Location and Activities

Our Barriere guesthouse is located within Glengrove Properties, an acreage subdivision located 7km off of Highway 5.   It is 12 minutes southeast from the town of Barriere (1200 people) and 45 minutes north of the city of Kamloops, British Columbia (85,000 people).   Glengrove Road is not a through road, so there is only local traffic and the neighbourhood is generally quiet.  Below is a map; when a reservation is made, we will provide turn-by-turn directions for ease of finding us.

 

In Barriere, you will find all essential services including groceries, a drugstore with pharmacist, a doctor’s office with a small emergency department, a fire station, a library, a post office, a bank, a few restaurants, and many small shops.  We have several parks, a golf course, a curling rink, ball fields, tennis courts, and impressive rodeo grounds with a new indoor arena Agriplex.   Chu Chua, the local First Nations community, is 15 minutes north of Barriere on Dunn Lake Road.

Please note that no public transit is available other than Greyhound bus service to Barriere, which arrives at 1:00am from Kamloops. For backpackers without a car or air travellers on Westjet or Air Canada, we may be able to pick you up in Kamloops for a fee. Highway 5 continues north through to Clearwater, Blue River, Vavenby, and then Jasper, Alberta to the east.  We are halfway between Vancouver (or Whistler) and Jasper — it is four hours driving time to either destination, so we are a perfect stopover point.

There are short (10-40 minute) hiking trails on the crown land that our property backs onto.  There are also several extensive trail networks in the area, including Johnson Lake trails, Skull Mountain, and Seven Sisters.  Or, you can relax and let nature come to you… wildlife often comes through our yard: deer, rabbits, and many birds… and yes, the occasional bear!

Baby bunny and fawns

Bear cubs

Several beautiful lakes are nearby (as close as 10 minutes away), all great for swimming, fishing, and kayaking.  Forest Lake, Johnson Lake (nicknamed “The Caribbean of the North” due to its incredible clarity and blue colour), Adams Lake, and East and North Barriere Lake are the most popular to visit.  45 minutes to the north is Wells Grey Provincial Park, renowned for its extensive hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, including the 141m Helmcken Falls (the fourth highest waterfall in Canada, and nearly 3x the height of Niagara Falls!).  If you want to go whitewater rafting, we’ve had great experiences on the river with both Interior Whitewater Expeditions in Clearwater and Adams River Rafting near Scotch Creek, and would highly recommend them.  If you would like to see the Adam’s River sockeye salmon run, we are 30 minutes away via back road access.  Some salmon spawn every year, but 2018 is the next dominant year, in which millions of salmon come back in an amazing spectacle of red colour in the river!
Johnson Lake and Helmcken Falls
Barriere is popular for the North Thompson Fall Fair on Labour Day weekend every year, as well as the Provincial Winter Fair, the Celebration of Rural Living, and 4H and horse shows.  If mountain biking is your thing, the Kamloops area has several options.  Chinook Cove is a 9 hole, championship length golf course a few minutes north of Barriere.

In the winter, Sun Peaks Resort is less than an hour away via a back road, and offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  You can ski-doo right off of our property, as well as in many surrounding areas.  There are also local cross-country ski trails.