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Deserts of the Thompson-Nicola Region

The desert terrain of the Thompson-Nicola region is within a 1-hour drive of grasslands, snow-capped mountains and forests.

Desert areas have short, dry winters with the snow mainly accumulating in the high mountains nearby.

Sagebrush, bunch grasses and small cactus such as prickly pears are common.

Coyotes, yellow-bellied marmots, big-horn mountain sheep herds, white-tail deer and the odd rattlesnake may be seen in this arid area.

A condensed ftp site dedicated to desert locations :

Deserts Around Kamloops and Ashcroft

Box canyons, open desert plateaus, desert wetlands and red rock mountains are around Kamloops, Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Spences Bridge. There are desert areas around Merritt as well.


Ashcroft Desert - 1

Ashcroft Slough

Ashcroft Slough - 2

Tk'emlúps Box Canyons and Hoodoos, Kamloops


Deserts West of Clinton

Desert hills and mountains with cliffs and narrow roads are situated along the Fraser River Canyon. Desert plateaus are known as Big Bar, Crow's Bar, High Bar, and Empire Valley via Farwell Canyon, all due west of Clinton.

Canada's Grand Canyon (the Big Bar Fraser Canyon) has dramatic contrasts between valley and river, and mountains and plateaus. This area has been the backdrops of many 2nd unit plates and TV car and truck commercials.

Big Bar - Fraser River Canyon

Big Bar Desert - 1

High Bar Area - 1

The Thompson-Nicola desert terrain has doubled for:

  • Africa - South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia
  • Afghanistan
  • Arizona
  • Canadian northern tundra
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Northern California
  • Nuristan
  • Pakistan
  • Texas
  • The Baja
  • Tibet
  • Wyoming
  • Utah
  • Association of Film Commisioners International