Play at Your Own Pace in the Lower North Thompson

Adventure awaits you in BC’s Lower North Thompson Valley. We have four seasons of fun here. Come play and explore our mountains, badlands, forests, ranchlands, hiking trails, rivers and lakes.

Our mountains, trails, rivers, and lakes call you to the great outdoors. Our celebrations and events invite you to come meet and play with the people who call this land home.


Spring is when the waters run wild on our rivers. Once the ice melts, get out on one of our 100+ lakes for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. It’s also a great time of year to explore the area and get in some geocaching fun. Put on your hiking boots, jump on your bike, or get on a horse and Geocache to your heart’s content on any one of the trails in the area.

Spring also means the greens are ready at local golf courses. There are three great courses to choose from: Chinook Cove Golf and RV, a 9-hole, championship golf course, Sun Rivers one of Canada’s true desert golf courses, and Rivershore Golf, a fun and a challenging course for all levels of golfers.

Late spring is the perfect time to take the plunge. Wind your way down the Adams River through Class I, II and III whitewater.

White water rafting in Barriere


The lazy, hazy days of summer give you time to slow down and enjoy the Lower North Thompson Valley. Come to Jandana Ranch and learn how to become a horse whisperer. Spend time on our golf courses

Have fun on our rivers and lakes. Fish, swim, paddleboard or laze about on the beach. Summer is also great for every type of boating. Enjoy all kinds of water sports, including scuba diving on Adams Lake. Whatever you love to do on the water, we are sure you’ll find a place here that is just right for you.

Reconnect with nature at one of the hundreds of campsites in our area. BC Sites and Trails can help you find the right spot for you and your friends and family to camp. There are also four great provincial parks in the area with camping.

Take some time to taste the wines in BC’s newest wine region.  Join us at the annual Kamloopa Pow Wow, held every August long weekend. It is one of the areas must attend events.


Take in all the action at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. Come and get your cowboy on as you celebrate the cowboy lifestyle. While our trails are accessible year-round, fall is particularly beautiful time here. Come hike, bike or explore them on horseback.

Fall is a great time to come and camp in the Lower North Thompson Valley. Our campsites are quieter and more relaxing at this time of year. There’s also great fishing and hunting experiences to be had.

Get out on the water and explore new or familiar waterways as you watch the autumn colours turn the shoreline into a mosaic of colour. There’s still time for you to catch that trophy worthy fish!

Enjoy the ride as you travel through Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.

Fall is also a great time to get in that last round of golf. Our courses are open from early March to mid-November.



Things do not slow down in the Lower North Thompson in the winter. Come play in the snow! Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing on our trails is one of our favourite things to do.

You don’t have to wait for warmer weather to fish. We do that all year long here. Ice fishing is one of our favourite past time, with many of our lodges and resorts open year-round.

Whatever the season, you’ll find plenty of things to do and places to stay. Get comfy at one of our rustic lodges or RV campgrounds. Stay for a night, a week, or your entire vacation. Barriere accommodations also offer the perfect respite for those driving from Kamloops, through the Valley and west into British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains.

Barriere Lake in Winter