Free Spirited Adventures

You like the best of the best (at least the best of what you can afford) when you travel. For the Free Spirit, going on vacation is all about sampling everything a destination has to offer. This is why you hours planning your trip. You don’t want to miss a thing! You’re naturally drawn to exotic and exciting adventures and like to surround yourself with others who feel the same way. Whether you’re young, or young at heart, you travel for the thrill of it and you can’t wait to share the tales of your adventures with everyone you meet.

Free Spirit, Similkameen Valley
The Similkameen – Free Spirit Style

Uncover a secret corner of British Columbia where rugged wilderness adventures abound. It’s all here, a mere three-hour drive from the urban amenities of Vancouver or Kelowna.

Shaking things up is completely your style. So start in the Similkameen and climb to the highest elevation hiking lodge in Canada. Since you’re there, don’t forget to snap a photo of yourself at the summit and share it with the world. In the valley, drop a raft in the river and float all the way from Bromley Rock to the Big Red Bridge. Your toes may wrinkle, but spending an entire afternoon floating the river is worth it.

Put on your cowboy hat and head to a dude ranch. It’s time to see what home on the range is all about. Then spoil yourself with an evening of indulgence. Join local winemakers and their chef friends for an intimate evening in the vineyard. It’s a night of fun, sampling the latest releases and sharing good times.

You could do it all in one vacation, but we recommend splitting it up over several visits. After all, the best things in life are meant to be savoured!

Free Spirit, Similkameen Valley

For the Free Spirit We Suggest…

A Peak Experience

Take a ride in a Unimog, 2073 m (6800 ft) up to the core of Cathedral Provincial Park. There you’ll find the highest-elevation hiking lodge in all of Canada. It’s an alpine Shangri-La waiting for your hiking boots! Check peak after peak off of your list roaming 100 km (62 mi) of high alpine trails one at a time. You could spend the night camping under the stars by the shores of glacier fed lakes, but even the most free spirited traveller needs a little indulgence sometime. For you, there’s the comfort of Cathedral Lakes lodge. Get a cozy night’s sleep in one of their private cabins.

Float the day away

It’s a summer tradition here in the Valley to drop your raft into the Similkameen River and float your cares away. Most folks just hang out at Bromley Rock. The more adventurous types like to put on their sunscreen and drift all the way down to the Keremeos Red Bridge. Make sure you have someone at the other end to pick you up! Some sections of the river run faster than others, making it just that much more thrilling than your average river float.

Unusual Accommodations

When was the last time you saddled up on your vacation? Vermillion Lodge in Tulameen is a completely outfitted log home and suite on Otter Lake. It’s a recreational paradise! Come and ride horses, canoe, golf, water ski, swim, golf, hike, fish, and pan for gold. Avid sportspersons and those who love quiet solitude will enjoy their time exploring the scenic Trans Canada Trail.

Taste the latest releases

Take a day or two and explore the Similkameen’s wine route one winery at a time. To really get a feel for what our wines (and winemakers) are all about, sit down at a table and break bread together. Indulge in an exclusive evening of wining and dining right in the vineyard. Select wineries host special occasions and welcome visitors to join them between the vines for an evening of dining and imbibing their latest releases.