Boating – Barriere and the Lower North Thompson

Boating in the Barriere and the Lower North Thompson region is a great way to relax and enjoy the abundance of wild we have here. We have rivers and hundreds of lakes here, so we’re sure you’ll find a spot just right for you.

Kayaking on a lake near Barriere

Imagine spending a day in your kayak or canoe quietly exploring the shore in the shade of towering trees. Grab your fishing gear, because the fish here are usually biting. Maybe you prefer lazing around on a pontoon boat. Many of our lakes and rivers are great for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and other watersports. Bring your own or rent a boat for a day at one of our many resorts.

There are several great places to explore by boat. The Adams Lake Marine Provincial Park at Poplar Point is only accessible by water. For more boat access only adventure, explore the North Thompson Islands.

Boat Launches

There are rivers and hundreds of lakes around Barriere and the Lower North Thompson. Our boat launches accommodate all shapes and sizes of boats. Smaller boats and canoes are great on our small lakes, and we have hundreds of them to choose from.

Boats at a dock

For those looking to launch larger boats, here is a list of places with links to maps of their location within Barriere and the Lower North Thompson.

The South Thompson River has several areas when you can put your boat in the water. The river connects with Little Shuswap Lake and then onto Big Shuswap Lake for a full day of boating fun. Always check river conditions before heading out for the day.

Visit Sites and Trails BC for more information on where to find boat ramps in our parks and recreational areas.

Barriere British Columbia

Note that some lakes, like Pinantan Lake, only allow boats with electric motors. Please check with Barriere Tourist/Visitor Info Booth (open May to October) for updated information on where to launch your boat.

Stand up paddling, Johnson Lake, near Barriere, Thompson Okanagan region, British Columbia, Canada

Boating Safety

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card boating license (PCOC) is required if you are operating a motorized boat in Canada. A PCOC proves that you have acquired the knowledge to operate a motorized boat on Canada’s waterways safely. Boaters can get their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) by passing a Transport Canada Accredited, multiple choice exam, which they can take online.

Please ensure you familiarize yourself with boating restrictions and conditions on any of the waterways you plan to visit.