October

Kamloops 36th Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow July 31 - August 2, 2015

4th Annual Ribfest

20th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival

August 7 – 9, 2015

March 10 – 13, 2016

SUN PEAKS RESORT Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival


July 31 - August 2, 2015

Retro Concert Weekend

10th Annual Sun Peaks Family Cup Race

August 14 – 16, 2015

January 9, 2016

Barriere North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Provincial Winter Fair August 29 - 31, 2015

September 25 – 28, 2015

Rural Expo Barriere

April 2016

Clearwater/Wells Gray Canada Day Celebrations July 1, 2015

Serenity Harvest Fest

Clearwater Canoe Regatta

Robson Valley Music Festival

Valemount Winter Festival

September 11 - 13, 2015

September 2015

Valemount North West Mud Racing August 1 - 2, 2015

August 14 – 16, 2015

January 23, 2016

Cache Creek 15th Annual Mother’s Day Fly-In May 10, 2015

Graffiti Days

Canada Day Celebrations

June 12 – 14, 2015

July 1, 2015


Ashcroft Oldtime Drags at Ashcroft Raceway June 12 – 14, 2015

Ashcroft & District Fall Fair September 13, 2015

Logan Lake 31st Annual Interior Swap Meet June 6, 2015

Logan Lake Day

August 2, 2015

Logan Lake Pond Hockey Classic January 15 - 17, 2016

Merritt Merritt Little Britches Rodeo June 13 - 14, 2015

Rockin’ River Music Festival July 30 - August 2, 2015


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FestivalS & Events SIMILKAMEEN

Keremeos 74th Annual Elks Rodeo May 17 – 18, 2015

Princeton Tulameen Family Fun Days July 31 - August 3, 2015

Rock Creek Rock Creek Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm May – October, Right along Hwy 3


Greenwood Founders Day

July 11, 2015

Grand Forks

34th Annual International Baseball Tournament June 30 – July 5, 2015

Kars under the K

August 2, 2015

Similkameen Sizzle – Hot Pepper Festival September 19, 2015

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Princeton and District Agricultural Fall Fair

Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival

Rock Creek Fall Fair

August 14 – 16, 2015

September 12 - 13, 2015

September 19 – 20, 2015

August 21 - 23, 2015

Greenwood Bluegrass Festival August 21 – 23, 2015 greenwoodblugrass/

Park in the Park Car Show August 16, 2015

Grand Forks Fall Fair August 28 – 30, 2015

Christina Lake Homecoming Summer Festival July 10 – 11, 2015

Chocolate & Champagne November 14, 2015

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January 28 – 31, 2016

JUNE 27 - JULY 1


Concerts under the stars Kids Fair & Magic Largest Parade in the Interior Fireworks • Multi Cultural Day Car, Motor And Truck Show & Shine Humongous Canada Day Cake Dog Agility Demonstrations and much more...


ADVENTURE activity + motivation = excitement the screen on your sleeping quarters, you are awestruck at the beauty before you. Circular ripples lap across the water as the morning mist begins to rise. So far the day has started out perfect; now the time has come to pack up, clean up and start heading on towards your next adventure. The possibilities are endless The Thompson Okanagan is definitely one of in the Thompson Okanagan and you still have the most magical places in British Columbia, several days left to continue on your journey. perhaps Western Canada, and maybe the world! Imagine this… after a venturesome Where to go… where to go…? If you head day paddling on the water, exploring and south, you are more likely to be headed for fishing, you settle in by your roaring campfire the beach, a vineyard or golf course. Fresh and start to piece together your long awaited water, blue skies, green fairways and acres feast. You have been dreaming of this moment upon acres of grapes & fruit is what you will since the last time you did this. But this time, find here. This scenario is perfect if you enjoy this time it seems better than before… the “you pick” cherries, strawberries and many butter melts across the top of your “catch of other delicious fruits. People have a tendency the day” as it gently sears in your favourite of over indulging while on these exploits, and camp fry pan. Potatoes are heating up in the that’s just fine! Wine tours are a plenty and coals of the fire, crackling hot! Soon enough, often accompanied by the tasting & sampling the bountiful feast is ready and you settle into of special local vintages. Touring vineyards your chair for a long evening of storytelling, & wineries is an experience that should be delicious food, and gazing up at the endless enjoyed by all who pass through these parts… after all, this area is known as Canada’s Wine shimmering stars. Capital. When surrounded by nature, you find yourself in your happy place, and this trip has not Or if you are in search of beach therapy, the disappointed. In the morning you calmly options are plentiful! What a great way to wake to a calling loon, and as you pull open spend some time… people watching and just Adventure is defined as an exciting or unusual experience, or participating in exciting undertakings. The most defining word in this explanation is “exciting”. Considering what the Thompson Okanagan has to offer, sounds like your time here is going to be exciting!

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digging your feet into the hot sand & warm waters, both rejuvenating for the body and mind. There are dozens of championship golf courses in the region, but Rattlesnake Canyon should be your target for family fun and mini-golf while visiting the south. What a fantastic venue for small kids & big kids alike. Mini golf, ice cream, amusement park, these are all the ingredients of a great outing!

and exploring the valleys & mountain tops. These lands offer the greatest rewards with a myriad of possibilities… natural hoodoos, retired railway trails, ranches, hot springs, snowcapped mountains and museums galore that contribute to the historic story telling of the Thompson Okanagan.

Perhaps you are intrigued at the prospect of being a cowboy or ranch hand. Or for the Planet Bee and Davison Orchards are two more hands off approach be sure to take in “must see” stops in the North Okanagan. a local rodeo, fair or exhibition. After dusting Planet Bee will take you on the journey of a you boots off try your luck as a prospector honey-bee and all its capabilities. Old and panning for gold in the cold- water rivers, you young stand bewildered by the industrious never know what you might find! bees. They have new services, and products that fly off the shelf, sometimes at lightning The Thompson Okanagan is also a great speed! Luckily, the bees are always hard at winter destination. There are several heliwork making sure there is lots of honey for ski operations and ski/snowboard resorts everyone. Davison Orchards is a working in the area. Most of the larger city/towns orchard (over 80 years of experience!) with are adjacent to these ski resorts. Canada’s an amazing bakery, tours and a new canning favourite family resort, Big White, sits just facility. Davison Orchards is one of those outside of Kelowna, and Sun Peaks, Canada’s places that just makes you smile. If they second largest ski area, lies 45 minutes north are making jam, you want some, and if they of Kamloops. For famous dry Okanagan are making pies, you definitely want one. powder, head to the hills! Everything is hand made with love, and now you can be a part of the experience: This is just a taste of the memorable pick the berries, make the jam & can it! Both experiences that await you in the Thompson destinations have extensive gift shops, Okanagan. The list of exciting options & stocked full of treasures… educational & so opportunities is far too lengthy to reel off... delicious! the only thing that can possibly limit your adventure here is you! The northern parts of the region tend to be for the more adventuresome: hiking, biking

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Attractions & adventure ATLANTIS WATERSLIDES 7921 Greenhow Road, Vernon Across from Swan Lake Ph: 250-549-4121 | Ten slides for all ages, including the popular River Riot. Large hot tub, picnic tables on a grassy area, mini golf, concession, gift & candy store and arcade. Birthday and group rates. Open mid June to Labour Day.

DAVISON ORCHARDS COUNTRY VILLAGE 3111 Davison Road, Vernon Ph: 250-549-3266 |

Visit Vernon and stop in at the valley’s largest agri-tourism attraction. Davison Orchards is a family run orchard, providing local, fresh produce since 1933. Take the unique Apple Train for a tour through the farm, check out the farm animals, visit the Country Village and see an assortment of homemade jams and preserves, seasonal displays in our country-style gift store, and fresh fruit pies from our Apple Crate Bakery. Head down to Auntie May’s Deep Dish Cafe and feast on treats baked daily in our Bakery. Cool down with an apple slush, made from our own freshpressed apple juice, or relax on the patio with a hot beverage while you take in the fabulous view. You will not want to miss this unique and unforgettable stop in Vernon…come and experience Davison Orchards.

H2O ADVENTURE + FITNESS CENTRE 4075 Gordon Drive, Kelowna Ph: 250-764-4040 | Visit the largest municipality owned water park in Canada featuring an Olympic length 50 metre pool, wave pool, river run, 3 thrilling water slides, a children’s water play area, Canada’s 1st FlowRider®- an ocean wave simulator, and the largest fitness space in the Okanagan Valley - 12,000 square feet of state-of-the-art cardio equipment, free weights and studio space for group fitness classes. Drop-in and play today!

Historic o’keefe ranch 12 km north of Vernon on Hwy 97 Ph: 250-542-7868 | Where History and Hospitality Come Alive. Experience cowboy history and culture; tours, events, artisan demonstrations, farm exhibits, model railway display or tour the heritage buildings. Restaurant, gift shop and RV camping on site. Home of Canada’s Famous “Cowboy Dinner Show” and The O’Keefe Cowboy Summer Festival. Season open is Mother’s Day. Group/Family and Senior Rates available.






250.542.8088 1.877.233.9675 5011 Bella Vista Road, Vernon, BC (follow sign directions from Hwy 97) | 25

Attractions & adventure LAKE CITY CASINO AT THE DELTA GRAND OKANAGAN RESORT 1310 Water Street, Kelowna Ph: 250-860-9467 |

Welcome to Fabulous! Kelowna’s only casino offers over 400 of the best slots PLUS live and electronic table games, including 5 tables of live Texas Hold’em poker! Experience gaming excitement within our 35,000 square foot modern facility. Relax and replenish at The Grove Bistro, our restaurant and lounge and enjoy live entertainment at our event room, Gateway 21. Located at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in the heart of Kelowna’s vibrant arts and entertainment district. Open daily at 9am until late night, the Kelowna Casino is your destination for the best in gaming entertainment!

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery 5011 Bella Vista Road, Vernon | Ph: 250-542-8088 | Planet Bee is an operating bee farm in the picturesque Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada,with a focus on learning about the “world of the honeybee,” and providing a full range of the finest bee products available for your pleasure and well-being. Visit Planet Bee and see live honeybees busily working behind glass in demonstration bee hives producing their numerous nutritional products which can enhance our well being.

RATTLESNAKE CANYON 5502 Main St., Osoyoos Ph: 250-495-3544 Fun for everyone! 18 hole Mini Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Tornado, Tumble Whirl, & famous Bungee Tree Trampolines. 30 ft. Climbing Wall and fun Arcade. Our Authentic Windmill has over 48 flavours of ice cream and get a temporary tattoo from our Tattoo Parlour.

RJ Haney Heritage Village and Museum 751 Highway 97B NE, Salmon Arm Ph: 250-832-5243 | RJ Haney Heritage Village and Museum is a 40-acre park located just south of the junction of the TransCanada and 97B Highways east of Salmon Arm. The facility is home to the Salmon Arm Museum, the Ernie Doe Archives Room, the Heritage Village, Marjorie’s Tea Room, and also boasts 2.34 km of beautiful walking trails. During the summer season, the park also hosts the ever-popular Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre, which begins July 1st.

Westbank Museum Keeping History Alive

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Splash On! Spend the perfect sundrenched day riding our thrilling rapids. With 10 slides, including two children’s slides and the wild river riot tube, Atlantis Waterslides has something for every slider! Enjoy a soak in the large hot tub!

250.549.4121 Vernon, BC

Historic O’ KEEFE RANCH Come and Experience the 148 Year Old Ranch • Heritage Tours • Stage Coach Rides • Vintage Farm Machinery • Model Railroad • Trail Rides Every day from Mother’s Day until the end of September Home to Canada’s Famous “Cowboy Dinner Show” (Every Friday Night, July – August) 93801 Hwy. 97N Vernon BC (12 Km North of Vernon) • 250-542-7868 • | 27

Attractions & adventure STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN THEATRE 5341 Highway 97 A Enderby Showline: 250-838-6757 | For an evening of fun and entertainment in “the good ole days” fashion, visit Enderby’s Starlight DriveIn, featuring North America’s largest drive-in screen. The Starlight is open May to September and plays recent releases in a fun relaxed family environment. Located just south of Enderby on Highway 97A, the drive-in is just 22 minutes from Vernon and Salmon Arm and a 50 minute getaway from Kelowna.

Swan Lake Nurseryland Fruit Market & Garden Centre 7920 Highway 97, Vernon Ph: 250-542-7614 | Swan Lake Nurseryland Fruit Market and Garden Center is your year around Farmers Market, seven days a week. Established in 1963, we specialize in bedding plants, food plants, trees shrubs and flowers and all your gardening needs. Our produce department is second to none and we take pride in providing fresh local produce in season.


101 Martin St, Sicamous Ph: 250-836-2450 |

Experience one of British Columbia’s legendary adventure vacations on Shuswap Lake. Twin Anchors has been hosting guests since 1977 – that’s a long list of happy houseboaters! Get your crew together and start planning your houseboat adventure today – we have boats available this summer and fall. Houseboating is a memorable experience – perfect for small family get-aways, groups up to 24 (invite some really good friends!), weddings and corporate events. Good Friends. Legendary Service. Luxurious Houseboats

Westbank Museum 2376 Dobbin Rd., Westbank Ph: 250-768-0110 | The Westbank Museum displays our families’ heritage, dating back to the 1700’s. We also house the West Kelowna Visitor Centre. Our centre specializes in tailoring your holiday with circle tours, wedding venues, and guest accommodations and experiences while visiting our community. Contact us for your specific event or holiday adventures.

WESTSIDE DAZE In the Heart of West Kelowna Ph: 250-999-7210 | Held on the Canada Day long weekend each year, Westside Daze is the Best Annual Community Event in the Central Okanagan! 5 days of family fun (lots free!) including a parade, kid’s fair, breakfast fundraiser, First Nation Entertainers, Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show and Shine, outdoor concerts, Canada Day celebrations and West Coast Amusements. The 2015 festivities will run from June 27th to July 1st in the heart of West Kelowna.

Dinner Theatre July & August

Travel Back in Time & Visit the Shuswap’s Largest Heritage Attraction 751 Highway 97B NE, Salmon Arm • 250 832 5243 • 28 | TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2015

EXPERIENCE THE SHUSWAP...from your back deck. Quiet remote beaches, social hot spots, adventurous hiking trails and waterfalls. Relaxed fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding to adrenaline inducing watercrafts and bustling floating restaurants and stores.

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Open 8:00am - 7:00pm 7 Days a Week ( Summer hours ) • Fresh Local Produce • Organics • Trees & Shrubs • Plants & Flowers • Soil & Fertilizer • Gardening Supplies • Deli • Bakery • Ice Cream • Florist


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Touring THE



DISCOVER OUR COMMUNITIES As you open your eyes to absorb everything, you take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out, listening carefully to nature around you. The smells, the sights, and the sounds‌ this is paradise‌ this is the Thompson Okanagan. A vast and varied region of mountains & valleys, rivers, lakes & streams, desert grasslands, ancient forests, cityscapes and pastoral countryside, this diverse region beckons all types of travellers.

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A tall, majestic mountain, stands tall before you, striking, yet beautiful and calming. You stop, listen and hear...nothing. Just Mother Nature and her absolute beauty. Around you, is acre upon acre of fields & orchards full of delicious, fresh produce, painting the picture of a dining table, brimming with well loved, locally grown, fruits and vegetables. Beside you, in the sky and on the ground, the native & migratory wildlife share the land, giving you a glimpse into their world, a world you may have only imagined. These are only a few of the experiences awaiting you in our six distinct sub-regions. If you can dream it, you can do it here. Come start on your perfect adventure in the Thompson Okanagan!

CANADA Alberta


British Columbia


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Refer to page number for additional Sub Region information

Okanagan ---------------- Page 32-61 Shuswap ----------------- Page 62-65

Cache Creek

Thompson --------------- Page 68-79 Gold Country ----------- Page 80-89 Similkameen ------------ Page 90-93


Thompson Okanagan

South Thompson

North Okanagan



Central Okanagan



South Okanagan Boundary Similkameen Osoyoos Grand Forks Princeton


Salmon Arm


Gold Country

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Major Highways Highway #1

Adams Lake Cable Ferry

Travel Highway #1 (the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway), east from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland to Cache Creek or west from Alberta to Sicamous.

north of Highway #1 between Chase

Highways #5 & #97C Travel from Hope on Highway #5 north to Kamloops and the North Thompson or take Highway #97C at Merritt and travel east to Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.

Highway #3 Travel from Hope on Highway #3, our most southern access, and head easy to Princeton and Osoyoos. Or from Cranbrook heading west on Highway #3, enter our region through Christina Lake and Grand Forks.


ROUTE: Across Adams Lake, 20km and Sorrento. Located approx. 80km northeast of Kamloops and 50km northwest of Salmon Arm DAILY SCHEDULE: 24-hour shuttle service (emergencies only between 3:00 am and 5:00 am)


GETTING HERE BY AIR The Thompson Okanagan has both Regional and International Airports providing easy air access to the region. Airport Gateways are found in the cities of Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton.


CROSSING TIME: 6 minutes CAPACITY: 8 Vehicles – 12 Passengers

Little Fort Ferry ROUTE: Across the North Thompson River, 93km north of Kamloops on Highway #5 DAILY SCHEDULE: Operates Daily 7:00 am to 12:00pm and 1:00 pm to 6:20 pm (last trip)

Kamloops Airport Penticton Regional Airport

MAJOR COMMERCIAL AIRLINES IN THE REGION Air Canada (servicing Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton)

Canadian North

CROSSING TIME: 5 minutes (servicing Kelowna, Kamloops) There are four ports of entry on the CAPACITY: 2 vehicles – 12 Passengers Canadian/US border to facilitate access Central Mountain Air directly from Washington State. McLure Ferry (servicing Kelowna, Kamloops) ROUTE: Across the North Thompson For travel information and updates visit: River, 43km north of Kamloops off WestJet, Highway #5 (east side of river). No (servicing Kelowna, Kamloops & or call 1-800-461-9999 service during high water or winter Penticton) freeze up. Detour via Westsyde Road. Chopaka – Nighthawk Rd Nighhawk (Similkameen Road) Daytime service year round 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Osoyoos – BC 97 Oroville US 97 24 hour service year round

Midway – Dominion Street Ferry Customs Road Daytime Service Year Round 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Carson – 41 Danville SR 21 Daytime Service Year Round 8:00 am to midnight

DAILY SCHEDULE: Operates Daily 7:00 am to 12:00pm and 1:00 pm to 6:20 pm (last trip)

Air North, Yukon’s Airlines (servicing Kelowna)

Alaska Airline (servincing Kelowna)

CROSSING TIME: 5 minutes Northwestern Airline CAPACITY: 2 vehicles – 12 Passengers (servicing Kelowna)

ROAD CONDITIONS Visit or real time information 1-800-550-4997

Pacific Coastal Airlines (servicing Kelowna)

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oKANaGAn British Columbia

communities & hamlets Osoyoos, Oliver, Gallagher Lake, Okanagan Falls, Willowbrook, Twin Lakes, Kaleden, Apex Mountain, Penticton, Naramata, Summerland, Peachland, Westbank, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Big White, Fintry, Lake Country, Killiney Beach, Vernon, Coldstream, Lavington, Lumby, Cherryville, Silver Star Mountain, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Mabel Lake To Sicamous To Salmon Arm


Mabel Lake


To Kamloops


Silver Star Resort

Vernon Okanagan Lake

Okanagan Lake


Big White Ski Resort

Myra-Bellevue Park

Okanagan Mountain Park

Peachland Summerland

To Nakusp


Greystokes Park

West Kelowna

Trepanier Park


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Lake Country Wood Lake



Armstrong Spallumcheen

Kalamalka Lake





To Rock Creek

Okanagan Lake


Apex Mountain


Skaha Lake



Okanagan Falls To Princeton

Vaseux Lake


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Mount Baldy Ski Hill Osoyoos Lake



To Grand Forks

USA Border

TOP EXPERIENCES • Savour the notes of a bold red or a crisp white as you drink in the spectacular views • Discover the desert, hear the legends and experience the history of the Okanagan People • Play your best round surrounded by lakes, orchards and vineyards, all under bright sunny skies • Soak up the sun on the beach and enjoy the water sports out in action on the lakes • Sip, Sample & Savour the flavours of the Okanagan direct at the farm or from a Farmers’ & Crafters Market

Mission Hill Family Estate

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Canada’s warmest welcome

Your journey to a rare and wonderous place in Canada begins here, in Osoyoos. Set in the one true desert of our country, the timeless and honest beauty of the natural surroundings will surprise and delight you. It’s time to discover a truly distinct and authentic travel experience. Come and find your place in the sun. Come to Osoyoos. Osoyoos is a small, friendly resort town spectacularly framed by desert hills, Canada’s warmest lake, vineyards and orchards. The endless sunny skies and hot, dry summer influence an extraordinary offering of activities, food and wine that you’d expect to find in other worldly destinations.


So what to do in a day in paradise? Wine-tasting and dining at awardwinning wineries in picture-perfect vineyards. Golfing on spectacular championship courses. Skiing “steep and deep” on local champagne powder. Yoga on the soft sand of the sundrenched beaches. Swimming in the clear warm waters of Osoyoos Lake. Superb fishing and bird-watching. Learning the fascinating legends of the First Nations culture while studying the desert ecology at a world-class centre – don’t miss the live rattlesnake shows! Savouring fresh and innovative local culinary creations. Eating juicy sweet fruit “just picked” at an orchard’s quiet countryside stand. Exploring the natural

SIP Vine to wine Complex rich reds, fruity whites, organic varieties and delectable ice-wines, amid a backdrop of verdant vineyard vistas ….ahh … this is Osoyoos. Every winery offers its own beautiful and distinctive tasting experience, from artisan boutique wineries to stunning architectural estate wineries. Try pairing with a local culinary creation and find your tastebud bliss.

SAVOUR Farm to table Taste the sun in Osoyoos! With local farms just minutes away from restaurant tables, fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak of perfection, allowing our chefs to create dishes with an unbelievable depth of flavor and breadth of variety. Fresh cuisine has made Osoyoos a hot new culinary destination that dazzles even the most discerning foodies.


beauty of surrounding hills and mountains by foot or horseback. Awakening your senses with a local lavenderinfused massage at a health and beauty spa. Shopping for one-of-akind treasures in quaint boutiques. Romance, adventure, relaxation and inspiration – it’s all yours to experience, year-round in Canada’s hottest destination, with Canada’s Warmest Welcome.

A brimming basket of veggies

Osoyoos is a hot spot, and is also an absolutely perfect terroir for growing the most flavourful and delicious vegetables you’ll ever eat. Visit the local markets in season and sample the finest in the land! And, don’t forget to take some home from your wildly delicious visit.

TASTE Fruits of the harvest Life is a bowl of cherries. And apricots, peaches, pears, plums and apples! Come and experience delicious Okanagan fruit at its peak …. and where the sun makes it the sweetest. Plump dark cherries. Juicy, succulent peaches. Crisp, tasty apples. Just picked! Tree fruits are part of happy memories of Okanagan summers! | 35

RECONNECT With nature A desert get-away is good for your soul. With verdant valleys and glistening clear lakes, surrounded by arid highlands of prickly pear cactus and Ponderosa pine, this is truly a natural paradise. Experience glorious days and nights in a very special place, and leave feeling a renewed sense of vitality and well-being.


With a real community

Looking for a destination that feels – well, very real? It’s here, in Osoyoos. The simple pleasures of a beach picnic, a bike ride on quiet rural roads, a small town downtown stroll, or star gazing into the darkest of night skies make Osoyoos a unique and unforgettable place to visit.

STAY For business A growing number of stylish resorts have technology-equipped banquet and conference rooms accommodating up to 400 people – perfect for meetings and retreats. Once the days’ work is done, what do you do? Mix business and pleasure, of course! Try championship golf, exceptional dining and wine tasting …...could be the toughest decision of the day!

STAY For pleasure There are many who holidayed here as kids, and want to relive those happy memories now that they have families of their own. Let the splendour of the desert, the richness of our history and the charm of our community renew and rejuvenate you!


Osoyoos is one hot destination! The desert environment is both uplifting and soothing, and lends itself well to designing your own sweet escape. Whether a magical sunset walk in the desert, or an early morning swim in the still clear waters of Lake Osoyoos, one thing is certain – a stay in Osoyoos is more than a change of scenery. It’s a rest and a genuine renewal. A more active and adventurous getaway is here, too. Osoyoos is emerging as a top destination for boaters, road bikers, golfers and skiers – with no crowds or line-ups. What a beautiful place to be busy!

You can always find your “happy place” in Osoyoos because there is something for everyone, every season of the year; for First Nations culture and natural history buffs; for water, sand, snow and greens lovers; for connoisseurs of wine and wildlife; and for busy families and international businesspeople. It’s time to discover a truly distinct and authentic travel experience. Come and find your place in the sun. Come to Osoyoos. | 37


Set against the dramatic backdrop of desert landscape, the sparkling waters of Lake Osoyoos and the lush vineyards, NK’MIP Resort is a place where rich cultural traditions meet contemporary experiences in a setting that won’t soon be forgotten. If spa treatments, fine dining and beautifully appointed suites are your vacation style, look no further than Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa. However if the family friendly NK’MIP RV Park is more your style, this lakeside RV park offers a variety of sites including yurts and a fully furnished cabin.


Reflecting the unique and modern experience of a desert centre based on the rich heritage of the Okanagan people, the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre is a perfect mix of ecological and cultural experiences. This state-of-theart interpretive centre with its interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits is noted for its rattlesnake research and tagging program, native sculptures, and outdoor walking trails. A trip to NK’MIP Resort is also a perfect pairing for any wine country getaway, where oenophiles and foodies will get a greater understanding of the valley’s

Spirt Ridge terroir and locally inspired cuisine. Open year-round, awardwinning NK’MIP Cellars offers winery tours, educational programs and tastings in its distinctive wine shop.

Enjoy the sun-drenched landscapes, miles of vineyards and views to Lake Osoyoos from your balcony at the 5-star Spirit Ridge Resort. Rejuvenate your body and spirit at Solstice Spa.

Cultural Centre The Nk’Mip (Ink-A-Meep) Desert Cultural Centre brings the lands and legends of the traditional Okanagan First Nations to life through multi-sensory theatres, indoor art gallery, outdoor Living-Lands gallery and a 1.5 km loop trail. Visitors will experience traditional storytelling, live shows and much more set on the Osoyoos Indian Band lands and Canada’s only true desert

Campground & RV Park Open year-round, NK’MIP RV Park offers over 400 sites ranging from tenting spots to full service RV stalls, yurts and a cabin. NK’MIP RV Park is one of the South Okanagan’s largest parks and is perfectly situated on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, the warmest lake in Canada. Visit any season and you’ll be welcomed by people who come back every year.

Winery NK’MIP Cellars awarded British Columbia’s #1 Winery and #2 in Canada by Wine Access Magazine. For an inventive menu, visit Talon’s Restaurant at Spirit Ridge for “wine country comfort food”. | 39

An eco-fishing or helicopter adventure. A one-of-a-kind desert links golf course experience. One of Canada’s three most endangered ecosystems and home to many endangered plant and animal species. Choose your adventure from golfing, wine tasting, pampering at the

spa, horseback riding, heli-adventures, eco-fishing tours, wakeboarding, waterskiing or simply paddling around the lake in a kayak. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, desert rappelling is sure to fit the bill.

GOLF Sonora Dunes caters to golfers of all skill levels with its one-of-a-kind desert links golf experience. The 9-hole course is open from February through November (except for snow) and offers a pro shop and seasonal grill. Club and cart rentals are available.


A First Nations cultural attraction. Interactive and fun family activities. Explore desert trails, pit house and village displays. Inspired jewellry, art and giftware. | 41


Cultivate a moment

A vintage for every taste. Hours of sunshine. Trails that stretch to the horizon or lead to the top of a mountain. The perfect recipe to cultivate a moment in the Wine Capital of Canada. Mix with any season, and add a twist or two - and enjoy. What twists you ask? Winter in wine country invites you to think pink at a rosĂŠ revolution. The snow may be falling outside, but inside we're toasty, and toasting a worldwide "drink pink" mantra. Why not? The lengthy harvest season is coming to a close, and it's time to celebrate. Speaking of pink, as the days grow longer and the sun glows brighter, spring brings a vista of blossoms reaching skyward, inspiring artists to capture the season, or drawing you out to walk amongst the buds, with birdsong as your soundtrack. Bring binoculars, you never know who you might see in the trees...our resident owl population, perhaps? Festival of the Grape, Darren Robinson


Summer turns golden, and it's Oliver's season to shine...or glisten. Marathon season begins, golfers are dotting the greens, bikes whirl down trails. Break a sweat, then reward yourself with a tasting or two at a local winery or a gourmet dinner on a patio, or a picnic in a park as the notes from a concert sail through the warm evening air. Two dozen wineries will help you hydrate during these hot, dry weeks. Take a break on a winery patio with some local charcuterie or a gourmet dinner as the sun sets. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the view. Autumn? That's harvest time, from crushing grapes to baking apple pies, it's farm to table (or wine glass) season. Moments...we’ve got lots of them. Take one to savour a new favourite wine on a sun-soaked patio. Another to learn a new art form. Stare into the distance as the perfect swing sends your


Camp under the open sky, with the moon for a flashlight and the stars as your map. Visit a winery and stay for the night…in the lap of luxury. Pitch a tent, plug in, draw a bath – however you travel, we have a place to rest your head. Downtown Oliver, Darren Robinson

relax From historical landmarks to hockey, birding to baseball, Oliver is where you can learn a thing (or two), and relax at the same time. Explore the original town site at Fairview, wind down with a walk to the beach at Tuc-el-Nuit Lake; its non-motorized mantra means hours of uninterrupted floating for those seeking quiet relaxation. Okanagan River Path, Darren Robinson

SIP golf ball to the green. Or breathe crisp winter air atop a snowy mountain trail. Like a good recipe, Oliver lets you play with the best of its ingredients to create the perfect stay in the Wine Capital of Canada. Take a dash of the outdoors, a measure of culture, combine with creativity and top with fresh fruit and air… perfection. Each season in Oliver has its own flavour, you’ll want to try them all. From vintage to vintage, taste to taste, you'll be back for seconds.

From summer patio sipping to winter comfort food, Oliver is farm-to-table country. Whether it’s a gourmet meal, a midday break at the local bakery, or a visit to the Mexican grocer for a special spice, Oliver’s diversity of flavours tempt any palate. Pair with more than 25 wineries, and it's bon appetit time. Tinhorn Creek, Darren Robinson

EXPLORE Autumn Salmon Run, Darren Robinson

With plentiful activities all year, picking your favourite season is a challenge. Winter brings a hush, but with a variety of indoor and outdoor pursuits. Spring? That’s blossom season. Summer is hot, wineries tempt you with a glass of vino on a sun-soaked patio. Harvest takes over fall, as we reap the benefits of our land. | 43

Penticton & Wine Country Time to Breathe Nestled between Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake is Penticton, British Columbia. The name “Penticton” translates loosely to mean “a place to stay forever” and the city lives up to this boast. Ideally located just four hours inland from Vancouver, Penticton is centrally located in the Okanagan Valley and enjoys dry, hot summers and mild winters. You will find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can choose to relax or burn off some energy. Penticton is a yearround playground with every imaginable water sport available, endless festivals and attractions and in the winter months – great snow. Saturdays, early May through October, locals and visitors alike begin the day with a stroll through the Farmers’ Market. Fresh baking, fragrant coffee, gorgeous ripe fruit


and vegetables – it is a foodies paradise. You might spot local chefs wandering through searching for goods for this evening’s farm to table menu. Penticton is home to great food - casual bites to fine dining, you’ll find what you’re craving. Looking for a wine Tour? With 60 plus wineries within 20 minutes of the city centre the choice is endless. Enjoy lunch on a winery patio or pack a romantic picnic and relax while drinking in the view that surrounds you. The area is also home to craft breweries and distilleries, each unique in its approach and having their own story to tell (one has a secret source for its cherries!) and what brought them into the business. Tether a group of floaties together, slather on some sunscreen, pop your hat and

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sunglasses on and get ready for a 2 to 3 hour float down the iconic Okanagan River Channel. Hike or cycle the KVR and take in the breathtaking views, watch out for the historic rock ovens and other landmarks. Play a round of golf at one of the many local courses.

Rest is essential and Penticton has lodging options for every budget and desire. Stay close to the action downtown, choose a quiet B&B or try out the new Yurts. Book a family style motel across from the beach or stay at one of the many brand name hotels that make Penticton feel like home.

Experience Melissa Barnes

Take advantage of all Penticton has to offer – try stand-up paddle boarding (Or SUP as the experts call it!). Book a Kayak-Wine Tour or rent bikes and head up the historic KVR trail. Pluck plump cherries off the tree at a U-pick orchard or visit the S.S. Sicamous Stern Wheeler for a bit of history.

Join the festivities! We host so many exciting events all year long. Whether it’s a world class athletic competition, a funky arts festival or simply a celebration

EXPLORE For a true taste of the Okanagan explore the Penticton Farmers’ Market, a virtual treasure chest of local goods. Fragrant lavender and fresh bouquets of flowers, juicy ripe fruit and vegetables, potted herbs or warm cinnamon buns. You are even able to taste and purchase local wine, beer and spirits while there. Allen Jones

ENJOY Fun-filled events will have you dancing in the streets, spying on Meadowlarks or triumphantly crossing the finish line. Come as a spectator or participant. Break out the blue suede shoes for the Elvis Festival or groove to the beat during the Hot Jazz Festival. For more ways to enjoy Penticton go to Allen Jones | 45


Play a round of mini golf or have some water fun with the bumper boats at an adventure park. Rent bikes and cruise the town stopping for ice cream. Pull up a chair and relax on one of our beaches – or maybe have a water fight with the kids…time to breathe.

Rejuvenate Penticton is the place you perhaps vacationed as a child and you now bring your own family to this bit of Okanagan paradise. With an average temperature of 26°C and minimal rainfall it’s the perfect choice for summer fun. Bring your family together and build memories that will last forever. Melissa Barnes

Sip Sip, swirl and savour your way through local wineries, distilleries and craft breweries. From a crisp Chardonnay to a maple stout to a gin fragrant with local aromatics, there is a taste for any palate. Need some direction? Talk to one of our knowledgeable staff at the Wine Country Visitor Centre. Melissa Barnes


Melissa Barnes

Think big flavour, think fresh! In Penticton you can indulge in a multi-course winepaired dinner overlooking the lake, a family-style meal with friends or a picnic on the beach. Locally made cheese, fresh produce and baked goods are easy to find on almost every menu from casual to fine dining.


of the annual harvest, there’s always something entertaining going on in this lively and spirited place. Penticton is not a summer only destination. Apex Mountain Resort is just 30 minutes from Penticton and offers world class skiing with 73 downhill trails, skating and tubing. Nearby, Nickle Plate offers 56 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails and 25 kilometres of marked snowshoe trails. Penticton has something for everyone!

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summerland When you come to Summerland, we invite you to shift gears from life’s busy pace and just take your time. Your authentic experience of Okanagan history starts on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, pulled through stunning countryside by the 100-yearold “Spirit of Summerland” steam engine. Hold your breath and dare to look down as the train crosses the Trout Creek Bridge, looming 238 feet above the canyon floor. With several kilometres of the Trans-Canada Trail running through town, Summerland is a perfect destination for hiking or biking, whether for an afternoon or as part of a multiday trek. Bring your camera to capture the perfect shot of Summerland’s skyline; it’s like none other in the Okanagan Valley. Our volcanic past lives on in the rugged outline of Giant’s Head Mountain. A draw for photographers and hill walkers alike, Giant’s Head Park will introduce you to the abundance of local flowers and grasses, while offering tantalizing views over Okanagan Lake. Enjoy a slow drive on our winding roads, up into the hills through lush orchards and vineyards, and down to the shores of sun-kissed Okanagan Lake. Choose a winery patio to stop for a picnic, take a meander through the Ornamental Gardens, or dig your toes into the warm sand and catch up on your tan.

Leave the world of box stores behind and stroll beneath flowers and brightly painted banners of our downtown, where small boutiques showcase one-of-a-kind finds. Whether you’re taking home a designer label or that antique you’ve always wanted, make sure you take a lingering coffee break. With two local coffee roasters, a visit to Summerland isn’t complete without taking in the atmosphere at one of our cafes. Spend a day exploring The Bottleneck Drive, made up of 14 Summerland wineries. Chat with wine makers about what makes the soil and sunshine so special for crafting the perfect Okanagan vintage. Speaking of vintage, why not let Summerland’s car museum arrange your tour in a top-down 1963 white Cadillac? Treat yourself to a loaf of fresh organic bread while watching the mill grind flour for the next batch. Sink your teeth into fresh, chilled cherries from one of our fruit markets, or let our chefs spoil you with three courses made from the freshest local ingredients. Whether you need a weekend getaway or a complete reboot, you’ll be amazed how soon you’ll settle in to a Summerland lifestyle.

Lionel-Trudel, Bottleneck Drive/Summerland Chamber


PEACHLAND Peachland is the sweetest place under the sun to while away a summers day. Perfectly located between the larger centres of Penticton & Kelowna, Peachland is a small town with big things to offer. Turning off Hwy #97 to Beach Avenue is the ultimate ‘ah ha’ moment. There is a sense of being far away from the madding crowd, a throwback to a gentler era; the serenity of Peachland’s unfettered waterfront provides you with an abundance of experiences to refresh and relax. Peachland’s unparalleled Centennial Pathway extends for kilometres alongside Okanagan Lake and you can walk, run, rollerblade, skateboard or bike to your heart’s content. Swim Bay, life guard protected during the summer months, is great fun with diving boards and a zip line into the lake. It’s not all

about Beach Avenue though! In the hills of Peachland you will find first rate adventure (like Canada’s Highest Zip Line) and to add to that adventure, the breathtaking views will astonish and exhilarate you. A visit to Hardy Falls, nestled away on Deep Creek at the south end of town, is an exceptional treat in the fall -- to see nature at her finest, as returning salmon come to spawn in September-October. Besides being a fabulous summertime destination, Peachland can be your hub for an ‘any season’ stay. In the wintertime the walkway is the safest in the valley and magical at night. After your day trips to the various ski hills and Peachland’s own winter wonderland backcountry, plan to treat yourself in the sweetest place under the sun.

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Although West Kelowna is one of the newest named communities in the Okanagan Valley, the chronicles of our area date back some 60 million years when our mountain, Mt. Boucherie was formed due to a volcanic eruption. Today this mountain stands strong and proud, having primed the area around it for lush vineyards and orchards. The land around West Kelowna has been known to produce amazing local flavours. Tomatoes and nuts were popular in the early 1900’s thanks to Mr. Gellatly’s early efforts of growing tomatoes and nut tree research. His legacy continues today through the century old working nut farm at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park where visitors can harvest their own nuts, to Chef de Montreuil who tends to a chefs garden that has over a 100 varieties of tomatoes in the same spot as the former ‘Tomato King of the Okanagan’, Mr. Gellatly, had his garden. Our landscape is dotted with fruit stands, wineries and rolling hills of vineyards. Getting


off the beaten path to explore the Westside Wine Trail or the Westside Farm Loop is sure to be a memorable experience. From visiting a winery where wine caves are blasted into a mountain and chatting with the winemaker who just strolled off the fields, to eating a fresh peach that has been picked right from the orchard, your senses will be delighted and amazed with what you encounter. It is no secret how to relax and unwind in West Kelowna; music, beach, nature. On Friday nights in the summer people head to Memorial Park to enjoy the ‘Music in the Park’ series while during those lazy sunny days they take solitude at a quiet beach or a leisurely walk along the waterfront. The culture and atmosphere on the Westside of Lake Okanagan is remarkable. It is welcoming, wholesome, relaxed and reflective of our diverse makeup. Hints of the Okanagan People can be seen woven through the community with both English and Syilx appearing on the signs while visual sculptures

Stay Westbank First Nation

Why stay only a day or two when there is so much to learn and explore in our community? Add on another day to your trip to discover the history of the area, who the new ‘Tomato King’ is and learn about the Syilx people with a visit to the Sncəwips Heritage Museum.

SIP Rolling hills of vineyards, lake views at every winery, artisanal wine, art, music, restaurants and gift shopping…this is what the Westside Wine Trail is about. One will find that this wine trail is a blend of experiences that will leave a memorable finish for those who savour it. Westside Wine Trail/Darren Hull

EXPLORE that tell help tell the story of the Westbank First Nation people can be seen while driving along our roads. We invite you to #visitwestside, explore the miles of hiking and biking trails that are at our doorstep, taste our local flavours, relax on our quiet beaches and discover our wineries one sip at a time. Westside Farm Loop/Grant Robinson

Explore our waterfront and mountain trails. The calm sparking waters of Gellatly Bay are a kayakers dream while our trails are made for hiking and biking. Spend the day on the Smith Creek Gruel hitting some jumps or ripping down the mountain paths or cool down near the waterfalls and creek in Glen Canyon Regional Park.

Gellatly Bay/Grant Robinson

ENJOY Darren Hull

Nothing beats an afternoon with family and friends on our waterfront. Gellatly Bay is the perfect place to get active as the waters are calm and the action is plenty. Runners can be seen jogging along the pathway while kids build sandcastles or take a plunge into the glistening waters off the zipline. | 51

KELOWNA On the sunny shores of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna displays the sophistication of a metropolitan city packaged in a parklike setting. The Okanagan’s largest and most central city offers nationally-touted dining, accommodations and activities. The foodie scene has more than its fair share of star chefs and local flavours. This is where farm-to-table culture happens all year ‘round. A veritable golf mecca, Kelowna boasts 18 courses and one of the longest and driest golf seasons in Canada. Book at

Home to more than 28 wineries along 5 wine trails and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, Kelowna has a broad range of annual festivals and events including the Okanagan Wine Festivals, Great Okanagan Beer Festival, and Centre of Gravity, Canada’s largest beach festival. Family-friendly live outdoor music concerts throughout the summer add to the charm of Kelowna’s beachy downtown. Beaches, golf, wine, nature and entertainment – Kelowna combines them all.

City of Kelowna, photograph Shawn Talbot


Stay Kelowna’s variety of accommodations include lakeside resorts and hotels, quaint motels, luxurious vacation rentals, cozy B&B’s, cabins, RV parks and campsites. When you’re planning a holiday that is family friendly, romantic, or ideal for a group of friends, you’ll find the perfect lodging in Kelowna. City of Kelowna, Shawn Talbot

Experience Whether you love the beach, an adrenalin-filled mountain bike ride, or teeing off on a manicured golf course, you are covered in Kelowna. Come try our ropes courses, horseback riding trails, or watch the sunset on a lake cruise. Kelowna’s recreational options will astound you. Gyro Beach

EXPLORE As the birthplace of BC’s wine industry, Kelowna’s wineries are a must for wine lovers. With 5 wine trails and more than 28 wineries, there is ample variety including eminent labels and boutique farm gate tasting rooms. Get more info at Arrowleaf Cellars

ENJOY Old Vines Restaurant Quails’ Gate Winery

Ask them and the chefs will probably tell you that the food on your plate and the wine in your glass is all sourced locally. In Kelowna, meet the purveyors at their farms all around the city by day. And later you’ll recognize their gorgeous ingredients on your plate in Kelowna’s top restaurants. More information at | 53

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Canada's Favourite family resort

Nestled in the picturesque Monashee Mountain range, Big White Ski Resort offers up big outdoor adventures in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Boasting Canada's largest ski-in, ski-out resort village, Big White Ski Resort is just 45 minutes from Kelowna International Airport and can accommodate more than 17,000 guests. All that winter fun hasn't gone unnoticed; the resort has racked up numerous accolades, such as Snow Action Magazine’s people’s choice award for 2014 Family Ski Resort of the Year. As Canada’s most family friendly ski resort, the resort is abound with family friendly fun. Children enrolled in group ski lessons are equipped with the Flaik GPS system, which not only tracks kids all over the mountain, but also allows children to share stats with their parents, including where they went, how much vertical they skied or boarded and their average speed. Because of its prime location, Big White Ski Resort is consistently blessed with sunny


weather, dry powder, and mild average temperatures of -5C (23F), making it the ideal place to hit the slopes and enjoy everything the Okanagan has to offer. It’s all that beautiful champagne powder that makes the resort one of Canada’s top ski destinations, with an average annual snowfall of nearly 7.5 meters (24.5 feet). Big White Ski Resort boasts 118 runs spread across five powder bowls. To handle all the winter-time traffic, the resort hosts 16 lifts and a total uphill lift capacity of 28,000 skiers per hour, ensuring that skiers can spend more time on the runs and less time in lift lines. Big White Ski Resort has received top honours for its legendary snow. CNN added the resort’s The Cliff run to its list of the Top 100 Ski Runs in the World. The resort also ranked number one ski resort in Canada for Best Powder by Ski Canada Magazine, as well as Biggest Vertical ski runs. Most recently, the Sun Rype Bowl

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Big White Ski Resort’s lodging options can accommodate every style and budget, all with amazing mountain access. Choose between hotels, condominiums, townhomes, vacation homes and luxury cabins to find a perfect home away from home at Canada’s largest skiin, ski-out resort village.

EXPERIENCE Big White Ski Resort is perfect for a fun winter getaway that's both easily accessible and affordable. While the resort is world-renown for its top class skiing conditions, the fun doesn’t stop on the slopes. A smattering of other activities are offered; from snowshoeing and dog sled tours to ice skating, ice climbing and tubing.

RELAX was named second best Powder Run in Canada by The resort’s renowned runs aren’t the only place to enjoy some seasonal fun. From snowshoe tours to horse-drawn sleigh dinners to snowmobiling, Big White Ski Resort has an activity to suit every preference, including: dog sled tours, ice climbing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, SnoLimo tours, snowshoeing and tubing, as well as special dining and wine tours.

Soak in breath-taking views from a private balcony and allow your hot tub to envelope you in relaxation. Watch the snow fall, blanketing the resort in powder for tomorrow's adventure. For parents, Big White Ski Resort offers multiple programs for a stress-free holiday, including the ‘Door-to-Ski’ shuttle and Kids Centre After Dark.

SAVOUR Big White Ski Resort offers many dining options, some highlighting top wines and craft beers from the Okanagan paired with quality local ingredients. Restaurant choices are bountiful and can accommodate every hungry skiers needs, whether a quick lunch at Moonlight Bistro, an après–ski brew at Sessions Taphouse, or a wine-paired dinner at Kettle Valley Steak House. | 55

Predator Ridge AMAZING MOMENTS START HERE Describing British Columbia’s Predator Ridge Resort to people who haven’t yet had the good fortune of being here generally begins with the geography and climate. The immense skies and sweeping mountain views of the high grassland plateau are bordered by Lake Okanagan to the west and Kalamalka Lake to the east; in any season, the mild air is so sweet that you’ll find yourself breathing deeper the moment you arrive. Just 25 minutes from Kelowna International Airport, naturally spectacular Predator Ridge Resort offers a unique lifestyle proposition: the opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy the best of nature, just minutes from urban conveniences, in homes and neighbourhoods distinguished by luxurious comfort. With two world-class courses, golf is the main attraction for many. But it’s easy to fall in love with this Okanagan oasis without ever stepping foot on the green. Predator Ridge is much more than a golf resort.

It’s one of Canada’s top resort communities offering homeowners and resort guests the best of the Okanagan lifestyle - fine dining, a state-of-the-art fitness centre (with 25m lap pool), over 12kms of hiking, biking, & walking trails, tennis, a market and wine store, access to one of North America’s best spas and more. It’s also the perfect home-base from which to explore the area’s many award-winning wineries and farmers’ markets, as well as to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle that includes downhill skiing at nearby Silver Star or kayaking and wind-surfing on one of the many fresh-water lakes. But while Predator Ridge visitors generally come first for the resort and the climate, and they are impressed with the tremendous value and natural splendor, it’s the sense of community. But ultimately, for those who make Predator Ridge their home, it comes down to the lifestyle. New residents spark friendships along the 12 kilometers of walking trails; in the three daily fitness classes or at the gym

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STAY on the top-of-theline fitness equipment. The award-winning Range dining room and Clubhouse Lounge provide memorable meals and a casual spot to gather with neighbours for happy hour or the hockey game. The rejuvenating activities, magnificent Okanagan setting, and a community of unsurpassed living give life to a very special culture; something one can only truly understand by experiencing it.

With a range of accommodation options to suit your style, Predator Ridge Resort features little touches that make you feel like you’ve found your own special place: full kitchens, fireplaces, pet friendly options and more. Plus, you’ll have full access to everything Predator Ridge has to offer.

EXPERIENCE Predator Ridge Resort was created with a great reverence for its spectacular natural setting, knowing it would call out to those who wished to escape the ordinary. Play for a weekend, stay for a lifetime. Predator Ridge is the natural way to escape from it all.

relax Our unique partnership with Sparkling Hill Resort provides guests and homeowners of Predator Ridge with exclusive access to the world famous spas, saunas and treatments at the KurSpa, winner of Best Mountain Resort Spa in the 2011 Senses Wellness Awards.

SAVOUR We invite you to experience our 100-mile diet inspired menu featuring fresh BC seafood, local produce, organic pork and beef, fresh (handmade in our kitchen) pasta and gnocchi with simple, clean, fresh flavours. Beautiful views and modern décor set the stage for an upscale, yet casual dining experience. | 57

VERNON Our story unfolds against a picturesque backdrop, as timeless and as beautiful as the Monashee Mountains and Kalamalka Lake themselves. It’s a tale of world-class resorts and down-home hospitality, of renowned golf courses and legendary champagne powder. It’s a tale that reveals itself naturally, blending small city charm and urban amenities with robust cultural events, and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Make our story part of your story and discover the legendary allure that draws generations of travelers to Vernon, in the northern reaches of the Okanagan Valley.

Make the most of our proximity to outdoor adventures. Splash into Okanagan Lake, paddle in the Kalamalka Classic, Canada’s largest SUP festival. Hike our endless mountain and lakeside trails, where raptors soar over ancient grasslands. Explore the natural world or the whole universe at interpretive centres headquartered here. Get your cultural bearings at Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre or any number of local art galleries. Indulge in a unique culinary scene that includes boutique wineries, and craft cideries, meaderies, and award-winning distilleries – tasting our Okanagan terroir.

Travel to a place that follows you home and stays with you forever. Give in to the luxurious indulgences of Sparkling Hill Resort. Soak up summer on our sun-drenched beaches. Tell tales of adventures golfing Predator Ridge, an iconic experience long remembered. Compose a winter vacation that includes stories of skiing Sovereign Lakes Nordic ski centre, or Silver Star Mountain Resort, two of BC’s finest winter retreats.

Vernon’s enviable location in the heart of the North Okanagan’s lush farmland means fresh, locally grown and prepared food is within easy reach. Boutique food shops, farm gate stores, and a year ‘round farmer’s market combine to create a tasty trail all around the city that’s ripe for exploring. Every great story starts with a moment…take a moment in Vernon and you’ll rewrite the meaning of a great get-away, one memorable story at a time.

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ARMSTRONG & SPALLUMCHEEN Culture abounds in Armstrong Spallumcheen! From agriculture to arts – you will find it here. These are warm and vibrant communities that offer a myriad of activities and attractions for the family and many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Just north of Vernon, Spallumcheen is a rural municipality and surrounds the City of Armstrong. The name Spallumcheen is derived from the Splats’in First Nations, which means ‘beautiful valley’. The area’s natural beauty includes serene wildlife and ecological reserves, as well as parks and outdoor resorts all within an hour’s drive. Armstrong offers visitors a wide array of recreational choices, from skiing and snowmobiling to golfing, hiking and mountain biking. For more than 100 years,

Armstrong has been host to the Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede where you can see some of Canada’s top cowboys compete Artisan cheese and chocolate, flour mills, a vineyard and several farmers markets all fit into a community that is blessed with an abundance of agricultural opportunities and heritage. Other cultural experiences in Armstrong Spallumcheen include artisans, the museum and art gallery, Harvest Pumpkin Festival, live theatre (indoor and out), hiking and biking – plus year-round equestrian and other sports events. Come see what home feels like and enjoy the views of the beautiful Spallumcheen Valley.

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LUMBY & MABEL LAKE There’s a feeling that can only be described as refreshed, as a traveler approaches this colorful heritage village away from the hustle and bustle of the city. As the eastern most spawning point for Chinook salmon, it’s no wonder they choose this place to begin an exciting journey. From Lumby, you can begin your get-away on one of over a hundred trails that meander throughout the Monashee. At the end of the day you can relax on one of our many patios and explore our culinary delights. Lumby is a vibrant, ever improving and developing community. Nestled at the edge of the Okanagan, the towns’ location provides an excellent starting point for outdoor adventures. Whether you are fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, skiing or snowmobiling the possibilities are endless. Located twenty-five minutes east of Vernon, British Columbia, on the Highway 6 Hotsprings Route, and only fifty minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, the town is a very accessible place to visit. Stroll our historical mural walk and Salmon Trail and enjoy a bit of our heritage. Shopping in downtown Lumby reveals a healthy array of

businesses all within the ambiance of a small town. A scenic hour long drive from Lumby, finds you nestled in a beautiful mountain setting alongside the quieter, sandy beaches of Mabel Lake. 26 miles long and 2 miles wide with crystal clear water, Mabel Lake offers great fishing (several fishing derbies hosted here annually!), boating, waterskiing and swimming, as well as excellent trails to explore by bike or on foot. Summertime temperatures are warm, but rarely extreme, making this a great spot for those who prefer a cooler setting than the Okanagan Valley. The natural setting of this pristine area makes Mabel Lake a popular destination for all ages. Not only are Lumby & Mabel Lake excellent places to visit, they are simply the best places to live. Life in Lumby and Mabel Lake is very easy going and relaxing. The surroundings are idyllic and the perfect place to raise children or settle down for retirement. Whether you’ve come to rest, or simply to play, you will find Lumby & Mabel Lake are fantastic places to do both.

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Shuswap Tourism


sHuSwAP communities & hamlets

British Columbia

Salmon Valley, Silver Creek, Ranchero, Deep Creek, Gardom Lake, Enderby, Ashton, Kingfisher, Grindrod, Mara, Sicamous, Canoe, Salmon Arm, Tappen, Sunnybrae, White Lake, Wild Rose Bay, Eagle Bay, Blind Bay, Balmoral, Notch Hill, Sorrento, Chase, Lee Creek, Scotch Creek, Celista, Magna Bay, Anglemont, St. Ives, Seymour Arm, Malakwa, Craigellachie

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TOP EXPERIENCES • Take in a music or arts festival during the summer months •Enjoy a relaxed stroll along a lakeside pathway or the boardwalk •Visit the Adams River in the fall for the renowned Salmon River Run •Venture out onto the water for a houseboat vacation •Catch a movie under the stars on the original big-screen Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

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enderby Known for its natural beauty and small town spirit, Enderby offers the amenities of an urban centre within a small community renowned for its first-class hospitality.

Situated on the banks of the Shuswap River, the crown jewel of Enderby’s natural beauty, visitors can take a refreshing dip and kayak or canoe with the spectacular Enderby Cliffs as a backdrop. For the adventurous, a hike to the top of the Cliffs provides a panoramic view and a breathtaking location for a picnic. Spend the afternoon on a family-friendly learning adventure at the Enderby & District Museum or the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre.

Nestled within picturesque downtown Enderby are numerous boutiques stocking designer clothing, jewelry, antiques and gifts. Restaurants will tantalize your taste buds with locally grown ingredients and cuisine ranging from the rustic to the exotic. In the winter, visitors to Enderby can experience a variety of adventures. Snowmobiles roar across Hunters Range, where 90 kilometers of groomed trails attract enthusiasts from far and wide. At Larch Hills, 120 kilometers of trail await the avid cross-country skier. Only in Enderby can you shop at a boutique and browse pioneer & aboriginal artifacts at the Museum in the morning, hike the Cliffs in the afternoon, consume a phenomenal meal in the evening, and continue into the night with a movie under the stars at the drive-in theatre.

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EXPERIENCE THE SHUSWAP...from your back deck. Quiet remote beaches, social hot spots, adventurous hiking trails and waterfalls. Relaxed fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding to adrenaline inducing watercrafts and bustling floating restaurants and stores.

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Unforgettable Shuswap How would you describe the Shuswap?

You could say all of this and even more.

You could say it’s a place where incredible nature comes to rest in the soul. A singular place beckoning to restless singular soles. A place to ascend towering cliffs, glide across snowy meadows, listen to the lush forests, or step inside an inviting café, let go of your hurry, stay awhile, and smile.

Or you could simply say it’s a place where you can change into your vacation shoes, put your feet up and do blissfully nothing at all.

You could say it’s a place for families, where you can jump into incredibly warm water from the deck of a houseboat or wander along rolling trails. A place where you can golf, then bike, then swim, then dine on fine local fare and enjoy an evening out on the town. You could say it’s a place where you can taste great wines and tour vineyards, explore hidden natural treasures, witness the amazing cycle of the salmon, and watch the clear night sky wheel overhead. A place to revel in culture and community and to create your own stories of simplicity and abundance.

From spectacular sights to scintillating stories, here you’ll find experiences to soothe your soul. The Shuswap is a destination of choice for families, adventurers, golfers, hikers and bikers, winter sports enthusiasts, snowmobilers and all types of water sports fans. Put one foot in heaven and take a step in our direction. Want more information? At home or on the road, visit us at | 65



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THoMPsOn communities & hamlets

British Columbia

Falkland, Westwold, Monte Lake, Pritchard, Knutsford, Kamloops, Lac Le Jeune, Tobiano, Tranquille, Pinantan Lake, Heffley Creek, Sun Peaks, McLure, Louis Creek Barriere, Darfield, Little Fort, Clearwater/ Wells Gray, Birch Island, Vavenby, Avola, Blackpool, Blue River, Valemount, Tete Jaune Cache, Mount Robson Mount Robson Park

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Clearwater Lake

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TOP EXPERIENCES • Visit the BC Wildlife Park to learn about the rare Kermode, or Spirit Bear, Clover • Play a round of golf at Canada’s highest (elevation) golf course • When the snow starts to fly, grab your skis or board and head for the hills • Hike one of the many trails that take you from valley bottom to mountain top • Bring your canoe for a relaxing day out on the water

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KAMLOOPS Let Loose & Just Play!

Kamloops blends energizing recreational opportunities with a culture of warm, welcoming people, allowing you to let loose and just play. Known as the Hub City where four major highways meet, the city is easy to access and fun to explore. Head out for the day and do one of 13 circle tours via car or motorcycle and tour past grasslands, silt bluffs, carved canyons and mighty rivers, spotting a variety of birds and wildlife along the way. The vast, rugged landscape is a big playground offering an abundance of options for playtime in all four seasons. A mountain bike outing will have you zipping down some of the best flowing single-track on the planet enjoying the unique terrain and stunning views. Clean recreational water is everywhere with over 100 lakes for kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddling or swimming. Try out the free Rent-A-Rod program at the Kamloops Visitor Centre and get ready to hook the Salmo Kamloops or Kamloops Trout on your line. This world famous fish won’t let you bring it in easily

as it’s known to put up a fight so you’ll be up for a fun battle trying to reel it in. Get a fresh, new perspective and explore the backcountry on horseback. Travel gentle trails through sagebrush dotted hillsides and lush green meadows enjoying the welcoming smells of sweet sage, alfalfa and wildflowers. Rather go on foot? Hike and explore cool waterfalls and hoodoos, towering rock formations carved by Mother Nature. If golf is your passion, Kamloops is heralded as “Canada’s Most Diverse Golf Destination.” Golf 13 remarkable courses like Tobiano, Talking Rock and Rivershore. Bring your camera to capture shots of Big Horn Sheep grazing on the fairways at Sun Rivers too. When winter rolls around, snow lovers head to the mountains of Sun Peaks Resort and Harper Mountain where downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling are fantastic. Kids love Kamloops too! As a super kid friendly city, there’s always more things

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STAY Make Kamloops home base as you explore the city and the area. Take in live theatre and live music under the wide open skies. As the sun begins to set, the sounds of music floating in the warm summer’s breeze is not only relaxing, but magical. Music in the Park

EXPERIENCE Hang out with Mother Nature. Zipline over Chase Canyon Falls or the rugged terrain of Ashcroft – two ziplines to experience just outside of the city. Stand up paddle on pristine waters spotting turtles and fish on the lake bed below. Take pictures of it all on a nature photography tour. Treetop Flyers Zipline

to do than time to do them like visiting the BC Wildlife Park to meet Clover the Kermode Spirit Bear, experimenting at the BIG Little Science Centre, taking an art class at local galleries, playing at the Children’s Museum and more. No matter what your style, speed or sense of adventure, you can let loose and just play in Kamloops!

relax Just let the world go by. The vast, rugged landscape of the area offers so many opportunities to just daydream and star gaze. Hike gentle paths to hoodoos and waterfalls and enjoy nature. Climb a mountain for an expansive view and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Stump Lake


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Set out on a tasty adventure and experience the Kamloops Flavours Trail, a delicious combination of local foodie favourites including artisan cheeses, fresh salmon, fresh baked goods, and local produce. Pairing perfectly with all the fresh goodness are an abundance of products from local wineries, a cidery and microbreweries. | 71


Take in the lush, natural surroundings as you embark on outdoor adventures, relaxing with the scents of pine, wildflowers, and fresh mountain air. At one of the highest elevation points in the region, enjoy cooler summer temperatures and breathtaking 360 degree views from the mountain top. This alpine community takes advantage of the diverse landscape with trail networks for hiking and mountain biking (both lift-accessed downhill and cross country biking), nearby lakes for canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding, an 18-hole golf course with unique risk and reward opportunities, and many other exciting activities, like Segway tours, horseback trail rides and more. A highlight of Sun Peaks’ summer experience and unique to the region is the hiking trail network on Tod Mountain, accessible by chairlift. From a casual stroll to steeper ascents, 16 trails lead to striking meadows of alpine blossoms and even Tod Lake. The kaleidoscope of colour is celebrated annually during Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival, July 31 to August


2. Guided hiking tours and photography workshops are just some of the ways you can create your perfect mountain moment. Cradled by these mountains is the cozy, picturesque pedestrian village. Once you choose from one of nine hotels and lodges, a condo or chalet rental, or the conveniently located RV park beside the village, you can walk to most activities and amenities. Here you can unwind on a sunny patio with glass of B.C.’s world class wine. Explore dozens of locally owned and operated cafés, pubs, and restaurants. Unique artwork, one of a kind gifts and outdoor wares are displayed in the many boutique retail shops. One of Canada’s newest municipalities, it’s easy to find a local resident to share the reasons why they choose to call this place home and lend their passion to the diverse community. Most summer weekends are host to a festival, outdoor concert, or sporting event; a hallmark of which is the Summer Concert Series. The atmosphere is vibrant


Give yourself at least two nights. Beyond the myriad of activities to choose from Sun Peaks serves as the perfect hub for exploring the region. A short drive will take you to plenty of attractions in the area, then return to the comfortable alpine community for the evening and overnight stay.

Experience North America’s first Mountain Cross Cart course opens June 2015! Zip down the gravity fed course at an average speed of 35 km/h with precision control. Timed runs make for fun competition with friends or against the clock. Must have valid driver’s license.

Relax as musicians perform in the stunning outdoor setting. Check the website for a full calendar of events. Located at the beginning of the North Thompson Valley just 45 minutes past Kamloops, Sun Peaks is at the intersection of the province’s two primary highways (#1 and #5), making it the perfect destination between the Coast and Rockies. Visit a community that embraces the outdoor lifestyle, you’ll leave revitalized and fulfilled, yet still wanting more of this mountain paradise.

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Spend time on McGillivray Lake with a canoe or kayak rental or partake in the fun and historical Voyageur Canoe Tour. Glide across pristine waters on a stand-up paddle board at Heffley Lake where herons, ospreys and eagles nest; don’t miss the crystal clear bays on the south side of the lake.

Taste Village restaurant patios let you take in mountain views and wildlife sightings while you try diverse culinary offerings inspired by Italy, Germany, Asia, the Pacific Northwest and more. Taste award winning wines from the region, now also offered during the Sunday Sun Peaks & Region Farmers’ Market. | 73

LOWER NORTH THOMPSON VALLEY & BARRIERE Escape to spectacular and scenic North Thompson Valley and enjoy the rare combination of the amazing beauty of the country with a taste of the west. A destination for outdoor living and leisure, water enthusiasts can choose from over 100 lakes and rivers to explore and experience the best swimming, boating, fishing, or paddling. For land rovers, lace up your hiking boots, grab your bikes or saddle up to experience the extensive trail systems, so vast it will take you years to travel them all. Don’t forget your golf clubs either! Chinook Cove Golf and RV boasts a spectacular 9-hole championship length course with lush fairways and breathtaking views.

Looking for a cool weather getaway? Winter is equally fun to explore as the ice and snow arrive. Hardy fishermen head to the lakes for ice fishing, family ice rinks appear on frozen ponds and snow mobiles, snowshoes and cross country skis provide a new way to visit the trails and beauty of this territory. Waterside resorts, recreation and all the spectacular bodies of water that populate the North Thompson, immersed with the breathtaking country and heritage makes this the perfect place to visit with your family or for the adventurous traveller.

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Imagine a place where the wild things are, free of crowds, with plenty of wide, open, spaces. Where Helmcken Falls, Canada’s fourth highest waterfall thunders and roars; just one of 39 named waterfalls you’ll find here. Where the Murtle and Clearwater Rivers flow and wildlife sightings are as common as sunrise and sunset. Visualize yourself in this place where there’s plenty of room to breathe, and to dream, and room for you too.

It’s here, among old-growth interior rainforests and soaring mountain peaks that you’ll find serenity paddling Murtle Lake, North America’s largest kayak and canoe-only lake. A place where wildlife is so accessible you can watch in wonder as bears graze just metres away in spring and fall, where you can be drawn into the forest by the thunder of Helmcken Falls, and hike through a kaleidoscope of colour in the wildflower meadows of the Trophy Mountains.

This is Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park – 5,250 square kilometres (3,262 sq. mi.) of alpine wilderness, borne from volcanoes and carved by glaciers, one of the most unique landscapes in all of BC; where your days are measured in vertical feet, big game sightings and the number of waterfall shots on your camera.

Soak up some easy-going charm and experience first-hand the laidback lifestyle of Clearwater and Wells Gray. Rub shoulders with the locals at festivals and events throughout the year. Kick up your heels at the ultimate mix and mingle at Serenity Music Festival. Take part in the Simpcw First Nation’s traditional salute to the first salmon returning to the Raft River. Stargaze




Experience the solitude found in old-growth rainforests. Revel in a riot of colour, hiking Trophy Mountain’s wildflower meadows. Journey across Murtle Lake, the only way you can…by kayak or canoe. Hear the thunder of Helmcken Falls and 39 others and marvel at just how much there is to experience here.

EXPLORE 5,250 square kilometers of pure get-away-from it all wilderness. Unwind in the alpine that was borne from volcanoes, and carved by glaciers, creating one of the most unique and inspired landscapes in all of BC where wildlife and waterfall sightings are the measure of a good day.


with the buffalos at our annual Stargazing Festival. Discover the link between our pioneer roots and our modern ranches. Explore ancient volcanoes, Simpcw kekulis by simply going for a hike. The possibilities are as vast as Wells Gray itself, and all you need to do is step outside. The next time you journey down the Yellowhead Highway, take the time to explore Clearwater and Wells Gray – it’s your staging ground for pure wilderness adventures…camping, hiking, white-water rafting, canoeing or touring; by car, on foot, or from high in the saddle… in the Canada you imagined.

Enjoy camping under a blanket of stars. Watch wildlife in the wild, no admission, no feeding times, or fences. Feel the cool mist of Moul Falls hiking behind its watery veil. Challenge yourself on 30-kilometres of muddy-tire mountain biking trails, then remember, the best things in life are within reach.

Relax Watch meteors dance in the heavens above at our annual Stargazing Festival. Explore an untouched landscape, canoeing and camping on Murtle Lake. Unwind while wildlife play outside your window at a secluded B&B retreat. Drink in the views from Pyramid Mountain, and remember, this is the Canada you always imagined. | 77


Comfort and charm combine to make Valemount the perfect stop for visitors to BC or those on their way to Vancouver or Jasper National Park. Enjoy quality lodging with more than 30 friendly hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfast options, as well as several campgrounds and RV parks.

surprising number and variety of restaurants and eateries in Valemount to satisfy any appetite. Make sure you have your camera ready because Valemount has some of the most spectacular scenery in British Columbia. We are proud to be the home of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and a short drive from Jasper National Park. Valemount is close to many Regional and Provincial parks, including Cedarside Regional Park, the perfect stop for a picnic and a swim; Rearguard Falls Provincial Park where you may witness salmon leaping up the falls towards their final spawning grounds; George Hicks Regional Park, located on Swift Creek next to the Valemount Visitor Information Centre; Jackman Flats Provincial Park an ecological wonder of shifting sand dunes and rare plant life; Mount Terry Fox Provincial Park, dedicated to Terry Fox for his remarkable achievements; and Mount Robson Provincial Park, famous for its many lakes, trails and wildlife—all within a 20-minute drive from the village.

Have a hunger of a different sort? From fine dining in relaxed atmospheres to homemade sandwiches at our coffee shops, you will find a

Valemount is best known for its winter activities. Feel the adrenaline rush as you explore hundreds of kilometers of snowmobile trails. Or create your

Planning a Rocky Mountains vacation? Valemount is the ideal place to start. Nestled between three majestic mountain ranges— the Cariboo, the Monashee and the Rocky Mountains—the Village of Valemount has earned its reputation as a year-round playground for travelers to British Columbia. This friendly spot on Yellowhead Highway 5 offers all the services and amenities you need, with several gas stations, charming diners and restaurants, outdoor guides and attractions, and a 9-hole golf course! Our Visitor Information Centre is located on Yellowhead Hwy 5. Be sure to drop in for all your travel information needs.


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For a high flying adventure tour choose from heli-hikes, helisightseeing and heli-snowshoe tours. Enjoy one of our many festivals and events such as the North West Mud Racing, Canoe Mountain Rodeo, Robson Valley Music Festival or the Mount Robson Marathon. Try out crosscountry skiing or snowshoeing on our local and provincial park trails.

Experience An adrenaline rush, ramp it up by whitewater rafting the rapids of the Fraser River. Local produce and foods at the Valemount Farmers Market (June–September). Mountain snowmobiling at its best or challenge your friends in the Snowmobile Drag Races. Boating, camping and fishing on beautiful Kinbasket Lake. A relaxing day golfing on picturesque greens.

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own tracks through fresh powder by accessing the backcountry on your alpine tour skis, on a sled on Crystal Ridge Sled-Assisted Ski Hill, or by a comfortable snowcat . Other activities include dogsledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating. Summer activities include helihiking, whitewater rafting, golfing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, geocaching and fishing. Explore the backcountry on horseback or on a guided ATV tour.

One of our local or provincial park trails including Mt. Robson Provincial Park; an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, including over 200 km of trails, from easy strolls to more challenging backpack adventures. The history and learn about the people and events that built the community at the Valemount Museum or the War Heroes Museum.


Get inspired. Get out of your comfort zone. Get to Valemount and let the mountains move you. Mount Robson-Berg Lake / Kelly Funk

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Taking a stroll and viewing over 90 species of birds at the Cranberry Marsh-Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary. Seeing migrating Salmon leaping up at Rearguard Falls or spawning at George Hicks Regional Park, Swift Creek – August. The Ecological wonder of shifting sand dunes and rare plant life at Jackman Flats Provincial Park. A gentle float trip down the scenic Fraser River. | 79


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Gold cOuntry communities & hamlets

British Columbia

To Quesnel

Green Lake, 70 Mile House, Jesmond, Clinton, Loon Lake, Deadman Valley, Copper Creek, Hat Creek Ranch, Lillooet, Lytton, Keefers, Spences Bridge, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Walhachin, Savona, Tunkwa Lake, Logan Lake, Canford, Coyle, Lower Nicola, Merritt, Quilchena, Douglas Lake, Aspen Grove, Brookmere

Green Lake

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Arrowstone Park

Hat Creek Ranch

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Aspen Grove

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TOP EXPERIENCES • Explore the original buildings used by Gold Rush travelers in the 1860’s with a visit to the Historic Hat Creek Ranch • Play a game of hockey on the frozen pond in Logan Lake • Spend some time with the Pro’s at a fall fair & rodeo • Head out white-water rafting on the mighty Fraser & Thompson Rivers • Rock out next to the river with some big names in music

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Gold Country Explore Gold Country Gold Country is spectacular sunrises and sunsets over lakes, mountains, meadows, and canyons; over rugged semi-desert landscape and sweeping expanses of emerald-green forest; over endless fields of golden grassland and the roar of river rapids. It’s a region where every turn of the road brings the promise of breathtaking new vistas, and where hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered. Between every sunrise and sunset you’ll find a wealth of things to do, see, and enjoy, creating memories to last a lifetime. The possibilities are as endless as the Gold Country sky.

Continue your exploration with a cruise along the roads that connect the communities of Gold Country. Discover the history of the area at many of the pullouts and museums along your journey. Incredible views appeal to your sense of adventure and encourage you to stop and capture the moment.

Begin the day enjoying freshly made bannock and home crafted jams and jellies at an outdoor market.

As the day begins to turn to evening enjoy a dinner of savoury local cuisine. Replenish your body and soul with an overnight stay in a tee pee or camp out in a yurt under the star studded night sky. Unwind in a Heritage Inn, indulge at a luxurious resort & spa or ride the range and then kick off your boots at a guest ranch.

The lush, rich fields of Gold Country produce sweet, tantalizing fruits, vegetables, honey, ciders and wines. Sit in a garden filled with fragrant blossoms and enjoy a local grown and freshly prepared tasty meal. As the golden sunshine warms the earth, explore our diverse terrain. Discover trails that lead you to beautiful waterfalls, First Nation pictographs and breathtaking views. Hike up mountain sides to scenic panoramas that open up before you. Stand above valleys and rivers as the sun casts a glow on the landscape as eagles soar over.

Cast your cares away at one of the many lakes that provide a cool and refreshing place to swim, fish, and kayak, or perhaps take in a round of golf at one of the luxurious green courses.

Relax for the evening and watch the sunset. Brilliant hues of pinks, oranges and yellows light up the sky with a truly electric glow. And that’s just the first act of our elaborate night sky theatre… Star gazing in Gold Country will give you a lasting memory of the ethereal.

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LOGAN LAKE Discover Our Nature Adventure into the great outdoors with a visit to Logan Lake! Surrounded by mountains, forests and pristine lakes there is much to enjoy. Logan Lake is a friendly community with many small shops to enjoy and browse in. Stroll through town and partake in a tasty treat or find a treasure at a local shop. Relax at a bistro and enjoy the local flavours. Enjoy a tour through the pottery studio and take in the functional art on display.

Stay at a cozy B&B, camp near the lake or stay in a comfy hotel. In winter go ice fishing or skating on the frozen lake. Check out the Logan Lake Pond Hockey Classic tournament in January. In the warmer months take in the many trails surrounding Logan Lake! Biking, hiking, archery, Disc golf, and geocaching are just some of the exhilarating activities to experience.

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Merritt Nicola Valley

When you find a crossroad of time and place, where old west meets new country, and breathtaking scenery and time-honoured traditions are celebrated every day – you’ve found yourself in Merritt. It’s here, in the Nicola Valley, in a land carved by nature and cultivated by hard work that you’ll find a welcome as warm as our summers. If you put your feet up and stay awhile you’ll discover an unbridled country spirit that fuels the adventures waiting for you. Go on…Get Outside and Play Look beyond the rolling bunchgrass meadows to the rugged ridge of the Coastal Mountains rising over our sundrenched valley. You may be reminded of the wild west, but it’s our backyard and a natural backdrop for mountains of endless fun. Find yourself here, hiking


and mountain biking among the trees – where heart-stopping bumps, grinds and sweeping views make goose bumps rise on your skin. Come along for a ride, we’ll show you how it’s done Merrittstyle. If you lean toward more laid-back adventures – we’ve got you covered too: golfing, or horseback riding on trails like the ones in the westerns of your dreams. Fish Douglas Lake Ranch like generations have before you. Sail, paddle-board, kayak, canoe Nicola Lake, one of 200 lakes to wade in for sunsoaked summer memories. Embrace our Country Roots Cowboy up. Country isn’t just a type of music around here – it’s who we are. The Country Music Capital of Canada – you’ll

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Doze off under the stars with fresh air camping. Rest your head at family run motels and inns. Pamper yourself in historic country inns. A host of eclectic accommodations from ranch stays, fishing camps, log cabins, riverside lodges and uniquely designed yurts means there’s a pillow waiting here for you.

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Experience country unbridled. Get in white-knuckled action at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo, or on a guest-ranch vacation. Explore our love of all things Country along our Walk of Stars, on our Heritage Walk beneath murals of legendary country crooners, or on a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Explore ancient, windcarved hoodoos and thrillinducing mountain trails. Find your favourite fishing hole. Take the road less travelled on a geocached treasure hunt. Unearth our storied past on our Heritage Walking Tour or with a visit to the Quilchena Hotel, a heritage inn built in 1908.

ENJOY Enjoy eclectic culture at the Bass Coast Electronic Music Festival. Experience pure adrenaline at the Pacific Forest Rally. Honour our First Nations people at our annual Aboriginal Day celebrations. Get into the spirit of the season with our Merritt Country Christmas. Take pleasure in our many celebrations.

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Drop your line into one of our 200 lakes where fish are always biting. Introduce your children to the wonders of the universe star-gazing on Hamilton Hill. Ride the open range on two wheels or four feet. Soak up the sun on Nicola Lake’s sunny shores. Slow down in Merritt.

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Find your centre. Seek out peace, harmony and balance.Plunge into the refreshing waters at Little Box Canyon or N’kwala – two favourite swimming holes. Hike Stoyoma Mountain to reconnect with the natural world and with your own sense of well-being.

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If after a day on the open range your thirst for adventure isn’t quenched head to a local watering-hole to experience local flavour. There are styles and locations to satisfy every taste. Merritt bars and music venues have long provided a springboard for a wide range of musicians.


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Dine at one of the many restaurants in Merritt, some featuring local produce and meats. Whatever your taste you can find it here. Check out the Nicola Valley Farmers Market held on Saturdays downtown. Here you can find locally grown fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, and more. Eat local and taste the Nicola Valley difference.


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MERRITT British Columbia, Canada find we’re country strong and western proud. We ranch and ride the open range here, and you can too at guest ranches and local events where horse-power rules the day. Country music is our featured soundtrack and we play all your favourites! Wander our Walk of Stars, our tribute to country legends. Find your favourites amongst 100 bronze stars and colourful murals, or at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Come for the Party We’re more than just beautiful scenery and outdoor activities – we know how to get down and put on one heck of a party. Celebrate with us at the Rockin’ River Festival and Bass Coast Electronic Music Festival. Take in the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and Ty Pozzobon Invitational PBR, where bucks and broncs get your heart racing. Or bring the whole clan out to celebrate a Merritt Country Christmas. You’ll soon discover that Merritt and the Nicola Valley are more than a stop along the way. | 89


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SImILKAMEEn communities & hamlets

British Columbia

Tulameen, Coalmont, Princeton, Eastgate, Hedley, Keremeos, Olalla, Cawston, Chopaka

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Manning Park


To Vancouver

Hedley 3

Cathedral Park

To Penticton


Keremeos Cawston

To Osoyoos

USA Border

TOP EXPERIENCES • Stop in and pick the freshest, sweetest fruits straight from the tree • Head out for an adventurous mountain hike • Spend some time splashing around & cooling off in the river • Take the family out for a day at Otter Lake • Explore the former Mascot Gold Mine, perched cliff-side, overlooking the valley

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Similkameen Valley Rugged. Rustic. Real.

Take a trip off the beaten path and experience the full wonder of nature. The Similkameen River is the heart of this valley. Generations upon generations have lived, worked, and played by its shores since the First Nations people settled here. Ranchlands and meadows, rock cliffs, and tranquil lakes beckon you to breathe deep and immerse yourself in the Similkameen experience. In winter, ski Manning Park or snowshoe and Nordic ski at China Ridge Trails. In the warmer months you can take in a rodeo or


a First Nations Pow Wow. Camp, fish, swim and hike the trails around Cathedral Lakes. Enjoy the Similkameen and Tulameen rivers by canoe or kayak, then relax and fish at one of the more than 100 lakes. Scenically stunning, the Similkameen awakens your pioneer spirit, giving you plenty opportunities for personal discovery. Bike the Trans Canada Trail from Princeton to Coalmont and up to Tulameen. Get off the road and ride the gravity-fuelled trails at China Ridge or cruise the Kettle Valley Railway trail. Explore our history

and prospecting past at the museums of Princeton, Hedley and Keremeos. Dance in the streets, or see what’s thrashing at the Grist Mill, the last pioneer mill in Western Canada. Take your time and get to know the people who cultivate this land. In Princeton, relish the fresh baked good made with ancient grains. Enjoy fresh tree ripened fruits from orchards and roadside markets. Be sure to

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pick up some fresh produce in Keremeos, the fruit stand capital of Canada, or in Cawston, the organic capital of Canada. Then sip and sample your way through wine country, talking to local wine makers as you taste the subtle differences along the way. It took Mother Nature 200-million years to shape this place, you’re invited to explore at your own pace. The Similkameen Valley diverse by nature. | 93


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British Columbia

communities & hamlets Bridesville, Rock Creek, Westbridge, Beaverdell, Carmi, Kettle Valley Midway, Greenwood, Carson, Grand Forks, Christina Lake

To Kelowna

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TOP EXPERIENCES • Bring your rod & reel to catch a Kokanee or Rainbow Trout or drift down the Kettle River on a floatie • Tour through ghost towns, museums or along the Kettle Valley Rail Line • Refresh yourself with some of the world’s best drinking water • Spend your day enjoying the annual Rock Creek & Boundary Fall Fair, the ‘biggest little country fair’ around • Take in the sights and sounds with one of the local art & music festivals

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Boundary Country Wanderlust and golden dreams have long lured fortune and freedom seekers to this tranquil and timeless place, where Canada and the United States meet in BC’s southern interior. Follow the Kettle River through forested mountains that sweep into ranch lands and lush, fertile valleys – you’ll find adventures here in Beaverdell, Bridesville, Westbridge, Rock Creek, Midway, Greenwood, Grand Forks and Christina Lake. Make time in your journey to visit them all, collecting our stories, turning them into your stories of an unforgettable Boundary Country vacation. Everyday Adventures Whispers of our storied past are found in everyday adventures. Learn all about Rock Creek’s gold rush, or the Doukhobor’s little-known history at museums in Grand Forks. Hike the forest path of Trans Canada Trail near Beaverdell, or to the summit of Midway Mountain to drink in views of the United States. Hear tales of Greenwood’s boom, then bust, stories of internment, and ultimately redemption on a self-guided heritage tour. Unwind with the family, creating new memories and new stories to tell of summer at Christina Lake. Find your own unlimited adventure here, hiking or biking our interconnected network of trails with names that evoke stories of their own…the Trans Canada Trail, the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the

historic Dewdney Trail. Let go of your To Do List and unwind camping in our Provincial Parks, tubing the Kettle and Granby Rivers, or fishing Jewel Lake where the only sound you’ll hear is your reel zinging when you release your line. Embrace our Rural Lifestyle Experience the richness of our rural lifestyle, touring and tasting your way through farmers’ markets, orchards, dairies, or fall fairs. You’ll soon discover the reason Doukhobors, and cattle ranchers settled down here. Explore the imprint each left on Boundary Country, touring heritage sites or enjoying a ranch-stay vacation. A Robust Calendar of Events Experience our warm hospitality at a whole host of events from one end of the valley to the other. There’s Rock Creek’s renowned Fall Fair, and its riverside Boogie Bash, Sky High Blues Festival, and the annual Kettle River Festival of the Arts. Christina Lake’s annual Homecoming Festival welcomes in summer, while Grand Forks always puts on a show during the International Baseball Tournament, and during its Fall Fair. Come to Greenwood during Founders Day, and you’ll fall for Canada’s smallest city. No matter where your travels take you in Boundary Country, one thing is guaranteed – adventure, unlimited – come experience it for yourself.

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GoLF IN THE THOMPSON OKANAGAN Imagine this: You are standing in the tee box with three of your best friends on the planet. All three were in your wedding party - two life-long buddies and your brother. The weather is perfect, hot and dry, like most summer days in the Thompson Okanagan. As you chuckle at stories from yester-year, your eyes are darting back and forth across the fairway, carefully calculating exactly where the perfect shot will land and run perfectly up the green on this long & challenging par 4. The fairway is flanked with gigantic Ponderosa pines, and there is a slight kink to the right, which really brings that left side into play. The foursome ahead of you just tapped in their putts and put the flag back into the hole. Your group is up! You reach into your bag and confidently grab your

driver. This has excited the gang as they start in with comments of being crazy while laughing and rolling their eyes. The merriment starts to lower to a whisper and then to silence… Your stance is perfect, your little set up dance is flawless and focus is unbroken. Your backswing leads way to forward motion and finally that distinct, and sometimes elusive “crack”, rings off your driver as you stand motionless with the club draped over your shoulder. Your brother leans in, “Where did it go?” You respond with “wait for it, wait for it…” Finally the ball drops out of the air, gets a remarkable bounce and runs right up to the fringe of the green. You cheer aloud and high five the other members of your group; they can’t believe what they have just witnessed, even you are a little impressed yourself. | 97

WOW! That feeling of satisfaction is what people are relentlessly pursuing. At this moment in time, you are fulfilled, excited and completely free! Oh, what a feeling... There are almost too many golf course options in the Thompson Okanagan that can help you achieve this sensation, from Valemount in the north, all the way to Osoyoos and the US border in the south. Now to be fair, not all golf shots are going to be as spectacular as that one. But even if all the other shots are sprayed left & right into creeks and forests, the exhilaration from that one perfect shot has serious lasting power, enough to make your whole day feel like a success.


If the rest of your day consisted of continuously slicing and pulling dimpled white little balls all over the map, the weather and good times with your buddies will trump that bad round on your scorecard. Even a bad day of golf in the Thompson Okanagan is an amazing experience and outright victory in life. So, if the prospect of being fulfilled, excited, and completely free interests you, grab your clubs & your friends, and play one (or many) of the many stunning courses available right next door or ever a little further afar. The Thompson Okanagan has everything that you are looking for when it comes to golf!

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Directory of Golf Boundary 1 Christina Lake

Christina Lake Golf & Country Club (250) 447-9313

9 Kelowna

Black Mountain Golf Club 1-800-930-4622

2 Rock Creek

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club 1-800-930-4622

Okanagan - South 3 Osoyoos

The Harvest Golf Club 1-800-930-4622

Kettle Valley Golf Club (250) 446-2826

Osoyoos Golf Club 1-800-481-6665

Sonora Dunes Golf Course (250) 495-4653

4 Oliver

Fairview Mountain Golf Club 1-800-534-7264 NK’MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course 1-800-656-5755

5 Kaleden

St Andrews By-The-Lake Golf Club (250) 497-5648 Twin Lakes Golf Course & RV Resort (250) 497-5359

6 Penticton

Penticton Golf & Country Club (250) 492-8727 Pine Hills Golf Club (250) 492-5731 Skaha Meadows Golf Course (250) 492-7274 WOW Golf Club (250) 492-8814

7 Summerland

Sumac Ridge Golf & Country Club (250) 494-3122 Summerland Golf & Country Club 1-877-955-7955

Okanagan - Central 8 West Kelowna Shannon Lake Golf Club 1-800-930-4622 Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy 1-800-930-4622

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Kelowna Golf & Country Club 1-800-930-4622 Kelowna Springs Golf Club 1-800-930-4622 Michaelbrook Ranch Golf Club (250) 763-7888 Mission Creek Golf Club (250) 860-0777 Okanagan Golf Club - The Bear - The Quail 1-800-930-4622 Orchard Greens Golf Club (250) 763-2447 The Pinnacle Course at Gallagher’s Canyon 1-800-930-4622 Shadow Ridge Golf Club 1-800-930-4622

Kamloops is known for the superb conditioning and diversity of area courses. Play an alpine mountain course with dramatic elevation changes in the morning and a deser t course surrounded by native grasses in the afternoon, all without spending hours getting there. Add in après golf activities like tours of local wineries and microbreweries with a host of stay and golf packages, and Kamloops is the best place to let loose and just play!


Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club 1-877-606-7700 Tower Ranch Golf & Country Club 1-800-930-4622

Okanagan - North 10 Vernon Hillview Golf Club (250) 549-4653

Predator Ridge Resort - The Predator - The Ridge (250) 542-3436 Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club (250) 545-5824

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Directory of Golf The Rise Golf Course Vernon Golf & Country Club (250) 542-0151

11 Coldstream

Highlands Golf (250) 545-5300

SHUSWAP 15 Enderby

Tobiano Golf Course 1-800-662-1994

20 Chase

Cherryville Golf & Roadhouse Café (250) 547-9660 Royal York Golf (250) 546-9700

Sonseeker’s Ridge Golf Course (250) 833-0258 Anglemont Estates Golf Club (250) 955-2323

13 Cherryville 14 Armstrong

Sun Rivers Golf Resort 1-800-662-1994

19 Anglemont

12 Lumby

Coldstream Golf Course (250) 547-6048

Shuswap Lake Estates Golf & Country Club 1-800-661-3955

16 Grindrod

Chinook Cove Golf & RV Park 1-888-607-4653

Talking Rock Golf Course (250) 679-3090

23 Clearwater

Sunshore Golf Course (250) 679-3021

24 Wells Gray

Thompson - South 21 Kamloops

Mabel Lake Golf & Country Club (250) 838-0881

Thompson - North 22 Barriere

The Dunes at Kamloops 1-800-662-1994

Eaglepoint Golf Resort 1-800-662-1994

Lacarya Golf Course (250) 587-6100 Wells Gray Golf Course & RV (250) 674-0009

25 Valemount

Valemount Pines Golf Club (250) 566-4550

GOLD COUNTRY 26 Cache Creek Semlin Valley Golf Club (250) 457-6666

Kamloops Golf & Country Club 1-800-662-1994

27 Logan Lake

Hyde Mountain On Mara Lake 1-877-677-4653

McArthur Island 1-800-662-1994

28 Merritt

Eagle River Golf & Country Club (250) 836-4454

Mount Paul Golf Resort 1-800-662-1994

Birchdale Golf Course (250) 838-7740

17 Sicamous

18 Salmon Arm

Pineridge Golf Resort 1-800-662-1994

Club Shuswap (250) 832-7345

Rivershore Golf Links 1-800-662-1994

Canoe Creek Golf Course 1-866-431-3285

Salmon Arm Golf Club (250) 832-4727

The Golf Course at Sun Peaks 1-855-574-5474


Meadow Creek Golf Club (250) 523-6666 Merritt Golf & Country Club (250) 378-9414

29 Quilchena

Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park (250) 378-2923 Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club 1-877-350-9555

SIMILKAMEEN 30 Princeton Princeton Golf Club (250) 295-6123

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“In much the same way the Scottsdale area has become known for golf in Arizona, Kelowna, British Columbia lives and breathes the game.” Peter Robinson SCOREGolf

112,884 total yards. 18 epic courses. 1 epic place. What makes Kelowna a must-play destination for every golf enthusiast? It’s our long, dry golf season and a whopping 18 courses that range from easy going to ego shattering – all located right in the heart of Okanagan wine country. Now, that’s epic golf!

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Kamloops is well known for the superb conditioning of area courses, as well as the diversity. For years now, the area has enjoyed its reputation as “Canada’s Most Diverse Golf Destination” with the likes of Talking Rock, Rivershore, Sun Rivers, Kamloops Golf & Country Club, and Tobiano on the roster. In fact, there are 13 remarkable courses in the Kamloops region, each with its own unique characteristics and all are within close proximity to the city centre. Play an alpine mountain course Lee Morris Chief Executive Officer with dramatic elevation changes in the morning and a desert course surrounded by native grasses and cactus in the afternoon, all without spending hours in the car to get there. Plus, with over 2000 hours of sunshine annually, great weather for your next round is almost guaranteed. When the clubs are packed away for the day, the variety of energizing après golf activities is a treat for golfers. Live music, live theatre, casinos, local wineries, and a self-guided walking “Brew Tour” in the downtown core are proof that the fun still continues when the sun goes down. Put Kamloops on your list this year for a golf getaway. The great courses, coupled with a host of stay and golf packages, make Kamloops the best place to let loose and just play!


The diversity of courses and the play you’ll experience is incredible. — Lee Morris Tourism Kamloops

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dID yOu kNoW... The Thompson Okanagan’s Highest, Hottest and Best Almost every course in the Thompson Okanagan has something that makes it unique. However, there are four courses that have very prominent distinctions that set them apart from many others. The topography of the land changes dramatically from the mountainous north of the Thompson Okanagan, to the much flatter and hotter southern region. Located west of Kamloops is a golfers paradise known as Tobiano. This eye catching, sprawling course has compiled a list of accolades that is too long to list here! In fact, they have been presented with more awards than any other modern golf course in Canada. Tobiano is considered a true gem in the Thompson Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, and some even say in the world! Being the most recognized course sets you apart.

Positioned in the northern end of the Okanagan Valley is Predator Ridge. They too have been bestowed with so many honours, it would be overkill to outline them. But, we should touch on a few… In recent years they have awarded Best New Course in Canada, Best Hole in the Pacific Northwest, ranked #85 on The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses, and they have a partnership that makes them the summer home for Hockey Canada. Added bonus: you can bring you best pal, Rover, along with you… Predator Ridge is now a pet friendly resort!

And lastly, the long hot days at the southern end of the Thompson Okanagan in Osoyoos & Oliver, offer a handful of superior desert golfing options. Osoyoos is renowned for being the hottest and driest region in the country, while Oliver is Canada’s Wine Capital. At the height of Headed in the other direction, less than an summer, the sun shines for 15 hours a day, hour north-east from Kamloops, you will and short winters with almost zero snow find The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort. gives golfers the ability to play almost year This 18 hole, par 72 track is situated round among some of the best grape vines 1,200 meters above sea level, giving it the in the country. designation of highest golf course in British Columbia. A couple of benefits to playing This is just a small cross section of what the at these heights: the ball flies further (and entire region has to offer. If you are looking longer) thanks to the thinner air, and the to enjoy playing at these heavily awarded summertime temperatures are several courses, or try your luck at BC’s highest degrees cooler than the hotter valley and hottest courses, keep in mind that courses. there are dozens of other gems out there in this golf wonderland! The Thompson Okanagan is truly a golfer’s dream.

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WINE & SPIRITS Thompson Okanagan wines and spirits have shattered all expectations as the world acquires a fondness for local vintages The Okanagan Valley is a rare stretch of land-- desert, semi-arid in the northern half, and fully arid in the hotter southern half. The difference between high daytime and low nighttime temperatures provides much needed acidity for the production of high quality winemaking grapes. While this area has commonly been referred to as ‘Napa North’, it is now known across the world as the Okanagan, a burgeoning wine region in its own right. Neighbouring areas have taken notice and joined in as well, with award-winning wineries in both the Similkameen & Thompson Valleys alike.

the pristine Similkameen Valley, this area is worth checking out. Winemaking in the region first gained popularity with white wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Viognier, however there has been a surge in red vinifera vines. The climate and soil are perfect for growing Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes.

There are an endless number of wineries within and around the communities of Osoyoos, Oliver and Penticton. The small community of Okanagan Falls is home to 10 wineries and many more vineyards, while neighbouring Oliver is the ‘Wine Capital Although grapes, and other fruits have of Canada’. Nestled in between Oliver & long since been grown in the Similkameen Osoyoos lies two very popular spots; to Valley, there has only been an expansion the west is the Golden Mile, soaking up the of wineries in recent years. With 13 morning sunshine, and to the east lies the vineyards & wineries stretching out in Black Sage Bench, basking in the afternoon


Mission Hill Family Estate

heat. Just recently, the Golden Mile Bench was approved as a new sub-geographical indicator for the Okanagan! Osoyoos has several wineries located in and around the town itself, including North America’s first aboriginal winery, Nk’Mip Cellars. The vineyards of Penticton and the Naramata Bench (the east side of Okanagan Lake, north of Penticton) are home to over 30 of the most acclaimed wineries in the region, and the Skaha Bench has a couple award-winning wineries that should definitely to be at the top of your wine tour list. As you head north towards Kelowna, don’t miss out on the hidden gems of the 15 wineries along Bottleneck Drive, the wine route encompassing Summerland and the edge of Peachland. The Westside Wine Trail in West Kelowna is home to some of the most accomplished winemakers in the valley including ‘Winery of the Year’ Mission Hill, and Quails’ Gate, one of Canada’s top producers of premium VQA wines. After enjoying so many wineries, take a break and make your way to Okanagan Spirits (locations in both Kelowna and Vernon), a designated World Class Distillery. As part of the Downtown Grapes & Grains route, Okanagan Spirits is joined by BC’s first winery, Calona Vineyards, as well as the newly renovated Sandhill Wines, and craft brewery, Tree Brewing Company. Take the time to experience Kelowna’s Fab Five Wine Trail with several excellent wineries located within the orchards of


East Kelowna, as well as the Lakeshore Wine Trail that follows the shores of Lake Okanagan. Lake Country (north of Kelowna) is home to a handful of remarkable wineries and the Scenic Sip Wine Trail including Gray Monk & Ancient Hill Winery. As you make the trek above the 50th parallel, enjoy the delicate flavours that are being preserved here. Home to some of the best scenery in the region, the wineries here, like Recline Ridge & Celista Estate, have set up their properties to take advantage of this. A local honey farm, Planet Bee, is also rising in popularity with its Honeymoon Mead. With more than a dozen wineries from Lake Country to Salmon Arm, this microclimate is gaining notoriety and recognition. Kamloops is now stepping on to the viticulture stage as an up & coming wine area. Adventurous winemakers have ventured out and seen considerable success with the Thompson area. Home to four new remarkable wineries, Kamloops is definitely an area to keep an eye on! Make sure that you take the time to enjoy the weather and unparalleled scenery that creates these wonderful vineyards. These hills and plateaus are teeming with grapes & vines, row after row of them. A small tour and you will begin to understand the magnitude of the wine industry and the positive affect it has on the entire region. Sip, sample & savour the Thompson Okanagan!

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Great Estates Okanagan TF: 1-877-433-0451 Come and enjoy great wines, great experiences and the greatest of wine-country hospitality. Tour the vast vineyards that create the successful vintages for these wineries, explore the distinctive wine shops and enjoy a tasting from the cellar. Home to Canada’s most awarded winery and the first Aboriginal owned and operated winery in North America. Come create lasting memories in Wine Country...

LAKESHORE WINE TRAIL TF: 1-877-433-0451 Discover the heritage of the Okanagan’s oldest vineyards. Plan a day of touring the Lakeshore Wine Route with wineries defined by sophistication and elegance in their serene surroundings Tantalus Vineyards, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate and CedarCreek Estate Winery. Four wineries, four unique experiences, one spectacular wine route.


267 Bernard Ave, Kelowna | 5204 24th St, Vernon TF: 1-888-292-5270 | | Okanagan Spirits is designated a World Class Distillery, by the World Spirits Organization based in Klagenfurt, Austria, producing world renowned spirits in downtown Kelowna. Made from BC fruit and grains, and without colouring, chemicals or artificial flavours, these fine spirits have won numerous awards domestically and internationally. Producing more than 25 varieties of spirits in an traditional copper-pot still, they encourage visitors to come and experience their unique operation. Guests will be invited to the tasting bar where they can sample from traditional Fruit Brandies, Liqueurs, Whisky, Gin, Vodka, Aquavit and a genuine Absinthe. Check out our newly relocated distillery in Vernon!

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery 5011 Bella Vista Road, Vernon | Ph: 250-542-8088 | The Meadery at Planet Bee opened its mead tasting bar in early 2011 to reintroduce an ancient tradition to the Okanagan and have been marveling their visitors and clients with their delightful Honeymoon Mead. Mead or honey wine, the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man, is a refreshingly different beverage made from fermenting honey and water. By using unique British Columbia floral sources of honey, or by adding specific fruit concentrates, herbs and spices the mead can be finished in many different ways. Planet Bee’s “Honeymoon Mead” is named after the Norse tradition of couples drinking mead for one full cycle of the moon following their wedding.




250.542.8088 1.877.233.9675 5011 Bella Vista Road, Vernon, BC (follow sign directions from Hwy 97) 114 | TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2015


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Get off the beaten path and “off leash” in the heart of the vineyard.

Experience the legacy of the land and the first nations culture.

NOW SHARING ONE NEWLY RENOVATED and EXPANDED LOCATION north of Oliver. Learn art of food and wine pairing that includes a tasting of luscious ice wine

Fresh & Fine Dining Casual bites or sumptuous feasts, let’s eat! In a region that is heavily laden with wineries & vineyards, it is no wonder that dining out has become an adventure in its own right. Pairing food with wine has long since been an art, and is now becoming much more common place in the Thompson Okanagan. Most of the well-known wineries (and many that you may not have heard of) have phenomenal restaurants right on their properties. Even if you are not a wine aficionado but rather like to indulge in great cuisine, make a point of sitting at one of these tables and ordering whatever your heart desires. Another great culinary destination lies among any of the dozens of championship golf courses, with signature clubhouses and gourmet fare. Food here has come a long way from a traditional burger & beer, but of course, this is also available. A common trend among restauranteurs in this region is making a point of offering locally produced and sourced ingredients. It is typical for there to be a direct relationship between chefs and local farmers/producers. This


assures the food that you are ordering is environmentally sustainable, which has become more and more important to businesses & consumers alike. Fresh ingredients are the key to absolutely delighting your taste buds! One thing you are sure to find at all Thompson Okanagan establishments is good food, great atmosphere and top-notch service. Because we are lucky enough to have outstanding summer weather, lakeside patios, vineyard terraces and rooftop dining is commonplace. Something else to consider is gathering your own ingredients from various roadside fruit and veggie stands, or at one of many farmers markets, and creating your own appetizing delights. With so many options, styles and flavours, both local & international kitchens are excited at the prospect of serving you, and spoiling you with amazing savory suggestions. Sit down and enjoy what the Thompson Okanagan restaurants are offering. Today’s specials are‌

Bonfire Restaurant

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Vineyard Terrace Restaurant at CedarCreek Estate Winery

Range Lounge & Grill at Predator Ridge

5445 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna Ph: 778-738-1027

301 Village Centre Place, Vernon Ph: 250-542-3436

Our seasonal, farm-to-table menu changes every other week. The deliciousness, however, stays all summer long. It’s true the majority of our visitors come to the winery looking for, well, our wine. But it is an unmistakable truth of wine that its very best friend is food. And that’s why the kitchen team at the Vineyard Terrace restaurant applies the very same attention to detail to its farm-to-table cuisine that our winemaking team does with our wine. And the results are every bit as exceptional. So next time you’re here for the wine, stay a little longer, enjoy the view and a fresh, seasonal meal. The two are an unforgettable combination. On that, you have our word.

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Executive Chef, Jeremy Luypen to our Predator Ridge team! Jeremy and his team have taken the menu in a new fresh, clean flavored direction, with a focus on sustainable fishing and farming. We are working closely with both local farmers and artisan producers to bring the very best of what the Okanagan Valley has to offer fresh to your plate. Beautiful views and modern décor set the stage for an upscale casual dining experience, accompanied by delectable desserts and a sommelierdeveloped, award-winning selection of fine wines.

Match Eatery & Public House at Lake City Casino 4900 Anderson Way, Vernon Ph: 250-275-6049 Meet your MATCH! MATCH Eatery & Public House located inside Vernon’s Lake City Casino is a contemporary themed Pub offering a great sporting and entertainment experience with all the elements of comfort one might find in a British Pub. With energetic and attentive staff serving pub staples, with a local and gastro flare featuring Live Music, DJ’s and sporting events. | 117

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Davison Orchards

Auntie May’s Deep Dish Cafe

27 Street Grille

3111 Davison Road, Vernon Ph: 250-549-3266

4801 - 27th Street, Vernon TF: 1.800.663.4433

Sit back and relax in the original farmhouse at Davison Orchards Country Village and enjoy the fabulous view of the city of Vernon and surrounding valley. Taste hearty soups & sandwiches, made from scratch with fresh veggies from our own vegetable plantings. Treat yourself to fresh baked pies, muffins or breads baked every day in our Apple Crate Bakery. Craving a Coffee? We serve fresh roasted Cherry Hill Coffee and a full line of specialty coffees to satisfy any coffee connoisseur. Looking for a cool drink? Try an “Applelanche” made from fresh pressed Apple Juice or Lemonade Ice with added real fruit like strawberries or raspberries. Auntie Mays Deep Dish Cafe – quality local food, friendly service and zero Food Miles!

Enjoy the relaxed and cozy atmosphere where good food and generous portions are served daily from 6:30pm to 9pm. Start your day with our 2-2-2 Breakfast which is also offered all day for those who favour breakfast later in the day. The 27 Street Grille is fully licensed and offers daily lunch & dinner specials as well as a Senior Menu. Locals love our Sunday Brunch Buffet served from10am-2pm. Located in the Village Green Hotel.

Old Spaghetti Factory 1755 Capri Street, Kelowna Ph: 250-860-5111 All of our meals are carefully prepared, and made fresh daily on the premises using only quality ingredients. We pride ourselves by offering great food at reasonable prices. All our entrees come complete with a crisp green salad, sourdough bread, coffee or tea, and spumoni ice cream at no additional charge. Without a doubt, The Old Spaghetti Factory is the best dining value anywhere.



THoMPsOn OKaNaGAN Because the Thompson Okanagan is so beautiful and so special, people want to come here. People also want to come here because the region is so vast and varied, and the options are endless for exciting activity. With the allure of the natural landscape and the appeal of the surrounding communities, all of these visitors need somewhere to sleep. Everyone has different needs when it comes to choosing a bed away from home. If your travels require a fancy exclusive resort, we’ve got you covered. Spirit Ridge Resort, Walnut Beach, or Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Resort are just a few resorts in the area. Or if you are more interested in a more casual locale like a hotel, B&B or even an RV site, there are many great options available too like the Days Inn, Village Green Hotel and Mabel Lake Resort & Airpark. If you are looking for a condo for your weeklong ski vacation, no worries, there are endless opportunities. One of the many benefits of this broad region is the multitude of options to find a pillow that suits your needs, something for every taste and every budget. The city centers offer all the amenities, shopping, dining, golf and family pursuits.

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Almost every large hotel chain is visible here but there are also many locally owned gems that are clustered along the main thoroughfares. Most include pools, business centers, restaurants and some even have waterslides that run from upper floors down to the pool. Other options include lakeside cottages, private rooms at wineries, golf course accommodations and many slope-side selections for the winter enthusiasts. An excellent way to experience the region is to check into a guest ranch. You will be impressed & delighted with how pristine some of these operations are. Being surrounded by so many rivers, lakes, hills and plateaus, it makes the Thompson Okanagan one of the most beautiful areas for camping and RV’ing. With an extensive list of provincial and private campgrounds, you can book a spot to hook up your rig or pitch a tent or even head off on your own wilderness trek & camp deep in the wild. Regardless of your requirements, a lakeside luxurious resort or a patch of grass near an unclaimed fishing hole, there is somewhere for every traveller to safely lay down and get some shut eye! Everyone needs somewhere to doze off… | 119

ACCoMmODATIoNs Best Western Plus Kamloops HOTEL 660 Columbia Street West, Kamloops Ph: 250-374-7878 | TF: 1 877-302-7878 Welcome to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kamloops Hotel, one of the newest, most environmentally friendly hotels in Kamloops. Perfectly located in the centre of the city, relax in our comfortable rooms featuring flat screen TVs with HDTV, state-of-the-art technology, and geothermal heating. Enjoy spectacular views of the downtown core and Thompson River valley.

BEST WESTERN PLUS KELOWNA HOTEL & SUITES 2402 Hwy 97 North, Kelowna Ph: 250-860-1212 | TF: 1 888-860-1212 | Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna’s award-winning “green” hotel is a launch pad to a wide range of activities in all four seasons. Offering first-class accommodations, enjoy our full range of services & amenities including a fitness facility & heated indoor pool, The Wellness Spa, and on-site dining at The Italian Table & Fleetwood Public House.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Valemount Inn & Suites 1950 Highway 5 S., Valemount Ph: 250-566-0086 | The BEST WESTERN PLUS Valemount Inn & Suites offers beautiful rooms with spectacular views, a full service restaurant and lounge, indoor pool with water slide, hot tub, business room and fitness centre. Free Wi-Fi, hot chocolate and coffee in the lobby are just two of our perks.

Big White Ski Resort 5315 Big White Road, Kelowna Ph: 250-765-8888 | TF: 1 800-663-2772 | Big White Central Reservations is your on mountain one stop shop for your Big White winter wonderland vacation. We have something to fit every taste and budget. Whether you are looking for a cozy economical suite or a large private chalet you can expect quality accommodations, friendly service and great value.

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops Ph: 250-828-6660 | Our modern, spacious rooms will be a welcome respite in your travels, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, local calls, microwave, and more. Plus, you’ll be able to unwind at our indoor pool, children’s wading pool, sauna, hot tub, and fitness facility. The Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally situated for your adventures, too. We’re close to golf, hiking, and biking at Kenna Cartwright Park. If you’re looking to hit the slopes, Sun Peaks Resort is less than an hour away.


ACCoMmODATIoNs COAST OSOYOOS 7702 Main St, Osoyoos Ph: 250-495-6525 | At the Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel, you can escape from the hustle and bustle and plant yourself on the shores of the warmest freshwater lake in Canada. You’ll have access to our private beach complete with lounge chairs and a picnic area, and for the boating inclined, there are even boat buoys for your use. If you have the urge to play a few holes, the Osoyoos Golf Country Club is just minutes away.

Days Inn Kelowna 2649 Hwy 97 N., Kelowna Ph: 250-868-3297 | TF: 1 800-337-7177 Whether you are in Kelowna for business or for pleasure Days Inn Kelowna welcomes you to be our guest.. You’ll start your day off right with our free Daybreak Café Breakfast full of tasty choices... After a long day of traveling or play refresh yourself in our heated outdoor pool, or relax and unwind in our outdoor hot tub. Days Inn Kelowna is your one stop destination for everything the Okanagan Valley has to offer.

HEARTHSTONE LODGE 3170 Creekside Way, Sun Peaks Ph: 250-578-8588 | Ski in/ski out boutique style ski lodge accommodations located at the base of Tod Mountain at Sun Peaks Resort, just minutes from the Sunburst high-speed quad chair lift in the heart of the village. Hearthstone Lodge offers a variety of room styles: studios, lofts, multi-room, and adjoining units to accommodate a wide variety of travellers. All spacious 70 condo-style units offer a convenience kitchen, gas fireplace, cable TV, and high speed internet access.

Johnny’s Motel 7291 Hwy 3 East, Grand Forks Ph: 250-442-8242 | Johnny’s offers the best of worlds, a quiet idyllic setting, but still just a few minutes’ walk from the shops and restaurants of downtown. Set back from the highway ,whether you are on route or looking for sunshine or peace and quiet, come for a night and you are bound to stay longer Johnny’s Motel .Nobody does it better!

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• Free Daybreak Café breakfast • Meeting room • Seasonal outdoor pool • Executive suites • Year-round outdoor whirlpool • Fitness centre • Seasonal Packages Available

2649 Highway 97 N Tel: 250.868.3297 / Toll Free: 1 800.337.7177 predator ridge 301 Village Centre Place, Vernon Ph: 250-542-3436 | TF: 1 888-578-6688 | Predator Ridge Resort offers some of the finest accommodation in the Okanagan Valley. With sweeping views of the fairways, the Cottages, Villas, and the Lodge all offer luxurious comfort, steps away from dining, hiking trails, pools, hot tubs, a swim and fitness centre, reciprocal partnership with Sparkling Hill Wellness Resort and of course, world class golf.

Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Resort 1663 Little Shuswap Road West, Chase Ph: 250-679-3090 | TF: 1 800-663-4303 | Located just minutes off the Trans-Canada Highway, midway between Vancouver and Calgary, rests Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort. Featuring 70 tastefully decorated guest rooms, with balconies or patios allowing views of the lake and surrounding woods, this serene setting will soothe the traveller and invigorate your senses.

Ramada Limited Merritt 3571 Voght Street, Exit 290 off Highway 5, Merritt Ph: 250-378-3567 | TF:1 800-854-9517 | Relax at our comfortable Ramada Limited Merritt hotel, near Nicola Lake. Located off exit 290 of the Coquihalla Highway, our pet-friendly hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi & serves a free deluxe continental breakfast each morning. Swim in our heated indoor pool with two-story waterslide, workout in our gym or soak away your cares in our hot tub and sauna. | 123

ACCoMmODATIoNs Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa 1200 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos Ph: 250-495-5445 | TF: 1 877-313-9463 | Surrounded by the rolling vineyards and sun-drenched landscapes of South Okanagan wine country, Spirit Ridge offers a travel experience unlike any other in Canada. Guests enjoy a full range of world-class services and amenities, including luxurious all-suite accommodations, onsite dining & spa, and convenient access to attractions located on the property & nearby area.

Sun Peaks Resort 13–3250 Village Way, Sun Peaks Ph: 250-578-2555 | TF: 1 800-807-3257 | At the centre of the Sun Peaks experience is a modern ski-through village built for ease and convenience. With over 7,000 beds you’ll find a wide variety of accommodation options from standard to luxury. Book your accommodations online, or call Sun Peaks Central Reservations.

village green hotel 4801 - 27th Street, Vernon, BC Ph: 250-542-3321 | TF: 1 800-663-4433 The recently renovated Village Green Hotel is a 3 star, full-service property conveniently located across from a large shopping mall. On site amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness centre, family restaurant, lively pub, liquor store & free WiFi access throughout. 100% non-smoking with pet friendly rooms available.

WALNUT BEACH RESORT 4200 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos Ph: 250-495-5400 | TF: 1 877-936-5400 | Sun, sand and spectacular views.Stretch out on a secluded private beach along Canada’s warmest lake. 112 carefully crafted designer suites give you luxurious comforts of home and then some. When you’re ready to explore, the area’s renowned wineries are just minutes away. Plan your ultimate Okanagan stay today.

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RV & CAMPGROUNDS Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins 3814 River View Ave E., Spences Bridge TF: 1 800-833-7508 Special Offer: 10% off for 4 days or longer excluding holidays. Open all year: Rate: $39 power & water; $42 power, water & sewer per four person party. Rates include shower & tax. Dump station $20 per unit. One block off Hwy 1, oasis in high desert, approx 4” rain per year. Angling, white water rafting (nearby), train watching, mountain sheep viewing, world famous Steelhead fishing (Oct-Dec). Hiking, wildlife. 8 cabins. Groups welcome, phone for rates.

Blue River Campground & RV Park 991 West Frontage Road, Blue River Ph: 250-673-8203 A great place to stop for a night or more! Enjoy a wilderness hike or bike ride; paddle a pristine mountain lake; fish a mountain stream; swim in Eleanor Lake or relax by your campfire. Long pullthru full service and partial service sites, camping cabins, tent site, laundry, WIFI, cook shelter, kid’s play area and equipment, store, borrow a bike program, canoe, camp/fishing gear and bike rentals.

Chinook Cove Golf and RV 4 Km North of Barriere on Hwy 5 | TF: 1 888-607-4653 Ph: 250-672-0119 | Chinook Cove Golf and RV is your short stay getaway! Enjoy scenic surroundings, well kept greens, and lush fairways on the 9 hole, Championship length golf course with some beautiful and challenging holes. The full service RV park has pull-through sites, 30 and 50 amp service, campfires, hot showers and coin operated laundry. Internet and firewood are also available for a fee. BC Accommodations affiliated

Claybanks RV Park 1302 Voght Street, Merritt Ph: 250-378-6441 | Open year round. Rate: two persons $20 unserviced; $30-$35 serviced. Weekly (excluding July & Aug) & monthly rates available. Large sites along Coldwater River. Follow camping/sani-station signs. Gift shop, fully-enclosed recreation building, horseshoes & games. Near downtown, aquatic centre, playgroup, waterpark, and golf course. Reservations required for winter months.

Holiday Park Resort 415 Commonwealth Rd, Kelowna Ph: 250-766-4255 | A four season destination with fully serviced RV sites and furnished condos located just north of Kelowna. Surrounded by championship golf courses, award winning wineries and world class ski hills, this 67 acre playground offers an array of on-site amenities, member discounts and seasonal specials. Play all day then come home to Holiday Park!

Mabel Lake Resort & Airpark 3514 Mabel Lake Road, Enderby Ph: 250-838-6234 | Mabel Lake Resort offers Weekly, Daily and Seasonal accommodations. Situated on beautiful 25 Mile long Mabel Lake we have 90 fully serviced RV Sites, beach front cabins, houses and RV’s for rent. Amenities include: Brand New Marina, Boat Gas, Liquor Store, Convenience Store, Pontoon & Fishing Boat Rentals, Beach Cafe, Kids Playground and swimming area. Exceptional Stay & Play Packages available. | 125

RV & CAMPGROUNDS Nk’Mip Campground 8000 45 Street, Osoyoos Ph: 250-495-7279 Open all year; Rate: $29-$52 Family camping located right on the shores of Lake Osoyoos at the edge of Canada’s desert and just minutes from downtown Osoyoos. Over 120 lakefront sites. Wireless internet. Offseason rates. Big rig friendly.

Silver Sands RV Resort 1383 Silver Sands Rd., Sicamous Ph: 250-717-3177 5 hour drive from Vancouver or Calgary. Own your own RV lot on the Eagle River, a short walk to 1000 miles of pristine Shuswap Lake shoreline. Fully serviced lots, year round use, gated community, lease or own, extra large lots, trailer/5th wheels, coaches/park models, developer financing.

Todd’s RV & Camping 3976 Beach Avenue, Peachland TF: 1 866-255-6864 | Open April 1st - October 20th; Rate: $30- $67. Winter sites available. Todd’s RV & Camping is the perfect Lakeside location to relax! Enjoy walking from your site along the beach & Centennial Walkway to an abundance of amenities, boutiques, coffee shops, great restaurants, tennis and more. We are centrally located to Golf, Wineries and orchards. Offering full hook ups, WIFI, free showers, central firepit & playground. Come experience the Authentic Okanagan in our Quaint Lakeside Community of Peachland. Where You Really Wanna Be...

Twin Lakes Golf Course RV Park 79 Twin Lakes Road, Penticton Ph: 250-497-5319 | Welcome to Twin Lakes RV Park where golfing and RV work together to provide one of the best golfing RV holidays for you to enjoy. With 39 RV sites nestled above the front nine of the Twin Lakes Golf Course, you will find yourself surrounded by the majestic scenery of the South Okanagan desert mountain views. Clean wash rooms, free showers, laundry, free WIFI, are a few of the amenities offered at the RV Park. Don’t forget your pets are welcome and Golf is only $10 on Tuesdays - 18 Holes for only $10! Why Golf Anywhere Else?

Wood Lake RV Park and Marina 2930 Woodsdale Rd. Lake Country Ph: 250.766.1881 | TF: 855.766.1881 Open April to October. This is the destination for RVers wanting to stay on beach front property in the beautiful Okanagan. 189 plus RV sites on 12 Park-like acres on Wood Lake with access to Kalamalka Lake. 67 slip Marina, full hook-up, 30 amp power or 50 amp power, water and sewer. Convenience store, showers, laundry, children’s playground and WIFI.

Wrights Beach Camp 4200 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton Ph: 250-492-7120 | Skaha Lake Penticton-sandy swimming beach, outdoor pool, many waterfront sites, on site trailer rentals, full hookups, 30A electricity (some 50A during off season), cable TV, free WIFI, boat rentals, sani-dump, laundromat, playground, leisure activities, convenience store, arcade, picnic table. Children under 16 free in this family campground. Near golf course, shopping malls. Low season long term rates available.





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Hiking on Tod Mountain

At a perfect junction between Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains, Sun Peaks is the natural addition to any road trip. Cradled by lush foliage, in our alpine community you’ll be entertained with outdoor activities and wildlife viewing. In July and August, the mountainside is home to the most easily accessible alpine wildflowers; just a quick chairlift ride to 16 hiking trails. Restaurants, cafés, boutique shops, and a spa create the vibrant pedestrian village. Stay in a hotel, condo, or chalet rental; RV parking is also available. Check our website for concert and festival dates! Central Reservations: 1.844.599.0566 Photos: Kelly Funk, Adam Stein

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