Mountain & Pine Communities
The North Thompson Corridor (N to S)
- Blue River & Avola
- Clearwater & Vavenby
- Little Fort
- Sun Peaks Resort & Heffley Creek
- Barriere, McLure & Rayleigh
Albreda is approximately 35 minutes north of Blue River and marks the northern edge of the Thompson-Nicola region. Albreda is home to the luxurious Albreda Lodge of 17 rooms, which looks up to the Albreda Glacier on Albreda Mountain and aligns itself with Blue River and Mike Wiegele Heli Ski Resort.
Blue River & Avola
The community of Blue River is nestled between the Monashee and Cariboo Mountain ranges, which reach over 3,000 ft above sea level. Blue River and Avola offer breathtaking mountains, wilderness and spectacular early snow conditions, perfect for James Bond movies, or heli-ski and snowmobile footage. Thanks to Mike Wiegele Heli Ski Resort, the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains were the primary locations for the stunning snowboarding footage shown in the opening film of the Vancouver & Whistler 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. As well, Blue River's terrain, and the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains provide an abundance of backdrops and runs for extreme skiing and snowboarding as depicted in Warren Miller's films. In summer, there are lots of activities in Blue River including boating, hiking, biking, and even glacier skiing. Blue River is approximately one hour from Clearwater with Avola in the middle, but closer to Blue River. If you love watching bears, bald eagles and deer, Blue River is the place to be.
Blue River in Monashee & Cariboo Mountain Ranges
Blue River Janie's General Store
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Ski Runs
Mike Wiegele Bavarian House Estate and Cabana
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Resort and Mud Lake
Mike Wiegele Heli Ski Resort & Bavarian House Estate on Blue River's Eleanor Lake
The community of Avola is tiny. But it has a very cool café, bar and roadside motel that may suit your script. Avola is half way between Clearwater and Blue River, where there is plenty of infrastructure to support a full crew
Avola Mountain Motel & Rednecks Restaurant
Avola Log Inn Pub & Cabins
Avola along Highway 5N
Clearwater & Vavenby
The District of Clearwater includes Clearwater on both sides of the Yellowhead Highway #5N, and the community of Vavenby. Clearwater is the gateway to the magnificent Wells Gray Provincial Park. Clearwater offers a small community of businesses, tourism infrastructure and plenty of room to explore. The feature film "Deep Water" starring Lucas Black, Peter Coyote and Canadians Michael Ironside and Xander Berkeley filmed in Clearwater and Little Fort. As well, countless wildlife and scenic documentaries, still shoots, snowmobiling and backcountry TV programs, and DVD films have drawn on the Clearwater's breathtaking waterfalls, rapids, river gorges, and alpine mountains, flora and vistas of this area. Wildlife watching opportunities are abundant.
Clearwater's Raft River Mini Market and Gas Station area
Wells Gray Provincial Park highlights – Helmcken Falls and Moul Falls
Bailey's Chute Rapids
Vavenby is located 20 minutes north of Clearwater and is a ranching and forestry dependent community. There are empty mills and warehouse available for filming as well as a unique general store and dramatic bridge.
Vavenby General Store
Little Fort rests at the crossroads of the Yellowhead Highway #5N and Lac Des Roches Highway #24 which crosses over to 70 Mile House and Clinton. Little Fort is surrounded by lakes and vast lush green farms and ranchlands.
Little Fort Fly & Tackle
Little Fort - Red's Roadhouse & Pub
Little Fort - Bree's Café, Motel, and RV Park
Sun Peaks Resort is a four-season resort comprising an active pedestrian ski village of hotels, more than 20 restaurants and cafés, and plenty of shops of all kinds. At Sun Peaks Resort there are 122 ski runs on Mount Tod and Mount Morrisey. Sun Peaks' community sections are thematic and compliments the Bavarian style and looks of Sun Peaks Resort. Sun Peaks Resort is a pleasant 45-minute drive from Kamloops. Sun Peaks is known for its light, dry, easy-to-ski powder.
Sun Peaks Resort Sunburst Chair
Sun Peaks Resort Village Day Lodge
Sun Peaks Resort Sunburst On-Mountain Restaurant
Sun Peaks Residential Area, and Alpine Flowers & Golf
Sun Peaks Village
Sun Peaks Resort Alpine Blossom Season
Heffley Creek is a small community at the crossroads of Trans Canada Highway #1 and Tod Mountain Road that leads to Sun Peaks. Heffley Creeks' store is remarkable and the drive to Sun Peaks is impressive as it passes Little and Big Heffley Lake, the world renown Tod Mountain Thoroughbred Ranch and the bedroom community of Whitecroft.
Historic Heffley Creek Store
Barriere, McLure & Rayleigh
The District of Barriere is 50 minutes north of Kamloops along the Yellowhead Highway #5N. The highway splits at the south end of town making the business centre isolated and quiet. Barriere is a logging town and supports tourism and those who wish to live in this sleepy, picturesque town. The Barriere Fall Fair and Rodeo attracts international attention and is a vibrant facility.
Barriere Town Road Business Centre
Barriere Town Road business centre shops
Barriere Fall Rodeo & Fair Grounds
McLure isn't big but it's famous for great food, and a ferry ride connecting the east and west sides of the North Thompson River, and for easy access to the Whispering Pines motocross racetrack, mud bog track & rodeo.
Rayleigh HY5 Roadside Restaurant