Come explore the North Thompson Valley during the hot, sunny days of summer.
Soar by helicopter above Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and land near Berg Lake. Search for birds, bear, and other wildlife. Get back in the saddle or take in a time-honoured family tradition at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. There’s no need to stop exploring, all you need is time.
Rivers and lakes bind the North Thompson Valley. Make a splash as you hit the rapids on the Fraser, North Thompson, Adams, and Clearwater Rivers. Marvel in the raw beauty of the rumbling waterfalls throughout Wells Gray Provincial Park, including Helmcken Falls, the fourth highest waterfall in all of Canada. Canoe or kayak Murtle Lake, North America’s largest paddle only lake where backcountry camping has you sleeping on sandy shores. Reach back in time and glide through the waters as our earliest explorers did.
Hike the Valley
Follow your wanderlust. It’s easy in the North Thompson Valley where trail after endless trail leads you to dramatic vistas.
A patchwork quilt of colours dominates the landscape when you trek the blossom-painted slopes of Sun Peaks Resort. Venture into trails in Barriere and marvel at rounded crests of mountains, fields of green meadows, and spring-fed clear blue lakes. Take a guided hiking excursion in the Trophy Mountains of Wells Gray with three, five, or seven-day journeys high above the alpine that lead from hut to hut along the spine of the mountains. Hike up or helicopter to Berg Lake with an elevation of 1,650 metres (5,413 feet). You can be dropped by helicopter for a scenic tour of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
The Cowboy Way
You’ll find plenty of ways to experience the best of the west in the North Thompson Valley. Start with an extended stay at Jandana Ranch where you can help out at the ranch and learn how to talk and listen to horses. If you’d rather watch real cowboys in action, visit during the first weekend of each September when the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo rolls into Barriere.