10 Reasons Your Next Hike Needs To Be In The South Thompson Shuswap
If you’re looking for the most scenic, geographically diverse and under-explored hiking trails in Canada, look no further than The South Thompson Shuswap. With hundreds of sanctioned trails weaving through and around Shuswap, Sun Peaks and Kamloops, this region is one of North America’s hiking jewels. Planning your next hiking holiday? Let us tell you why it needs to be to the South Thompson Shuswap
Incredible Landscape Diversity
Nearly every biome in North America can be reached through a trail in the South Thompson Shuswap. Deserts, grasslands, forests, mountain and even waterfalls are accessible on foot.
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It’s not uncommon to take a six hour hike in the South Thompson Shuswap and never see anyone else. While this region is perfect for hiking, it remains relatively undiscovered. Take advantage!
Took a running hike up to this beautiful place this morning. Barely a cloud in the sky and I didn't see a single other person. #explorekamloops #getoutside #trailrunner #beautifulbc #adventurebc #outdoorlife #outdoorwomen #naturelover #mountains
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As Much Wildlife As A Zoo
Potential wildlife you could see on a hike in the South Thompson Shuswap: Salmon, bears, foxes, big horned sheep, deer, coyotes, eagles, hawks, owls, badgers, osprey, beavers, turtles and countless birds.
A herd of California Bighorn Sheep give the photographer a distrustful sideways glance, moments before jumping a large barbed wire fence near Kamloops, BC #kamloops #explorebc #explorekamloops #hellobc #tourismkamloops #bighornsheep #rural #hoodoos #country #sagebrush #oldwest #tourismbc #destinationbc #cinnamonridge #californiabighornsheep
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Getting to the top of hikes in the South Thompson Shuswap means remarkable views like this:
°Hidden hang glider take off with a view° Cierra enjoying the view of her new home for two months. We will definitely be coming back to this hidden gem, but next time with wine
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There’s a reason it’s called Sun Peak Resort. The sun just loves to shine on the South Thompson Shuswap. Coupled with moderate, consistent temperatures, the area’s weather is perfect for hiking, in any season.
My girls and I got out for a refreshing early season hike. The wild flowers aren't quite out fully but wow... what a beautiful place to hike, live, and call home. #myfamilyrocks #lovethisplace #sunpeaks360 #sunpeaksresort #alpine #loveit #lovethislife #love #passion #purpose #life #livefit #explorebc #hike #winning #getoutside #permissiontoplay @kylyeholly
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Chair Lifts To The Top
Sun Peaks Resort keeps its chair lifts open year round so you can hike to the bottom of the mountain and forget about having a hard climb back up!
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Challenging Trails For Those Who Love Them
With thousands of kilometres of hiking trails, it’s easy to find a hard hike in the area, especially through the South Thompson Shuswap mountains.
I stand at the McArthur heights lookout over Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake seeing one of my favorite spots to photograph at, Reedman Pointn I stand in amazement at the sheer size of the lake, i feel giant standing at the top whule feeling tiny in the worldm The hike is steep but the reeard is worth the effort
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Easy Trails Made For Beginners
Don’t be intimidated if you’re a beginning hiker. The South Thompson Shuswap is also known for its rolling hills and gentle trails. No matter what your fitness level is, you can find a trail in the region.
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Options All Year Round
The South Thompson Shuswap trails are composed of sand, dirt, pavement, grass, rock, granite rock face and… snow! During the winter, many trails remain open and available to those who remember to bring (or rent) snowshoes.
Sitting here getting excited for all new snowfalls being reported in BC this week. Can't wait to do a little of this very soon! (Throwback from last season) @hellobc @sunpeaksresort #explorebc #sunpeaks360 #explorecanada #snow #mountains #instamood #instagood #tbt #happy #ski #snowboarding #vsco #igers #iphonesia #iphoneonly
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The Perfect Post Hike Spots
Finishing an epic hike is a wonderful feeling. The communities of Kamloops, Shuswap and Sun Peaks all have energetic post-hike hangouts and events to recharge before your next journey.
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Convinced? Great! We’ll see you on the trails of the South Thompson Shuswap soon. To enhance your hiking experience, contact one of these wonderful outdoor partners!