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Barriere is a special place with its own unique character. This is a small, friendly community, located only 45 minutes north of Kamloops, that has all the major conveniences of a city, but offers a life of quiet, relaxed living. Surrounded by rolling, forest-covered mountains, the local scenery is an excellent example of why British Columbia is known for its spectacular beauty.

With 75 lakes within a 40 kilometre drive of the community, water-related activities are popular throughout the area- there's something for everyone! If you're into more laid-back activities like canoeing, sport fishing, swimming, or scuba diving, the calm, clear waters will provide a nice haven. For those looking to mix it up a bit, consider boating, river/pontoon boat tours, or water skiing. The local businesses, offering sport equipment rentals and water-related tours, can help you enjoy your adventures on the water to the fullest.

Head to the local mountains and you'll not only have phenomenal memories from your adventures in Barriere and the surrounding area, you're guaranteed to take home some remarkable photographs, too.


Barriere is located 66 km (41 mi) north of Kamloops on Highway 5. It can be reached by car or by air to Kamloops, and then by car north to Barriere.

Things to See and Do
  • North Thompson Museum

Located 63 km north of Kamloops, west of the Yellowhead Highway at 343 Lilley Road, the North Thompson Museum is housed in a former B.C. Forest Service Ranger Station. The first Forestry Office in 1920 was located on the same property. At that time, it was considered the centre of the town. Artifacts and archival material depicting the history from McLure to Little Fort (Mount Olie) and surrounding areas can be found at the museum.

  • Golfing

Set in the beautiful North Thompson Valley and just 3 kilometres from Barriere, Chinook Cove Golf features a championship 9-hole course with unique challenges.

  • River Boat Tours

Float down the river on a 22 foot Pontoon boat or travel in a Jet Driven River Boat. Whatever speed of life you enjoy, Barriere has it!

  • Fishing

Barriere has plenty of lakes, streams and rivers to cast your line. Take a helicopter in to the Valley's most secluded lakes for a world class fishing adventure. There are over 100 fishing areas to explore, with many impressive resort accommodations to experience!

  • Trail Riding

Several hundred kilometers of horseback trails are mapBarriere - Wild Wild West - Ellen Krauseped and maintained in the Lower North Thompson. There are five main trail systems you can take advantage of that are accessible from Highway 5. Visit the Barriere and Area Chamber of Commerce to pick up your Trail Guide Handbook. 

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