Property at a Glance: The Wilderness Way Adventure Resort
The Thompson River Valley sprawls out below The Wilderness Way Adventure Resort, where you can camp out in a luxury tipi tucked amid the pine trees, or “rough it” in a log cabin with a full kitchen. The resort is well-situated for adventure—guests can zipline through the forest canopy or ride horses through wildflower fields. The Cascade Mountains create a stunning natural backdrop for whatever you choose to do.
- Where you’ll stay: Cabins come equipped with queen or king beds and Keurig coffee makers. Sun glints through the roof of the tipis, where you can listen to your favorite tunes on an iPod docking station.
- Three-course dinner: Chefs use locally sourced ingredients and farm-raised meats to prepare a hearty dinner on the night you arrive.
- Rise and shine: The resort serves up a complimentary breakfast of fried eggs, fresh fruit, and pastries every morning. For lunch, grab a sandwich and a piping hot bowl of soup from the buffet.
- Have an adventure: Guides can lead you on horseback riding excursions, help you perfect your archery shot, or join you on ATV rides through the landscape.
Ashcroft, British Columbia: Outdoor Adventure in Former Gold-Rush Town
The Cascade Mountains rise up on either side of Ashcroft, a town on the banks of the Thompson River. The larger-than-life setting supports a population of less than 2,000 but welcomes hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts every year. Anglers cast out for steelhead salmon on the Thompson River and reel in whopping catches of rainbow trout on Loon Lake. The river and the lake welcome rafters and kayakers as well.
On land, you can mountain bike and hike down pine-fringed trails, which open up for snowmobiling in winter. Horseback riding is big in the area—as it was in Ashcroft’s early days as gold-rush town. For other hints of local history, stop by the old town hall (now an opera house) or some of the town’s first churches, which date back to the 19th century.