About the TNRD

The Region of BC’s Best

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is located in south-central British Columbia, and includes 10 Electoral Areas, 11 Member Municipalities and 25 First Nations. It is one of 27 regional districts in B.C., and is the sixth-largest regional district by population and seventh-largest in size.

The TNRD’s diverse geography includes swaths of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest in the upper North Thompson Valley and Wells Gray Park, the rangelands and vast wilderness of the Bonaparte Plateau, the rolling grasslands of the Nicola Valley, the incredible depths of Adams Lake, the desert and semi-arid climates at Kamloops Lake and the shores of the Thompson River, and parts of the historic Fraser Canyon.

Population: 143,680*
Land Area: 44,347 km2*
Private Dwellings: 65,065*
Dwelling Occupied by Usual Residents: 59,885*
Main Transportation Routes: Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1), Yellowhead Highway/ Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5), Highway 97, Highway 97C
*= 2021 Census data

To learn more about TNRD Electoral Areas and Member Municipalities, click on the interactive map below.


As a local government, the TNRD delivers approximately 125 services  and administers the Thompson Regional Hospital District, to help make this the region of BC’s best. The Board of Directors is the governing body of the TNRD, which includes 27 elected officials.

Services delivered by the TNRD range from being local (such as fire protection or water service), sub-regional (such as garbage and recycling, invasive plant management or mosquito control), and region-wide (such as library service or the film commission). 

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District was incorporated and held its first Board meeting on November 24, 1967. The provincial objective in creating regional districts was to deliver services efficiently and economically to unincorporated areas of the province on a local, sub-regional and regional basis.

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