The Southern Entrance to the North Thompson Valley
Set along the shore of the South Thompson River in the sun soaked Hoodoo badlands of the Lower North Thompson Valley, where the North Thompson and South Thompson Rivers converge, sits the quiet hamlet of Barriere. North of the graceful South Thompson River, take the Yellowhead Highway 5 and follow the North Thompson River some 66 km (41 mi) north of Kamloops. The charred and rounded slopes of the Monashee Mountains gently give way to waving meadows of alfalfa, and a landscape that inspires old western dreams of riding high in the saddle. Down-home, Canadian hospitality are the hallmarks of Lower North Thompson.
This is Cowboy Country
Home of the Jandana Ranch and the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, where you’ll find our western roots run deep. Visit Barriere during the first weekend of September and you’ll have the chance to experience cowboy culture up close at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. Bring the entire family along to celebrate the best of rural Canadian lifestyle — livestock and rodeo competitions, fair food, community dances and more.
Beyond the Blacktop
Detour from the highway and explore the trails and lakes surrounding Barriere. The charred remains of a once great forest are beginning to green up again, slowly regenerating after the McLure fire of 2003. Venture into that same forest — where you never thought you would. Hike numerous kilometres of trails that lead to views that can only be called inspired — rounded mountaintops, fields of avalanche lily, and azure blue lakes fed by underground springs.
Bring your fishing gear along to angle or fly fish for famous Kamloops Trout at fly-in fishing camps, or nearby Johnson Lake Resort where families have made warm summer memories for over 60 years. Take an educational tour at the Dunn Creek Fish Hatchery where the Simpcw First Nations conserve and maintain the local Coho population. Bring your GPS and a keen sense of adventure and let geocache clues guide you to hidden treasures stashed just off the beaten path, or veer off the highway at the monument to the McLure Wildfire for a self-guided interpretive tour dedicated to all who helped battle the blaze and rebuild the community.