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Elevate your heart rate in the Sun Peaks alpine West Ridge Trail Photo Blake Jorgenson

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Blue River, the Jewel of the Yellowhead View of Mud Lake and the town of Blue River Photo Dylan Kristian

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WILDERNESS… JUST A STEP AWAY

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OUR STORY

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OUR STORY

Lock eyes with a black bear on Safari in Blue River

Adventure abounds on the South Thompson, North Thompson, Clearwater and Fraser Rivers. We have hundreds of lakes that vary in size from small fishing holes to ones with seemingly endless shorelines. Explore from the ranchlands to the mountains as they climb higher and higher until you reach Mount Robson, the highest

peak in the Canadian Rockies. Witness the spectacle of 39 named waterfalls in Wells Gray, British Columbia’s fourth largest provincial park. Our beauty lies in our diversity, and it’s all here in the North Thompson Valley. Learn more about the North Thompson at norththompson.ca

Top Experiences of the North Thompson Valley

Wilderness… Just A Step Away

Come and write your own adventure story. The North Thompson Valley’s geographical and ecological wonders have enchanted visitors for hundreds of years. Discover the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Explore our alpine and sub-alpine forests. Experience the tundra at the base of a glacier. This is Canada’s wild kingdom where wilderness is just a step away. Watch for grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, eagles, deer, salmon and more along the way. A rainbow forms over Dawson Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park Photo Björn Alberts

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1 Catch the big one year-round at lakes along Hwy 24 (BC’s Fishing Highway) or at one of the many other lakes in the region 2 Get up close and personal with bears and other wildlife on a Safari tour in Blue River 3 Paddle a Voyageur canoe through the waters of McGillivray Lake in Sun Peaks 4 Enjoy the tranquility of Murtle Lake: paddles only, no motors allowed 5 Ride the rapids, or float down one of our rivers at a leisurely pace 6 Stand in awe of Helmcken Falls and other waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park 7 Hold your breath as you watch the eight second ride at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo in Barriere 8 Live the ranch life and learn how to be a

horse whisperer near Pinantan Lake 9 Hike hut-to-hut on guided excursions through the wilds of Wells Gray Provincial Park 10 Hike through the wildflowers at Sun Peaks and Wells Gray Provincial Park 11 Take a backcountry snowmobile tour in Valemount, Blue River and Sun Peaks 12 Downhill and cross-country skiing at Sun Peaks, Canada’s second largest ski area 13 Hike or heli-tour Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies 14 Experience untracked snow heli-skiing in Blue River 15 Discover the winged beauties at Cranberry Marsh in Valemount

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Barriere/Lower North Thompson

Bounded by rivers and home to over 100 lakes, Barriere/Lower North Thompson has some of the best freshwater fishing in the world. Lush ranchland, forests, and the rounded slopes of the Monashee Mountains are a perfect backdrop for your outdoor adventures. For something more laid back, explore our golf courses and our new wine

Sun Peaks hosts a wide variety of events all year long

trail. Learn about the Simpcw (people of the North Thompson River), and the Tk’emlúpsemc (people of the confluence), who have lived here as far back as recorded history. Experience the yearly Kamloopa PowWow, hosted by the Tk’emlúpsemc te Secwe’pemc (formerly known as the Kamloops Indian Band). Come stay at our year-round ranches, lodges and fishing camps. It’s time to experience a land steeped in

rich cowboy history and aboriginal culture. You can get both at the Fall Fair and Rodeo, held every Labour Day Weekend.

Clearwater/Wells Gray

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The lakes of the lower valley are a fishers’ paradise

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For wildlife and adventure, you can’t beat Clearwater, located on the edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Helmcken Falls is Canada’s fourth highest waterfall and just one of over 41 named waterfalls you’ll find in Wells Gray. In the winter, witness the wonder of Wells Gray’s frozen waterfalls, break trail with your snowshoes, and ski tour the backcountry from hut-to-hut in the Trophy Mountains. Take a snow-taxi up to Clearwater Lake, then cozy up by a roaring fire. Bring your binoculars and view wildlife and birds year-round. Once the snow melts, come and hike ancient forests, paddle pristine lakes, and raft on some of Canada’s fiercest rapids. This is the Canada you’ve dreamed about. Bring your tent or RV and camp in our provincial parks and private campgrounds, or treat yourself to rest and relaxation at our notable B&Bs.

Blue River lies on the edge of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, at the confluence of the North Thompson and Blue Rivers. In winter, there’s an exceptional snow pack, perfect for world-class heli-skiing, CAT, cross-country and backcountry skiing, and snowmobiling. In the warmer months go on a safari! There are jeep and river safaris where you have a front row seat to lumbering moose, burly bears and majestic elk in their own back yard. Commune with nature as you paddle Murtle Lake, located within Wells Gray Provincial Park, the largest non-motorized lake in North America. Take the time to hike our 15+ kms of maintained trails, enjoying scenic views along the way.

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In the south, you’ll find Sun Peaks, Canada’s second largest ski area. Like the rest of the North Thompson, it’s a year round playground. In the winter, explore the Nordic and snowshoe trails or glide down the slopes. Experience our backcountry via dog sled or snowmobile. Cut a hole in the ice and try your hand at ice fishing. Once the snow melts, there’s more outdoor fun with hiking, biking, golfing, canoe tours, outdoor concerts, and other great activities. Come stay in the alpine village and connect with the locals in this friendly community.

Whether it is water adventure or snowmobiling Blue River has what you are looking for

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abilities will find a trail just right for them. At Cranberry Marsh you can go birding, hiking or canoeing. Come back in the winter to skate, ski or snowshoe on the pond.

North Thompson and Columbia Icefields Loop

Valemount

Valemount lays claim to majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and the Berg Lake Trail. In the winter, enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding, cross-country and backcountry skiing. Check out powerboarding at Crystal Ridge, the only sled-assisted ski hill in the world. It’s all part of winter fun. Our striking snow-capped mountain peaks create a perfect backdrop for your epic adventure. In the warmer months, cast your line and reel in Rainbow and Bull Trout and Whitefish from one of our rivers or Kinbasket Lake. Marvel at the Chinook Salmon Run, the second longest inland migration in the world. Take to the trails by foot, horseback or ATV. Ride the class II and III rapids on the Fraser River or kick back and watch the golden eagles soaring above on a float trip. Check out the Valemount Bike Park where riders of all ages and

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This circle tour is much more than a drive through the mountains. This picturesque wilderness loop will take your breath away. This is the quintessential Canadian road trip. Your journey through the North Thompson Valley and Columbia

Icefields Parkway is as real as it gets. There’s easy access to the Columbia Icefields from Valemount in the North Thompson along Hwy 16 east to Jasper. Take your time and explore Banff and Jasper National Parks. Marvel at the stunning vistas, wildlife and over 100 glaciers. Visit the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. Maligne Lake is also home to the world-famous Spirit Island. Make your return trip via the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and connect to the North Thompson at Kamloops.

Venturing into the ice age – hiking on the flanks of Mount Robson

Photo Kelly Funk Photography

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Scenic natural beauty on Hathaway Lake in the South Cariboo, B.C.

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Getting Here

Explore the 330 km (204 mi) long North Thompson Valley in the north central region of British Columbia via Yellowhead Hwy 5. From southern British Columbia and the United States, head north up Route 97 to Kamloops, then follow Highway 5 north to Sun Peaks and beyond. From Edmonton and Jasper, Alberta, take Highway 16 across the Alberta border and then head south down Highway 5. From Calgary and Banff, Alberta, drive west on Highway 1 to Kamloops, then drive north on Highway 5. From Vancouver, take Highway 1 east until Hope where you’ll connect with Highway 5 and drive north. The closest regional airport is in Kamloops, British Columbia, with international airports in Kelowna, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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SUN PEAKS

SUN PEAKS Photo Blake Jorgenson

Gil’s, a short hike to a powder paradise Sun Peaks’ bike trails are nothing short of legendary

Sun Peaks is nestled between three separate peaks amid the Cariboo and Monashee Mountain ranges. All this fun is a picturesque 45-minute drive from Kamloops off Highway 5. Take your time, there’s 4,270 acres of natural beauty to explore.

Winter Activities

This is the place to experience the perfect dry powder. Join visitors from around the world on some of the 137 trails, including 17 gladed areas. Sun Peaks’ 10-acre Rockstar Energy Terrain Park is jam-packed with

Sun Peaks is a year-round resort community and is Canada’s second largest ski area. The village is ski-in, ski-out, with shopping, over a dozen restaurants, live music and races. Try your hand at ice fishing, snowshoeing or tour the village by horse drawn carriage. On Sundays meet Olympic Gold Medalist, Nancy Greene Raine. The fun continues in the summer with farmers’ markets, live concerts, hiking, mountain biking and a variety of animation throughout the village!

SUN PEAKS ICONIC EXPERIENCES Alpine and cross-country skiing (winter) Hiking the blossom covered alpine trails (summer) Downhill bike park and cross-country biking (summer) Gil’s area Photo Reuben Krabbe

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features such as jumps, rails, boxes and urban hits. Choose your ability level and have fun! Feel the sun on your face as you explore the groomed and track set Nordic trails, from beginner to experienced. Don’t forget to hop aboard the Morrisey Express chairlift for exceptional access to seemingly endless terrain and scenic mountain views off the Holy Cow trail. Explore our backcountry via dog sled or snowmobile. Treat yourself to an ice fishing adventure. If you’re an early bird, you’re in luck. Get up early and get rewarded with the First Tracks

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WILDERNESS… JUST A STEP AWAY

Segway tour, or explore the resort on horseback. There are so many ways to enjoy Sun Peaks in the summer. Claim bragging rights when you play at British Columbia’s highest elevation golf course. Step back in time and go on a guided canoe trip that takes you through Canada’s storied past in an authentic Voyageur canoe. End the day with an authentic meal from days gone by. Our nearby lakes are home to thousands of trout, resident osprey, loons, bald eagles, beaver, moose, bear, and even cougars. Wrap up your summer experience with a Sun Peaks summer concert when the mountain turns into a natural amphitheatre.

Village Way – Shopping & Dining

Breakfast. Head up the mountain, have breakfast, and then hit the freshly groomed runs before anyone else. Imagine yourself snuggled under warm blankets, listening to the sleigh bells ring as your horse drawn carriage takes you on a village tour.

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Accommodations

There is a wide variety of accommodation at Sun Peaks. Choose from hotels, condos, townhouses and specialty lodging.

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Come and see what we have to offer Photo Riff Stills

Sun Peaks downhill runs and cross country tracks turn into a hikers’ and mountain bikers’ heaven in the warmer months. Come and experience the mountain from a different perspective. Open your eyes wide and breathe deep as you take in the alpine meadows awash with fragrance and colour. Listen carefully, as wildlife abounds here. Hiking starts in late June and takes you to wildflower meadows and panoramic views. Enjoy the 40 distinct trails at the bike park, take an off-road

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Tee off in the Lower North Thompson at Chinook Cove Golf and RV

Year-Round Recreation

Wintertime means it’s time to get out into the wild. Soak up the quiet as you ice fish on one of our hundreds of lakes. Explore the Lower North Thompson Valley on cross-country skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. As temperatures rise, these same trails turn into hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. You may find yourself beside a river or lake, enjoying wildflower meadows or up on windswept craggy trails. Go east at km 15 on Dunn Lake Road for

Wild, Rustic, Irresistible Adventure awaits you along the roads less travelled. Come experience the Lower North Thompson, where badlands transform into ranchland, forests, and mountains. Hundreds of lakes cover the Lower North Thompson Valley and are renowned for fishing. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, deer, moose, coyotes, bears, game birds and birds of prey. Barriere lies at the junction of the North Thompson and Barriere Rivers. Come and explore Adams Lake, Bonaparte, Chu Chua Cottonwood Provincial Park and the Dunn Peak Protected Area. Fuel up at one of the several restaurants, from fast food to cafés to steak houses.

BARRIERE ICONIC EXPERIENCES Fall Fair and Rodeo Ranch Stays Fishing/Fish Hatchery Stand up paddle boarding always a popular go to sport in the many lakes near Barriere Photo Kelly Funk Photography

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moderate to extreme trails that are great for mountain biking and hiking. Drive west on Hwy 24 (BC’s Fishing Highway) off Highway 5 and you’ll find some of the best year-round fishing spots. There are also fly-in fishing camps where you can spend your days on the water and your nights by the fire. While you are here, visit the Dunn Lake Hatchery, managed and operated by the Simpcw First Nation. Salmon are raised here to support the local waterways.

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Our Future

The large number of lakes in the area make a paradise for anglers

BARRIERE

Get your cowboy on in back country

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Simpcw First Nation is committed to creating a strong future for our people. We strive to uphold our culture, as well as work towards economic sustainability and professional development for our community.

Amid all the wild, get in a game or two of golf. Lush fairways with well-groomed greens offer a variety of challenges. Courses include: Chinook Cove Golf and RV, a 9-hole, championship golf course; Sun Rivers, a desert golf course; and Rivershore Golf, a fun and challenging course for all levels.

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This is ranch country. Come live the ranch life at Jandana Ranch. Do your chores and brush down the horses. You’ll learn how to communicate with the horses on their level. As a reward, you get to head out and explore the valley on the back of your trusty steed. Be one of the 10,000 plus visitors that get their cowboy on at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo every Labour Day weekend. You can see, smell and taste the community pride in the locals’ handicrafts. For some excitement, make sure you take in the bull riding, steer wrestling and chuck wagons. Relax at night with family dances, cabarets and cowboy poetry. Come celebrate the Secwepemc people at the Kamloopa PowWow, put on by the Tk’emlúpsemc First Nation. Enjoy the dancing, drumming and art by traditional artists.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly under the stars, or cuddle under the blanket beside a cozy fireplace. You’ll find lodges, resorts, guest ranches, hotels, motels and inns in the Lower North Thompson. Pick your level of wild and snuggle in for a good night’s sleep. Several of the resorts here have camping and RV sites and there are dozens of private and provincial campgrounds here.

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Endless Forests, Great Mountains, and Mighty Rivers

In the Spring, bears come out of hibernation, giving great opportunities for bear viewing. The rivers reach their crescendo with spring run-off and begin to slow in early summer for excellent white-water kayaking and rafting. It’s also the best time to

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view Helmcken and the other 39 plus waterfalls at their full and breathtaking force. Spring, summer and fall are the best time to explore the 200 kms (125 mi) of hiking trails. Amble over 200,000-year-old lava beds past ancient volcanoes. Listen to the wild as you walk along the river. For a

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Waterfalls, Wildlife, Wilderness

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Lose yourself in 1.3 million acres of alpine playground. Clearwater/Wells Gray is a land of ancient forests, pristine glacial lakes, epic white-water rafting, and over 39 waterfalls (including Canada’s fourth highest). Some call this the land of fire and ice. Long ago volcanoes erupted beneath the glaciers, leaving the breathtaking landscapes you see today. Today, bears, wolves, moose, deer, beaver and over 250 bird species call this land home. Once you’ve had your fill of adventure, feed your cravings at Clearwater’s local restaurants, cafes and farmers’ markets. Roughly halfway between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies, Clearwater/Wells Gray is the perfect mid-way stop. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time and extra days to explore this area.

CLEARWATER / WELLS GRAY ICONIC EXPERIENCES Visit Helmcken Falls, Canada’s fourth highest waterfall Go white-water rafting on the Clearwater River Go hiking hut-to-hut in Wells Gray Park’s backcountry Explore Clearwater/Wells Gray by horseback

Sylvia and Goodwin Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park Photo Holly Louwerse Photography

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remarkably beautiful experience, try hut-to-hut hiking in Canada’s largest alpine flower meadow on Trophy Mountain. Paddle the pristine glacial waters of Clearwater/ Azure Lakes dotted with beaches and campgrounds. Or take the water taxi to Rainbow Falls, a backcountry and fishing paradise – and a guaranteed way to get far from all the crowds. In the late summer, watch the salmon return to our great rivers at the Raft River viewing platform or at Bailey’s Chute on the Clearwater River in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Horseback riding and mountain biking are always excellent ways to explore, and in the fall, they offer a perfect view of the stunning fall colours in our endless forests. Choose from a short ride to multi-day and fully outfitted horseback riding excursions, as well as guided mountain biking excursions. You can also experience Clearwater/Wells Gray from the air on a fixed wing flight tour or even on a tandem paragliding experience.

Frozen Waterfalls and Snowy Trails

Autumn colours give way to breathtakingly winter scenes in Clearwater/Wells Gray. Many of the rushing waterfalls freeze into picturesque ice sculptures the likes of

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White-water rafting on the Clearwater River

which you’ve never seen. For postcard worthy photos, visit Helmcken Falls, Canada’s fourth tallest waterfall, where Old Man Winter creates a majestic ice cone beneath the rushing water. The mountains and meadows of Trophy, Battle and Fight Mountains offer a huge variety of spectacular terrain for hut-to-hut skiing and snowshoeing. This area is covered in the most reliable powder snow in the province – Cariboo

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Mountain Powder! One of the most affordable backcountry ski experiences, you can choose access by Snowcat or helicopter. The Snow Taxi to Clearwater Lake offers access to the upper end of the Wells Gray Park upper corridor. In the winter, it’s the only way to experience Clearwater Lake, where you can snowshoe through ancient cedar forests, winter canoe and enjoy the comfort of a warm cabin and campfires under the stars. Let your cross-country skis glide over the 100 kms (62 mi) of groomed ski trails. Or join us in February for the Birchleg – a Viking themed Nordic fun cross-country ski race. There may be fewer people here in the winter, but moose, pine martens, foxes and deer are quite abundant.

Accommodation

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After a full day in the great outdoors, rest your head at one of our friendly accommodations. B&Bs, hotels, resorts, cabins, and ranches all have places for you to rest and rejuvenate. With over 700 RV and campsites in the area, pick your favourite and spend the night. There are several local and provincial campgrounds too, including the North Thompson Provincial Park, at the confluence of the North Thompson and Clearwater rivers.

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Clearwater has it all!

Clearwater features residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial properties available for development and more importantly, we are a community prepared to attract new business enterprise. The community is self-sustaining and offers a successful retail/service industry that is capable of providing for the entire region.

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Winter Wonderland

Blue River is known the world over for its abundant dry powder snow. It’s fantastic for outdoor adventure, including much sought after heliskiing. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing is renowned for unlimited vertical, pristine powder and exceptional terrain. There are plenty of other ways to

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explore the fresh powder snow here. Go hut-to-hut skiing with Snowy Mountain Alpine Tours or explore our groomed cross-country ski trails. Snowmobile enthusiasts will love the 60 km (37 mi) of groomed and ungroomed backcountry trails for snowmobiling. This winter wonderland makes playing in the snow even more fun!

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Jewel of the Yellowhead

Blue River has long been known as the Jewel of the Yellowhead. Valley bottoms merge with forested mountains that lead up to the rugged slopes of the Cariboo mountain range. Join the many hikers on our trails and experience blissful silence while trekking through the forest. Our serene glacier fed lakes and soaring mountain peaks are home to elk, moose, deer, lynx, bears, wolves, coyotes, eagles and several other species of birds. And it’s all just a step away. You’ll find Blue River at the junction of the North Thompson and Blue Rivers. Eateries here come with a great view.

BLUE RIVER ICONIC EXPERIENCES Go on a bear viewing river safari Explore the wilds on snowmobile Ski pristine powder in the Monashe and Cariboo Mountains Photo Mike Wiegele

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Lakes and Rivers

Imagine waking up to the sound of water lapping outside your tent. Murtle Lake, located in Wells Gray Provincial Park, is North America’s largest, non-motorized lake. You can rent canoes, carts and fishing gear at the Blue River Campground. Cast your line and catch a rainbow trout weighing up to 3 kg (7 lb). Camping is located on the sandy beaches in approved locations, where you can share a campfire and make new friends. In the warmer months, cool off with a refreshing swim before bed, then spend the night counting stars. Rainbow trout and salmon are usually the catch of the day

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from our many lakes and rivers. The beautifully jade coloured Mud Lake is right in the heart of bear country, while Eleanor Lake is the perfect place for a relaxing picnic and a swim.

Go on Safari

Go on Safari in the pristine wilderness of the North Thompson back country. River Safari has designed boats that preserve the environment and allow you to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Marvel at the black bears, bald eagles, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. On land, take a Jeep Safari interpretive tour where you’ll see, touch and taste the

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foods and habitat of the bears in this unique rainforest or hike along the 15 plus km maintained hiking trails. Come and explore up to 12 km (7.5 mi) of Grizzly Bear Valley in the world’s only inland temperate rainforest.

Accommodation

Get comfortable at motels, inns, and B&Bs in the Blue River area. There are several places to park an RV or pitch a tent. You can even rent a tipi at the Blue River Campground. There’s also a luxurious mountain resort, open year-round, where you can choose from chalets or a private Bavarian House or Cabana.

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VALEMOUNT

VALEMOUNT A hiker views the beautiful scenery Valemount has to offer Photo Kelly Funk Photography

Wake in the morning to a backdrop of blue skies and breathtaking snow-capped mountains. The Village of Valemount is where explorers like you gather together before heading out on tour adventures. Take your time and marvel at the Cariboo, Monashee and Rocky Mountain ranges. Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies, is part of your adventure here. Hike the Berg Lake Trail where you’ll cross three biogeoclimatic zones, and gain just under 800 metres in elevation over 23 km (14 mi).

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Let the Mountains Move You Snowmobiling at Allan Creek

Snow Fun

Join us at the doorstep of the Canadian Rocky Mountains for views that will take your breath away. Our pristine powder was made for strapping on your fat skies or snowboard and carving your way through waves of champagne powder. Why not try CAT skiing with Cariboo Snowcat. Our backcountry is a haven for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. You’ll find dozens of snowmobile trails here, with varying levels of difficulty from family adventurer to hard core sledder. Take a heli-tour or do something

totally different with a heli-snowshoe experience with Robson Helimagic. For something unique, try powerboarding at Crystal Ridge. It’s the only place in the world that has a sled-assisted ski hill. Head down on long, steep tree runs and wide bowls filled with powder and classic glades. Let your team of Alaskan Huskies lead you through a snowy winter wonderland past frozen waterfalls, snow laden timbers and breathtaking panoramic views with Coldfire Creek Dogsledding. For more laid back outdoor fun, lace up your skates and breathe in the fresh air as you experience ice skating on Cranberry

VALEMOUNT ICONIC EXPERIENCES Mountain Biking at the Valemount Bike Park Wildlife viewing at the Cranberry Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary Hike or helicopter up Mount Robson For more things to do and places to stay, drop by the Valemount Visitor Centre on Cranberry Lake Road or visit us online at visitvalemount.ca

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Sensational Summer

Sensational is the word used to describe summer in Valemount. Kick off summer in June at the vALEmount Craft Beer Experience, a block party-style beer fest with food and music. Explore the trails and boardwalk at Cranberry Marsh. Hawks, eagles, geese, ducks, woodpeckers, owls, swifts, and warblers all make their home here. Look closely and you may spot muskrats, mule deer, moose and even bears. The Fraser River starts in Mount Robson Provincial Park and it’s where you’ll also find a large inland salmon migration. Hike or heli-hike Mount Robson and experience the sights and sounds of the Valley of a Thousand Falls,

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Steps from Valemount a boaters paradise is found at Kinbasket Lake

Emperor Falls, Berg Lake and Kinney Lake. Up for a challenge? Then take your mountain bike up to the Valemount Bike Park! There are 25 trails of varying degrees for all ages and abilities. There are also hundreds of miles of service roads for exploring by ATV. For the adventurous, head up Canoe Mountain for stunning 360-degree views. It’s the highest place in North America you can go with a motorized vehicle. For those who prefer a slower ride, sign up for a guided horseback tour of our valley. White-water rafting, fishing, boating and swimming are great ways to spend your day on our waters. Take in one of our signature events. We have the annual vALEmount

Craft Beer Experience, the Canoe Mountain Rodeo, Mud Races, or the Robson Valley Music Festival. Close out the summer at the Mount Robson Marathon with a 50 km (31 mi) ultra-marathon, a 25 km (15.5 mi) half-marathon or a 12 km (7.5 mi) or 5 km (3 mi) event.

Accommodation

Sleep steps away from nature at area hotels, motels, inns, B&Bs, vacation rentals, cabins and cottages. Camping is popular here from May to October, so reservations are recommended. There are over 700 campsites in the area with front and backcountry camping and seven full-serviced RV Parks. There are also three provincial campgrounds in Mount Robson Provincial Park.

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Get entertained at vALEmount Craft Beer Experience

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EVENTS

For more events, dates and times, please visit our site at norththompson.ca

JANUARY

MAY

> Ice Man Fishing Derby (Clearwater/Wells Gray) 15-4 Clearwater Winter Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

5 18-19 19 25-26 26 >

FEBRUARY 2 16

Birch Leg Cross-Country Ski Race (Clearwater/Wells Gray) Cabin Fever mid-season Mash Up Dance, Blue River Comm. Hall

MARCH 2 9-10 16-17 15 21-24

LA Community Spaghetti Dinner (Blue River) 8th Annual Bluebird Banked Slalom (Sun Peaks) Sun Peaks Nordic Festival St. Patrick’s Day Dance, Legion Upper Hall (Blue River) North Thompson Agriplex – BC Team Cattle Penning Competitions (Barriere) 22-23 HUB International Nancy Greene Festival (Sun Peaks)

APRIL 5-7 13 13 18-21 > >

Snowbombing Canada (Sun Peaks) Spring Fling, End of Winter Dance (Blue River) True Grit Big Four Rodeo and Dance (Barriere) North Thompson Agriplex – BC Team Cattle Penning Competitions (Barriere) Honouring Young Women PowWow (Chu Chua) Tod Mountain Days Spring Festival (Sun Peaks)

Investors Group Walk for Alzheimers, Barriere Seniors Hall (Barriere) Junior High School Rodeo, NT Fall Fairgrounds (Barriere) May Day Parade (Clearwater/Wells Gray) High School Rodeo (Valemount) Welcome to Summer, Community BBQ (Blue River) Saturday Farmers’ Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

JUNE 7-9 Valemountain Days (Valemount 3 days) 14-15 vALEmount Craft Beer Experience (Valemount) 16 North Thompson Fish & Game Father’s Day Fishing Derby (Barriere) 29 Ice Cream Social (Dunster near Valemount) > Sun Peaks Market Day opens for the summer > 5K Foam Fest (Sun Peaks) > Fourth Annual Big Barriere Block Party (Barriere) > Summer Solstice Disc Golf Tournament (Clearwater) > Thursday Farmers’ Market (Valemount) > Friday Night Bandshell Music in the Park (Barriere) > Saturday Farmers’ Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray) Continued on next page NorthThompson.ca | North Thompson Valley | 45


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Canada Day Celebrations throughout the North Thompson Canadian Blue Moon Elvis Festival (Barriere) Canoe Mountain Rodeo (Valemount) North Thompson Agriplex, Showdown 2019, Canadian National Junior Angus Show (Barriere) Canada Parks Day (Mount Robson) Sun Peaks Summer Concert (Sun Peaks) Alpine Blossom Festival (Sun Peaks) Clearwater Kayak Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray) Thursday Night Concert Series (Clearwater/Wells Gray) Thursday Farmers’ Market (Valemount) Friday night Bandshell Music in the Park (Barriere) Saturday Farmers’ Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

Summit River Lodge Resort & Campground is truly Valemount’s Best Kept Secret Located 20 Kms south of Valemount www.bbcanada.com/summitriver Contact Us at:

250-566-9933

AUGUST

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Blue River Blues Slo-Pitch Tournament (Blue River) North West Mud Racing (Valemount) Robson Valley Music Festival (Valemount) 10th Annual Retro Concert Weekend (Sun Peaks) Candle Creek Half Marathon (Clearwater) 70th Annual North Thompson Fall Fair & the BCRA Polaris Rodeo Finals (Barriere) Valemount Marina Fishing Derby (Valemount) Kamloopa PowWow (Lower North Thompson) Clearwater Children’s Arts Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray) First Fish Ceremony (Simpcw First Nation – north of Clearwater) The Blueberry Tea (Valemount) TBA Star Gazing Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray) Thursday Night Concert Series (Clearwater/Wells Gray) Thursday Farmers’ Market (Valemount) Friday night Bandshell Music in the Park (Barriere) Saturday Farmers’ Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

email: summitriverlodge@hotmail.com

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Simply Breath Taking

Elvis Festival, Barriere

JULY

SEPTEMBER 1-2

70th Annual North Thompson Fall Fair & the BCRA Polaris Rodeo Finals (Barriere) 1 Valemount Marina Fishing Derby (Valemount) 7-9 Serenity Harvest Music Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray) 7 Mount Robson Marathon Run (Mount Robson) 26-30 4-H BC Agricultural Expo and Sale, NT Fall Fairgrounds (Barriere) > Peaks Pedal Fest (Sun Peaks) > Chu Chua Men’s Softball Tournament (Barriere) > North Face Dirty Feet Mountain Run and 50 km Relay (Sun Peaks) > Thursday Farmers’ Market (Valemount) > Saturday Farmers’ Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

River Front Lodging River Front Camping with Glacier View Powered Sites, Water Fill Up and Sani Dump Heated Washrooms with Hot Showers Quad Friendly Family Reunions

Rates: Lodge/Cabins ~ Starting at $129 night incl. breakfast Camping ~ $20-$30 per night

OCTOBER

North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. Barriere

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Annual Harvest Dinner, Community Hall (Blue River) Kid’s Halloween Party (Blue River) Coho Day at Dunn Creek Hatchery (north of Barriere)

NOVEMBER 11

Remembrance Day (North Thompson Valley)

DECEMBER

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Christmas Craft Fair (Blue River) Welcome to Winter Dance (Blue River) New Year’s Eve Professional Bull Riding and Dance, NT Agriplex (Barriere) New Year’s Eve Celebrations (Sun Peaks) Christmas Light Up and Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray) Holiday Kick Off Weekend (Sun Peaks) NorthThompson.ca | North Thompson Valley | 47


BCRA Polaris Championship Rodeo Finals

Exhibits & Competitions Weekend Kid’s Fun Zone Pass Only Concerts • Vendors Entertainment Stage Lumberjack Competition & Show Heavy Horse Pull Great Food • Beer Garden Livestock Shows Rodeo Cabaret Dance Lawn Tractor Races

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2019 North Thompson Valley Visitor Guide  

The 2019 official visitor guide to the North Thompson Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Cities in this region include: Sun Peaks Resort, B...

2019 North Thompson Valley Visitor Guide  

The 2019 official visitor guide to the North Thompson Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Cities in this region include: Sun Peaks Resort, B...

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