Discover Barriere, BC

Explore the history, culture and outdoor opportunities of the North Thompson Valley

There’s history that’s as wild as the wilderness in Barriere. First Nations to European settlers have chosen this area to live a quieter life.

A low cost of living, along with incredible nature and a mild climate would entice anyone, really.

Thompson Rivers University Centre is based here and there’s an abundance of outdoor recreation adventures from rustic to tame – fly into a fishing camp, scuba dive on Adams or Johnson Lake or partake in a traditional Kamloopa PowWow.

You can learn a lot from a trip to a local ranch. For more ideas, check out

The Lower North Thompson is the southern entrance to the North Thompson Valley. The valley corridor is about 330 km (205 mi) from its southern access near Kamloops to Mount Robson and the Canadian Rockies.

You’ll find plenty of trails to explore, including Johnson Lake, Orchard Lake, Skull Mountain, Seven Sisters, Skoatl and Tsintsunko, or Mayso and Bogmar Lake Trails.

You’ll also get a good workout on the Candle Creek Nordic Ski Trails, Barriere Lake Ski and Sun Peaks Trails.


• The Barriere experience ranges from backcountry lodges, guest ranches, resorts, camping and RV sites to hotels, motels and inns. You can sleep under the stars or nestle up in a comfortable bed next to a crackling fireplace, depending on your style.

• The First Nations people of this area enjoy a rich and diverse culture, shared through various events and programs.

• This area is beautiful, from the badlands, ranchlands, pristine lakes and stunning mountain vistas, you can absolutely just sit back, relax and soak it all in, or you can go all-in and find some adventure playing in this water lover’s escape.


The temperate climate experiences significant precipitation throughout the year – about 441 mm (17.4 inches)

per year.

Destination BC is developing a new campaign to promote hyper-local travel where residents are “tourists-in-their own hometown,” while practising the COVID-19 safety protocols as recommended by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer. Many B.C. parks are now open, and national parks were to open as of June 1.

(Check this website for current details on travel.)

Getting Here

Driving: Barriere is a little over four hours from Vancouver via the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) & Hwy 5.

Flying: The Lower Thompson Valley is located three hours from the Kelowna Airport and only one hour from the Kamloops Airport which can be accessed by flying out of Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton International Airport

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