North Thompson River

North Thompson River near Kamloops, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
100 kms
14hours
moderate
Canoeing, River Kayaking
Summer, Fall
Kamloops, BC
User justinitsuj
I kayaked the N.Thompson in September this year for the first time. The water was still high enough that there weren't any problems with the gravel bars. In some sections you have to keep your eye out for logs just below the surface and there are two small sections of rapids near Heffley Creek and just before the Mclure ferry (Fishtrap Rapids). Having paddled this type of river before but having no experience with fast water I didn't have a problem with these short stretches of rapids.

The trip took two days (~8hrs/day)(~100km) and there were an abundance of camping sites along the trip. The best areas were before Barrier and past Mclure. The water is quite slow moving so you pretty much have to paddle the entire time but the scenery is nice enough to keep you entertained.

Directions:

Put in at the Little Fort ferry. There are signs to the ferry location as you enter Little Fort. I exited the river at Riverside Park in downtown Kamloops. Both locations are easy to find and access.



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By andromothyPosted By: andromothy  - Wed Sep 02 20:33:38 UTC 2015 Not Rated Comment haven't done yet but am planning on going single canoe two guys for two nights. can I get a lowdown on the two rapids. the canoe I have is a tank but it has no rocker. this time of year is heffley creek rapid class three?
By andrewthehigginsPosted By: andrewthehiggins  - Wed Nov 02 22:36:29 UTC 2011 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Awesome scenery, Many decent camp locations, not a difficult river Downside awful headwind and slow current can make for a BAD afternoon! Comment Did this trip by solo canoe Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2011. Weather was decent, 10c days and around -2c at night. Water was low but as a result the rapids were easy and there were very few problems with gravel or sand bars.
I put in higher up at North Thompson River Provincial Park and took out at Riverside Park in Kamloops.
In total, this was a 129 km trip. I did it in 4 days; 21 km, 30km, 50km, and 28km respectively. For a solo paddler, this was a push.
Still, awesome trip!
By jonathangoughPosted By: jonathangough  - Wed Oct 12 20:15:21 UTC 2011 Not Rated Question I am looking for a route to take with a group of 20 to 30 scouts and leaders. We are aiming for either late July or early August. I was considering the trip from Clearwater down through Kamloops to Savona. Do you have any advice?

Thanks for your assistance.

Jonathan

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