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Okanagan Escape

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Okanagan Escape

This trip takes you into the rolling hills and turquoise lakes of the BC interior, but also includes mountain grandeur, a guest ranch and a houseboat adventure. The Okanagan is also an award-winning wine region, and wine-tasting excursions have become very popular; our tour includes several wineries and play time on our houseboat. This tour is a little more laid-back but still gives opportunities for a variety of outdoor adventure activities.

DAY 1

Meeting Day in Vancouver

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in Vancouver. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants. Overnight at the joining hotel. Read more

Vancouver
DAY 2

Hiking Manning Park and View Spotted Lak

We depart relatively early, travelling first through the scenic Fraser Valley that produces most of BC’s berries, vegetables, dairy, and poultry products. We’ll stop to visit the Hope Slide, where a mountain came crashing down through the Nicolum Valley. More than fifty years later, the rubble still tells an amazing geologic story. By late morning we’ll arrive at Manning Park where we spend most of the day. There are numerous hiking options here for all fitness and adventure levels, as well as tranquil waters to relax beside. Your driver will take you to various trailheads. Later in summer you’ll also get to appreciate the attractive alpine meadows. Before sundown we travel on to Osoyoos, the northern end of the Great Sonoran Desert and a summer playground for locals, with a stop at the enigmatic “Spotted Lake.” Read more

Osoyoos
DAY 3

Explore Osoyoos, with Beach Time

Today is a full day to spend in Osoyoos, with lots of options: go swimming or simply relax on the beach, rent a canoe or kayak or motorized boat, go waterskiing or jetboating, visit the Desert Model Railroad or the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre, or take a tour at the Desert Centre. Rent a bike to explore the area, or challenge your fitness on the steep hills outside town. Our stay in Osoyoos is right near the beach, close to everything. Read more

Osoyoos
DAY 4

Wine Tasting and Beautiful Views

Our drive today takes us up alongside the turquoise waters of the Okanagan Lakes and through the centre of the Okanagan wine region, a greatly under-appreciated region that is winning accolades around the world. We’ll stop at several wineries along the way. We may stop in Penticton for a float trip down the Penticton Channel, as well. This evening we arrive in Kelowna, where we’ll stay for two nights. This is a bustling city with loads of activities and lots of night-life. Read more

Kelowna
DAY 5

Myra Canyon, Kettle Valley Railroad Trai

Most of us will want to hike or cycle the famous Myra Canyon, including sixteen old or restored trestles from the Kettle Valley Railroad. For the others, there are many options: rent a boat and spend the day on Okanagan Lake, home of the Ogopogo, Canada’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster. Go golfing, lie on the beach, check out a few more wineries or farm tours featuring orchards, honey or vegetables. If you’re a golfer, you won’t find many better courses than those of this region. Maybe you want to take a tour in an exotic car (think Lambo or McLaren) or a custom sidecar. You’ll have a tough time making your decision! Read more

Osoyoos
DAY 6

House boating

We travel up the north end of the Okanagan Valley, passing the emerald waters of Kalamalka Lake (a certain photo stop), then cross into the Shuswap drainage basin. We may stop for a tour of the Armstrong cheese factory and, on arrival at the Shuswap about noon, perhaps check out a farm tour and ice cream outlet for lunch. Then we’ll head down to the marina and board the Remote Escape for an afternoon and overnight houseboat experience on the waters of Shuswap and Mara Lakes. We’ll enjoy several stops in this special place. Activities include swimming, sun-tanning, riding a dinghy, simply relaxing on board, or sitting in the on-board hot-tub. Shared cooking responsibilities for dinner. Read more

Shuswap Lake
DAY 7

Guest Ranch

After making our way back to the marina, we re-board our minibus for a trip through picturesque Shuswap country and into the Thompson region. After Kamloops we ascend to the high country and eventually into the back-country where we’ll end up at an artistically and hand-built guest ranch for this, our final night. At the ranch, we get an included horseback trail ride before our final dinner together. Spend the evening in the attached lounge; kick up your heels and enjoy the last night of this tour. Read more

Merritt
DAY 8

Farewell Day

After a hearty breakfast at the ranch, we return to the main freeway and travel the scenic Coquihalla Highway back to the Fraser Valley and on to Vancouver. If you are flying out today, please don’t book flights leaving before 4 pm, to give you adequate time to get to the airport.

Merritt to Vancouver

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Vancouver
Day 2
Location Osoyoos
Day 4
Location Kelowna
Day 6
Location Shuswap Lake
Hotel House Boat
Day 7
Location Merritt

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Leader Throughout
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Included meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Included activities: wine tours, house-boating, trail ride

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Although we make every effort to provide the listed hotels, they may vary according to availability and our discretion.
  • If you are interested in a private tour on any of our listed dates or alternate dates, please contact us with your date and how many people in the group and we will provide a customized quote for you.

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Andrea, Canada

We saw so much wildlife, & the fact that local guides were at no extra cost made a big difference to the things we saw. Other people without local guides walk right past things that our guides showed us, also very helpful getting great photos. Our tour guide was fabulous. Accommodations were great!

Kelly Brewer, Australia

I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica and am beyond satisfied with the service provided. Everything was super straightforward and we were well looked after from the second we booked our trip. We had really lovely accommodation, reliable transport that ran on time and some delicious meals...

Shendra B, Canada

The West Adventures trip to Costa Rica was better than expected. Beautiful country, excellent guides. Excellent, experienced host guide, Becky. We saw almost all the animals. had wonderful adventures, zipline, exciting river cruise through Tortuguero National Park, a day at the hotsprings.

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