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Thompson-Okanagan makes top 50 National Geographic list, but not for reasons you'd expect

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August 17, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Thompson-Okanagan region has been recognized by the venerable National Geographic magazine's list of Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime, but the reasons why are a little unusual.

National Geographic seems to have some trouble with, of all things, the geography.

They placed the Thompson-Okanagan in a sub-category of: Natural Wonders, towns steeped in beauty. The piece describes the area as home to Canada’s only desert, and that’s troubling enough since Ashcroft and Lytton make a pretty similar case. It also lists the largest cities as Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Osoyoos, which is a glaring oversight of Kamloops.

From there, it gets downright weird. The writer invites readers to check out the planet’s “only temperate rainforest” which is probably neat, but that’s near Prince George, not even close to the Thompson region. It also boasts about Mt. Robson but again, that’s not in the Thompson region either. 

But other than that, it’s hard to argue with its run down of wineries, lakes, expensive hotels and restaurants, and resorts, but we all know that already.

Also on their list of 15 Natural Wonders: Bay of Fundy, Cape Breton, the Laurentian Mountains, Charlevoix, Quebec and Churchill Manitoba. We didn’t fact check the others; read at your own discretion.

Check out our moment in the spotlight here.

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