This place was crafted by nature, born of shifting tectonic plates, colliding land masses, and fiery, erupting volcanoes. The magnificence of Mother Nature is on display here. The Cariboo, Monashee, and Rocky Mountain ranges frame this picturesque corridor. Outdoor adventures are within your grasp.
Find a Trail Just Right for You
Hike through interior rain forests, wildflower meadows, or windswept craggy trails high above the alpine. You’ll be hiking through a timeless landscape that stays with you forever. The vast, wilderness of the North Thompson Valley combined with exceptionally easy-to-access trail systems means you can be off the flattop and traipsing through the wilderness in no time.
Trek along the peaceful slopes of Sun Peaks where the blossoms paint the mountainside with a kaleidoscope of colour.
Allow time to hike the legendary Berg Lake Trail at Mount Robson Provincial Park near Valemount. There’s a 22 km (14 mi) hike that takes you to the shoreline of turquoise Berg Lake at the toe of the Berg Glacier.
Try hut to hut hiking through Wells Gray Provincial Park on a definitive out-of-bounds outdoor adventure. Trek through cedar and hemlock forests, over the unyielding ridge of the Trophy Mountains, and bed down for the night in cozy, backcountry cabins.
Explore the trails on your companion horse at Jandana Ranch, then reminisce about the day’s adventures around the campfire. Bring your family and explore Cranberry Marsh. It’s an easy meander through a tranquil bird sanctuary. This is serenity at its best.
The North Thompson Valley is where immense water lives. Created from glaciers, rapidly flowing through the valley toward the coast, the South Thompson, North Thompson, Clearwater and Fraser Rivers feed the region. The thundering drum-beat of numerous waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park calls to you. Explore where cascading waters tumble over hardened lava beds and basalt cliffs.
Dip and glide your paddle through the tranquil waters of Murtle Lake. Get to where you want to go under your own steam in this no-motors lake. Try to tame our rolling rivers as you raft the Fraser and Adams Rivers. Slip into the Clearwater River with waterfalls as your companions.
Meet the Locals
The North Thompson Valley is Canada’s wild kingdom. Spotting wild game is expected here. Venture into the wilds of Wells Gray Provincial Park and keep an eye out. This is where the wild things are. Grizzly and black bears, moose, eagles, mule deer, salmon, and more. Keep a watchful eye.
If you prefer your wild encounters to be those of the winged kind, then stroll, bike, or canoe Valemount’s Cranberry Marsh. This wetland wildlife sanctuary is home to more than 140 species of birds.