1 . Predator Ridge

Vernon, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 542 - 3436

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There’s no doubt that you’ll succumb to the grip that Predator Ridge has on you when you see this majestic resort perched in the rolling hills of Okanagan Valley – British Columbia’s four-season playground. This preening beauty is known for its award-winning golf course – but there’s so much more!

We can’t deny it; your breath will indeed be taken away when you see the two-time winner of the BCPGA Facility of the Year – even if you aren’t a golfer! But the link-style bunkering and amazing 578-yard downhill par-five will surely tempt you, regardless of if you are a die-hard golfer or not. And it’s all framed beautifully by 1,200 acres of bubbling streams, wheatgrass meadows and pine-covered ridges. Not a putting pro but still want to enjoy the Okanagan Valley landscape? That’s what the beautifully-maintained hiking and walking trails are for! Painted turtles, owls and red-winged blackbirds will be your guide. If the wilderness looks better to you through the window of a climate-controlled room, then the onsite Aveda Concept Spa is your place to enjoy Predator Ridge. Its treatments like the Okanagan Fruit Facial let you experience the outdoors inside and leave you blissed to the bone.

Highlights

Predator Ridge’s luxurious suites and cottages make you feel more than comfy with down duvets, fireplaces and soaker tubs.

Getting there

Predator Ridge is approximately four hours from Vancouver and six hours from Calgary on Highway 97. Predator Ridge is 90 miles north of the United States border, and is easily accessible by air and by bus or car via Hwy. 1, 3 or 5.

2 . Delta Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 552 - 5516

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Delta Sun Peaks is at the peak of perfection when it comes to British Columbia skiing. Ranked Canada’s second best ski resort and third largest in the country, this European village-style resort climbs to new heights in Thompson Okanagan – and invites you to as well!

With 360-degree views from this ski-in, ski-out resort, the sky is literally the limit. Or is it? Hop the lift and head up Tod and Sundance Mountains or Mt. Morrisey and try out more than 3,650 skiable acres jam-packed with 121 runs. Now, about that airtime – if the massive black diamond terrain doesn’t pump enough adrenaline into your veins, then a death-defying heli skiing trip may just do the trick. And if that seems a little too frightening (it was for us!), Delta Sun Peaks Resort offers other exhilarating snow fun, like cross-country skiing and a chance to mush your own canine team while dog sledding. Regardless of your snowbound pursuits, you can rest assured that your ski-wielding feet will have a much-needed recovery in front of your room or suite’s warm fireplace, inside the soaking tub and under the soft and ample bedcovers. And the resort’s three whirlpools are oh-so soothing!

Highlights

Delta Sun Peaks Resort offers an 18-hole golf course designed by Graham Cooke that’s suited for golfers at every experience level.

Related Onsite Offerings

Outdoor pool, Health Club, Mantles Restaurant and Bar, mountain bike park and children’s programs.

Fun facts

Delta Sun Peaks Resort is pet-friendly!

3 . Talking Rock Resort and Quaaout Lodge

Chase, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 663 - 4303

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“Waytk,” or welcome to Talking Rock Resort and Quaaout Lodge. To hear words like “Waytk” spoken in the language of the Little Shuswap Indian Band here is not uncommon. Also not uncommon is to feel a deep connection with nature – something that the First Nations people know a thing or two about.

Experience Thompson Okanagan in a way that you most likely have not (at least we haven’t) at this 66-room resort resting on the edge of Little Shuswap Lake. Culturally rich and mysteriously intriguing, Talking Rock blends age-old Native traditions with classic hotel-style amenities and activities, like golf and gourmet dining. It’s a true twist on the timeless lake vacation. Take for instance the Talking Rock Golf Course. Intertwined with the various holes are fascinating elements of Native art and traditions. Sure there’s all the standards – pool and whirlpool, fully-equipped gym and 2,400 ft. of beach. But where else can you immerse yourself in genuine Native history and culture through exploring teepees and kekulis (underground houses) and relaxing in a traditional sweat lodge? And the Native dishes at the onsite Jack Sam’s Restaurant are must-eats – especially the venison, cedar board salmon steak and buffalo ragout.

Highlights

Talking Rock Golf Course opened in August of 2007 and is situated in a mature sandy forest with a breathtaking 18th hole along Little Shuswap Lake.

Related Onsite Offerings

Talking Rock Resort has a 16-acre driving range academy meant for golfers of all skills and abilities.

Getting there

Talking Rock Resort and Quaaout Lodge is located midway between Vancouver and Calgary, three minutes from the Trans Canada Highway. Turn south off Hwy. 1 at the Squilax Bridge (located 10 minutes east of Chase) and follow the signs to Talking Rock.

4 . Kelowna Resort

Kelowna, British Columbia

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Short vacations, long vacations, golf getaways, lakeside destinations – they’re all here at Kelowna Resort Accommodations! You don’t have to be rich to enjoy one of these premier Kelowna suites and condos; you just have to like living the good life at your own pace in Thompson Okanagan!

With four resorts to choose from – Sunset Waterfront Resort, Discovery Bay Resort, Pinnacle Golf Resort and Playa del Sol – there’s no way you won’t find what you are looking for on your Kelowna getaway. First-class and our first choice is the Sunset Waterfront Resort located on Lake Okanagan. You’ll want to move here permanently when you throw open the door to your tower condo-style unit and see the panoramic views of the city, lake and Discovery Bay. Discovery Bay Resort is also on the beach but unlike Sunset and its high rise, Miami Beach-style condos, this resort offers a more laidback feel with terracotta buildings that are shingled and adorned with turrets. The location of all of the resorts is truly the prime reason why you should vacation with Kelowna Resort Accommodations. Their locations midway through the vineyard-laden Okanagan Valley makes for a deliciously fruitful vacation!

Fun facts

Kelowna has become the main marketing and distribution center of the Okanagan Valley, with a flourishing tree fruit industry and a growing light industrial sector that competes on a world scale.

Highlights

The posh Playa del Sol is a premier development in the Lower Mission area of Kelowna.

Related Onsite Offerings

Start your stay with Kelowna Resort Accommodations with complimentary white and red Okanagan wine waiting for you upon arrival.

5 . The Cove Lakeside Resort

West Kelowna, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 762 - 2683

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You won’t get a better view of Okanagan Lake than the one from your room balcony at The Cove Lakeside Resort – and trust us, if the mysterious lake monster, Ogopogo, does exist, you’re likely to see it here!

Situated right on the water’s edge, this new Westbank resort isn’t just for those interested in seeing the Loch Ness Monster’s sister, but for everyone who appreciates true comfort in a beautiful lakeside setting. Don’t get us wrong; these suites are not quaint by any means. But the plush couches, understated décor in deep earth tones and full-size kitchen do give off homelike vibes. After you’ve sufficiently broken in your suite, head down to the welcoming lobby and out into the picture-perfect courtyard – complete with a big lakeside pool, whirlpool and even a waterslide! While you’d probably be set just staying on the grounds of The Cove and taking advantage of the super fun amenities, like the 16-person movie theater and the Bikram Hot Yoga classes, it wouldn’t be doing this amazing region justice to just stay in one place. The nearby Gellatly Nut Farm, featuring 100-year-old trees, warrants a visit for sure!

Fun facts

Okanagan Lake’s Ogopogo was first “seen” in 1872

Related Onsite Offerings

Spa at The Cove, tennis court, fire pits, teen activity center, putting green, fitness center and private beach.

Highlights

The onsite Bonfire Restaurant and Bar features flavors of B.C.'s desert region – Southwest and Mexico tastes blended with the best of West Coast ingredients.

6 . Lake Okanagan Resort

Kelowna, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 769 - 3511

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Experience both the water and the undulating Okanagan Valley at Lake Okanagan Resort. Unlike many of the nearby Kelowna hotels and condos that offer accommodations but nothing more, this Okanagan Lake destination takes its Napa of the North location to the next level.

No, Lake Okanagan Resort doesn’t plan your schedule for the day. But we hardly think that’s necessary considering it’s your vacation and you should be able to choose if you want to spend your morning in the cool blue lake waters bouncing from trampoline to trampoline in the floating waterpark or spinning your wheels over the single-track mountain bike paths meandering up and over the resort’s rolling terrain. And we know you wouldn’t want to miss the fascinating historical walk through 300 acres of mountainside parkland on an interpretive trail that includes the Northwest Trading Company Fur Brigade Trail. But that’s up to you! If you’re dying to get to downtown Kelowna and check out Prospera Place and all the other good-time attractions, you’re only 20 minutes away. But you’re going to want to hurry back because the trail horses at the onsite stables aren’t going to wait forever to go swimming in the lake with you!

Highlights

Okanagan Lake Resort’s Beyond Wrapture Day Spa is Moroccan-themed and offers heavenly treatments like the exclusive Beyond Bliss Aroma Wrap.

Related Onsite Offerings

Tennis courts, hiking/birding/biking trails, teen activities, watersports, on site dining and a full-service marina.

Getting there

From the Kelowna Airport, go west on Hwy. 97 and north on Westside Road where you will see Lake Okanagan Resort.

7 . Borgata Lodge Hotel

Kelowna, British Columbia

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Golfers will get googly-eyed when they see Borgata Lodge Hotel on the famous Quail Golf Course. And it gets better – this Kelowna-area getaway is centrally located near every single golf course and all four lakes in the Okanagan Valley! But wait, it get’s even better: It’s ridiculously affordable!

Known for having the lowest prices for luxury accommodations in the entire Okanagan Valley, this place definitely won’t take a divot out of your wallet. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you’ll be sleeping on straw mattresses and brown-bagging your entire stay. Affordability at the Tuscan-designed Borgata Lodge means warmly-appointed rooms and condos with as-far-as-the-eye-can-see views of Els Lake and the fruit-bearing Okanagan Valley. The full-service Beyond Wrapture spa. And three delicious eateries are just steps from the lobby. A two-minute walk will put you on the pristinely-manicured Quail and Bear Golf Courses while a short drive leads to Predator Ridge and other nearby championship courses. Within 20 minutes from Borgata Lodge, you can visit Woods Lake, Lake Okanagan, Duck Lake and Kalamalka Lake. Do we really need to say more to make you want to go here?

Fun facts

The neighboring Quail Ridge Resort is a natural bird sanctuary, home to its namesake and a variety of other feathered friends.

Highlights

Borgata Lodge Hotel offers Kelowna golf packages that let you sample five nearby championship golf courses.

Getting there

On Hwy. 97/Harvey Avenue, turn west at the Main Airport Intersection, onto Quail Ridge Blvd. Go one block, turn right and follow the road uphill. Turn left on Country Club Drive. Make your first left onto Via Centrale (it’s not marked) and go one block. Borgata Lodge Hotel is on the right side.

8 . Manteo Resort

Kelowna, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 860 - 1031

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Manteo Resort: it’s on the lake; it’s in the mountains; it’s at the beach. To put it simply, it’s all Okanagan. And it’s all you need to have the perfect British Columbia getaway in Okanagan Valley during every season.

This elegantly-casual waterfront resort wants you, nay, expects you to experience Kelowna and the lush and fertile valley surroundings at its very best. And there’s no better way to do that than when you, yourself are in the best of spirits. That’s where Manteo Resort steps in. Any resort can have a great location, but that doesn’t guarantee a superb night’s rest, mouthwatering cuisine and packages that help you enjoy all that the resort and land has to offer. Do you understand? This place has it all! The Manteo Resort also has a fireside library, a putting green, boat moorage and a big screen movie theater. Ha! We told you that this resort has everything! Hard to imagine that you’d want to leave the resort grounds, but you must if you want to ski the powdery hills at Big White and Silver Star and sample vino at the nearby award-winning estate wineries. It’s worth it!

Highlights

Manteo Resort offers spacious, topnotch rooms, suites and villas with private balconies, full kitchens and fireplaces.

Related Onsite Offerings

Known for its use of the freshest local ingredients, the award-winning Wild Apple Restaurant and Lounge features a huge outdoor patio.

Getting there

Manteo Resort in Kelowna is only a four-hour drive from Vancouver or seven hours from Calgary through the scenic Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is located 20 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport.

9 . Sun Peaks Lodge

Sun Peaks, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 578 - 7878

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With the intimate size and cozy appeal of a boutique hotel yet the convenience and location of a ski-in, ski-out resort, Sun Peaks Lodge gives the best of both worlds. Its family-friendly atmosphere and nearby village-style amenities also makes it a great place for your entire gang!

Located in the heart of the our No. 9 resort, Sun Peaks Resort, this newly renovated, lodge-style hotel gives you the chance to experience Thompson Okanagan by skiing at one of the best ski resorts in the entire country! The location of Sun Peaks Lodge will honestly be wasted if you don’t at least have the slightest appreciation for powder pursuits. Well, we take it back. If you think a full body exfoliation with sea salts and sweet lavender and a hot stone massage at the Sun Peaks Spa might feel good, then this place is also for you. Did we mention the 18-hole golf course? How about the bungee trampoline and voyageur canoe tours? So it looks like we lied. You really don’t have to be in love with strapping two boards too your feet and haphazardly gliding down the side of a mountain. You just have to be interested in enjoying yourself.

Highlights

The intimate 12-person Mid-Mountain Chapel at Sun Peaks Lodges is one of the most romantic places in British Columbia to get married.

Fun facts

Sun Peaks Lodge is made up of 44 guestrooms.

Getting there

Sun Peaks Lodge is a 45-minute drive northeast of Kamloops. Follow Hwy. 5 north towards Jasper to Heffley Creek. Turn right through Heffley Creek and follow Sun Peaks Road to Sun Peaks Resort. Once you are in Sun Peaks, pass the parking lots and the covered wooden bridge and it will be the third hotel to the left.

10 . Coast Sundance Lodge

Sun Peaks, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 483 - 2888

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Guess what? Coast Sundance Lodge is also at Sun Peaks Resort! Named the second best resort in Canada for 2008 by Conde Nast Traveler, it’s no wonder why so many of our Top 10 list resorts revolve around Sun Peaks. But can you blame them for being one of the best?

Wrapped like a pretty package and topped off with a bow, Coast Sundance Lodge is your complete Thompson Okanagan ski getaway. And it will feel like your birthday when you get to experience all that it has to offer. A prime ski-in, ski-out location, a warm, chalet-style ambiance with a friendly staff and a virtual ski town that emulates those of the Alps. That’s right, you have all you need at Sun Peaks village. A supermarket, cafes, restaurants, Laundromat…you could really make a nice home for yourself here! And for you skiers, you’ll be happy to know that Coast Sundance Lodge is situated at the base of the Sundance high speed quad chairlift. This means faster transportation to the top for a dare-deviling double black diamond expedition or a green circle sashay down the groomed mountainside.

Fun facts

The Coast Sundance Lodge was awarded a 3 Green Key rating by the Hotel Association of Canada.

Related Onsite Offerings

Coast Sundance Lodge features one- to two-bedroom suites, guestrooms and lofts.

Getting there

Follow Hwy. 1 East to Kamloops via Coquihalla Hwy. 5. Follow Hwy. 5 North toward Jasper to Heffley Creek from Kamloops. Turn right on Heffley Creek. Follow Sun Peaks Road to Sun Peaks Resort. Coast Sundance Lodge is on Creekside Way.

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