Discover the North Thompson Valley
One of our key destination areas is the North Thompson Valley. It’s a land where rivers run wild and waterfalls thunder. It’s here where you can partake of endless adventures where Canadian wildlife roams free. You get maximum nature exposure here, with each season as stunning as the next. Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, nature surrounds you in all its glory.
Our Towns, Resorts and Parks
At the southern edge of the North Thompson Valley you’ll find Sun Peaks. It’s a family friendly year-round ski resort and it’s the second largest in Canada. From here, travel north to the town of Barriere. You’ll enjoy the down home hospitality in a hamlet with its roots in agriculture. Next is your gateway to adventure: Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park where you’ll discover 5,250 km2 (3,262 mi2) of alpine playground, 39 named (and even more yet to be named) waterfalls. Blue River is the next town as you travel north on Hwy 5. It is the mid-way point from Vancouver, British Columbia to Edmonton, Alberta. Look around and discover roaming wildlife and high mountains brimming with untouched snow. At the eastern edge of the North Thompson lies Valemount. It’s set in the shadow of Mount Robson — the highest Peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Top Things to Do
There are so many adventures to be had, places to discover and things to do in the North Thompson Valley.
In the spring, there’s hiking in the alpine blossomed hills and valley of the North Thompson. For the more adventurous, try white water rafting. It will soak you to the skin and take your breath away.
For something a bit more laid back, put your kayak or canoe into the Murtle Lake. It’s the largest motor free lake in North America. Paddle the route the pioneers took years and years ago on a Voyageur Canoe Tour.
Get so close bears it will have you holding your breath. View them in their natural habitat on a bear viewing tour. Go birding at Cranberry Marsh, then stand it awe at Helmcken Falls on the Murtle River in Wells Gray Park. Get your cowboy on at a ranch stay. For more cowboy fun, take in the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo.
In the winter, pamper yourself with a Mt. Robson Berg Lake Heli-Tour. Touch down on the banks of a glacier-fed lake and imagine what it was like thousands of years ago. Being outside is what it’s all about in the North Thompson. So put on your winter gear, then go alpine snowmobiling, heli-skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding.
You can fly into the Kamloops regional airport or drive here. Explore local communities by driving the picturesque Yellowhead Highway 5. From the United States, steer yourself along scenic Route 97, to British Columbia’s Central Interior, and the North Thompson Valley. You can also get here via the Jasper and Columbia Icefields Parkway. The scenic wilderness loop through the North Thompson Valley and Columbia Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) is as Canadian as it gets.
For more information on the North Thompson Valley, where to go, where to stay and more things to do, visit norththompson.ca