Vavenby is located 24 km (15 miles) east of Clearwater
and 43 km (27 miles) south-west of Avola
on the Yellowhead Hwy 5.
Vavenby is a small unincorporated community that enjoys a tranquille
lifestyle not found in a larger centre. Most of the community is
situated between Hwy 5 and the west side of the North Thompson River.
There is also a small part of Vavenby situated on the east side
of the North Thompson River with access via a one-lane wooden bridge.
The main employer at Vavenby is the Canfor sawmill situated on the
south side of town. Most of the people who live in Vavenby are employed
or affiliated with Canfor and/or the forest industry either by working
in the mill, contract logging or in the trucking industry.
Lately though, with a downturn in the forest industry, mining is
becoming important with the Yellowhead Mining Inc. doing some work
at Harper Creek.
If you need supplies or fuel, make sure you visit the Vavenby General
Store. Located off Hwy 5 on Vavenby Bridge Road, the Vavenby General
store offers convenience items, a liquor outlet, fishing licences
as well as information on the Vavenby countryside. Telephone: (250)
For local services there is the Vavenby Community Club & Recreation
located at 82 Vavenby Bridge Road. Also, there are the Vavenby Christian
Church and the Vavenby Elementary School. Unfortunately, the Hole-Inn-The-Wall
family restaurant had a 2008 and the building burnt to the ground
and had to close.
There is a small museum in Vavenby to visit called the Michif Métis
Museum. Celebrating the proud heritage of the Métis, the
museum has a number of artifacts depicting the history, crafts,
celebration dances and the important relationship of the Métis
in the Canadian landscape. The museum is located at 337 Bernard
Road in Vavenby, telephone (250) 676-0096 for more information.
For other things to do in Vavenby, one of them is to experience
the backcountry on horseback. Vavenby Trail Rides offers guided
trips on a working cattle ranch called the Shook Ranch and is only
1.2 km (.75 mile) past the Vavenby Bridge.
If you enjoy the BC Provincial Parks, there are a number of them
around Vavenby, some offering horsetrails to the far backcountry.
A real favourite is Momich Lakes Provincial Park situated 60 km
(40 miles) from Vavenby via logging roads where there is a string
of lakes featuring wildlife viewing in wetlands, great swimming,
boating and fishing for Kokanee, Sockeye salmon and trout.