Saddle up because Kamloops Country is ranch country and you're invited to stay for a spell! From pampering resort-style luxury to real saddleback excitement, you'll have the time of your life. Relax with a massage after a day's ride, tuck into a barbecued steak, and listen to tall tales around a campfire. Come daybreak, there's a hike, a horse and fly-fishing hole waiting for you.
If golf is your game, then this is where you need to be. Here in sunny Kamloops Country, golf is considered to be one of life's essentials. With 18 courses in scenic locales and an extra-long playing season, your golf adventure is conveniently close and the play is as challenging as you want. Test your skills on ten 18-hole championship courses, with Tobiano being the latest opened in June 2007. Eaglepoint Golf Course is one of Canada's top 100 courses and is situated on a high plateau above the South Thompson River Valley, nestled in a fragrant pine forest on rolling terrain.
The choices for hiking in Kamloops Country are endless - Sugarloaf Mountain, the Hoodoos, Dewdrop Range, Tranquille River, Gibraltar Rock and Kenna Cartwriight Park provide some of the finest hiking in the area. Riders from around the world consider Kamloops Country to be mountain biking heaven - from the D Drop and Fat Tire Flyer, to Mara Mountain and the Razor Back, there are trails for experts, beginners and middle-of-the track riders. At Sun Peaks Resort, you can catch a lift up to the high-country and experience awesome hiking as well as downhill mountain biking on 40km (25mi) of single track.
The City of Kamloops located at the junctions of Hwy 1,97,5 and 5A It is a commercial and cultural center, a thriving cosmopolitan community where shopping, entertainment, and artistic expression and sporting challenge are found in full measure. Winter is special in Kamloops with lots of powder snow and an average of more than 10 hours of sunshine each day. Sun Peaks Resort is by far the most favorable winter haven in the area.
In and around Kamloops, there is history to discover and great places to find it. Unravel the area's native history in the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park. At the Kamloops Museum of Achives, displays and artifacts reflect the high drama of the Cariboo Gold Rush days. At the historic C.N. Railway Station, the beautifully restored Steam Locomotive 2141, ‘Spirit of Kamloops', is your venue back to the era of steam. Passengers will delight in the sights while seated in an open-air ‘hayrack' car, or re-living rail travel of the past in the comfort of the 406 ‘Pioneer Park' 1930 heritage coach. Wild west adventure awaits passengers, as the famous Billy Miner Train Robbery is re-enacted on every departure.
If you like kayaking, your only problem will be deciding which perfect stretch of water to spend the day on since there are over 100 lakes and streams within an hour's drive of Kamloops. Take it easy on the smooth South Thompson River, or throw yourself into the waves of the Adams River or the Thompson west of Savona. For a great day of canoeing, check out Kamloops Lake, which is actually a huge widening of the Thompson River.
Another place to visit in Kamloops Country is the town of Barriere, just 66 km (41 mi) north of Kamloops on Hwy 5. Barriere's unique community has a character all of its own. It's laid back attitude accommodates those who genuinely enjoy pristine lake views, powder drenched slopes and abundant forests. Barriere offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Lake fishing in the area is considered some of the best in BC while The Thompson Valley Fall Fair and Rodeo entertains spectators every year. In the winter, visitors flock to Barriere as the area is fast becoming a winter sanctuary for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The summer is even more promising as the gorgeous lakes melt to offer all manner of water sports. Barriere is also known for its hiking, horseback riding and hunting. People love to visit this town because it is an idyllic community with small-town values and many outdoor activities.
Chase is another budding town in Kamloops country. Located 56 km (35 mi) from Kelowna on Hwy 1, Chase is known as the "Home to the Big Horn Sheep". This town combines spectacular scenery and nature that characterizes interior BC with all the amenities of a large city. Residents of Chase enjoy a splendid waterfront view afforded by the town's location on the outlet of the South Thompson River. This quaint and quiet town offers visitors a relaxing stop over at while traveling though British Columbia.
Sun Peaks Resort is an international year-round resort just a short drive from Kamloops. Boasting 117 ski runs on three mountains, an average snowfall of 559 cm (that's 17feet!) and a visually stunning European-inspired village, Sun Peaks is one of the finest resorts in all of Canada. Even in the summer, this resort provides lots of recreation opportunities including a challenging 18-hole golf course and some of the most technical downhill mountain biking available.
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