Thompson Okanagan British Columbia

The Thompson Okanagan region is home to over 90 communities and hamlets and is roughly 71,600 km² / 27,644 mi² or the same size as Ireland, making it equivalent in size to the 70th largest country in the world. This region has over 3,200 tourism industry stakeholders.

The region boasts a rich diversity in landscapes as varied as the tallest Canadian Rocky Mountain peak, to the arid climate of Canada’s only desert. Given this diversity, there are a wide array of visitor experiences possible. To celebrate the cultures and climates of this unique area of British Columbia, the Thompson Okanagan region is defined by distinct destination areas.

The natural landscape of the Thompson Okanagan includes mountains, valleys, desert, and everything in between. Here foodies flock to the area's renowned orchards and vineyards; families can't get enough of the many sandy, lakeside beaches; and outdoor enthusiasts come for the golfing, hiking, biking and skiing.

  • Type of entity: Destination
  • Certificate number: BDT 005-2017-RTI
  • Country: Canada
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Adhesion to Commitment of the Destination

In order to increase the positive effect of tourism on the 17 UN SDG, the Responsible Tourism Institute creates the "Adhesion to the Commitment of the Destination". This process is the first step towards the sustainability that a tourist entity or company can adopt. Tourism sustainability is a path, let us do it together. ADHERE TO THE COMMITMENT OF THE DESTINATION


Certified entities in the destination


Thompson Okanagan becomes the first Biosphere Destination in the Americas

The Biosphere Destination certification is a seal awarded by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an organization linked to UNESCO through a Memorandum of Understanding and partner of the UNWTO and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

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Thompson Okanagan Region seeks to join Biosphere Destinations Worldwide

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has signed the Letter of Commitment along with the Responsible Tourism Institute

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