Thompson Nicola Valley Accommodations
Are you looking for accommodation in the Thompson Nicola region? Consider a vacation rental home from Owner Direct. This region is located in the central interior of British Columbia, approximately 185 miles (300 kilometers) east of Vancouver. The Coquihalla Highway 5 follows the Nicola Valley into Merrit and up through Kamloops. Visit one of the stunning Provincial Parks, try your luck on the many fishing lakes in the area, or experience an amazing ride either by horseback or mountain bike. The Nicola Valley offers a rustic open-country feel, rich with history and fantastic summer and winter recreational opportunities. Rent holiday lodging directly from owners of chalets, bed and breakfasts, cabins, vacation rental homes and cottage accommodations in the Nicola Valley, BC.
The Thompson Nicola region includes the towns of Ashcroft, Barriere, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Lytton, Merritt and Sun Peaks. Kamloops is by far the most populated with over 90,000 residents. The weather in Kamloops is fantastic making it a perfect summer destination. Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking and ATV riding, paddling, fishing, and wildlife watching. It is also a great golf destination with 13 courses nearby. Find a condo rental right on the golf course. The accommodation options in the Thompson Nicola region are endless.
There are many wilderness parks in the Thompson Nicola region, including several Provincial Parks. Wells Gray Provincial Park is 5000 square kilometers of pure wilderness. This is a premier destination for summer adventure. Hike to majestic waterfalls, try white water rafting down the Clearwater River, mountain bike one of the many trails in Wells Gray or fish in one of the many lakes. In winter outdoor enthusiasts flock here for back country skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Vacation rentals including cabins, lodges, chalets, and condos are available nearby Wells Gray, or stay in one of the many campgrounds.
The Thompson Nicola region isn’t just popular for it’s summer recreation opportunities. In winter you can find mountain accommodations at Sun Peaks Resort, a 35 mile (55 kilometer) drive from Kamloops. At Sun Peaks there are many chalets and condo rentals available all season long. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling around the Thompson Nicola region is very popular. The mountains at Sun Peaks receive an average of 220 inches (559 centimeters) of snowfall per year.
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Nicola Valley Information - Travel British Columbia: The Nicola Valley’s landscape varies dramatically, from the wind-blasted cliffs of Windy Canyon near Merritt, to the glacial shore-lines of ancient lakes and the rolling grasslands lining Highway 5A. There are even ancient lava cliffs in Monck Provincial Park. With such a diverse environment, an abundance of wildlife and vegetation flourish throughout the Nicola Valley. Bears, deer, and moose are found throughout the region, while elk and mountain goats are less common, but still present. The forests surrounding Merritt harbour a wide variety of tree species from lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir in the highlands to Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine in the benchlands.
'A lake a day as long as you stay' is not just a slogan for the Nicola Valley region – it’s a fact. With over 150 lakes in the area, this region is unrivaled for its sports fishing. In particular, Nicola Lake is notorious for its great variety of fish. It is said to contain an incredible 26 different species! Angling is the most popular form of fishing here but enthusiasts are also successful with fly and ice fishing. Alleyne and Kentucky Lake are the two largest lakes in the region and are constantly visited by campers hoping to get away from the rush and stress of modern day living.
About Nicola Lake, BC - OwnerDirect.com: Serene Nicola Lake lies amongst rolling hills of sage, grass, and sparsely dotted Ponderosa pine; a beautiful setting. This lake is located in the Nicola Valley in the High Country region and is popular for windsurfing and sailing. Nearby Marquart Lake is located due south from Nicola at an elevation of 1130m (3706 ft.). This lake has a surface area of 23 ha. (57 ac.) Monck Provincial Park on the north shore of Nicola Lake is 11 km/7 mi from Highway 5A northeast of Merritt. The parkis a great place to swim, sunbathe on the sandy beaches and fish in the lake. There is also a forested camping area.
Nicola Lake is located 10 km (6.2 mi.) northeast of Merritt via Hwy 5A. Access from the city of Kamloops is also via Hwy 5A. Quaint Quilchena is the closest community to this lake. Fishing is a popular activity in this area. Rainbow Trout and Kokanee are the game fish at this lake. The best fishing time for Rainbow, Kokanee and Brookies is during the spring and fall months. Ice fishing for Burbot during winter months is also enjoyed by many people.
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