Barriere is located 66 km (41 miles) north of Kamloops
and 27 km (17 miles) south of Little Fort
on the Yellowhead Hwy 5.
Barriere is a friendly community that is rebounding from the devastating
wildfire season of 2003 in British Columbia. Many homes, as well
the major employer, Tolko Wood Mill in Louis Creek, were burned
to the ground. Time has passed and thanks to all the generous support
of government aid, volunteers and the people who donated, Barriere
is returning to its proud past.
Barriere is situated at the point where the Barriere River flows
into the North Thompson River. This location in the North Thompson
Region has provided Barriere the potential to develop agricultural,
forestry and tourism industry from the local resources.
lakes within 40 km (25 miles)
Recreation around Barriere in includes fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country
skiing, visiting guest ranches, horseback riding and exploring in
all directions. With an estimated 75 lakes within 40 km (25 miles)
of this community, you will never run out of areas to discover.
The Barriere region offers for the visitor gas stations, cafes,
grocery stores, services and accommodation for every preference
Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo
If you enjoy the rodeo circuit, Barriere is also home to the Labour
Day weekend North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo.
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North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo
Cove Golf Course
For golfers there is the exceptional 9-hole course located at Chinook
Cove Golf Course 2 km (1.25 mile) north of Barriere.
Snowmobiling around the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and especially
around Barriere is emerging to be one of British Columbia's best
areas. Excellent terrain, great snow conditions and never-ending
discovery will make you think you're in snowmobiling heaven.
Some terrain you might want to experience is up Harp Mountain which
is just north of North Barriere Lake by about 18 km (11 miles) on
the Harper Creek Forestry Road.
One area that you will find real nice is fishing up in the three
Barriere Lakes. You take Barriere Lakes Road off Hwy 5, head east
out of town up the Barriere River.
Barriere Lakes Road meets a three-way fork at approx. 19 km (12
miles) at Harper and Haggard Creeks. Go north on the Harper Creek
Rd. for North Barriere Lake and then straight through for the largest
East Barriere Lake and south on Haggard Creek for the smaller South
Barrier Lake. If you like rustic campgrounds, there are some old
BC Forest Service sites present at all three lakes.
The Adams Lake area has always been a favourite for the people living
in the Barriere area. This enormous lake is east of town and is
reached by taking the Louis Creek road approx. 4 km (2.5 miles)
south of Barriere. The approx. 30 km (19 miles) road in from Louis
Creek follows Sinmax Creek to Skwaam Bay (Agate Bay) on Adams Lake.
There are a few good FSR sites for you to stay at both north and
south on Adams Lake. There is one at Skwaam Bay but a real favourite
is to travel north for approx. 12 km (7.5 miles) to Sandy Point.
Sandy Point is a larger site with full facilities featuring a sandy
beach on the shores of Adams Lake.
Caribbean of the North'
When you travel in to Adams Lake from Louis Creek at around the
20 km (12.5 miles) mark keep your eye open for the Johnson Lake
turnoff. The colour of this lake is very unique in that it has the
allure of the Caribbean Ocean and is sometimes referred to as 'The
Caribbean of the North.'
You can also reach Johnson Lake from Adams Lake by taking the forest
service road near the 6 km (3.75 miles) mark in between Skwaam Bay
(Agate Bay) and Sandy Point. There is a small (three sites) FSR
site at Johnson Lake but this fills up fast. If you would like to
stay, try the full-service Johnson Lake Resort that has been in
operation since 1952.
Land of Discovery
The Barriere area has some many forest service roads that traverse
the landscape taking you to different places of discovery. Consider
picking up a good backroads map; this will assist you when venturing
out on the land and finding new areas.
If you are going north or south on Hwy 5, consider taking the Blackpool
backcountry road on the east side of the North Thompson towards
Dunn Lake. You can either cross the North Thompson utilizing the
ferry crossing at Little Fort or at Clearwater.
Barriere is also the gateway for entering into the Bonaparte Lake
District located approx. 28 km (17 miles) to the west. One route
into the east side of Bonaparte Lake is to take the road up Peterson
Creek eventually passing Gorman Lake. You find this road just by
the North Thompson River crossing at Barriere.