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Tourism in the Thompson-Nicola Region

The ThompsonNicolaMovieMap is a comprehensive google map that shows what and where motion picture projects were filmed in the region. Plus, it offers fun facts and other information.

Super, Natural British Columbia consists of 6 unique and distinct tourism regions

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) comprises three tourism regions:

  1. Thompson Okanagan (website),
  2. Cariboo Chilcotin Coast  (website),
  3. Vancouver, Coast & Mountains (website).

Thompson Okanagan Region


The City of Kamloops (website) is  Canada's Tournament Capital

Tourism Kamloops (website) lists numerous activities and attractions for adventure seekers as well as those that wish to relax and casually explore the city and its surroundings. The Kamloops Visitor Centre is located along the Trans Canada Hwy #1 opposite Aberdeen Mall (website).

Kamloops has numerous golf courses (more), outdoor activities, pristine beaches and state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities.


The City of Merritt (website) is the Country Music Capital of Canada comprising cowboy lifestyles, cowboy music and fine neighborly hospitality.

Merritt is famous for its Country Music Walk of Stars (website) and  is the home of Canada's Country Music Hall of Fame (website1) and (website2)

The Coquihalla BC Visitor Center offers brochures, pamphlets, maps, refreshments and snacks as well as facilities.  Also, there is the Merritt Visitor Information Centre (websites) at the Bailie House (website), a popular tourist attraction in its own right.

Nicola Valley

Stroll through Quilchena (website) and the Historic Nicola  townsite (website) which are surrounded by rolling grasslands. Also the Douglas Lake Ranch offers half of a million acres of many tourism activities (website).

North Thompson Valley

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort (website) is a 4-season resort located north of Kamloops.

In winter, Sun Peaks is world reknown for its fantastic skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing terrain.

In summer, Sun Peaks provides excellent mountain-biking and hiking opportunities, concerts and special events. It has a superb golf course, and provides canoeing and horseback riding fun. Sun Peaks draws vacationers from around the globe to its Tyrolean village of accommodations, shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Barriere (website) is the Gateway to the Lower North Thompson Valley (website). It is famous amongst horseback riding enthusiasts for its more than 200 kilometres (trail guide) of horse trails with recreational camping sites.

Clearwater (website)  is the gateway to the gorgeous Wells Gray Provincial Park (website). Wells Gray Park is for the adventurous. There is white water rafting and kayaking, more than 39 waterfalls and pristine lakes to visit and camping in the wilderness in places such as the Clearwater Lake and Myrtle Lake. Look for a Moose on the Yellowhead Highway - it's really the Clearwater Visitor Centre (website).

Little Fort is a tiny town just south of Clearwater where a ferry will transport you to beautiful Dunn Lake (website) and Alpine Meadows Resort on Hallamore Lake (website).

Blue River (website) is surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountain Range, which was featured in the Opening Ceremonies film for the Whistler & Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (website).

Blue River is the Jewel of the Yellowhead and is home to Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Resort (website) where patrons from all over the world flock to heli-ski, heli-board and snowcat ski.

Explore Gold Country in the Thompson Okanagan Region

The western-most part of the Thompson-Nicola Region is famous for its rich Gold Rush Era history, and is represented by Explore Gold Country Tourism (website).

Explore Gold Country boasts a comprehensive Geo Caching Program (website).

Explore Gold Country covers the historic communities of 70 Mile House and Clinton (website) and its renowned tourist/visitor centre in the Clinton Museum (more), Clinton Rodeo and the longest running Heritage Annual Ball in history.

Cache Creek (website) is where a BC Visitor/Tourist Info Booth (website) is located.  Nearby tourist attractions include Historic Hat Creek Ranch & Native Village (website) and the Bonaparte Bend Winery (website). Cache Creek is famous for its Graffiti Days celebrations.

Ashcroft (website) has an Info Kiosk in the summer, plus the Ashcroft Museum and the historic Ashcroft Manor and Tea House, which also includes accommodations and a small museum. Nearby is the Nl'Akapxm Eagle Motorplex Racetrack (website).

Spences Bridge is host to the Desert Daze Music Festival (website) and produce stands.

Walhachin was home to the British aristocracy at the turn-of-the-century and its museum tells the story of early settlers and its place in history as the Ghost of Walhachin (website1) and (YouTubewebsite2).

Savona is a quaint community situated on Kamloops Lake, near Tobiano (website), a world renowned golf course. Savona is at the heart of Copper Desert Country (website) and is a summer fun place.

Logan Lake is a community (website) (YouTubeTourismVideo) that is a winter recreational centre. It hosts the annual Western Canada Cup Pond Hockey Tournament  (more) and Speed Skating Championships. Logan Lake is also the location of Highland Valley Copper Mine which offers annual tours (more) (YoutTubeHVCMTour).

The Logan Lake Visitor Centre is one of the most unique visitor centres in the province; situated inside a 195B Bucyrus Erie mining shovel with a 13 cubic metre bucket, parked next to a 235 ton haulage truck (website).


Chase (website) on  Little Shuswap Lake offers lakeside activities plus the Cornstalk Festival (more), agritourism at Golden Ears Community Farm (more), a zipline for swinging fun thanks to Treetop Flyers Zipline at Chase Canyon (more) and exceptional golf by Little Shuswap Lake at the Sunshore Golf Course (website).

Chase is also world reknown for the natural wonder of the Salmon Run on the Adams River by Rodrick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. (more). Stop at the Chase Visitor Centre to gather information on true Shuswap experiences (website1) and (website2).

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast (website) region is branded a Land Without Limits and within the Thompson-Nicola Regional District's portion you'll discover 70 Mile House, the proud destination of the Cariboo Trails Combined Horse Driving Events held at Huber Farm (more).

Clinton (website) , also in Explore Gold Country (read above), is another Cariboo Gold Rush community rich with the region's past. Clinton is considered The Gateway to the Cariboo (more) and comprises numerous shops and second hand stores for antique and curios shopping. Clinton is home to the Clinton Annual Ball (website) which is the longest running event in Canada!

Big Bar Guest Ranch  (website) is for those who want to experience cowboy living first hand, and dust up on their horse riding and back country skills.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa provides a more relaxing Cariboo experience  (website). Both are near BC's Grand Canyon - the Fraser River at Big Bar.

Siwash Lake Guest Ranch is Canada's #1 luxury dude ranch & remote wilderness resort - BC's best eco-lodge for all-inclusive luxury guest ranch vacations, horseback riding and eco-adventures (website).

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region

Lytton is in this tourism region along with Metro Vancouver (website). Lytton (website1) is located in the Fraser Canyon, where the powerful Fraser River and Thompson River converge.

Lytton is the Rafting Capital of Canada (more) and Canada's Hot Spot. The area also offers many water sports such as salmon fishing, kayaking and gold panning.

Lytton is home to an outstanding Visitors Centre (website) that has a comprehensive selection of brochures, maps and pamphlets about activities in and around Lytton, throughout the Fraser Canyon corridor and in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (website).

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