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Thompson Okanagan Family Activities

Bike, climb, swim, get up close with desert creatures and see spawning sockeye — family fun in the Thompson Okanagan region means one outdoor adventure after another, whether riverside, mountainside, lakeside or cliffside. Grab the family, pack a picnic and start exploring.

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Bridlewood Riding Centre

Bridlewood Riding Centre is part of a long-time, family-operated, cattle ranch located on scenic hills between Kelowna and Vernon in the Okanagan Valley and just 15 minutes from Kelowna International Airport.

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Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad

Step into an unforgettable, world class, miniature fantasy world. Follow up to 45 computer controlled Marklin HO trains as they meander through incredibly detailed European style towns and landscaping.

1,800 buildings and 18,000+ hand pa...

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Segway Tours

We are BC's premier Segway PT tour company. Pure, eco-friendly fun in the glorious sunny Shuswap. Experience Super Natural British Columbia with the added thrill of riding your own Segway PT. We offer a fabulous 2 hour tour through Roderick Haig-B...
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Adams River Sockeye Run

Every October, sockeye salmon make their way back to the Adams River, one of the richest natural spawning streams in North America. Although thousands of salmon spawn here annually, every fourth year is a dominant year (2014 and 2018 are dominant years), when literally millions of fish fight their way upstream to spawn. One of the best places to see this amazing natural spectacle is at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Salmon Arm, about an hour from Kamloops.
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BC Wildlife Park

The BC Wildlife Park is excited to be the home of Clover the Kermode Bear (Spirit Bear ). The park is one of the most interactive wildlife experiences in BC, featuring bears, cougars, moose, wolves, birds of prey & many more throughout its 40+ hec...
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Davison Orchards Country Village

Davison Orchards is Vernon's family friendly attraction with so many things to see and do! Fresh seasonal produce is grown right here on the farm and available for sale in the Country Market or used in the soups and sandwiches at the Deep Dish Caf...
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Family Biking at Sun Peaks and Silver Star

When the snow melts, cyclists come out to play at Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops and Silver Star... Read more Mountain Resort near Vernon. At both parks, you can ride a chairlift to the top and then let gravity take over as you cruise down to the village. Gnarly or easy, there are trails here for every kind of biker. Want to learn more mountain biking tips? Both parks offer a variety of bike camps for beginner to advanced riders.

Silver Star Bike Park

Silver Star is exploding with activities and fun things to do throughout the summer. We are one of BC's best mountain bike parks with bike runs for everyone. Trail difficulties range from green to double black.

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Family Fun on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Take the family on an unforgettable bike ride along a reincarnated railway. The 455-km/282-mi Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a car-free hiking and biking path following the century-old Kettle Valley Railway from Kelowna to Penticton. The whole trek takes five to eight days, but families can enjoy short rides anywhere along the route. A highlight is the Myra Canyon stretch (an easy day trip from Kelowna), which crosses 18 gorge-spanning trestles.
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First Nations Culture and Heritage

Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park is home to the archaeological remains of a 2000-year-old... Read more Aboriginal village. Check out the ethnobotanical gardens and learn about the healing properties of plants indigenous to the Secwepemc territory. On the slopes above Osoyoos Lake, hear the desert’s story at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Learn about the land, legends and Aboriginal peoples who have called the South Okanagan home for thousands of years.

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Spend the day at beautiful turquoise-green Kalamalka Lake, just minutes from the City of Vernon. Part of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, the lake boasts three swimming bays and several pocket beaches. In winter, 14km/ 9 mi of hiking trails morph into cross country ski trails and, in spring, the meadows erupt with wildflowers.
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Kettle Valley Steam Railway

Come out and take a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway! Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful, rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek...
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Oyama Zipline Forest Adventure

One of the Okanagan's favourite attractions is thrilling for everyone in your group. Three adventures and 180º lakeviews! A zip park with fast side-by-side racing lines and slackline jumps. Seven different rides one-after-the-other! Full-on rush (...
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Planet Bee Honey Farm and Meadery

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery - one of the Okanagan's favourite family attractions. Safely observe live honeybees busily working behind glass performing their amazing bee dance & producing their numerous nutritional products which can enhance ou...
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R J Haney Heritage Village & Museum

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored 1910 Haney House and explore the village, rich in history with 14 historical or replicated buildings. Discover interesting exhibits in t...
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Wells Gray Provincial Park (Clearwater)

Listen to the water fall at Helmcken Falls, one of many beautiful cascades in Wells Gray Provincial Park, a sprawling wilderness in the rugged Cariboo Mountains. Hike the trails, ranging from a few minutes to a few days in duration, spot wildlife, and paddle a canoe on forest-framed lakes.
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Wildplay Element Park

Cool, challenging, fun (and sometimes freaky). WildPlay Kelowna offers nature-based Aerial Adventures and Ziplines: ACTIVITY ELEMENTS: - Primal Swing: a giant, speedy, pendulum that soars from the cliffside above a wide Okanagan abyss -at 110k...
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Campo Marina

Lat: 49.02795
Lon: -119.44055
Italian
28 reviews
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Carmelis Alpine Goat Cheese Artisan

Lat: 49.7769234
Lon: -119.5765371
Cheese Shops
14 reviews
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Family Friendly Restaurants

Nothing says ‘fun’ like chicken fingers and a cheese pita pizza at Theo’s... Read more Restaurant in Penticton, a restored grand villa with a Greek Islands ambience. In Osoyoos, enjoy tasty pasta and local wines at Campo Marina, a family-friendly Italian spot. A day trip around Kelowna isn’t complete without a gelato at family- run Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan. Carmelis is at the foot of Okanagan Mountain; pop in before or after a dip in the nearby lake.

Theo's Restaurant

Lat: 49.493211
Lon: -119.5897597
Greek
60 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre

Kamloops' premier 3-star hotel boasts spectacular views and features an indoor, natural chlorine swimming pool, children's wading pool, hot tub and sauna, in a tropical courtyard. Our freshly renovated (2013), 4 Green Key, eco-rated property, offe...
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Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel

The Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel lies on the tranquil shores of Lake Osoyoos and features 75 m (250 ft) of private beachfront, making it a perfect summer destination to visit with family and friends. Our 60 guest rooms are spacious and well appointed...
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot Kelowna

Newly opened in 2015 and ideally located off exit 367 of the Trans Canada Highway 1, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott offers the latest in accommodation style and comfort. Our contemporary spacious guest rooms and suites feature a choice of...
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Summerland Waterfront Resort

The Beyond Wrapture Day Spa at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa offers over 35 treatments including specialties such as aromatherapy wraps, vinotherapy (wine massage), couples massage, exfoliating scrubs and sacred art stone massage.

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to the Thompson Okanagan

The Thompson Okanagan is a scenic five-hour drive from Vancouver. Choose the Coquihalla Highway... Read more for Kamloops and Kelowna, or meander along quiet Highway 3, the Crownest Highway, for Oliver, Osoyoos and the Golden Mile. For an unforgettable road trip, take Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, through the Fraser Canyon. Flying?  Kelowna’s International Airport has direct flights from Toronto as well as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Seattle. Kamloops and Penticton have direct air service as well.  For rail travel, VIA Rail’s cross-country train service, called The Canadian, stops in Kamloops.

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VIA Rail

VIA Rail's flagship train, the Canadian, travels through 4,500 km of some of Canada's most spectacular landscape. Operating year-round, this land cruise between Vancouver & Toronto takes 3 days & 4 nights, departing 3 times per week in each direct...
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