Climate & Wildlife of the Thompson-Nicola Region
The southern portion of the Thompson-Nicola Region has a semi-desert climate, with barren hillsides, and often experiences the hottest summer conditions anywhere in Canada.
Semi-arid desert-like terrain, rolling grasslands and deep forests with white water rivers are examples of the TNRD's varied terrain. Ponderosa pine trees – some mixed with deciduous trees, sagebrush and cacti, and bunch grasses are foliage typical of this region.
Semi-Arid Desert, Kamloops-Ashcroft areas
Grasslands, Quilchena and Douglas Lake areas
The northern portion northern section receives more snowfall and rainfall than further south, and has an all-around cooler climate but with dry summers.
The Monashee and Cariboo range is in the north-east, which has alpine glaciers below its summits.
Thick Forests & Mountainous Terrain, Clearwater area
Thompson-Nicola Region is home to big cats such as cougars, birds of prey such as bald eagles, falcons and owls, large black and cinnamon bears, canines such as coyotes and wolves, small animals such as badgers, beaver, marmots, porcupines and many, many others.
You're likely to see California Big Horn Sheep (especially in Kamloops and Spences Bridge), mountain goats, deer, moose, horses - wild and on ranches, and literally tons and tons of cattle and, of course, their owner's dogs.
Here's lookin' at you kid!