Tourism in the Thompson-Nicola Region
For a fun, quick understanding of the the Thompson-Nicola Region watch The Region of BC's Best (VIDEO).
Explore Gold Country
Explore Gold Country represents the western part of the Thompson-Nicola Region. The area is famous for its Guest Ranches and Gold Rush Era history, and Gold Country's Geo Caching Program is world renown.
North Thompson Valley
The same natural elements that define the dramatic landscapes of so much of Canada also define the pristine, wilderness playground you’ll find in the North Thompson Valley British Columbia: rugged, storybook landscapes framed by the Canadian Rocky Mountains that grow ever higher the further north you travel; rushing rivers — the kind you can’t wait to paddle in; cool, timbered slopes leading into the world’s only inland temperate rainforest; a wide-open alpine blanketed by wildflowers in summer and by deep, deep powdery snow come winter; where Canadian wildlife still roam, free from any fence lines.
Wells Gray Provincial Park
Wells Gray Provincial Park - The Canada You Imagined. Wells Gray Park is 'Canada's Waterfalls Park' boasting 39 waterfalls in Canada's 4th largest park. Highlights include the famous Helmcken Falls and Moul Falls, a network of hiking trails, and remote backcountry cabins, mountains, rapids, volcanic cones and Canada's only inland rainforest. The park is open all year. In winter, the main road is plowed to Helmcken Falls and boasts plenty of snow for backcountry snowshoeing and snowmobiling to chalets and spectacular views.
70 Mile House plus the Bonaparte Plateau and Big Bar
70 Mile House home to Cariboo Trails Combined Horse Racing and Bonaparte Plateau and Guest Ranches such as Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort (glamping), Big Bar Guest Ranch (rustic cabins and teepees), Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (pampering, high end), to name a few.
Ashcroft (website) has a Tourism Info Kiosk in the summer. Ashcroft is situated in the desert micro-climate and highlights are Desert Hills Ranch - buy produce direct from the field, the Ashcroft Museum, and historic Ashcroft Manor and Tea House, which also includes accommodations and a small museum.
Blue River is gorgeous and is the Jewel of the Yellowhead. Blue River is surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Monashee Mountains and the Cariboo Mountain Range. It is home to Mike Wiegele Heliskiing Resort which has access to the mountains and Grizzly Hut remote mountain cabin.
Cache Creek is where a BC Visitor/Tourist Info Booth 1950's style is located. Tourist attractions include Historic Hat Creek Ranch & Native Village and Horsting Farm Market for farm to market fresh produce and fresh baked goods and home cooking. Cache Creek is famous for its Graffiti Days celebrations.
Chase on Little Shuswap Lake is the gateway to the Shuswap Lakes region. It offers lakeside activities and is famous for its corn and the Cornstalk Festival and Golden Ears Farm.Treetop Flyers Zipline will fly you through Chase Canyon .
Chase is also world renowned for the natural wonder of the Salmon Run on the Adams River near Rodrick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.
Clearwater is the Gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Wells Gray Park is for the adventurous. In Clearwater you can book water rafting and kayaking trips, camp, swim in Dutch Lake and enjoy small bakeries and unique waterside eateries. Look for a Moose on the Yellowhead Highway - it's really the Clearwater Visitor Centre.
Clinton - Where History Meets Adventure. Clinton is on the Gold Rush Trail and is a renowned tourist/visitor centre for shopping for antiques, unique accommodations such as The Old House and Guest Ranches, the Clinton Museum, Clinton Rodeo and the longest running Clinton Annual May Rodeo Ball in history (150! years and counting).
The City of Kamloops is Canada's Tournament Capital.
Tourism Kamloops Boldly Unscripted boasts numerous golf courses, world class sports events and facilities including an Olympic size hockey arena and pool, BC Wildlife Park and numerous activities and attractions. Explore one of Kamloops' four wineries and discover a bevy of bright, balanced and award winning wines.
The Kamloops Visitor Centre is located along the Trans Canada Hwy #1 opposite Aberdeen Mall.
Little Fort and Highway #24 is the access to fly fishing resorts and fishing lakes, including the beautiful Rivermount Motel, Bed & Breakfast, Camping and Restaurant situated along the North Thompson River, the popular High Five Diner, Motel and Camping, and Alpine Meadows Resort on Hallamore Lake.
Logan Lake Discover Our Nature. Logan Lake is a winter recreational centre. It hosts the annual Western Canada Cup Pond Hockey Tournament, Speed Skating Championships, nighttime cross country skiing, a Winter Carnival and snowmobiling.
It also boasts Left Field Cider where you can buy fresh apple cider and enjoy a picnic on Mamette Lake.
Highland Valley Copper Mine supports the community and the Logan Lake Visitor Centre is one of the most unique visitor centres in the province! It's situated inside a 195B Bucyrus Erie mining shovel with a 13 cubic metre bucket, parked next to a 235 ton haulage truck. How cool is that!
Lytton - Where the Two Great Rivers Meet. Lytton is Canada's Hot Spot and nestled in the beauful Fraser Canyon where the Thompson River and Fraser River converge. Lytton's Visitor Centre is a hub of activity to learn about its history of Gold Panning, the building of Canada's railways, and First Nations and their love of the rivers and salmon fishing which is celebrated during the Lytton River Festival.
Lytton is also home to KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort.
Merritt & the Nicola Valley
The City of Merritt is The Country Music Capital of Canada.
The Coquihalla BC Visitor Center is a full service large visitor centre offering brochures, pamphlets, maps, refreshments and snacks as well as facilities. It is situated where the Coquihalla Highway and The Connector meet.
Visitor information can be acquired at the Baillie House which is run by the Nicola Valley Heritage Sociey. It is also a popular tourist attraction located downtown.
The Nicola Valley comprises Douglas Lake Ranch, one of the largest working cattle ranches in North America and famous tourist attraction boasting fishing lakes, cabins and yurts. It also owns the Historic Quilchena Hotel built in 1908, a General Store and the Quilchena Golf & Country Club.
Historic Nicola townsite offers accommodations, a store and a variety of historic buildings and is also Nicola Ranch.
Savona is the heart of Copper Desert Country. Savona is a quaint community situated on Kamloops Lake. It is famous for Tobiano Golf Course, the Bruker Marina & Water Sports Rentals and Lakeside Country Inn on Kamloops Lake.
Spences Bridge is host to the Desert Daze Music Festival (website) which consists of live music, fruit and vegetable stands, artesans selling and displaying their wares and activities. You'll enjoy the Packing House Cafe serving farm-to-table homecooked food with entertainment in the evening , a fun motorcycle-themed pub called the Log Cabin Pub, and BC's oldest hotel the Inn at Spences Bridge with a restaurant, built in the1860's, along the Thompson River where fly fishing is world renown.
Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Resort is a 4-season resort and a Tyrolean village of accommodations, shopping, dining, and nightlife and is world infamous for its fantastic skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing terrain.
In summer, Sun Peaks Resort offers rexcellent mountain-biking and alpine flower hiking opportunities,outdoor concerts and special events, a superb golf course, and opportunities to canoe and horseback ride.
Walhachin was home to the Walhachin Soldiers Memorial Hall Museum. At the turn-of-the-century British aristocracy converted the Walhachin Valley into thriving orchards. When World War I broke out, the men were called back to England to fight. Most of the men were killed and the land reverted back to desert. The museum tells the story of early settlers and its place in history as the Ghost of Walhachin (website).
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region of BC
Logan Lake Pond Hockey Tournament
Falconry at the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
70 Mile Combined Horse Racing
Kumsheen Rafting on the Thompson River, Lytton