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Spring in the North Thompson

Spring is the Best of Both Worlds

Spring in the North Thompson Valley is unique but magical. Views of grand, snow-capped mountains can be enjoyed during a relaxing springtime paddle or hike. Since travel guidelines are limiting opportunities for adventure, why not explore the world-class wilderness playground that is in your backyard? Just because we can’t visit other places doesn’t mean that we can’t quench our desire for exploration. The natural wonders of the North Thompson are thawing, and if visitors can’t come from all over to appreciate them, well, someone has to!

Pack your bubble into the truck and explore Wells Gray Provincial Park. Endeavour for a reacquaintance with the crown jewel, Helmcken Falls, or to discover a new waterfall like McDiarmid Falls. This is the best time of year for bear encounters as they are finishing up their hibernations. Try exploring one of the many trails around Clearwater, and you might get lucky and see one (please keep a safe distance)! Depending on your adventure ambitions, perhaps a *stroll* to Mount Robson via the Berg Lake Trail would tickle your fancy? It can be a tall order, but then again, there is no better time to discover or re-discover the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Valemount is chock-full of spring fun! Climb toward summits during the remaining bit of the snowmobile season, or grease up the gears of your mountain bike and feel the rush of adrenaline as you cruise down one of the many trails. Refuel with delicious food from any Valemount restaurants offering takeout.

Explore at your own pace. Slow it down if you so desire. The trails in the Lower North Thompson surrounding Barriere are a perfect socially distanced activity, by foot or by horseback! While you’re at it, pretend you are getting away and book a ranch stay. Also, spring is the perfect time to enjoy the bodies of water in our region. Cast a line in the Lower North Thompson or go for a paddle on Murtle Lake in Blue River later in spring after May long weekend. Camping is one of the best (local) trips you can embark on right now. Clearwater Lake is a campsite worth checking out, and Dutch Lake is a shorter, easier, but just as lovely of an outdoors getaway!


  1. Hike! Try the Skull Mountain trail close to Barriere for epic views of the North Thompson Valley or head to Wells Gray Provincial Park for a multi-day trek from hut to hut
  2. See the waterfalls when they’re at their mightiest during the spring melt
  3. Kayak Murtle Lake and explore its sandy beaches after May long weekend
  4. Try your luck fishing! Book in with a fishing lodge or head out solo to one of the many fishing lakes
  5. Have a picnic. Restaurants in the region are still offering takeout despite not having indoor dining. This is the perfect way to support local, eat something delicious, and enjoy the outdoors!
  6. Seek out our region! Listen for one or more of the 140 bird songs at Cranberry Marsh in Valemount as the birds start to return. Or explore the trails around Clearwater for a potential bear sighting. Bears are most active in the spring around these parts
  7. Experience the adrenaline of downhill mountain biking in Valemount or Wells Gray

While seeing the rest of the world isn’t quite an option right now, spending spring in the North Thompson exploring is an opportunity many would greatly appreciate. So go see the sights, go experience the experiences. Most importantly, stay local and support local.