Welcome to the 4th edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook!
Covering the heart of BC’s interior, from the thickly forested mountains of Manning Provincial Park to the unique microclimates of Boundary Country, this book presents limitless adventure opportunities for hikers, bikers, anglers, hunters, ATVers, snowmobilers and many others. With hot summers, snowy winters and a huge variance of terrain, from inland desert to icy alpine peaks, the Thompson Okanagan is a diverse region with something to offer every type of outdoor recreationist. Some of the cleanest and warmest lakes and rivers in Canada make this a truly special place to visit in the summer, while numerous mountain resorts and backcountry areas make this one of the best places in the country to ski, snowboard and snowmobile, as well. With such a diverse landscape and an equally diverse selection of recreation opportunities, planning your Thompson Okanagan adventure can be a challenge. The newest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook is the perfect tool to get you outdoors with confidence in this spectacular part of Canada. With many updates and improvements, including extensive updates to roads, trails, paddling routes, motorized riding areas and more, this is the most comprehensive guide to outdoor adventure in the Thompson Okanagan you will find anywhere. With industry leading topographic maps, detailed trip planning resources and meticulously researched adventure listings, there is no better publication available for exploring the Thompson Okanagan.
The latest edition of out Thompson Okanagan Mapbook features 51 updated maps at 1:200,000 scale, complete with labeled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest. These 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") maps are printed on thick, durable paper protected by a heavy-duty spiral-bound cover. Our maps represent the leading industry standard for cartographic sophistication – you won’t find an easier-to-use or more detailed collection of maps for the Thompson Okanagan anywhere. Our maps are even the top choice for Search and Rescue teams!
New to this edition, we have divided the index into Map and Adventure sections to make it even easier to use. You will find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
In this edition you will find a brand-new section of Community Profiles where we list the best things to see and do around the Thompson Okanagan’s main communities. We cover Ashcroft, Chase, Enderby, Greenwood, Kamloops, Merritt, Princeton, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Oliver, Osoyoos, Vernon, Kelowna and many others.
With over 133,000 kilometres of roads featured on our maps, including highways, city roads and logging and industry backroads, as well as dozens of detailed Backroad Adventure listings, no other publication will get you to that special roadside attraction like this one. We let you in on the best roads to travel and the best places to stop along them, from the Kettle Valley to the Shuswap and everywhere in between.
The abundance of nutrient-rich alkali lakes in this region, along with thousands of kilometers of freshwater streams and rivers, make the Thompson Okanagan one of the best areas for trout fishing in the province. Our Thompson Okanagan Mapbook describes over 500 lakes in the region and more than 50 rivers, letting you in on the best fishing hotspots in the area. From the many lakes around Merritt to the secluded rivers and streams of the Granby and Christian Valleys, we have you covered for lake fishing and river fishing in the southern interior of BC.
A mild climate and diverse topography make the Thompson Okanagan a very productive hunting area. From big game hunting for black bears, deer and moose, to turkey hunting or small game hunting for rabbits and pheasants, an excellent hunting spot is never too far away in the Thompson Okanagan. With detailed descriptions of the main species and WMUs (Wildlife Management Units) in the area, the newest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Mapbook has you covered for hunting in the Okanagan, Thompson, Shuswap and everywhere else in the southern interior.
From lake canoeing to white water kayaking, paddlers can find a little bit of everything in the Thompson Okanagan. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Mapbook you will find detailed listings for 60 paddling routes in the area, complete with put-in and take-out locations, highlights and grade of difficulty. Whether you are looking to get technical on the Clearwater River or enjoy a calm lake kayak on Christina Lake, this is your best guide to paddling the Thompson Okanagan.
From hiking, camping and paddling to just soaking in the beauty of nature, the Thompson Okanagan’s provincial and regional parks offer unparalleled access to some of the most pristine backcountry in Canada. From paddling in Arrow Lakes Provincial Park to hiking the remote peaks of Cathedral Provincial Park, there is no shortage of jaw-dropping terrain to explore here. In the newest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Mapbook you will find close to 150 detailed descriptions of the area’s parks, complete with access, highlights, size and other useful information.
Rec Site Adventures
While provincial parks are usually the most popular places to camp, there are a huge number of camping and day use sites maintained by Recreation Sites and Trails BC found all around the Thompson Okanagan area that often offer a more rustic camping experience. These are great sites to use not only for camping, but for accessing hiking, hunting, fishing and paddling terrain around Cache Creek, Grand Forks, McBride, Princeton, Savona and many other locations. In the newest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Mapbook you will find 300 detailed listings for Rec Sites in the area, complete with access, available facilities and activities and more.
From the world famous Kettle Valley Railway to the dramatic peaks of Cathedral Provincial Park and the untamed wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park, the Thompson Okanagan is blessed with an expansive trail system that takes hikers, bikers, horseback riders and others into some of the most naturally stunning areas you can find anywhere. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroads Mapbook you will find 350 multi-use trail listings complete with distance, difficulty, access and highlights.
Warm weather and a relatively sparse population make the Thompson Okanagan one of the best off-road riding areas in the country. From ATVing along the many dirt and gravel roads to playing in one of the many designated ATV areas, there are plenty of options for ATVers in BC’s southern interior. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed listings for ATV trails and riding areas around the communities of Ashcroft, McBride, Summerland, Tulameen and more.
The southern interior of BC has some of the best snowmobile terrain in Canada with plenty of snow, large mountains and extensive networks of snowmobile trails and logging roads close to most communities. In our newest Thompson Okanagan Mapbook, you will find over 70 detailed descriptions of places to sled in the Southern Interior, including the areas around Allan Creek, Coquihalla Lakes, Logan Lake, Spa Hills and many more.
With a diverse climate that includes inland desert, large wetlands, arid valleys, alpine mountain ranges and more, wildlife viewers will find a huge selection of creatures to watch for in the Thompson Okanagan. Bears, deer, mountain goats and bighorn sheep can all be found here, and birders can view many species of resident and migrating birds. In the newest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 50 listings for wildlife viewing in the area, from Grand Forks to Summerland, Salmon Arm, Osoyoos and more.
Although the Thompson Okanagan Region has hot summers and many areas enjoy mild winters, the surrounding mountains offer guaranteed excitement in the winter with an abundant snowpack and some of the best skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing terrain you will find anywhere in BC or, for that matter, in Canada. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed winter rec listings spanning the Okanagan, Boundary Country, the Shuswap and more.
If I buy the print edition, can I get a copy of the PDF included? The print makes sense for planning while the PDF would be useful on the road.