Water Adventures For All

Welcome to the North Thompson Valley, where a myriad of water activities await to immerse you in nature's splendor. Dive into the heart of adventure at Canada's waterfall Park in Wells Gray Provincial Park, where 42 cascading waterfalls create a breathtaking spectacle against a backdrop of lush greenery. Explore the tranquil waters of Murtle Lake in Blue River, the largest non-motorized lake in North America, offering serenity and seclusion amidst stunning mountain vistas. For adrenaline seekers, embark on a thrilling whitewater rafting journey through the untamed rapids of the North Thompson River, and Fraser River where there are opportunities for exhilarating experiences in every community, including Clearwater & Valemount. Whether you seek tranquility or excitement, the North Thompson Valley promises unforgettable water adventures for all.

Canada's Waterfall Park

Journey back in time to witness the majestic geological wonders sculpted by Mother Nature herself in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park. Delve into a realm where lava once flowed freely, and now transforms water into thundering waterfalls that captivate the senses. Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth largest waterfall, as it plunges 141 meters (463 feet) into the depths of the canyon below. Take in the stunning view from the fully accessible viewing platform, this natural wonder offers a breathtaking panorama of cascading water against the backdrop of the Cariboo Mountains.

Explore the enchanting Murtle River, where seven distinct waterfalls cascade over ancient rocks, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of power and beauty. Embark on the South Rim Trail, guided by the rush of the river, leading you to the edge of the canyon for an intimate encounter with the rumbling torrents of Helmcken Falls.

Venture into the heart of the rainforest to discover Dawson Falls, a 90-meter-wide (295-foot) marvel that showcases nature's raw magnificence. Journey behind the veil of Moul Falls, immersing yourself in the elemental force of untamed waters as they cascade over millennia-old rock formations. Experience the picture-perfect beauty of Spahats Creek Falls, where pristine wilderness embraces you just minutes from the beaten path.

In Wells Gray Provincial Park, embark on a journey through time and nature's grandeur, where every waterfall tells a story of resilience and wonder in the Canadian backcountry.

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Murtle Lake

Experience the untamed beauty of Murtle Lake in Blue River, North America's largest paddle-only lake, where the wilderness beckons you to disconnect and commune with nature. Nestled amidst the weathered Cariboo Mountains, Murtle Lake offers a tranquil oasis for backcountry paddle camping adventures. Immerse yourself in the azure blue waters, surrounded by craggy snow-capped peaks, golden sandy beaches, and lush forests teeming with wildlife. Explore the vast expanse of Murtle Lake from your kayak or canoe, casting your line for the prized rainbow trout that inhabit its depths. Embark on hikes through old-growth rainforests, listening to the symphony of bird calls and observing deer, elk, and moose in their natural habitat. Marvel at the aerial acrobatics of ospreys and eagles, and if you're lucky, witness the ethereal dance of the Northern Lights illuminating the indigo night sky.

Venture further into the wilderness with day hikes to Henrietta Lake or McDougall Falls, each offering their own serene beauty and sense of solitude. Access to Murtle Lake is convenient via the Yellowhead Highway to Blue River, followed by a scenic gravel road leading to a 2.5 km wooded trail to the lake. Launch your canoe or kayak and navigate the pristine waters, exploring secluded islands and rugged mountain vistas.

Camp along the sandy beaches of Murtle Lake, where the gentle lapping of waves lulls you to sleep under the stars. With over 70 wilderness marine campsites scattered along the forested shoreline, you'll find ample opportunities for secluded camping experiences. Indulge in the thrill of fishing for rainbow trout, cooking your catch over an open fire as you witness breathtaking sunsets and sunrise reflections on the glass-like surface of the lake.

For those without gear, Blue River Campground offers convenient access to supplies, canoes, carts, and fishing gear, just 24 km from Murtle Lake. Whether you're paddling to hidden coves or gazing at the majestic mountain vistas, Murtle Lake invites you to explore its pristine waters at your own pace, embracing the serenity and beauty of nature's untouched wilderness.

Whitewater Rafting

Experience the thrilling rush of whitewater rafting and floating in Clearwater and Valemount, where adventure awaits on the watery rollercoaster of the Clearwater, North Thompson and Fraser Rivers. Feel the adrenaline surge as your raft navigates through swirling torrents and crashing waves, leaving you with an ear-to-ear grin frozen on your face. Late summer offers a gentler ride, perfect for leisurely floats down the river, allowing you to soak in the scenic beauty and let your cares drift away. Embark on a wet and wild journey through the mighty Fraser River, where class III rapids like the Ejector and Grand Maw await to challenge even the most daring adventurers. Traverse the Clearwater River, weaving through volcano fields and cascading waterfalls, for an unforgettable whitewater rafting experience from June to October. Expert kayakers can test their skills on swirling torrents, riding the exhilarating waves of the Clearwater River, with Class I - VI rapids.

Families seeking a milder adventure can enjoy family-friendly float trips on the Fraser, Clearwater, and North Thompson Rivers. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with loved ones as you leisurely float down the river, spotting wildlife along the way. August offers the ideal time for a lazy river journey, with opportunities to swim in the warm waters and marvel at the diverse wildlife.

For those seeking serenity, paddle your kayak or canoe along the scenic North Thompson River, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the wilderness. Settle into a campground for a night under the stars, replenishing your spirit for another day of river adventures.

Whether you're seeking thrills or tranquility, whitewater rafting and floating in the North Thompson Valley promises an unparalleled experience, where the raw power of nature meets the serenity of the river. Gear up and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the heart of British Columbia's untamed wilderness.

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Discover the North Thompson Valley, an angler's paradise, where every season offers a unique fishing experience. Pack your gear and set out to explore calm lakes or wild rivers, whether you prefer a cozy lodge or sleeping under the stars. In the fall, witness the awe-inspiring salmon runs, while winter invites you to try your luck ice fishing under expert guidance. Clearwater, Wells Gray Park, Blue River, and Valemount boast over 50 lakes within an hour's drive, promising unparalleled angling adventures. Cast your line from the Dragon's Tongue at Osprey Falls or enjoy fly-fishing near Azure Lake's waterfall. Explore the Clearwater River's catch-and-release spots or try trolling at Clearwater Lake's north end. The Clearwater Trout Hatchery offers insights into fish life cycles, and you can test your skills at Dutch Lake.

Blue River serves as the gateway to Murtle Lake, where you can reel in trophy rainbow trout weighing up to 3 kg (7 lb). Rent canoes, carts, and fishing gear from Blue River Campground for a hassle-free experience. Seek advice from local experts on the best spots to catch Dolly Varden trout, rainbow trout, or salmon in the Blue, Mud, and North Thompson Rivers.

In the Valemount area, discover bull trout, rainbow trout, burbot, salmon, or kokanee in lakes like Moose, Whitney, and Lucerne. Kinbasket Lake offers excellent boat and creek fishing opportunities, complete with camping amenities and a small marina.

Before you embark on your fishing adventure, ensure you have a valid fishing license and Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Licenses can be obtained locally or online, and a PCOC is required for operating motorized boats. Stay informed about boating restrictions and safety regulations to ensure a memorable and safe fishing excursion in the North Thompson Valley.

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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.