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Virtual Field Trip in the Thompson Okanagan

A Virtual Field Trip Through CanadaWe over at the Canadian Homeschool Blogging Team are so excited to introduce a virtual field trip across Canada and an AMAZING giveaway! This month one lucky winner will receive:

Want to go on a virtual field trip through BC with your kids? Come and explore beautiful British Columbia along with my family. We will take you on a virtual field trip through the Thompson/Okanagan region. If you are looking for more Canadian virtual tours, check out the posts from the Canadian Homeschooling Blogging Team.

Virtual Field Trip in the Thompson Okanagan

Virtual Field Trip through BC: Thompson-Okanagan MapThe Thompson Okanagan is a highly sought after region of BC. Sunny and warm, surrounded by lakes, rivers and streams. Kamloops is a city of about 99,000 people. The Thompson River runs through it along the trans Canada hwy on the way to Chase. In Chase it connects to the Little Shuswap Lake which then connects to Adam’s River and on to the Shuswap Lake. Shuswap Lake is quite large, it is shaped kind of like an H if you can see it on the map here. Driving along the Thompson River on the trans canada hwy is kind of like driving through Arizona, because of the layers from the River over time on the sandy hills.

Thompson River

Things to do in the Thompson Okanagan:

There are lots of great adventures in the Thompson Okanagan area. Here are just a few of them.

Kamloops Wildlife Park

Kamloops Wildlife Park is amazing! It has some great animals for a little zoo, it is relatively inexpensive, and has a ton of great programs and events. Other than the park, sandbox, petting zoo, and water park, we love the train rides and the yearly wildlights they put on every Christmas.

Shuswap Lake

Shuswap lake is one of the gems of the interior. It is much less busy than Okanagan lake (although still getting busier every year), it is clear and because it is so long there are lots of places to go from the little Copper Island near Blind Bay to Salmon Arm to Penticton. Houseboating is very popular on the lake as well and there are lots of great places to stop and go cliff jumping or hiking or even camping!

Adams River Salmon Run

Adams River is stunning, every fall they have their annual Salmon run (although every 4 years is the big one). This is fantastic, it is a beautiful trail with tons of overgrowth and places to stop and throw rocks in the water, and on a good year, the Salmon are astounding! Definitely worth the trip in October if you are ever going through!

Pete Murray’s Corn Farm

Pete Murray’s Corn Farm is a little farm in Chase, BC. Every October they take you on a hay ride to go feed the sheep some corn and go pick a pumpkin. This is so much fun and we go every year! One of our favorite fall activities!

Blackwell Dairy Farm

Blackwell dairy farm is a wonderful place for a field trip! They take you on tours through the farm, on a wagon ride to see the cattle, we got to see the calves, feed them and pet them and see how modern day milking is done! We love that they are so humane… Blackwell allows their cows total freedom. They choose when to go into the milking themselves and just walk in for a robotic milk and back to their sanctuary. There is even a backscratcher they can access whenever they want!

Davison Orchards

Davison is one of the gems of the Okanagan. We go there every year for our tour/field trip and to stock up on yummy apples. I always come back motivated to bake some pie and make some applesauce and it is really a wonderful family trip. There is tons to do from the apple cart wagon ride to the tour to the play area… the kids get so excited to go back year after year.

If you live in the area and are looking for some things to do, all of these make great field trips! If you live far far away, take a look at the pictures with your kids and use it as a springboard for discussion and further research.

And be sure to check out the other virtual field trips over at the Canadian Homeschoolers Blog!

Enter the Giveaway!

Comments

  1. If we could go anywhere in Canada, I’d choose to spend a couple weeks exploring the East Coast. Walking the rocks at Peggy’s cove, hanging out on the beach at Shediac, driving over Confederation Bridge and checking out the red sand on PEI. 🙂

    • I would LOVE to go check out the east coast. Maybe one day we’ll be able to do a giant field trip across Canada, I think when the kids are a bit older they’d get the most out of it, a 6 month sabattical 😉

  2. If we could visit anywhere in Canada I think we would like to visit Toronto – my husband is a hockey fanatic and it would be a dream for him to be able to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame there!

  3. We’ve driven through this area lots in our trips between the coast and Alberta, but haven’t really stopped much. My aunt has a condo in Vernon so we toured a few orchards with her once. It’s definitely a lovely area! Every time we drive through I see places I’d like to stop and visit longer. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Maybe someday we’ll be able to make a few stops on our drive past.

  4. We head to BC every year in the summertime camping. Our favorite place is Shuswap Provincial Park. We’ve travelled through the Okanagan and area as well. We usually head more south though towards Summerland and Osoyoos. Your area is beautiful! I know I always recommend it for people looking for a place to camp.

  5. I would definitely go to the maritimes, and a multi month cross country family trip would definitely be on a wishlist of mine.

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