Local museums in Okanagan really capture the history of Okanagan. Nearby museums in Kelowna and Kamloops have very impressive musuems as well. Here are the top museums in the area for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Nicola Valley Museum Archive - 1675 Tutill Court, Merritt

This museum best features railway, ranching, mining, and logging.  Nicola Valley Museum Archive displays history on the pioneers, the cowboy judge Henry Castillou, James Teit, and the First Nations. Open all year, Nicola Valley has excellent collections of rail travel, pioneer kitchen, churches, military uniforms, and early mining history. Admission is only $2 suggested donation.

Ashcroft Museum - 402 Brink Street, Ashcroft

This is one of the best museums from the inside in…

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Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33037982@N04/8452540965If you're looking for something fun and exciting to do near Okanagan, you should give ziplining or bungee jumping a try. These activities will give you an exhilarating experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Listed below are a few of the best ziplining and bungee jumping places to go neat Okanagan.

Zippity Doo Dah Adventures - 3109 Kirkland Ranch Road, Ashcroft

Located at The Wilderness Way Resort in Ashcroft, you will experience a ziplining experience you'll never forget. There are six different zip lines that will accommodate thrill seekers of all experience levels from beginners to pros. They also offer a dual zip line where you can challenge a friend to a race on a line that measures almost 1400 feet.

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CanoeingSince kayaking and canoeing are such popular sports in Okanagan, there are plenty of places to rent them for the day and enjoy some outdoor time in the water.

Christina Lake Marina & Grill - 173 Larson Road, Christina Lake

Christina Lake is a popular destination for boat and equipment rental. They offer pontoons, skis, wakesurf, wakeboard, and of course kayaks. They are open May 15 – September 15. No operators’ license required; you just have to be 19 years old to rent.

Big Bear ATV Canoe & Kayak – Lumby  - 208 Mabel Lake Road, Lumby

Big Bear ATV Canoe & Kayak offers a great time with their kayak and canoe tours. Not only that, but you can try a quading, dogsledding, or ATV tour. Located in northern Okanagan, this summer and winter adventure…

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Relaxing Spa DayFor spa lovers, Okanagan has some great places to go to relax in a tranquil and peaceful environment. There are individual day spas or you can try a resort’s spa for a luxurious experience. The resort spas typically require reservations in advance while day spas are more likely to have openings on the day you want to go in. Stop by one of these beautiful spas in Okanagan for a relaxing experience.

KurSpa at Sparkling Hill Resort - 888 Sparkling Place, Vernon

Welcome to KurSpa, the first place in North America to introduce the Cryotherapy Cold Sauna at -110C, the signature treatment that has everyone talking because this spa is one of the best in British Columbia. The spa is 40,000 square foot in size and is designed for healing “kur” by water, which…

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Family Shopping in a MallIt is not uncommon for some communities to have a pretty consistent shopping experience in terms of what kinds of shops there are and what kinds of things you can buy. That isn't really how it works in Thompson Okanagan. The shopping scene is just as varied as the community's landscaping is.

There are three main shopping districts within Okanagan. These shopping districts include Penticton, Kamloops, and Kelowna. You will find all sorts of things between these three communities including everything from specialty boutiques to major retail stores.

Here are a handful of the more popular places to shop in the different districts:

Penticton, BC, Canada

  • Cleo Cherry Lane Shopping Centre (2111 Main St #127)
  • Art Knapp's Plantland & Flower Shop…

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Summerland Ornamental Gardens - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davebloggs007/14272693622

In between the rich valleys of Okanagan, you will find beautiful and colorful fields of flowers. You will also find wine grapes as well as a mixture of other fruits. These fields of flora are balanced perfectly with the lakes and rivers in the area. If you take a trip to the southernmost point of the region, you can learn about all of the endangered flora and fauna in the area.

It is important to keep in mind that Okanagan has a very dry climate. This makes preserving water important if you are going to manage a garden. There are lots of beautiful gardens in Okanagan, so there is no reason why you could not have one if you wanted one too.

The Xeriscape Gardens

Xeriscape Gardens are some of the most water-efficient gardens in all of Okanagan.…

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FishingThompson Okanagan is known for the hundreds of lakes and rivers spread throughout this region. These waterways serve as the idea locations to cast out your fishing pole. Those who have a love for fishing, often plan a getaway to Okanagan just to experience the variety of fishing locations that are available.

Okanagan is a prime location, as it has easy access to many restaurants, accommodations and bait shops. One of the widely known waterways in the area is Adams River. The world’s largest sockeye salmon run takes place here once every four years. There are literally millions of sockeye salmon who travel back to Adams River, which was the place they were born. This extraordinary event can be seen from Roderick-Haig Brown Provincial Park.

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Vernon, BCAt the northern end of the Okanagan Valley you will find the welcoming town of Vernon. This town of 38,968 people is city of dry grassland hillsides and bordered by mountains. There are three lakes surrounding the city, Swan Lake, Okanagan Lake, and Kalamalka Lake. Residents can enjoy four seasons here with so many things to enjoy around the city.


Staying in Vernon, people have many options for lodging needs. There are hotels and motels, bed and breakfast homes, cabins, camping and RV sites. There is a hostel called Silver Star Mountain Resort. Resorts offer suites and cottages near golf courses and near the shores of Kalamalka Lake.

Things To Do

When the weather is nice, water activities are very popular with locals. People love to…

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PentictonA small community located in the heart of the ever-growing wine industry of Okanagan, Penticton is the ideal place to go for relaxation and fun-filled activities. If you love the outdoors, you will find immense pleasure in all of the things there are to do in Penticton all year round. It’s also the perfect place to buy a home and settle down.

Buying a Home

Whether you’re just starting out on your own, you’re ready to retire, or you’re somewhere in between, Penticton has beautiful historic homes, small crafty bungalows, and even condominiums for you to choose among. The town is vibrant and most places can be easily accessed on foot. The weather and the atmosphere are always pleasant and you’ll never tire of trying out all the amazing restaurants,…

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