From Badlands to Backcountry

This is our story, the story of the Lower North Thompson Valley. It’s where the badlands transform into lush ranchland, forests, and mountains. The rounded slopes of the Monashee Mountains watch over fields of alfalfa as ranchers ride the range. Adams Lake cradles the land and all its history, while the Adams River patiently waits for the sockeye to return each year. Hundreds of lakes, filled with the famous fighting Kamloops Trout, dot the valley, most only a short drive off the main highway. Drop your line from any dock or boat and you’re bound to get a nibble no matter what the time of year.

Ranch land in Barriere country

Welcome to British Columbia’s Wilderness

Wild, rustic and irresistible is how visitors and locals describe the Lower North Thompson Valley. With a population of fewer than 7,000 people in an area of 1550 sq. km (600 sq mi) there’s plenty to explore between the towns and hamlets of the area.

Canoeing, Fishing, Tenting

A Hardy Bunch

Our story is one of First Nations people, pioneering spirits and a tenacity for getting things done. The folks here love life. You can see it in their smiles and if you have a moment, they’ll be sure to strike up a conversation with you at the local coffee shop or Farmers’ Market. They love to share a good fish story too!

The locals here are a hardy bunch who embody the word community. Back in 2003, a major forest fire, known as the McLure Fire, swept through the area and destroyed homes and businesses, including the Louis Creek sawmill. Over 3,000 people were forced to evacuate. That did not deter the people of the Lower North Thompson Valley. They rebuilt their community and erected a wildfire dragon monument to honour the tenacity and kindheartedness of the people who fought the fire and those who helped rebuild the community.

Kamloopa powwowCelebrations

We’ve been celebrating our great fortune to be in the Lower North Thompson for as long as we can remember. The people of the Lower North Thompson valley love to acknowledge and share their sense of history and give thanks for all that is around them. Locals and visitors revisit their sense of belonging at events such as the Kamloopa PowWow and the Fall Fair and Rodeo. When the Sockeye Salmon return, we all gather to celebrate at the Salute to the Sockeye.

Easygoing people with down-home hospitality are hallmarks of the Lower North Thompson Valley. Come visit us and celebrate in Barriere, McLure, Little Fort and Heffley Creek.

The First Nations people who settled here long ago have a strong connection to the land and celebrate this connection with locals and visitors alike.