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Day Trips

amazing things to see & do in local places around Sunshine Valley 

Highway 1

A photographer’s paradise with views of the mighty Fraser River, historic bridges, cloud shrouded mountains, narrow rock gorges and shimmering lakes. Highway 1 is also the road less travelled, with less traffic and lower elevation than other routes.

Yale Historic Site

Step onto the grounds of the Yale Historic Site, and step back in time! With its spectacular backdrop of soaring Cascade Mountains, Yale Historic Site’s pristine and peaceful surroundings stand in direct contrast to its wild-west, gold-rush past. Take a tour with a friendly costumed guide, teach the kids the excitement of Gold Panning and enjoy the treats of the cozy Tea House. 

Old Alexandra Bridge 

Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a small park centred around the site of the original Cariboo Wagon Road bridge over the Fraser River. The old Alexandra Bridge provides a place for visitors to the area to stop and see an important piece of history in the area while also enjoying the incredible views of the Fraser Canyon.

Hell's Gate Airtram

Awe inspiring views of Hell's Gate gorge and the mighty Fraser River, an experience the whole family will enjoy. Hell’s Gate Airtram is one of the steepest fully suspended trams in North America. When you aboard the tram you are leaving the Cascade Mountain range and docking at the foot of the Coast Pacific Mountain Range. And if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground you can watch from the observation decks & walk along the bridge. Visit Hell's Gate for more details www.hellsgateairtram.com

Fraser River Raft Expeditions

River Rafting can be for everyone, of all ages. Float trips are suitable from age 2 to 90, as it has no whitewater. Power Rafting is controlled by the guide who steers with an outboard motor at the rear of the raft. The minimum age is 8 years and accompanied by an adult. Paddle Rafts require all people to participate in the paddling and is a workout! The minimum age is 12 years old. Full 1 day & multi day expeditions are available. Visit fraserraft.com

Rafting, Glamping & Yoga Resort

REO Rafting Resort was awarded Trip Advisor's 2020 Best of the Best. REO Resort has so much to offer, it's truly a place to seek adventure & relaxation all rolled into one.

Head there for your next Retreat, Girls weekend, Family vacation or romantic getaway. Combine your stay with resort & spa facilities like Yoga & massage with Hiking & rafting. The dining is all inclusive, hearty & healthy.

Yellowhead Hwy/BC-5

It’s road trip time! The Yellowhead connects Vancouver, BC to the Canadian Rockies. It’s a corridor for accessing grand adventure. Hwy 5 is your gateway to amazing recreational highlights. Hike, raft, ski or just relax and watch for wildlife. No matter which exit you take, an adventure is waiting just off the blacktop.

Coquihalla Recreation Area

There are 16 great hiking trails in Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area ranging from 6 to 20 km and from 1,160 to 2,095 meters above sea level. Start checking them out on AllTrails and you'll be out on the trail in no time! 

Coldwater River Provincial Park

Coldwater River Provincial Park, south of Merritt and just north of the summit on the Coquihalla Highway, provides opportunities for steelhead fishing and outdoor adventure. The route along the highway is particularly scenic in the early fall, when rolling fields and forest foliage take on a golden glow.

Merritt

Merritt is a growing city, rich in history, and recreational activities. While continuing to nurture its rich historical roots, Merritt has become a world renowned location to experience western music, art, culture, and entertainment. Experience all there is to offer in and around the biggest little city in Gold Country. Explore Merritt

Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3

The Crowsnest Highway is a route that's as essential as it is beautiful. It's a main route between Alberta and British Columbia, right through the southern portion of Canadian Rockies. Starting from Hope, BC you can reach Wine Country within 3 hours.

E.C. Manning Park

Start your trip along the Crowsnest Hwy by making a stop at one of the most beautiful provincial parks. Go to our Manning Park page for more info.

Princeton ATV Tours

Take a scenic guided ATV tour through the beautiful Similkameen Valley. They offer 2.5 hour tour for $179 & weekend camping is also available. Visit princetonatvtours.com to book your next trip

Hedley

A quaint village that's like going back in time to the Old West. Hedley was a gold mining town from 1850 to the 1960s and even today, there are still gold claims along the creek and the Similkameen River. Explore the Hedley Museum & The Snaza’ist Discovery Centre to take a step back into the prospecting and First Nations History. 

Keremeos

Keremeos is an agricultural community framed by the Similkameen River, mountains, endless orchards, vineyards and farms. It’s known far and wide as the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada. Keremeos is also the gateway to the Ashnola recreation area and Cathedral Provincial Park. It’s here you’ll find mountain vistas that will take your breath away. Ragged peaks of the North Cascades and Okanagan Mountain Ranges, indigo coloured lakes, and alpine meadows are your reward for a climb well done.

Cawston

There are several great wineries in Cawston (Seven Stone Winery even has a cave!) and a cidery. They create award winning beverages that will have you wondering why didn’t discover them sooner.

For more information on Day Trips & things to do along the Crowsnest Hwy, visit similkameenvalley.com

Lougheed Highway/Hwy 7

The Scenic 7 provides a link between Vancouver and Hope that is off the beaten path. From extreme adventures to simple, warm hospitality, there is something for everyone in Mighty Fraser Country. For updates on events, visit: www.scenic7bc.com

Harrison Hot Springs

The perfect base for exploring along the Scenic 7, Harrison Hot Springs is known for its leisurely days and friendly ways. Boat, fish, golf, hike, swim, cycle, or just relax on the beach. 

Agassiz-Kent

Agassiz-Kent is the Fraser Valley’s best kept secret. A natural playground awaits where you can swim, golf, bike, hang-glide and ski all on the same day.

Refresh, relax and immerse yourself in the area’s history and culture at two carefully preserved museums: Kilby Historic Site and Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Visitor Information Centre.

Don’t miss the annual Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival held every September. Travel the original Circle Farm Tour to savour fresh wholesome farm foods, connect with local farmers, and experience the countryside.

Mission

Rising up from the Fraser River and into the foothills of the Coast Mountain Range, Mission offers an awe-inspiring vantage point of the Fraser Valley. The abundance of rivers, lakes and lands serve as a constant reminder of the deep-rooted history.

Thriving outdoors rain or shine, fishing the great white sturgeon, mountain bike trailblazing, hiking to the soundtrack of a rumbling waterfall and the call of the raven; we continue to learn from the Stó:lō peoples and Indigenous communities on the connection and significance of this land and how it has shaped important cultures and traditions.