Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

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Barriere

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 km / 25 mi drive of the community, water-related activities are popular throughout the area. 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.

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.

Location

Situated in Kamloops Country in the Lower North Thompson Valley in the Thompson Okanagan region, Barriere is located 66 km (41 mi) north of Kamloops on Highway 5.

A Step Back in Time

The name of Barriere can be traced back to 1828 although the reason for this name is unsure. Two theories suggest that it was so named due to the difficulty crossing the river at this point by the fur traders, or it was connected to a fishing technique used by the local indigenous people.

First Nations people of the Tk’emlúps, and the Simpcw lived here long before the Europeans arrived. The Tk’emlúps today are known as one of the most forward-thinking in Canada. The Simpcw are part of the Shuswap Nation and are one of 17 bands that live in this valley.

When the white people arrived in the early 1800s they found the area difficult to navigate, however by the mid-1800s the fur trade was flourishing and a fur trading post was established. By 1861 gold had been discovered and the gold rush was on.

The early 1900s brought prosperity to the area when the rail line was brought in to the valley. The town of Barriere flourished and a post office, telephone and school were established.

In 2003 the McLure fire almost destroyed the whole area and Barriere residents and others in the surrounding area were evacuated. The fire lasted 75 days. The town folk rallied however and became more resilient than ever.

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Barriere & Nearby Accommodations

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Monte Carlo Motel

Monte Carlo Motel

Barriere

Located halfway between Kamloops and Clearwater, and between Vancouver and Jaspar, Monte Carlo Motel is the ideal accommodation for overnight travellers or week long visitors. At an affordable price, we offer 25 guest rooms that include modern amenities to create a comfortable stay. We offer differe ... Read more
Y-5 Motel & Campground

Y-5 Motel & Campground

Barriere

Located in south central British Columbia, Y-5 Motel & Campground proudly provide guests affordable, clean motel rooms and campground sites. One of our top priorities is to be acquainted with our guests and make them feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. We offer 22 units that are availabl ... Read more
Chinook Cove Golf & RV

Chinook Cove Golf & RV

Barriere

Chinook Cove RV Park is a newly built, 18 site short stay RV Park in Barriere, BC. Sitting just above our golf course clubhouse, this is a private area showcasing amazing views of the North Thompson Valley. ... Read more
Pinegrove Campground

Pinegrove Campground

McLure

We welcome you to well-shaded large sites under tall Douglas fir trees. Free showers and WiFi. Great playground, also horseshoes, badminton and bocce. Store and laundry. Firepits, gazebo with BBQ. Big rigs and tenters welcome. Eco-friendly with recycling. Wir sprechen auch Deutsch. ... Read more
Hitch'N Rail Family Resort

Hitch'N Rail Family Resort

Heffley Lake

Situated on stunning Heffley Lake at the gateway to the Northern Thompson and Sun Peaks Resort, Hitch’N Rail Family Resort is a fantastic family destination to spend your summer vacation. Have an unforgettable experience and create lasting memories with the whole family. Choose from our cozy lakes ... Read more
Pinantan Lake Resort

Pinantan Lake Resort

Kamloops

Nestled on lush grass on the shores of beautiful Pinantan Lake, our resort is ideal for families, reunions, or group retreats. Situated on a wonderful lake, we have a private beach for families to enjoy their days swimming, kayaking or canoeing in the peaceful waters. We offer well-appointed cabins, ... Read more
Sunnyside Heights RV Park

Sunnyside Heights RV Park

Kamloops

Your perfect spot located right in town. A minute to shopping, groceries, restaurants, casinos and RV services. Convenient city living for in town stays. Take advantage of local amenities 365-days a year. ... Read more
Roche Lake Resort

Roche Lake Resort

Kamloops

Roche Lake Resort is a fishing resort located on the Thompson Plateau at an elevation of 3723 ft., just 33 kilometers southeast of Kamloops, BC, in the Thompson Nicola Regional District. Other nearby communities are Quilchena and Merritt. When you're at the resort, if you don't want to spend all yo ... Read more
Kamloops Riverview RV Park

Kamloops Riverview RV Park

Kamloops

Breathtaking views of Thompson Valley and river. Golf next door at 18-hole executive course. Instant highway access and within a few minutes to Kamloops. Fully-serviced sites available any time of year. ... Read more
Silver Sage Campground

Silver Sage Campground

Kamloops

Enjoy all the City of Kamloops has to offer from our centrally located RV park and campground. Free WiFi and showers. 5 min. drive from downtown, 10 min. drive to most sport facilities, attractions. Quiet, peaceful setting located on the South Thompson river. ... Read more
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