About the Thompson-Nicola Region
PST - Pacific Standard Time (same as Vancouver and Los Angeles)
The Thompson-Nicola region is northeast of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.
The City of Kamloops is the largest community in the region.
Ashcroft, Barriere, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Lytton, Merritt, and Sun Peaks Mountain Resort.
70 Mile House, Aspen Grove, Avola, Big Bar, Blue River, Brookmere, Douglas Lake, Little Fort, Loon Lake, Lower Nicola, Monte Lake, Nicola, Pritchard, Quilchena, Savona, Spences Bridge, Walhachin, and Westwold.
Arid, semi-desert, hoodoos, sagebrushed, rolling hills, dried golden grasses, clay cliffs, box canyons, gullies and prickly pear cacti.
Desert areas are:
- Kamloops and southwest
- Cache Creek
- Spences Bridge
- Big Bar area, west of Clinton
Between Kamloops and Merritt - prairie-like and rolling grasslands.
Steep Mountains & Valleys
Sculpted valleys with dramatic views and rock formations, usually outlining rivers and small lakes.
- Fraser Canyon - Vancouver through Lytton to Spences Bridge
- Monashee Mountain Range and Cariboo Mountain Range - Blue River area
- Turtle Valley - Chase area
- Deadman Vidette Valley - Savona area
- Upper Hat Creek Valley and Marble Canyon - Cache Creek area
- Botanie Valley - Lytton area
- Marble Mountain - Clinton area
- Coquihalla Mountains - Merritt area
Rivers - Large
North Thompson River
South Thompson River
Rivers - Other:
- Coldwater River
- Nicola River
- Adams River
- Bonaparte River
- Kamloops Lake
- Adams Lake
- Clearwater Lake
- hundreds of small lakes
Parks, Waterfalls & Trails
- Wells Gray Provincial Park 5,200 sq km or 2,000 sq miles with 39 waterfalls
Ski Resorts & Hills
- Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops
- Mike Wiegele Heliskiing Resort, Blue River
- Harper Mountain Ski Hill, Kamloops
- Clearwater Ski Hill, Clearwater
One of the warmest and driest regions in Canada
South: Semi-arid, dry desert-like weather
North: Continental wetter and cooler
More than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually
Snow typically arrives in late November and stays until February and March on higher elevations.
- Abundant snow in north: Blue River, Clearwater, Barriere, 70 Mile House and Clinton.
- Abundant snow in Logan Lake area due to high altitude.
- Dry and unpredictable (may not stay) snowfall in southern areas.
Vancouver - Kamloops: 3.5-hour drive via Coquihalla Highway #5
Vancouver - Kamloops: 4.5-hour drive through the Fraser Canyon on the Trans Canada Highway #1
Vancouver - Merritt: 3-hour drive via the Coquihalla Highway #5
Kamloops - Kelowna: 2 - 2.5-hour drive via Kamloops-Vernon Hwy 97C or Coquihalla Hwy #5 to Connector
Kamloops - Vernon: 1 hour 15 minute drive via Kamloops-Vernon Hwy 97C
Regional Airport: Kamloops Airport (YKA) (website)
- Restaurant & Bar
- Air Cargo Shipping
- Airplane Salvage Yard
- Helicopter and charter plane companies plus flight school and Control Tower
Vancouver - Kamloops: 45-minute direct flight
Calgary - Kamloops: 65-minute direct flight
Kelowna Airport to Kamloops is a 2.5-hour drive
Municipal Paved Airports (fuel for charter planes, small planes and helicopters)
- Cache Creek Campbell Hill Airport
- Merritt Saunders Field Airport
- Blue River Airstrip
Private Paved Airstrips
- Douglas Lake Ranch near Merritt
- Clinton Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
- Clinton Blieber Ranch airstrip
Airfields - Unpaved
- Kamloops Blair Field
- Clearwater Yellowhead Helicopter pad
- Clearwater Ranch Tours airstrip
- Logan Lake/Kamloops High Kelly Ranch
- Adams Lake Ferry crosses Adams Lake at southern tip
- Big Bar Ferry crosses Fraser River west of Clinton
- Little Fort Ferry crosses North Thompson River
- McLure Ferry crosses North Thompson River north of Kamloops
- Kamloops Steam Heritage Railway - 2141 Locomotive and heritage cars
- Canadian National Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railroad do not allow filming