The Lower North Thompson Valley
Wild, rustic and irresistible is how you’ll be describing your visit to the Lower North Thompson Valley. Adventure awaits along our roads, rivers, and trails. Explore the Lower North Thompson’s Fishing Highway (Hwy 24) or travel on the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 5) and be captivated by the friendly people and stunning scenery in and around the small towns and hamlets in the valley.
From the Lower North Thompson you can explore the entire North Thompson Valley. There’s more pure get-away-from-it-all here than most people ever dream of.
Find yourself pulled in by the Lower North Thompson’s beauty. The natural wonders here unfold before you from the badlands, ranchlands, pristine lakes, to the stunning mountain and valley views. Unplug and calm and rejuvenate your spirit.
Pick a spot, any spot and look around you. Imagine Mother Nature creating this magnificent valley: tectonic plates shifting, landmasses colliding and volcanoes erupting. Look around and you’ll notice how the forest is regenerating after the McLure fire of 2003.
The Lower North Thompson Valley is a water lover’s paradise. The South Thompson, North Thompson, and Fraser Rivers were created eons ago by glaciers. Today our lakes and rivers are the perfect place to relax, play, and explore. Spend your days boating or fishing on you new favourite body of water.
Look beyond the dashboard and you’ll see the magnificence of the Lower North Thompson Valley; and realize it’s all within your reach, right here, right now.
The Wild Locals
It’s easy to catch a glimpse, and even the long lingering stares of the wildlife here in the Lower North Thompson Valley. California big horn sheep, deer, moose, coyotes, bears, and game birds and birds of prey all co-exist here. Don’t be surprised if you see them all on the many trails that weave in and out of the area.
Lace up your hiking boots, or hop on your mountain bike or horse and explore our trails. You may yourself on endless mountain, river and lakeside trails, hiking through interior rain forests, wildflower meadows, or windswept craggy trails high above the alpine. This vast wilderness is easy-to-access. Get off the flattop and into the wild.
Follow in the footsteps of the nomadic First Nations people who followed the seasons and their bountiful food supplies. Pioneering Overlanders, sought their fortune in BC’s gold fields, and travelled by foot, on horseback and on primitive water rafts to seek their fortune.
Road Trips and Circle Tours
You’ve just found the perfect get-away vacation for RVers, adventure seekers and those who just want to relax. Situated on several circle tour routes, the area is easily accessed from the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) and Highways 5, 24 and 97.
Veteran explorers and weekend warriors alike will rejoice when planning an RV route to Jasper. The scenic wilderness loop through the North Thompson Valley and Columbia Icefields Parkway is as Canadian as it gets. Stunning vistas, ever-changing landscapes and activities that range from the mild to the wild roll along the North Thompson route. Spend days uncovering the diverse ecology and glacier laden area of the Columbia Icefields. Venture off from Kamloops to Jasper (443 km, 275 mi) and on to Banff and Lake Louise, enjoying an experience that is quintessentially Canadian.
The fun doesn’t end when Old Man Winter arrives. You’ll love this winter paradise. Surround yourself with blankets of white untouched powder at Sun Peaks Resort, zig-zagging on any one of their 135 trails, including 17 gladed areas. Cross-country ski or snowshoe through a timberland forest of white. Experience the rumbling sensation of plotting a course, and steering your snowmobile through snow-filled open ranges and frost-dipped trees. Cut a hole in your favourite lake and try your hand at ice fishing.