On The Rails
You can still bike or hike
sections of the old, abandoned Kettle Valley Railway line that
were not damaged by forest fires in 2003. Ride from Midway to
McCullough Lake, or from Naramata to Osoyoos. Or, in Summerland,
board the restored steam train which runs between Trout Creek
Bridge and Faulder. When you're in Midway, don't forget to check
out the Kettle Valley Railway Museum.
Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz
Oh, what fun it is to create
your own fizzy drink. Bring a cup and some juice crystals to
mix your own summer thirst quencher with our natural mineral
springs. Head to Ray Farm and Mineral Springs, about 19 kilometres
(12 miles) from the entrance to Wells Gray Provincial Park. A
30-minute trail trek takes you to Ray Mineral Springs. As well
as having an historic homestead in the park, it's also a great
spot for birding and wildlife viewing, especially at dusk.
Take Five For The Ferry
From Kamloops, take Westsyde
Drive and follow all the twists and turns of the North Thompson
River on this very winding road. At road's end, take the free,
two-car, flower-boxed ferry to Maclure to access Highway 5.
Feel Like A Mississippi Queen
Cruise our lakes and rivers
on paddlewheelers and sternwheelers. Board the Wanda Sue in Salmon
Arm or the Phoebe Ann in Sicamous for a ride on Shuswap Lake;
and the Fintry Queen in Kelowna for an Okanagan Lake cruise.
Special dinner cruises and day trips are also available.
Blast From the Past
For a real blast from the
past, take a ride on a steam train. In Summerland, travel aboard
a beautifully-restored steam train between Trout Creeek Bridge
and Faulder. In the heart of downtown Kamloops, hop on the 2141
Historic Steam Train for a short, but scenic ride over the river.
What A Grind
At the Keremeos Grist Mill
and Gardens, the oldest operating, water-powered grist mill in
B.C., you can actually grind your own flour. Located in the Fruit
Stand Capital of Canada, this Okanagan must-see is in an orchard
setting, with gardens, tea room, a gift shop, and guided tours.
Strike Our Rich History
Glimpse our rich mining history
by exploring the ghost towns of Granite City, Tulameen and Blakeburn.
Start in Princeton and follow the Dewdney Trail that runs parallel
to Highway 3. Continue on to Boundary Country and visit communities
like Grand Forks, that are proud of their rich Russian heritage
Seasons In The Sun & Snow
Come here in early spring
and late fall and you'll be hard pressed to tell exactly what
season you're in. After all, when you can ski in the morning
and then go golfing in the afternoon, it gets a little confusing
- and a lot enjoyable.
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