Mountain Communities

Snowcapped mountains and vast forests are typical of the Thompson-Nicola region. There are three main areas in the Thompson-Nicola that boast mountainous terrain covered with pine trees and other coniferous varieties, and deciduous trees.


Tod Mountain at Sun Peaks Mountain Resort near Kamloops

South Cariboo Region to Fraser River Canyon Corridor

The southern Cariboo region starts at 70 Mile and south through Clinton (west is Big Bar area), following the Cariboo Highway #97N and then the Trans Canada Hwy #1 to include Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Spences Bridge and Lytton. 

This is also known as the Historic Gold Rush Trail (tourism).

The Chasm (Clinton)

North Thompson Corridor (N to S)

This area's Monashee and Cariboo Mountain Ranges were featured in the  2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies. Renown snowboarder Johnny Lyall stood at the mountain top and skied down to Vancouver. Assistance was provided by Mike Wiegele Heli Ski Resort staff and guides.

Mike Wiegele Helicopter Ski Resort.


2010 Olympic Opening Snowboard Film - click here


The North Thompson corridor includes ski resorts, small towns and little stop-offs along the valley that follows the North Thompson River.


The Thompson-Nicola region's northern-most area begins at Albreda Mountain. Follow the Yellowhead Hwy #5 and the North Thompson River south to explore Blue River and Avola, Wells Gray Provincial Park, Vavenby, Clearwater , Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort, Heffley Creek, McLure and Rayleigh. At Kamloops, the North and South Thompson rivers converge and become the Thompson River and Kamloops Lake.

Albreda Lodge

North Thompson Valley

Southern Central Corridor

High altitudes bring early rich snow to the District of Logan Lake and the corridor is traversed by the Okanagan Connector Highway #97C from Ashcroft through Logan Lake to Aspen Grove and to the superhighway - the Coquihalla Highway #5. Along the way, you pass small lakes, Merritt (the Country Music Capital of Canada), a retired train station community, cattle and buffalo country and the Coquihalla Pass.

Old Meadow Creek Rd - Logan Lake area

Coquihalla Pass - Merritt area