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Climate & Wildlife of the Thompson-Nicola Region

Climate

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

Wildlife

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.

For information about the wildlife in the Thompson-Nicola Region, contact the BC Wildlife Park (Kamloops), The Kamloops Naturalist Club and The Nature Conservancy (search Kamloops).

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