The Lakes and Rivers of the Lower North Thompson Valley
Spend your day relaxing on the water. In the warmer months get out on the water in your boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard, or just lay around on your inner tube soaking up the sun. Spend your day fishing or go beneath the surface and enjoy scuba diving too! There’s a lot to do on our lakes and rivers including waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. For some white-knuckle adventure try white water rafting down the Adams River.
Bring your own, or rent a boat for a day, for fishing and fun on the lakes of the Lower North Thompson Valley. Resorts such as North Barriere Lake Resort and Johnson Lake Resort have boats to rent. You can also rent a boat from the Hitch N Rail Resort in Heffley Creek. Some lakes allow all type of motorboats, while others, like Pinantan Lake only allow electric motors.
Waterskiing, Wakeboarding and Wind Surfing
When the heat of the summer calls you – answer it and dive into watersports in the Lower North Thompson Valley. With over 100 lakes, you are sure to find one that fits your boat and your sport! Adams Lake is one of the largest lakes in the area and has no restrictions on motor size. As an added bonus, the lake has very strong winds, making it great for wind surfing.
Dive in and explore what lies beneath the azure surface of Adams Lake. There are several designated dive sites on Adams Lake. You can wall dive at the Old Log Dump, The Pinnacle, and the Lime Bluffs sites, or head over to the Caves site for a wall and cave dive. You can also scuba dive at the Johnson Lake Resort.
Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding
The Adams River is the place to go for white water canoeing or kayaking. There are plenty of paddling adventures waiting to be had as you explore pristine lakes and rivers of the Lower North Thompson Valley.
White Water Rafting on the Adams River
Take the plunge as you wind your way down the Adams River with Adams River Rafting through Class I, II and III white water. Your journey takes your through Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park with an interpretive stop along the way. This intensity of this one-hour trip varies depending on the time of year. Pick your season: early spring and July are perfect for exploring the river and all its twists and turns. August is the time for a lazy journey down river with time out for a swim in the warm water. Late spring is the perfect time for an exhilarating white water experience that will create a memory to last a lifetime.
World Renowned Adams River Salmon Run
Don’t miss out on the world famous annual Adams River salmon run. The Adams River is one of the most important rivers in North American for the Sockeye salmon. Delight at the sight of millions of fish making their way back home to lay their eggs during the peak of the season in mid-October. Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is the key site for trail access and platforms for salmon viewing, just make sure you bring your camera! The Sockeye salmon have their highest return of spawning fish every four years. To celebrate the occasion, the Adams River Salmon Society holds an almost month long celebration, Salute to the Sockeye, during these peak periods. The next peak cycle is 2018.