Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

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Savona

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Savona is a small community at the west end of Kamloops Lake on the Thompson River and is near several parks including Juniper Beach Provincial Park, Castle Rock Hoodoos Provincial Park, Steelhead Provincial Park, and Painted Bluffs Provincial Park.

Castle Rock Hoodoos Park is aptly named because of the amazing hoodoo formations, some of which can be seen from the road. The park is located in the Deadman Valley, bordering the Deadman Valley-Vidette Lake Road. Within the area are also spectacular falls cascading into a narrow channel.

Take a tour of the Ajax Mine Site, try gold panning or geocaching. Water sports including excellent fishing in the Thompson River, golfing at the Tobiano Golf Course, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Check out the views atop Mount Savona and explore Savona Caves. Agate and green opals make this area extremely popular with hang-gliders, hikers and rock hounds.

Location

Savona is a small community at the west end of Kamloops Lake on the Thompson River. It is 45 km (28 mi) west of Kamloops and 38 km (24 mi) east of Cache Creek along Trans-Canada Highway 1.

A Step Back in Time

Savona was originally located on the north shore of Kamloops Lake, where it was the end of the stagecoach line from Cache Creek on the Cariboo Wagon Road. Originally passengers continuing on had to take the steamboat up the lake to Kamloops and the Shuswap Country and the goldfields of the Big Bend of the Columbia River until a man named Francis Savona started a ferry across the river at that location. A road was later built along the south side of Kamloops Lake to Kamloops (the town).

In 1884, Savona was the eastern end of Andrew Onderdonk’s contract for building the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for the Canadian government. Because the railway was on the south side of the river, most of the houses were pulled across the lake on the ice, moving the community to where it is today. In 1915, the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway, now part of Canadian National Railway was built along the north side of Kamloops Lake.

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The Rock & River Rustic Retreat

The Rock & River Rustic Retreat

Savona

Each Glamping Tent experience has a different theme and fits every budget. Decorated with western themes, luxury chambers, to our basic rustic "cowboy" up units. Glamping is the ultimate outdoor hotel, you just have to bring yourself and let nature do the rest. We also have RV camping - a log cabin ... Read more
Tunkwa Lake Resort

Tunkwa Lake Resort

Logan Lake

Tunkwa Lake Resort is a premier family vacation destination that has fantastic fishing and hunting for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated on the shores of Tunkwa Lake, our resort is in the southern interior Thompson Nicola region, which is a short drive from Kamloops and Logan Lake, and a three and half ... Read more
Mile High Resort

Mile High Resort

Logan Lake

Enjoy a piece of paradise at Mile High Resort! Surrounded by pristine forests with breathtaking lake views, our resort is a tranquil oasis for guests to escape their busy lives. We have 14 cabins, eight are deluxe and six are heritage styles. Our cabins offer guests privacy and comfortable beds for ... Read more
Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake

On Logan Lake beside Meadow Creek Golf Course, Copper Ridge Disk Golf and Bike Skills Park 1 km. from downtown, hiking on nature trail. Clean and quiet. Reservation fee $8. Nightly fee $30.00 powered site; tent site is $24.00 ... Read more
Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft

Camp in desert country on the shores of the Thompson River, next to downtown historic Ashcroft. Legacy Park provides a shady, relaxing oasis - listen to the birds in the trees and the river flowing by. Easy walking distance to downtown Ashcroft for shopping, restaurants and tourist attractions. Walk ... Read more
Sundance Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Ashcroft

Located in warm Ashcroft with endless panoramic views of the open Thompson River Valley, Sundance Guest Ranch is the ideal getaway for the weekend or a week-long vacation. Only a four hour drive from Vancouver and easy access via three different picturesque routes, guests can escape their busy lives ... Read more
Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Spences Bridge

Located in the historic community of Spences Bridge, Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins is situated on a lush setting overlooking the famous Thompson River. Our well-appointed duplex and triplex cabins are self-contained with air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, two or three beds, and picnic tables ... Read more
Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park

Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park

Quilchena

Visit Quilchena on the Lake Golf and RV Park for a relaxed golfing and recreational camping experience. The well-tended greens of the golf course and RV park feature nine holes and full facilities. ... Read more
Claybanks RV Park & Campground

Claybanks RV Park & Campground

Merritt

Large grassy sites, flowers galore, along Coldwater River. Gift shop with local art, crafts and snacks. Clean heated washrooms, free showers. Easy walk to downtown core with many amenities; shopping, restaurants, aquatic center, playgrounds, water park, museum, 9-hole golf course. We have golf disco ... Read more
Moon Shadows RV Park & Campground

Moon Shadows RV Park & Campground

Merritt

Moon Shadows is located south of Merritt along the spectacular Coldwater River. Enjoy this year round, brand new campground hosting a variety of secure and immaculate campsites and facilities. Moon Shadows has everything....natural beauty, sun and shade, relaxation and friends. Come and visit us. ... Read more
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