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
Explore Gold Country
Gold Country is spectacular sunrises and sunsets over lakes, mountains, meadows, and canyons; over rugged semi-desert landscape and sweeping expanses of emerald-green forest; over endless fields of golden grassland and the roar of river rapids. It’s a region where every turn of the road brings the promise of breath-taking new vistas, and where hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered.
Between every sunrise and sunset you’ll find a wealth of things to do, see, and enjoy, creating memories to last a lifetime. The possibilities are as endless as the Gold Country sky.
Each of our communities features a unique experience for everyone. Cache Creek is an oasis for travelers, rest, rejuvenate and refuel in this busy little town. Enjoy the Cache Creek Recreational Park or spend some time browsing the farmers market. Ashcroft is on the banks of the mighty Thompson River and is rich with artistic flair, local artisans work can be seen on the over 2 dozen stained-glass murals throughout the village, in artwork hanging in the shops and boutiques and even in real time at the Plein Air Paint out hosted once a year in Ashcroft. Lytton offers world class white water rafting on the Fraser River or for a slower paced adventure try your hand at gold panning. Spences Bridge has some of the best salmon fishing around on the junction of the Nicola and Thompson Rivers. Logan Lake is a community with strong ties to the mining industry, the visitor info centre is one of a kind here, it is located in an enormous mine shovel, a definite must see. Clinton is where history meets adventure; the downtown is rich with small boutiques and antique shops. Hwy 97 heads north through Gold Country and guest ranches, wilderness resorts and recreation sites will amaze you and create memories for a life time. If you are heading south, the Nicola Valley will treat you to stunning wildlife and amazing outdoor adventures. Merritt Walk of Stars features murals and bronzed stars of the best Country Music Performers, a perfect way to enjoy Canada’s Country Music Capital. For the most scenic drive to the coast take hwy 99, winding its way past picturesque Pavillion Lake and then hugging the Fraser Canyon, this route will take you to Guaranteed Rugged Lillooet. This community is nestled in the mountains and downtown features a Jade Walk.
Gold Country is rich with historic sites, amazing geographic wonders and unique experiences. Historic Hat Creek Ranch is a stop in time, featuring an original roadhouse from the Gold Rush era, a black smith shop and a First Nations Interpretive Site. Chasm Provincial Park showcases 10 million years of erosion; the layers of volcanic lava exposed on the canyon walls are over 300 meters tall, the most dramatic viewpoint in the Bonaparte River Valley. West of Lytton Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park offers extensive hiking trials and contains some of the most significant pictograph sites in Canada.
Gold Country has created Canada’s first and largest Geocaching Geotour. We have placed over 100 geocaches throughout Gold Country and invite you to discover each location and learn about what makes Gold Country so incredible. The adventure of our geotour will take you to hidden waterfalls, through mesa and semi- costal rainforest, back in time to the Gold Rush and to many more astonishing sites and views. The complete list of geocaches are available on goldtrail.com or you can purchase guidebooks from many retailers throughout Gold Country