Thompson River - Kumsheen Rafting Resort, Lytton, BC.

Gold Country

Gold Country is so named as this was part of the Gold Rush route of the 1860s which traversed its way from New Westminster in the south up through the Thompson Okanagan and into the Cariboo.  Cactus, tumbleweed and a desert-like climate gradually gives way to wide rolling grasslands and beautiful mountain terrain. Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in this region. The steelhead run on the Thompson River is legendary as one of the main tributaries for the oceangoing fish which are famous for their size, speed, stamina and strength. Stunning sunsets, country music, horse riding, rodeos and fairs are a staple in this area. Hiking trails to panoramic views, wildlife, plus kayaking and whitewater rafting are just some of the reasons to visit this region in the summer. In the winter, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing ensures a year-round playground of enjoyment.

Thompson Plateau & the Town of Logan Lake

Cache Creek is located at the junction of the Trans Canada Highway 1 and Highway 97. The town attracts visitors with its ambience of western mystique and its abundant scenic beauty. With gently rolling grasslands, Cache Creek is an ideal setting for horse riding, and the lake-dotted landscape provides ample opportunity to view wildlife, desert flowers and other unique species adapted to the dry, hot land.

Less than 20 minutes away south of Cache Creek on Highway 97C, the historic community of Ashcroft lies nestled in a valley beside the Thompson River and offers spectacular opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

Rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, wildlife viewing – the surrounding mountains offer lots of opportunities for exploring. Book a guide, or venture out alone, you will not be disappointed as the landscape has much to offer. For the ultimate water-sport experience, head to the small town of Spences Bridge on Hwy 8. Located at the confluence of the Thompson and Nicola Rivers, travelers have two main options when entering this community: to fish or to river raft.

The area around Spences Bridge attracts anglers from around the world during its peak fishing season – September to December. In particular, they come for the excellent steelhead fishing at Goldpan Provincial Park where they catch and release these prized sport fish. If whitewater rafting appeals to you there are spectacular opportunities right here in the Thompson and the Fraser Rivers between Spences Bridge and Lytton, one of the oldest communities in North America.

Logan Lake is the most populated community in Gold Country. Hunters, fisherman and backcountry explorers come here for its pristine landscape of mountains, lakes and forest. Located 60 km (38 mi) southwest of Kamloops on Hwy 97C, Logan Lake was originally established as a company town to support the largest open pit copper mine in North America. Hiking and biking on one of the many trails, fishing and water sports on the lakes and rivers, plus cross-country skiing and snowmobiling attract visitors year-round.

Nicola Valley

The main highways serving the Nicola Valley are the Coquihalla Highway 5, Highway 5A, Highway 97C and Highway 8. The Nicola Valley’s landscape varies dramatically, from the wind-blasted cliffs of Windy Canyon near Merritt, to the glacial shorelines of ancient lakes and the rolling grasslands lining Highway 5A. There are even ancient lava cliffs in Monck Provincial Park. With such a diverse environment, an abundance of wildlife and vegetation flourish throughout the Nicola Valley.

Marble Canyon, Gold Country Photo: Kim Walker

Marble Canyon, Gold Country Photo: Kim Walker

The land here is active and adventurous; visitors to the valley are never bored. There’s excellent mountain-biking to suit all levels and hiking through the grasslands – Lundbom Commonage south of Merritt is one such trail. Fishing in the Nicola Valley is popular with over 150 bountiful lakes and streams. Birdwatchers visit Harmon Lake and golfers tee off on immaculate courses.

If you are a country music lover then you must visit Merritt, known as the ‘Country Music Capital of Canada’. The Rockin’ River Musicfest attracts thousands of people; The Merritt Walk of Stars; Nicola Valley Rodeo Fair Days and Merritt Country Christmas week are just a few reasons to visit.

Located on the shores of Nicola Lake, just 15 minutes from Merritt is Monck Provincial Park and offers recreational opportunities for the entire family. Fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing and hiking are popular here. Trek along lava beds and check out the ancient rock paintings and pictographs.

Traces of the old west can be felt across the valley through its historic attractions and working ranches such as Western Canada’s largest, Douglas Lake Ranch. Explore the area’s rich logging, mining and First Nation’s history at the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives. Historic Baillie House and Merritt’s most famous land-mark, The Coldwater Hotel (circa 1909), are two the area’s original structures you must visit.

Gold Country & Nearby Accommodations

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Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Spences Bridge

Located in the historic community of Spences Bridge, Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins is situated on a lush setting overlooking the famous Thompson River. Our well-appointed duplex and triplex cabins are self-contained with air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, two or three beds, and picnic tables ... Read more
Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft

Camp in desert country on the shores of the Thompson River, next to downtown historic Ashcroft. Legacy Park provides a shady, relaxing oasis - listen to the birds in the trees and the river flowing by. Easy walking distance to downtown Ashcroft for shopping, restaurants and tourist attractions. Walk ... Read more
Claybanks RV Park & Campground

Claybanks RV Park & Campground

Merritt

Large grassy sites, flowers galore, along Coldwater River. Gift shop with local art, crafts and snacks. Clean heated washrooms, free showers. Easy walk to downtown core with many amenities; shopping, restaurants, aquatic center, playgrounds, water park, museum, 9-hole golf course. We have golf disco ... Read more
Coquihalla Lakes Lodge

Coquihalla Lakes Lodge

Merritt

Welcome to an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise! Nestled in the Cascade Mountains on eight acres of lush forest, Coquihalla Lakes Lodge offers self-contained lakeside cabins with spectacular views of Coquihalla Lakes. Bring your ATV, UTV or dirt bike and explore the pristine lands of Coquihalla Summit ... Read more
KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort

KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort

Lytton

Kick back and relax or stay active, the choice is yours. Kumsheen’s luxurious, activity-filled adventure resort is one of BC’s premier tourism destinations, ideal for short or long visits. Offering first class service and a variety of accommodation options, we welcome guests to enjoy their stay ... Read more
Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake

On Logan Lake beside Meadow Creek Golf Course, Copper Ridge Disk Golf and Bike Skills Park 1 km. from downtown, hiking on nature trail. Clean and quiet. Reservation fee $8. Nightly fee $30.00 powered site; tent site is $24.00 ... Read more
Mile High Resort

Mile High Resort

Logan Lake

Enjoy a piece of paradise at Mile High Resort! Surrounded by pristine forests with breathtaking lake views, our resort is a tranquil oasis for guests to escape their busy lives. We have 14 cabins, eight are deluxe and six are heritage styles. Our cabins offer guests privacy and comfortable beds for ... Read more
Moon Shadows RV Park & Campground

Moon Shadows RV Park & Campground

Merritt

Moon Shadows is located south of Merritt along the spectacular Coldwater River. Enjoy this year round, brand new campground hosting a variety of secure and immaculate campsites and facilities. Moon Shadows has everything....natural beauty, sun and shade, relaxation and friends. Come and visit us. ... Read more
Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park

Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park

Quilchena

Visit Quilchena on the Lake Golf and RV Park for a relaxed golfing and recreational camping experience. The well-tended greens of the golf course and RV park feature nine holes and full facilities. ... Read more
Sundance Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Ashcroft

Located in warm Ashcroft with endless panoramic views of the open Thompson River Valley, Sundance Guest Ranch is the ideal getaway for the weekend or a week-long vacation. Only a four hour drive from Vancouver and easy access via three different picturesque routes, guests can escape their busy lives ... Read more
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