Hotel at a Glance: South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre
Set on 55 acres on the outskirts of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre bills itself as a "Kentucky-style inn" that celebrates all things equine. Each guest room in the inn is named after a racehorse or a famous race way.
- Room with a view: Each guest room features a balcony with river or mountain views
- Grab a bite onsite at madisens, the on-site eatery helmed by Chef Brenda Butler. The menu consists of upscale contemporary fare including lamb and tenderloin; some deal options include $20 dining credit to madisens.
- Enjoy complimentary coffee each morning in the library
- Take a stroll on the nature walk around the reflection pond, where you might see painted turtles, frogs, and ducks
- Best place to unwind: in the Jacuzzi overlooking the river
- Get up-close and personal with the local wildlife: Some deals include two passes to the nearby BC Wildlife Park, whose inhabitants include cougars, lynx, grey wolves, black bears, and grizzly bears
Kamloops, British Columbia: Outdoor Recreation on the Outskirts of the Canadian Rockies
Kamloops lies at the confluence of the north and south forks of the South Thompson River in southern British Columbia, right on the outskirts of the Canadian Rockies. In other words, it's a wonderland for outdoorsy activities. In the wintertime, downhill skiers and snowboarders take advantage of Sun Peaks Resort's 125 trails across 3,678 skiable acres. The mountain also has 19 miles (30 km) of groomed cross-country ski trails, and it offers dog-sled tours, ice skating, and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
In town, The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park honors the legacy of the native Secwepemc tribe near the site of a 2,000-year-old winter village. Among the museum's historic artifacts, there's a birchbark canoe, as well as displays on hunting, cooking, games, and more.