Along the shore of the North Thompson River sits the quiet hamlet of Barriere (pop. 1,773). North of the graceful South Thompson River, take the Yellowhead Highway 5 and follow the North Thompson River some 66 km (41 mi) north of Kamloops. The charred and rounded slopes of the Monashee Mountains gently give way to waving meadows of alfalfa, and a landscape that inspires old western dreams of riding high in the saddle. Down-home, Canadian hospitality are the hallmarks of Lower North Thompson. Bring your fishing gear along to angle or fly fish for famous Kamloops Trout at fly-in fishing camps, or nearby Johnson Lake Resort where families have made warm summer memories for over 60 years. Visit Barriere during the first weekend of September and you’ll have the chance to experience cowboy culture up close at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. Celebrate the best of rural Canadian lifestyle — livestock and rodeo competitions, fair food, community dances and more.