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GLACIERS, ICEFIELDS AND WINE COUNTRY TOUR; Kamloops, Shuswap, BC Rockies, High Country, Thompson
6 to 8 days

Your tour begins in Kamloops, at the intersection of Highways 1 and 5. Picking up Highway 5 north, you will head to Clearwater (123 km/77 miles), the gateway to Wells Gray Park. One of the largest parks in the region, it has 5 major lakes and 2 large river systems. It is also one of the region's more popular camping areas.

Continuing north, you will come to Valemount (192 km/120 miles), a popular heli vacation site. Common sights along the way are icefields including the massive Alberta Glacier. Mount Terry Fox Park (named after an historic BC athlete) is 16 km/10 miles north of Valemount. Experienced hikers will enjoy the rigorous 13 km/8 mile round trip hike through the park.

23 km north of Valemount is Highway 16 east. Here you come to the last provincial park before heading into Alberta. Mount Robson (48 km/29 miles from Valemount) is home to the Berg Glacier, one of the few "living" glaciers in the Canadian Rockies.

Mahood Lake in Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Jasper National Park borders the east side of Mount Robson Provincial Park, with the town of Jasper located 24 km/15 miles from the Alberta/BC border. Highway 93 south of Jasper takes you into the Icefields Parkway, over 200 km/125 miles of some of the most impressive scenery in Western Alberta.

Although the Icefields are open year round, be prepared for road closures in the winter. Also, summer travellers should take 4-season clothing with them and prepare for possible weather changes.

Lake Louise, located just south of the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 1 (your entrance back into BC) offers camping in the famous Banff National Forest.

Golden

Golden, BC is approximately 71 km/44 miles from the Alberta border, just on the other side of Kicking Horse Pass. Kicking Horse River offers rafting and camping nearby. Cross-country skiing is also popular in Golden.

Revelstoke (148 km/93 miles) is the place to go for heli-skiing and tours of the nearby icefields. It is also steeped in railway history and offers self-guided heritage tours.

Another 71 km/44 miles west takes you to Sicamous, the "Houseboat Capital" where you can rent a powerboat to spend the afternoon water-skiing.

Highway 1 leads you to Salmon Arm (31 km/19 miles) with its scenic waterfront and the largest freshwater pier in North America.

Okanagan Lake

Heading south on Highway 97b, you will come to Grindrod (14 km/9 miles), and the intersection of Highways 97a and 97b. Continue south as the road becomes Highway 97. It will take you through vineyard country, past the communities of Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Peachland and Summerland. Wineries are scattered throughout the Okanagan and offer excellent opportunities to sample some of the area's newest vintages (watch for advisory signs).

At Kaleden (13 km/8 miles from Penticton), take Highway 3a, as it leads you to Keremeos and Highway 3 west to Vancouver.

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