When you think Columbia Cascades, it’s hard not to think of great outdoor adventure. Activities range from laid back to downright challenging with plenty in between. Zipline over valleys filled with wildflowers or climb to the highest peaks. Float on our rivers or ride the white water. Treasure of all kinds is yours to discover in the Columbia Cascades of Route 97.
Water activities are a natural part of the warmer months here. Fish, kayak, canoe, SUP, boat, ski, or just relax by one of the hundreds of lakes and rivers. Explore the lakes of the Shuswap by houseboat or drift along the Thompson, Enderby or Similkameen Rivers during the slower moving times of summer. Tighten up your lifejacket and tackle some white water rapids on the Methow and Wenatchee Rivers in WA, and the Thompson, Fraser and Clearwater Rivers in the Thompson region of BC.
Winter of Adventure
Once the snow flies, the Columbia Cascades are transformed into a playground for winter enthusiasts. Heli and downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and places for snowmobiling and snowshoeing abound. Climb and ice wall, or taste some ice wine. Trek through the woods by dog sled, snowshoe or sleigh and settle down to a gourmet meal at the end of your journey. Grab the kids and head to a tube park or a toboggan run. Strap on some skates and find the closest frozen pond, lake and rinks. Winter throughout Route 97 is a whole new adventure.
For a different type of outdoor adventure, come and search for treasure in the largest geocache area in Gold Country, BC. Geocaching is a fun way to explore the region’s rich history. Use GPS points or treasure hunt clues (letterboxing) to find 144 sites throughout the Gold Country Region. It’s free and fun for every level of geocacher from novice to expert.
There’s still gold in them thar hills! Or at least it’s coming down from the hills in the water. Recreational miners armed with pans, sluice boxes, and suction dredges can be found all along the Columbia River. Okanogan and Chelan Counties are great spots to search for this fine gold.
Climbing and Caving
With all the mountains and cliffs in the area, rock climbing and caving are a natural fit with the Skaha Bluffs near Penticton BC offering up a series of more than 650 routes with cliffs from up 80 m (250 ft) in height.
Take a side trip towards Quincy and the Grand Coulee Dam and you’ll find Lenore Lake Caves. These shallow caves were created during the Great Missoula flood. Early native people used these areas as shelters. The area is still used by Native Americans as a sacred area and a gathering ground.
Fast and High Outdoor Fun
Other outdoor activities include whipping though the trees on a zipline, strapping on a rocket pack and soaring above the lake, wake and surf boarding, paragliding, parasailing, skydiving, mountain biking, fat biking, heli-hiking more! There are hundreds of ways to explore the great outdoors in all seasons.
Central Okanagan Region
North Okanagan / Shuswap Region
South Okanagan Region