Hiking in the South Okanagan

It’s true. There is a place where you can walk through seven distinct ecosystems and along hundreds of sanctioned, isolated trails. 

It’s called the South Thompson Shuswap and it needs to be your next hiking trip. The trails of Shuswap, Sun Peaks and Kamloops in Western Canada have it all. Lush, mossy, pristine forests with rushing waterfalls? Check. Soaring mountain ridges lined with alpine flowers? Check. Barren, rocky desert? Check. Breezy, summery grasslands? Check. We could go all day, but it would be better to just show you.

If you have to see it to believe it, just have a look at these spectacular 20 Instagram photos from the South Thompson Shuswap taken by residents and visitors.

Sun Peaks Resort Photo by @sunpeaksresort
Bastion Mountain, Salmon Arm/Shuswap Photo by @sarahlindsayphotography
Sicamous, Shuswap Photo by @viktoriahaack
Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area, Kamloops Photo by @maryputnam66
Blind Bay, Shuswap Photo by @stevengienphotography
Salmon Arm Photo by @driven_dreamer


Hoodoos, Kamloops Photo by @mntchica
Scenic Trail Lookout, Kamloops Photo by @putsky88
Sun Peaks Photo by @trevorlott12
Albas Provincial Park, Shuswap Photo by @hikingtheokanagan
Battle Bluff, Kamloops Photo by @jj8rock
Embleton Mountain, Sun Peaks Photo by @mikey_coulter
Kamloops Photo by @mikey_coulter
Sun Peaks Resort Photo by @amy_putnam
Shuswap Lake Photo by @trinkertoes
Margaret Falls Photo by @vixen_pugh
Cinnamon Ridge, Kamloops Photo by @kelconimi
Sun Peaks Resort Photo by @back.in.82
Sun Peaks Photo by @vandaffodil

Want to visit in the fall or winter? Of course, hiking is a year round experience in the South Thompson Shuswap.

Sun Peaks in Winter Photo by @jennarochellee
Autumn Photo by @stevengienphotography
Early Winter Photo by @janden4

Ready to start exploring? You can head to the South Thompson Shuswap and traverse any of the hundreds of trails on your own.

If you'd rather have a guide to navigate, any of these three businesses would be happy to show you the best and most beautiful spots.

Sun Peaks Resort   Tailgate Tours   Noble Adventures