the Region

Welcome to the Thompson-Nicola Region

The lands of the Thompson-Nicola region cover an area roughly the size of Denmark in the heart of British Columbia’s central interior. One of the most biophysically diverse regions in the province, the landscape is filled with more than 200 lakes, hills dressed in sage, vast rolling grasslands, tumbleweeds, looming mountains, alpine valleys, roaring rivers and crashing creeks.

The Thompon-Nicola Film Commission is here to help you and your crew navigate the vast unique landscapes found in this region. Whether you are looking for the perfect film location or a great restaurant, we’ve got you covered.

Get to know the Region

Wild landscapes and welcoming communities. Mild, dry climates. Filmmakers love our love our locations, they love our crews, and they love coming up here.

Unique locations​

Our otherworldly landscapes, varied geography, and wide-open spaces have provided ideal locations and lots of inspiration for movie makers over the years. Search the locations gallery to see for yourself.

Tax Credits

The film and television tax credit is for eligible corporations that produce eligible film or video productions in British Columbia. The credits are for domestic productions with qualifying levels of Canadian content.


The Thompson-Nicola region is northeast of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. The City of Kamloops is the largest community in the region.


Throughout the region, you’ll find landscapes of desert areas including arid, semi-desert, hoodoos, sagebrush, rolling hills, dried golden grasses, clay cliffs, box canyons, gullies and prickly pear cacti.

The grasslands between Merritt and Kamloops are made up of prairie-like rolling grasslands.

Steep mountains and valleys with dramatic views and rock formations outline rivers and small lakes, with large rivers and tributaries running through the region.

Lakes, waterfalls and trails are abundant, with 39 waterfalls in Wells Grey Provincial Park alone.

The region is also home to several ski resorts and a heli-ski in the northernmost part of the region.

Time Zones

The Thompson-Nicola region is in the Pacific Time Zone, same as Vancouver and Los Angeles.


The Thompson-Nicola region’s huge geography and central BC location offers numerous micro-climates ranging from dry deserts to snowy alpine peaks and plateaus. Seasons start with spring in March, summer in June, fall in September and winter in December.

Getting Here

Vancouver to Kamloops is a  4.5 hour drive on the Coquihalla Highway, or a 50 minute direct flight from YVR.

Get in touch

For more information about how the
Thompson-Nicola region can work for your project, contact the Film Commission

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