The Journey

Getting away from it all is easy with these directions and maps. The North Thompson Valley may feel like you’re at the edge of civilization; however, our destinations are easily accessed from major hubs. The North Thompson Valley is located in the north central region of British Columbia known as the Thompson Okanagan region. The valley corridor stretches 330 kilometres (205 miles) from its southern to northern reaches before coming to Mount Robson and Jasper, Alberta.

By Air
In Kamloops, BC, there is a regional airport that serves the North Thompson Valley. International airports can be found in Kelowna, and Vancouver, BC, as well as in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.

Driving Highway 5 Yellowhead Highway
Explore the local communities by driving along the picturesque Yellowhead Highway. Staging areas for many backcountry adventures are found just beyond the highway. When arriving by land from the United States, steer yourself along scenic Route 97, which connects north central Washington to British Columbia’s Central Interior, and the North Thompson Valley.

Jasper and Columbia Icefields Parkway
A Canadian Icon A Canadian Icon - The scenic wilderness loop through the North Thompson Valley and Columbia Icefields Parkway is as Canadian as it gets. Veteran explorers and weekend warriors alike rejoice when planning a road trip to Jasper. Stunning vistas, ever-changing landscapes and activities that range from the mild to the wild, roll along the North Thompson route. Spend days uncovering the diverse ecology and glacier laden area of the Columbia Icefields. Venture off from Kamloops to Jasper (443 km, 275 mi) and on to Banff and Lake Louise, enjoying an experience that is quintessentially Canadian.

Driving times from airports

International Airports Driving Distance Driving Time
Kelowna to Kamloops 210 km (130 mi) 2 hours, 15 minutes
Vancouver to Kamloops 2355 km (220 mi) 4 hours
Calgary to Kamloops 675 km (421 mi) 8 hours

Driving times from Kamloops to Communities

Check the avalanche bulletins before venturing out in the backcountry

Driving Distance Driving Time
Kamloops to Clearwater & Wells Gray 126 km (78 mi) 1 hour, 25 minutes
Kamloops to Blue River 232 km (144 mi) 2.5 hours
Kamloops to Valemount 322 km (200 mi) 3.5 hours

Driving times from Jasper to Communities

Driving Distance Driving Time
Edmonton to Jasper 365 km (226 mi) 4 hours
Jasper to Valemount 122 km (75 mi) 1 hour, 45 minutes
Jasper to Blue River 212 km (131 mi) 2 hours, 45 minutes
Jasper to Clearwater & Wells Gray 317 km (196 mi) 4 hours

This website is the official travel website for the North Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada and is sponsored by the North Thompson Valley Marketing Committee; a partnership of Tourism Wells Gray, Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Tourism Valemount.