Paddleboarders on Kalamalka Lake near Vernon

(Andrew Strain photo)

Thompson Okanagan

Blue Mountain Winery in the Okanagan Valley (Adam Gibbs photo)

Blue Mountain Winery in the Okanagan Valley (Adam Gibbs photo)

The natural landscape of the Thompson Okanagan includes mountains, valleys, desert, and everything in between.

The highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies is here, as is a waterfall twice the height of Niagara Falls, and Canada's only true desert environment.

This is a region that truly has something for everyone. Foodies flock to the area's renowned orchards and vineyards; families can't get enough of the many sandy, lakeside beaches; and outdoor enthusiasts come for the golfing, hiking, biking and skiing.

The history and culture of the region - from its Aboriginal peoples to European fur traders to wine makers and food producers - is strongly tied to the land. This is reflected in many of the area's museums, heritage sites, and much of its artwork, where the colourful past is brought to life for visitors.

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