Welcome to the North Thompson Valley, a stunning region of British Columbia where water adventures await at every turn. Over the next seven days, immerse yourself in a variety of exhilarating water activities that showcase the natural beauty and diverse landscapes of this breathtaking area. From serene lakes and vibrant rivers to tranquil ponds and scenic waterfalls, the North Thompson Valley offers endless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and more.

Duration 1-7 Days
Location Clearwater & Wells Gray, Blue River, Valemount
When to Go June - September
Traveller Type Authentic Experiencer, Free Spirits

Day 1 Clearwater

Check into your accommodation and explore the town of Clearwater. Rent an SUP or kayak. If you haven’t brought your own SUP or kayak, rent one to enjoy Dutch Lake, right in the heart of the community. Plan for tomorrow’s paddling adventure to Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Day 2 Clearwater Lake

Drive to Clearwater Lake in Wells Gray Park. Bring your own or pre-book equipment or book a boat tour on the Clearwater and Azure Lakes. Set up camp at one of the marine campsites and take in one of the numerous named waterfalls. Stretch your legs by hiking up to the scenic Rainbow Falls. It's the perfect getaway to enjoy the Wells Gray wilderness.

Day 3 Clearwater

Pack up your gear and take a couple hours out of your morning to get your adrenaline rush with whitewater rafting down Clearwater River. Enjoy a local meal before continuing north to Blue River where you’ll find various options to rest your head for the night.

Day 4 Blue River

Take in the sights from Mud Lake via electric catamaran canoes, followed by a trip up Mud River by jet boat. Continue up the road to hike Parbury Falls Trail and enjoy forest bathing. Kick back, relax, and splash around at Eleanor Lake.

Feeling a little more adventurous? Hike in and canoe on Murtle Lake, making the most of your trip by staying a couple nights of back country camping at Murtle Lake, North America’s largest non-motorized lake. The experience is well worth the extra effort.

Day 5 Valemount

Check out the local amenities upon your arrival in Valemount. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Cranberry Marsh, where nature’s sights and sounds surround you. Treat yourself to a local meal and a beverage, taking in the village vibe at one of their many eateries.

Day 6 Kinbasket Lake

Kinbasket Lake is the next must-see stop on your trip and the best time to enjoy is summer. Take in the beautiful views of the Monashee mountain range. Launch your watercraft at the Canoe Reach Marina with stunning backdrop surrounding you. Bring your own equipment or rent in Valemount to help add to your adventure.

Day 7 Valemount

Time to get the adrenaline pumping again as you dabble in whitewater rafting just north of Valemount.

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.