The Thompson Okanagan region in south central British Columbia boasts some of the most popular provincial parks in BC, inluding Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Wells Gray Park, one of British Columbia’s largest and most spectacular parks (540,000 hectares), Cathedral Park, offering great hiking trails, Roderick Haig-Brown, the site of the largest sockeye salmon run on the West Coast, Gladstone Park, with pictographs and traces of early First Nations habitation, Lac du Bois Grasslands, encompassing 15,000 hectares of protected wilderness, and Shuswap Lake, with the largest houseboat fleet in Canada and over 1,000 kilometres of shoreline to explore.

Okanagan Valley Vineyards surround Vaseux Lake and the McIntyre Bluffs, British Columbia, Canada.
Okanagan Valley Vineyards surround Vaseux Lake and the McIntyre Bluffs, British Columbia, Canada.

Thompson Nicola

Travellers to the North Thompson soon realize that they’re sharing this part of British Columbia with relatively few people. Nothing is as arresting as the sight of snaggle-toothed Mount Robson or the sinuous, green-hued surface of the North Thompson River. It’s easy to go with the flow here.

Okanagan Similkameen

You can’t really say you know British Columbia until you’ve travelled this area, certainly one of the liveliest in the province. A series of gentle mountain ranges rolls between the Thompson Plateau in the west and the Shuswap Highlands to the east, then rises dramatically in the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains.

Shuswap

The Shuswap boasts the largest houseboat fleet in Canada, offering over 1,000 kilometres of shoreline to explore, amidst spectacular scenery and a pristine environment – a fabulous place to vacation with family and friends, lazily drifting along the lakes gazing at blue skies and gorgeous mountains.