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Thompson Okanagan
Undiscovered Destinations

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 and culture.

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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