Thompson Okanagan

Did You Know?

  • Nicknamed “Napa North,” there are 140 wineries in the Okanagan Valley, BC’s oldest and largest wine-producing region.
  • A glacial shift over 10,000 years ago created the string of lakes in the Okanagan Valley, which were, at one time, all one massive lake.
  • The Okanagan is home to Canada’s only pocket desert environment.
  • BC’s longest rails-to-trails conversion — a bike route with an easy 2.2 per cent grade through forests, lakes and vineyards, and over 18 historic trestle bridges — is in the Thompson Okanagan region, and is 450 kilometres (280 miles) long.
  • In 30 to 90 minutes you can float, on an inner tube, down the Penticton Channel from Lake Okanagan to Skaha Lake. A local company will even rent you the tube, and shuttle you back to your starting point when you’re done.
  • A one-hour-and-15-minute drive from Kamloops, on top of a grassy knoll with a commanding view of the valley and lake, is the Centre of the Universe — at least, according to many monks and their Master Teachers, who come here to be enlightened and bask in the power said to emit from three spots within a seven-metre (23-foot) diameter.

BC’s interior Thompson Okanagan region is a four-season destination of stunning beauty, rich in culture and history, and seemingly boundless outdoor adventure.

For those who travel with their taste buds, the region known as BC’s wine country will not disappoint. Sip award-winning New-World varietals while watching the sun set over the vineyards. Explore copious “field-to-fork” menus, which make creative and delicious use of the region’s bountiful farms and orchards.

Golfers can live it up on the links, and play a different championship golf course every day in summer. But if snow is your preference, the region’s unparalleled light, dry, soft powder and incredible ski-in/ski-out resorts are not to be missed.

For the adventurer, cycle a trail that bypasses old railway trestles and offers a view that takes your breath away, or rent a houseboat and explore the region’s warm lakes.

A short 55-minute flight or four-hour drive from Vancouver, the Thompson Okanagan region is not to be missed.

Howard Grieve
Travel Trade and Media Specialist
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
2280 "D" Leckie Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 6G6
Phone: 250-860-5999 ext. 204

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