|Your Base Camp for Adventure!
NorthThompson - 60 campsites
Facilities: running filtered water,
picnic site, First Nations
Heritage site, playground, river
Average use: 20 units May, June,
and September; 50 units July
What to see: First Nations pit
houses, trails, North Thompson
Spahats - day use only
Facilities: flush toilets
What to see: Trails, spectacular
waterfall, canyon views
These two parks are located right near Clearwater proper,
with Spahats about 10 km up the Clearwater Valley road, and
North Thompson directly off Highway 5 just south of
Leave your camp behind at North Thompson and go exploring
around Clearwater and Wells Gray.
Here's just some of the things you can do within a half
hour drive of both of these parks:
Trophy Mountain and Raft Peak hiking
Guided or unguided fishing
Clearwater Valley trail trekking
You can also see:
Clearwater River features like the Kettle
...And that's just the beginning.
What you need to know:
North Thompson Park is located off Highway 5 just south of Clearwater,
while Spahats is located about 10 km north of the Clearwater Info Centre
on the Clearwater Valley road.
Camping Fees are currently 21 dollars per vehicle per night, but all sorts
of conditions apply (BC Senior's rates, second vehicles), so see the
signs at the parks for exact details on what you're required to pay.
You can also choose to reserve your camping spot and prepay your fees
If you have questions about your reservation call 1-800-689-9025
Firewood is for sale, 2011 rate is 6 dollars per large tub.
North Thompson Park also has a Sani-station for RV septic dumping,
fee is 5 dollars in loonies or toonies per dump. You need to bring
CELLPHONES may work, but there are lots of blackout areas. The
nearest pay phone is at the Flour Meadow Bakery 9 km away (for
Spahats), or across from the sani-station (in North Thompson
Local information Radio is CHNL at either 610 or 1400 on the AM
North Thompson and Spahats parks offer a family friendly camping
experience, with picnic tables and fire rings at every campsite, as
well as outhouses, clean running water and other facilities.
North Thompson has several playing fields and a large
Campsites are patrolled and maintained several times daily.
Stores, gas, and other services are close at hand in Clearwater.
How big are the parks?
Not very big, just a few Hectares.
Were can I see a bear?
Bears are rare in North Thompson Park, if you see one, alert PFO Staff. Bears are
more common in and around Spahats Park as it was until recently part of a no
shooting zone which included the now closed Bear Creek Correctional Centre
located off the Trophy Mountain road. The best place to see a bear is probably
along one of the side roads.
Where can I see a Moose?
A rare site in both parks, but more likely around Spahats. Deer are common in both
parks however, as are all sorts of birds and small mammals like rabbits and
Are there any stores/gas stations in the park? No.
Clearwater has the closest amenities.
North Thompson - yes, pay phone in park
Spahats - Clearwater, (Flour Meadow Bakery)
Will cell phones work in the park?
Coverage is poor at best - don’t count on it.
Are there hook-ups in the park
(water and electricity for motor homes)? No.
Showers? Not at this time.
Sani stations for dumping septic tanks/ gray water? Yes, there is one at North
Thompson Park. Cost is 5 dollars per use.
Running water? Both parks have running water, all water systems are tested on a
monthly (or better) basis to ensure your safety. Water taste and quality is excellent
in all parks (especially Pyramid - some of the best drinking water I’ve ever tried).
Where can I get firewood?
Firewood can be purchased from park staff at a cost of $6 per bin (approx. 2 cubic
feet). Staff will be selling wood during evening collection shifts, usually between 5:
30 and 10 pm. Certain stores (local gas stations also sell firewood, but generally
at a higher cost for volume)
Burn only firewood you have brought with you or that you purchase from Park Staff.
Removing trees and branches from the forest floor is a violation of the Park Act and
will result in a fine.
Are dogs allowed in the park? Yes, dogs are allowed, BUT, must be kept on a
Other things banned from the park include, but are not limited to:
Personal water craft i.e. Jet skis, Sea-doo’s
Unlicensed / uninsured motorbikes - i.e. Quads, dirt bikes, ATV’s
Horses without a permit.
How much does it cost to stay in the park?
All drive in campsites are basically $16 dollars per night, per vehicle(see
registration sign for details.)
Non-payment of fees is grounds for eviction or fines under the park act.
Can I pay with my Credit Card or Debit Card?
No. Cash or Travelers Cheque are the only acceptable forms of payment. Personal
cheques are not accepted!
What’s a good short hike I can take (2 hours or less)?
North Thompson is filled with great short loop trails, all in excellent condition, the
short trails along the river, and to the viewpoint are exceptionally nice.
Spahats has lots of intermingled trails to and from the viewpoint, the ones that are
very nice but get overlooked are the Shaden Viewpoint, and the trails back towards
the main road that follow Spahats Creek… the towering cedars alone are worth the
What’s a good medium hike I can take (1-3 hours)?
The Shaden (Spahats), but check at the info centre for details on this trail, as part
of it was damaged by a slide in the last few years.