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The Interior Plateau


To stay high and dry, linger awhile and explore the back roads of British Columbia's Interior Plateau, or Thompson Okanagan country, as this flat to rolling upland between the coastal and interior mountains is commonly called. Ride a horse, fish for trout, hike or ski a mountain trail, or rent a houseboat. Slicing through this interior plateau is the province-long Thompson River valley, clad in bunchgrass, sagebrush, larch and fir, and dressed in strings of lakes, countless streams, and water holes. The area lives up to the slogan "a lake a day as long as you stay."


Ashcroft [B2] In 1862, ranchers Clement and Henry Cornwall built a stopping place on the Cariboo Wagon Road, and called it Ashcroft Manor after their ancestral home in England. The Cornwalls sold provisions to miners and freight wagons bound for Barkerville and other goldfields, and offered food and accommodations. Ashcroft Manor also served as the area's first courthouse. Much of the complex burned down in 1943 but the manor, blacksmith and buggy shop, church, and a barn remain. From April to November, you can stay in a cabin, sip tea in the Teahouse, and browse through the gallery, and arts and crafts store. The town has earned the nickname of "Copper Capital of Canada," owing to the area's massive copper deposits. The Ashcroft Museum displays artifacts and photographs of the town's heyday.


Kamloops [B5]

Straddling the North and South Thompson rivers, Kamloops began as a fur-trading post in 1812. In 1858, its strategic location made it a popular depot for the gold prospectors, and a boomtown in the 1880s when the CPR arrived. Today the town depends on forestry, ranching, and sports fishing. At Secwepemc Museum and Native Heritage Park on the South Thompson River you can walk a 1 km trail through a 2,000-year-old village site, experience the history and culture of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people through native songs, dance, and theater presentations.


Salmon Arm [B8]

Cradled by rolling hills and situated where the Salmon River meets one of Shuswap Lake's four long arms, Salmon Arm is a popular vacation spot. Shuswap Lake alone has more than 1,000 km of shoreline with enough bays and sandy beaches to entice boaters of all types. In spring, to the delight of bird watchers, rare western grebes nest around the lake, as well as some 200 other bird species in the area.

 Nearby Mount Ida is a haven for rock hounds, where, with enough luck and patience, you'll find beautiful amethyst and banded agates.


Vernon [D8] Situated at the north end of the Okanagan Valley and surrounded by three lakes, Vernon is a major shipping and trading depot for the region. In the 1860s, Cornelius O'Keefe, bent on supplying meat for miners on the Cariboo goldfields, transformed the grasslands of the north Okanagan into cattle country. The 1867 O'Keefe Historic Ranch is one of the first cattle empires in the area. Original buildings include a mansion, church, and general store furnished in the decor of the day. Silver Star Mountain Resort offers skiing and snow-boarding in winter, hiking and biking in summer. Poison Park has Japanese gardens and teahouse and a 9 m floral clock, the only one of its kind in Western Canada.





Ashcroft Museum Ashcroft Manor



Kamloops Museum and Archives Secwepemc Heritage Park and Museum Kamloops Wildlife Park Kamloops Old Courthouse Hostel Adams River Tod Mountain Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area Tranquille Marsh



Rotary Peace Park and Public Wharf R.J. Haney Heritage House and Park Mount Ida



Historic O'Keefe Ranch Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Poison Park Atlantis Waterslides Interior Space and Science Centre Predator Ridge Golf Resort Silver Star Mountain Resort

Silver Star Provincial Park

Road map of Kamloops & Interior Plateau. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Kamloops & Interior Plateau (British Columbia)

Road map of Kamloops & Interior Plateau. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Kamloops & Interior Plateau (British Columbia)