A SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION
We are so proud to share with the world this beautiful place we call home, however we are all learning the impact of tourism on our environment and social systems can be significant. The Thompson Okanagan region is committed to working consciously to do our best to protect our natural and cultural resources, and ask that our guests travel respectfully and responsibly so this region may be enjoyed by all who live and visit here for years to come.
Nestled in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada, the Thompson Okanagan is a diverse area covering approximately 71, 600 km² / 27,644 mi², roughly the same size as Ireland.
Home to over 90 communities and over 200 licensed wineries, the landscape is as varied as the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies to the semi-arid climate of the Okanagan Desert.
It is a region rich in Indigenous culture, sun-soaked valleys surrounded by sweeping grasslands and connected throughout by water.
A SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENT
The Thompson Okanagan Region was officially certified as the first destination in the Americas to have successfully achieved the Sustainable Tourism Accreditation from Biosphere International and the Responsible Tourism Institute.
In April 2018, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association was named this year's winner of the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award during the World Travel and Tourism Council Summit in Argentina. These Awards recognize and celebrate inspirational and world-changing initiatives in tourism taking place all over the globe.
We have taken our accreditation that step further and have initiated a programme to identify and hero the responsible tourism providers in the Thompson Okanagan. These business have committed to our guidelines and support the regions growth and sustainability for the future.