Thompson Okanagan BC - 5th Edition
Covering the heart of BC’s interior, including the cities of Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt and Penticton, this Mapbook is your ultimate guide to camping, hiking, fishing, ATVing, snowmobiling, hunting, cross-country skiing, paddling and more in this incredible region. From the lush forests of Manning Provincial Park to the sparkling waters of Okanagan Lake, the arid desert landscape around Osoyoos, the pristine beaches of the Shuswap and the vast wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park, the Thompson Okanagan is an outdoor explorer’s paradise. To help you make the most of your time in this incredible area, the Backroad Mapbooks team has created the most comprehensive, detailed and easy-to-use Mapbook available for the region, so you can embark on the outdoor adventure of your choice with confidence.
We have spent countless hours updating our maps and expanding our written content to allow you to navigate this magical part of BC as smoothly as possible. Our maps now feature private and leased land, labelled sportfish species for lakes and rivers, updated fish stocking and hiking trail charts, an updated and expanded Community Profiles section plus countless new roads, trails and paddling routes. Of course, this Mapbook includes all the classic features you have come to expect from our products including industry-leading topographic relief and shading, thousands of adventure Points of Interest, written Adventure descriptions and much more. No other navigational tool provides you with as much recreation information for the Thompson Okanagan as this one.
The latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook contains 52 maps at 1:200,000 scale. Our industry-leading road coverage shows you all the highways, rural roads, forest service roads and resource roads, plus multi-use trails for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. We also show you private and leased land, First Nations reserves, provincial and national parks, paddling routes and portages, ecological reserves, glaciers, wetlands and thousands of adventure 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. You won’t find a longer-lasting, easier-to-use or more detailed collection of maps for the Thompson Okanagan anywhere.
Our handy index is divided into Map and Adventure sections to make it as easy to use as possible. Here you will find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, community information boxes with elevation and population, activity chart information boxes for trails and fish stocking, plus important numbers and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
Our convenient service directory lists the best places to find accommodations, supplies and tours and guides in the Thompson Okanagan, including hunting and fishing equipment in Merritt, Little Fort, Kelowna, Clearwater, Princeton and more.
Included in this Mapbook are Community Profiles for the region’s major centres, including Armstrong, Vernon, Sicamous, Barriere, Ashcroft and more. These profiles fill you in on the best things to see and do in the outdoors around these communities, plus offer insight into local history, culture and where to find services and accommodations.
With over 128,000 km of roads shown on our maps, from highways to logging and resource roads, there is no shortage of backcountry to explore in the Thompson Okanagan. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find over 65 listings for the best places to stop while exploring the region, including hot springs, old mines, museums, waterfalls and more, including the world-famous wineries of the Okanagan Valley and natural attractions like Spotted Lake and the Savona Caves.
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. The 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook describes over 400 fishing lakes and close to 80 rivers, showing you the best places to catch rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee and more. Fish species are clearly labelled on the maps and you will find detailed written descriptions complete with information on stocking, regulations, access, techniques and more, and we include easy-to-read stocking charts for over 180 of the region’s water bodies.
A mild climate and a wide range of terrain make the Thompson Okanagan a very productive hunting area. From big game hunting for black bear, moose and deer to wild turkey and grouse, an excellent hunting opportunity is always just around the corner. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Mapbook you will find detailed descriptions on the region’s main game species, tips on how to find them plus write-ups for 46 of the area’s Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), from McBride all the way to Rock Creek.
From canoeing on a secluded mountain lake to charging down a rushing whitewater river, the Thompson Okanagan offers a little bit of everything for paddlers. In the 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed listings for over 55 of the region’s best paddling destinations complete with information on put-ins/take-outs, distance, difficulty, highlights and more, from the meandering Similkameen River to the big waters of Mabel Lake and beyond.
No matter which type of outdoor adventure you prefer, from hiking to camping to wildlife viewing, the Thompson Okanagan’s provincial and regional parks offer some of the best areas to do it in. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 130 listings for the region’s parks complete with information on access, amenities, activities and more, from the stunning old growth forest of Granby Provincial Park to the windswept grasslands of Lac du Bois Provincial Park and beyond.
Rec Site Adventures
Offering a more rustic and secluded experience than most provincial parks, the many recreation sites maintained by Recreation Sites and Trails BC throughout the Thompson Okanagan allow you to have an authentic experience with nature in some of the province’s most beautiful natural settings. In the 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed listings for over 300 of the region’s recreation sites complete with information on camping space, amenities, activities and more, from Abbot Lake to Zum Peak.
From the world-famous Kettle Valley Railway to the dramatic peaks of Cathedral Provincial Park and the community-built mountain bike trails of the Okanagan Valley, there is a huge variety of multi-use trails to explore in the region. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed listings for over 330 trails for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing complete with information on distance, elevation gain, access to the trailhead, highlights along the trail and much more. We also include easy-to-read trail charts for over 120 trails in the region’s main hiking areas.
Mild weather, a relatively sparse population and an expansive network of logging and resource roads and trails make the Thompson Okanagan an incredible destination for ATVers. In the 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 90 detailed listings for the best places to ride in the region complete with information on staging areas, trail distance, elevation gain, difficulty and more, from the mountains around Valemount to the extensive trail system around Bear Creek.
Despite a mild climate in the lower elevations, the mountains of the Thompson Okanagan receive abundant snowfall and there is no shortage of world-class snowmobiling terrain, with wide-open bowls, cut blocks, tree riding, hill climbs and more. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find 60 listings for the best places to snowmobile in the area complete with information on staging areas, trail length, suggested routes, elevation gain, highlights and more, from the Coquihalla Summit to the Interlakes area and beyond.
With an incredibly diverse landscape that ranges from inland desert to large wetlands, secluded valleys, alpine mountain ranges, sweeping forests, grasslands and more, the amount and variety of wildlife you can see in the Thompson Okanagan is astounding. From big mammals like black bears and bighorn sheep to hundreds of bird species, reptiles and amphibians, wildlife viewers can have a real field day here. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed listings for over 70 of the region’s best wildlife viewing areas complete with information on access, species, best times of year or day to view them and more, from the abundant birding opportunities of the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area to the wilds of Mud Lake Delta Provincial Park.
Known for its abundance of fluffy snow in the higher elevation mountainous areas, the Thompson Okanagan offers a wealth of opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat biking, snowboarding, ice skating, tobogganing and much more. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find over 30 listings for the best places to get outdoors in the winter complete with information on access, hours, contact, amenities, trail length and much more, from the slopes of Sun Peaks to the China Ridge trail system near Princeton.
Backcountry Hut & Cabin Adventures
Brand new to this edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook is a Backcountry Hut & Cabin Adventure section, providing you with over 30 detailed listings of the best places to find shelter while hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing or fishing. These listings fill you in on cabin size, amenities, access, contact information, applicable fees and much more, from the Allan Creek Cabin to the Westridge Hut.