Thompson Valley

Wild landscapes and welcoming communities

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Sunset from atop Battle Bluff, Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area, Kamloops British Columbia
Sunset over Battle Bluff | Andrew Strain


Mild, dry Thompson Country is a popular destination for trout fishing, mountain biking, and ranch vacations.

The area’s largest community, Kamloops, has a thriving arts and culture community, and hosts numerous sport championships. Visitors can ski powder at family-friendly Sun Peaks Resort, golf, ride cowboy-style in Ashcroft, head to Merritt for a rodeo or country music festival, and join the annual Kamloopa Powwow, one of the largest celebrations of First Nations culture and heritage in Western Canada.

Thompson Country

The grasslands of south-central BC flank the north and south Thompson rivers, the mighty Fraser’s main tributary. The nearby Nicola Valley is home to the ranching community of Merritt.

Bighorn sheep | Andrew Strain
The grasslands in Nicola Valley | Andrew Strain
Hiking to Battle Bluff | Andrew Strain

Experience Providers in the Thompson Valley

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VIA Rail Canada



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Snow Limo Tours

Skiing & Snowboarding, Buses


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Kamloops Heritage Railway – Steam Train

Museums & Heritage Sites, Theatre & Performing Arts, Sightseeing


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Caverhill Fly Fishing Lodge



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Noble Adventures – Day Tours

Biking, Hiking, Skiing & Snowboarding

Salmon Arm

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Erin Valley Riding Stables

Horseback Riding & Ranches


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