Summer Activities Lakes & Rivers

Bonaparte Lake

Enjoy Our Bountiful Lakes & Rivers

In the warmer months get out on the water in your boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard, or just lay around on your inner tube soaking up the sun. Spend your day fishing or go beneath the surface and enjoy scuba diving too! There’s a lot to do on our lakes and rivers including waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. For some white-knuckle adventure try white water rafting down the Adams River.

East Barriere Lake

Waterskiing & Wakeboarding

When the heat of the summer calls you – answer it and dive into watersports in the Lower North Thompson Valley. With over 100 lakes, you are sure to find one that fits your boat and your sport! Adams Lake is one of the largest lakes in the area and has no restrictions on motor size. As an added bonus, the lake has very strong winds, making it great for wind surfing.

McGillivray Lake Sun Peaks

Canoeing, Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

The Adams River is the place to go for white water canoeing or kayaking. There are plenty of paddling adventures waiting to be had as you explore pristine lakes and rivers of the Lower North Thompson Valley.

Whitewater Rafting

Take the plunge as you wind your way down the Adams River with Adams River Rafting through Class I, II and III white water. Your journey takes your through Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park with an interpretive stop along the way. This intensity of this one-hour trip varies depending on the time of year. Pick your season: early spring and July are perfect for exploring the river and all its twists and turns. August is the time for a lazy journey down river with time out for a swim in the warm water. Late spring is the perfect time for an exhilarating white water experience that will create a memory to last a lifetime.

Adams Lake River

Top Water Experiences

  • Feel the exhilaration of White Water Rafting
  • Marvel at the Adams River Salmon Run
  • Explore the water by scuba diving on Adams Lake or Johnson Lake
  • Take part in extreme water sports on Adams, North and East Barriere Lake, Lac La Roche, Heffley, and Bonaparte Lakes
  • Come sail away on Adams, Pinnatan, and other area lakes

McGillivray Lake

McGillivray Lake

McGillivray Lake at Sun Peaks is a serene oasis nestled within the stunning British Columbia wilderness. Surrounded by lush forests and majestic mountains, the lake offers a peaceful retreat for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Whether you're kayaking on its crystal-clear waters, hiking along its tranquil shores, or simply lounging on the sandy beach, the lake experience at McGillivray is a perfect blend of relaxation and outdoor exploration. With the towering peaks reflecting on the mirror-like surface, and the sounds of nature providing a soothing soundtrack, it's a place where one can truly connect with the beauty of the Canadian wilderness.

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South Thompson River

South Thompson River

With many boat launch access points, the current makes for a swift and sometimes challenging paddle. However the views and proximity to town make it worth it. Hint: Rent kayaks, paddleboards, and more from Kamloops Watersport Rentals downtown.

City Owned Boat Launches: McArthur Island, Pioneer Park, Valleyview Boat Launch

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting in Clearwater, British Columbia, is an exhilarating adventure that takes you through some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in Canada. As you navigate the pristine waters of the Clearwater River, you'll encounter a thrilling mix of rapids that will get your heart racing and provide an adrenaline rush like no other. Surrounded by lush forests and rugged terrain, this experience offers not only the thrill of conquering challenging rapids but also the chance to immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the BC wilderness. Clearwater's pristine waters and stunning scenery make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable whitewater rafting adventure.

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We respectfully acknowledge that The LNTTS is located in the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc territory that is situated in the southern interior of British Columbia within the unceded traditional lands of the Secwepemc Nation.