The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is a regional district in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The Canada 2006 Census population was 122,286. The administrative offices are in the main population centre is the city of Kamloops, which accounts for almost 65 percent of the regional district's population. The only other city is Merritt; however, there are locally important communities such as the district municipality of Logan Lake, and the villages of Chase, Ashcroft, and Cache Creek. The region is named indirectly for the Thompson River by way of the traditional regional names of "the Thompson Country" and "the Nicola Country"; the Nicola Country was named for Chief Nicola and was originally "Nicola's Country", where he held sway; he is also the namesake of that river. The region is known for its sports and outdoors activities and also its largely arid, sunny climate and "Wild West" scenery and culture.
The northern part of the regional district is focussed on the community of Columbia, which is the largest settlement on Highway 5 north of Kamloops. From there up the North Thompson and up the Clearwater River the country is increasingly alpine in nature, comprising sections of the Cariboo Mountains, Monashee Mountains and Shuswap Highland. The Clearwater River country, often referred to as the Wells Gray-Clearwater Country, is known for its many volcanic features (see Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field, including waterfalls cut into the lava plateau which typifies the lower elevations in this area, including Mahood Falls, Helmcken Falls and others.
Western Economic Diversification Canada: Canada's New Government Announces $6 Million Commitment Toward Kamloops Airport Expansion
Jul 18, 2007; KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIACCNMatthews - July 18, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources today announced...