Canyon Country, British Columbia is home to the some of the greatest waterways in Canada, popular for the white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, camping and of course the stunning scenery. The Fraser River is the largest river in the area and is the point where most of the waterways in the canyon merge. Like many of the rivers and creeks in Canyon Country the Fraser is home to spawning salmon and is the supports more spawning salmon than any other waterway in the world. Millions of salmon make their way to the rivers and creeks to spawn, sometimes they travel over 1000km to reach the spawning grounds. The amount of rivers, cliffs and mountains make the Fraser Canyon a difficult place to construct infrastructure, but a beautiful place to visit. While here you will see some of Canadians tallest bridges that span across the gorges of Fraser Canyon. Learn more about Water Sports >>>
The Fraser River is the largest fish producing water course in the province and the world's largest supporter of the spawning sockeye salmon. Because of this millions of Spring, Coho, Chum, Pink and Sockeye Salmon pass through the canyon on their way to spawning grounds every year. It's Canada's second largest river, over 1300 km long, and one of the most commercially rafted rivers in the world. The river is wedged between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Coastal Pacific Mountain Range. The narrow rock canyon walls cut a winding and narrow passage for the mighty Fraser River
In the Thompson River region of BC the coastal mountains are rugged and desert like. The Thompson blasts and winds its way through a narrow canyon passage as it makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway # 1), from Hope through to Spences Bridge to Kamloops follows the Fraser and Thompson River Canyons, the Thompson River meets the Fraser River at Lytton BC. The Thompson River Canyon, is world famous for white water rafting sport fishing and outdoor adventure. The Fraser and Thompson Rivers are famous for the pacific salmon that migrate to their spawning grounds in the BC interior every year. Spences Bridge on the Thompson River is known around the for its steelhead fishing. The Thompson River, flowing from the Kamloops Lake the Thompson River is one of the main contributors to the Fraser River. The Thompson is a beautiful river that changes color throughout the season and midsummer to the following spring it's a beautiful jade green. Known for its dry desert like climate the Thompson is perfect for campers and outdoor adventures. The river is a haven for kayakers, white water rafting enthusiasts and fishers. Certain areas of the river are safe for swimming at appropriate water levels, however you should have experience and knowledge in river swimming. The climate in the area has attracted fruit growers for many decades and this means you can enjoy some of this tasty fruit at one of the many local fruit stands. The Thompson Canyon has many provincial and private campgrounds and RV parks as well as many great local accommodations, resorts and B&Bs. Begin your Thompson adventure at the mouth asit flows into the dark Fraser in the heart of Lytton BC, the hottest city in Canada.
"The Nicola River, originally Fr. Rivire de Nicholas or Rivire de Nicolas', adapted to Nicolas River", Nicola's River in English, is one of the major tributaries of the Thompson River in the Canadian province of British Columbia, entering the latter at the town of Spences Bridge. It is named for Nicola ("Histesmexteqen") the most famous chief of the joint community of Nlaka'pamux and Okanagan bands, founded by his father and today known as the Nicolas, (originally Nicola's people), as well is its basin, which is known as the Nicola Country. It drains most of the northern Thompson Plateau, beginning near the very eastern edge of the plateau only 30 kilometers northwest of Kelowna, and flows from there more or less westward to feed Douglas and Nicola Lakes, with about 15 kilometers of the river's length between tose two lakes. Nicola Lake at 20 kilometers in length is the largest in the basin; the Nicola River enters at 3/4 way of its length up from its outlet, 10 kilometers downstream from which is Nicola Valley centre and Coquihalla Highway town of Merritt. From there the river flows 60 kilometers northwest to the Thompson, and is followed on that route by British Columbia Highway 8 and a spur line of the Canadian Pacific Railway." The terrain of the river's basin northeast and in the area of Merritt is broad rangeland valleys, with high semi-forested plateau uplands reached by relatively gentle slopes, up to and over 2400 m. The upper basin has a number of large lakes, the largest being Douglas Lake and Nicola Lake, Below Merritt, the valley-bottom of the Lower Nicola is much narrower, but has room enough for a constant meander for most of its length, with lush farmland and deciduous forest, flanked by steep hills rising through sage and dryland forest hills to the broad plateau uplands above. The Nicola, as the Nicola Country is known for short, is known for broad rangeland views and a hot, sunny summer climate, as well as frigid winters due to its overall altitude.
The Coquihalla River Flows in the Fraser River in Hope BC, the gorgeous dark green river winds through the jagged mountains in the Coquihalla Canyon. Ripping through mountains this river is a testimony of nature's unspoken power. You can raft and kayak through the Coquihalla during certain parts of the season and the is great fishing opportunities. Visit the Othello tunnels where engineers battled to blast a railway using a series of bridges and tunnels passing through some of the most treacherous parts of the canyon. The Othello Tunnels are located past Kawkawa Lake Road in Hope BC. For more information visit the Hope Visitor Info Center.