Barriere, Little Fort, Clearwater, Blue River, Valemount, BC

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Barriere, Little Fort, Clearwater, Blue River & Valemont, BC

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Barriere Rodeo

Located on Highway 5, 63 km (38 miles) north of Kamloops in the North Thompson Valley, Barriere is home of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo and provides visitors with accomodation, restaurants, a pub, service stations, grocery stores, a golf course and banking facilities.

Nearby lakes and rivers provide excellent fisheries for trout and Dolly Varden.

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Little Fort is located between Barriere and Clearwater at the intersection of Highways #5 and #24 and offers visitors accommodation, restaurants and a pub, service stations, shopping, and a fly & tackle shop.

Here you may cross the North Thompson River via one of two reactionary ferries. There are several guest ranches and fishing resorts nearby.

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Alpine Meadows Resort: Our luxury outdoor destination is located on Hallamore Lake in BC’s spectacular North Thompson. We feature deluxe chalets & spacious log homes. Experience adventure and serenity, in a natural setting with pure air, sparkling waters and magnificent views. more
The Rustic Resort: Fishing as good as it gets! Our resort just north of Kamloops has over 30 lakes joined by streams, naturally reproducing with wild Kamloops trout, perfect for flyfishing and float tubing. Enjoy hiking trails into lakes, mountain biking, the wildlife or just t... more

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Located on Highway #5, north of Little Fort. 124 km (74 miles) from Kamloops, Clearwater, is renowned for its exceptional whitewater rafting and as the gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park and it's spectacular waterfalls, glacier-fed lakes, canyons and volcanic formations, impressive forest and variety of plant and wildlife species.

For those interested in golfing or shopping, Clearwater township provides a variety of both. Ample accommodation is found here or you can camp in one of the many nearby sites.

Population: 5500

Elevation: 400 m (1312 ft)

Industry: forestry

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The Travel Infocentre
Clearwater, B.C.
Telephone: (250) 674-2646
Fax: (250) 674-3693

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Blue River lies in the North Thompson River Valley, nestled in the Columbia Mountains. The North Thompson River flows south between the Cariboo mountains to the northwest and the Monashee mountains to the east. At an elevation of 681 meters, the community of Blue River is situated midway between Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. Access to Blue River is via BC Highway #5 - 230 kilometress north from Kamloops and 212 kilometres south from Jasper. The communities of Clearwater and Valemont lie to the immiedate south and north, respectively.
Forestry and tourism are the primary industries, and Blue River is home to between 400 and 500 permanent residents.

An outdoor enthusiasts paradise, Blue River is surrounded by lakes, rivers, streams and forest. Visitors come for the unsurpassed four season recreation. The area offers some of the finest powder snow anywhere, making heli-skiing and cross country skiing popular. Also popular are fishing and canoeing on local lakes, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking and exploring in world famous Wells Gray Provincial Park and more.

Nearby, Wells Gray Park is one of British Columbia's largest parks (over half a million hectares). The scenery is breathtaking, with spectacular lakes, two major river systems (the Clearwater and Mahood), and tumbling waterfalls, rapids, and cataracts.

Valemount is located on Highway 5, north of Little Fort in the North Thompson region of BC's High Country, 320 km (193 miles) from Kamloops, between the Rocky, Cariboo and Monashee Mountains.

Three majestic mountain ranges are the perfect setting for outdoor adventures based in the charming Village of Valemount. Feel your adrenaline rush as you explore acres of snowmobile terrain create your own tracks heli skiing through inches of fresh powder Get your turns in at the Mountain Bike Park with over 29 trails to explore let your imagination take flight as hundreds of birds lift off as one from Cranberry Marsh or catch your breath after a hike through BC's unspoiled backcountry in Mount Robson Provincial Park just a couple hours north of Kamloops.

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Mountain Climbing. Photo: Tourism Valemount

Valemount offers a variety of restaurants, accommodation, shops, services and a golf course.

This friendly spot along the Yellowhead and highway 5 is home to a little more than 1,000 people, several fuel stations, charming diners and restaurants, outdoor guides and attractions, and even a golf course is waiting for you! In the community of Valemount you will find more than 500 hotel rooms ready for visitors who appreciate the wide variety of outdoor adventures this Rocky mountain destination has to offer. We are proud to be the home of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and just a short drive to Jasper National Park.

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Snowmobiling. Photo:Tourism Valemount

Valemount Visitor Information Centre
785 Cranberry Lake Road
PO Box 168 Valemount, British Columbia V0E 2Z0
Call: (250) 566-9893

Just past Valemount visitors may either turn west towards Prince George and Tete Jaune country or east to the Rocky Mountains and Mount Robson Provincial Park.

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Rocky Mountain Holidays: Rail Vacations in the Rocky Mountains & Western Canada! Rocky Mountain Holidays customize vacations that combine the romance of train travel with the magnificent scenery of Western Canada. more
Tourism Valemount: Three majestic mountain ranges serve as inspiration and setting for 100’s of outdoor adventures in the community of Valemount. Get inspired - get out of your comfort zone - get to Valemount for a Rocky Mountain vacation where the mountains will move you. more

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