14 Top Adventures Just A Step Away

Discover a land of endless adventure — where rivers run wild and majestic waterfalls transcend natural splendour. Find yourself here, in the midst of rugged beauty, where wilderness awaits.

The North Thompson’s Essential Experiences

Bear Viewing

Bear Viewing

Up-close and personal wildlife encounters are a fact of life in the North Thompson Valley. Thanks to abundant food sources and a temperate climate, a robust population of Black Bears and Grizzlies call this place home.

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Cranberry Marsh Birding

Cranberry Marsh Birding

The RW Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary in Valemount is a natural oasis for hiking, canoeing and bird-watching. The Cranberry Marsh is home to 140 species of birds which you can view from the lakes edge, viewing towers, or by canoe.

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Helmcken Falls

Helmcken Falls

Cascading 141m to the canyon below, Helmcken Falls is the fourth largest waterfall in Canada. With 39 named waterfalls, and hundreds more tucked into the wild, Wells Gray has no shortage of impressive sights.

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Murtle Lake

Murtle Lake

Set in the rugged wilderness of Wells Gray Park, Murtle Lake is the quintessential nature lover’s paradise. Fed by the Murtle River from a glacier in the Cariboo Mountains, this peaceful body of water is North America’s largest non-motorized lake.

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Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

Riding the rivers in the North Thompson Valley is an experience unmatched with any other. This is where big water lives — born from glaciers, careening toward the coast.

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Voyageur Canoeing

Voyageur Canoeing

Learn to paddle a canoe as part of a team, then celebrate your successful voyage with a feast reminiscent of those enjoyed by our first pioneers.

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Fall Fair & Rodeo

Fall Fair & Rodeo

Agricultural roots run deep in the North Thompson, and the Fall Fair and Rodeo is your glimpse into life out on the range. Every year, over 10,000 visitors come along to experience this longstanding tradition.

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Ranch Stays

Ranch Stays

You can hike, fish and swim the day away or pitch in and help out with the daily operations. At night, gather around the fire, kick back and breathe in the fresh North Thompson Valley air.

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Wells Gray Park

Wells Gray Park

Cedar-Hemlock, subalpine and alpine tundra eco zones climb from the valley floor to the peaks of sloping mountains. This forest is a hiker’s paradise.

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Heli-skiing

Heli-skiing

Let the overhead thunder of helicopter blades carry you further into the pristine snow of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains.

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Alpine Snowmobiling

Alpine Snowmobiling

The snow in the North Thompson Valley is one of a kind: created by the collision of warm, ocean breezes and the chilly, northern environment. Valemount, Blue River and Sun Peaks Resort each offer their own powder-fuelled thrills.

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Sun Peaks Skiing

Sun Peaks Skiing

Visit Canada’s second largest ski area, Sun Peaks Resort. This alpine village is straight out of a fairytale and is located just a short, scenic 45 minute drive from Kamloops.

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Mt Robson Heli-tour

Mt Robson Heli-tour

Avid outdoorsmen and women have long been drawn to this place — to hike, camp and heli-tour one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks. Along the way, snow-capped mountains and thundering waterfalls draw you in, one inspired step at a time.

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Hike Alpine Blossoms

Hike Alpine Blossoms

Sun Peaks Resort may be famous for skiing, but when the summer wildflowers are in bloom, hikers lace up their boots to explore the numerous trails.

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