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.
Kamloops is far more than just a small town. It’s a state of mind, a place where you skip the crowds, stretch your legs and expand your horizons. Kamloops rests on the shores of two picturesque rivers, our landscapes are simply ideal for conjuring up your next escapade. You’ll be amazed by our extraordinary winding trails, twisty single-track rides that can be enjoyed year-round. Find yourself downtown enjoying our local shops, vibrant arts and culture scene. Kamloops Flavour Trail is a “Foodies” dream, appealing to the most discerning taste buds, presenting a burgeoning list of wineries, craft breweries, and restaurants bursting with passion. Kamloops is the place where families, urban and rural adventurers forge incredible experiences and create enduring memories. Kamloops is far more than just a small town.; It’s a state of mind, a place where you skip the crowds, stretch your legs and expand your horizons. Kamloops rests on the shores of two picturesque rivers, our landscapes are simply ideal for conjuring up your next escapade. You’ll be amazed by our extraordinary winding trails, twisty single-track rides that can be enjoyed year-round. Find yourself downtown enjoying our local shops, vibrant arts and culture scene. Kamloops Flavour Trail is a “Foodies” dream, appealing to the most discerning taste buds, presenting a burgeoning list of wineries, craft breweries, and restaurants bursting with passion. Kamloops is the place where families, urban and rural adventurers forge incredible experiences and create enduring memories.
What will you find in the Shuswap?
You’ll find a place and a pace that makes for one unforgettable Shuswap. A place to ascend towering cliffs, glide across snowy meadows, listen to the whispers of a lush forest, or step inside an inviting café. Let go of your hurry, stay awhile, and smile. You’ll find a place composed of unique communities of every size, each with its own attractions and economic possibilities.
You’ll find a place where work and play go hand in hand, where the businesses are friendly and the neighbours are too. A picture-perfect place with all the amenities residents and visitors value, including an expanded hospital, college and trades schools, and diverse arts, community, and sports opportunities. A place whose natural setting and pleasant four-season climate attracts visitors year-round, generating a rich array of economic opportunities and an unparalleled quality of life.
You’ll find a place for families, where you can jump into incredibly warm water from the deck of a houseboat or wander along rolling trails. A place where you can golf, then bike, then swim, then dine on fine local fare and enjoy an evening out on the town. A place where you can taste great wines and tour vineyards, explore hidden natural treasures, witness the amazing cycle of the salmon, and watch the clear night sky wheel overhead. A place to revel in culture and community and to create your own stories of simplicity and abundance.
You’ll find all of this and even more.
Located just east of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, the Shuswap comprises seven distinct regions – Salmon Arm, the Shuswap’s largest urban centre; Chase; Enderby; Falkland and area; North Shuswap; South Shuswap; and Sicamous – each with unique communities, cultural attractions, and tourism and business opportunities.
Coming for a visit? You’ll find that the Shuswap is home to shimmering lakes, warm water, sandy beaches, incredible houseboating, golf, skiing, music festivals, farmers’ markets, wineries, great touring, and endless trails. Seven uniquely enchanting regions to explore in all four seasons. Visit ShuswapTourism.ca for inspiration, itineraries, and more.
Coming for a lifetime? You’ll find a warm welcome and plenty of help as you get settled. Explore business opportunities through Shuswap Economic Development and let your ideas grow! The Shuswap invites you to put your roots down, your feet up, and make yourself at home.
Put one foot in heaven and take a step in our direction.