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Blue River

The Jewel of the Yellowhead

Visit Blue River, home to Mike Wiegele’s Heli Ski Resort, River Safari Tours, and Murtle Lake, the largest canoe-only lake in North America. Fishing, bear watching, and hiking are popular in the summer. In the winter, come back for an epic heli-skiing adventure and snowmobiling on pristine powder.

As you journey north along the Yellowhead Highway, rolling ranch lands give way to forested mountains and then the craggy slopes of the Cariboo range. This quiet, unassuming hamlet (pop. 230) lies midway between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB. It’s known as the jewel of the Yellowhead and was founded by overlanders, railway barons, and people like you who seek out wilderness adventure.

Blue River, at the confluence of the Blue and North Thompson Rivers, is where you’ll find tranquil glacier-fed lakes, soaring (and often snow-capped) mountain peaks and wildlife in its natural habitat.

Where Snow is King

This is the place for epic winter recreation. Warm Pacific air collides with cold arctic breezes here, creating a snow-pack of up to 10 m (32 ft) of dry, white powder. Come and explore over 1.2 million acres of unspoiled backcountry by heli-skiing or riding a high-powered snowmobile.

Get whisked away by Mike Wiegele’s Helicopter Skiing to a ski slope with no marks and no lines. Make your way through forested paths and snowy meadows on cross-country skis.

Sledders love the guided snowmobile tours through pristine backcountry bowls. Get in on the thrills and feel the exhilarating chill of snow flying on your face as you race around bends and plow through trees on a snowmobile.

Adventures off the Highway

Abundant snowfall feeds the old-growth cedar and hemlock forests. The crisp winters give way to a summer oasis that is ideal for hiking or mountain biking. Blue River sits at the northern-most reaches of a lush, temperate inland rainforest. Simply grab a local trail map from the Blue River Campground and set out on nearby trails with fragrant cedars and towering spruce as your companions.

Go Wild on a River Safari

Imagine spotting lumbering moose, burly bears, and elk with 12 points on their rack. Blue River’s River Safari can take you where the wild things are. Explore the Mud Lake Delta on high-speed jet boat or the comfort of a 4×4 jeep. Expert guides lead you to prime viewing spots. Keep your eyes peeled and you discover what’s around every corner.

Gateway to Murtle Lake

No motors allowed. Navigate your own course with a paddle in hand. Blue River is the entrance to Murtle Lake, a backcountry camping oasis and North America’s largest paddle only lake.

top Ways to Experience Blue River in the North Thompson Valley

  1. Heli-ski and CAT-ski with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
  2. Search for wild neighbours by floating on the water with the River Safari tour or rolling through the forest on a 4X4 Jeep Tour
  3. Hammer the horsepower and collide with snow, experience winter with an ultimate snowmobile adventure
  4. Access Murtle Lake through Blue River and experience North America’s largest paddle only lake
  5. Hike or bike through Blue River’s unique rainforest, alpine trails, and local parks
  6. Glide along winter pathways on two skis with snow-topped forests as your backdrop cross-country skiing Eleanor Lake and Blue River Pine Provincial Park
  7. Venture out and explore the wild places that surround Blue River.
  8. Pack your gear and surround yourself in the Canadian wilderness camping at one of our many spots to stretch out under the stars
  9. Rainbow trout, Kokanee, Dolly Varden; find your favourite swimmer fishing in one of our local lakes and rivers