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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Blue River

Blue River
Blue River is situated north of Kamloops on Yellowhead Hwy 5. Halfway between Vancouver and Edmonton, Blue River is located on the North Thompson River near to the Blue and Mud Rivers. Nearest communities on Hwy 5 include Valemount 89 km (56 miles) to the north and Avola 39 km (24 miles) to the south.

Monashee and Cariboo Mountains
Rising above Blue River are the Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges. To the west of Blue River is Murtle Lake, which allows access to Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Back-Country Adventures
Blue River is famous for its great heli-skiing and back-country adventures. A great many eco-tourism companies operate from Blue River providing a variety of recreational choices. Activities include great wildlife watching all over the valley, hiking, skiing, jet boat excursions up the Mud River to Mud Lake, snowmobiling and mountain biking.

  • River Safari - Jet Boat adventures in the wilderness surrounding Blue River

Murtle Lake
If you enjoy quiet solitude, check out Murtle Lake. Famous for being North America's largest non-motorized lake, Murtle Lake offers great wilderness camping. There are some great beaches for those who enjoy swimming. Make sure you bring your fishing rod along as the lake contains lots of fish.

Permit Required
To access Murtle Lake you will need a permit. You can obtain these at Blue River Wilderness Outfitters in Blue River. The road into Murtle Lake can be easily found as you travel through Blue River on Hwy 5.

Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
As you drive into Blue River you can't help to notice the beautiful resort at the Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Heli-Ski Village. At Mike Wiegele they totally understand the Blue River area and will assist you in finding total comfort and exploring the abundant recreation that is offered throughout the valley.

Lake Eleanor
If you are short of time, try stopping for a quick visit at Lake Eleanor. Situated right in Blue River, Lake Eleanor makes for a great diversion from a long car ride. Relax, sit back and enjoy the scenery. If you enjoy swimming try Lake Elenor Park where you can find an excellent swimming area complete with 3 metre diving tower, water slide, rafts and sandy beach. Just remember watch your kids as there is no lifeguard present.

RV Camping
Lots of RV camping is available along Lake Elenor if you want to stay awhile. There is also the Blue River Campground and RV Park located just off the road to Murtle Lake.

  • Blue River Campground - a well established business with good facilities. Web site has a excellent map of the Blue River town site

Local Trails
Located around Lake Eleanor are some biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails making for a great place to enjoy the local recreation.

Blue River Services
Blue River has a number of tourist services if you require them. Included along Hwy 5 is a 24 hour Husky Travel Centre with a restaurant and a Esso Service Station that has a food store. For other food options try the Saddle Restaurant located across from Mike Wiegele Heli-Ski Village.

Information on Blue River

Accommodation in Blue River



Map of Blue River, BC
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Photo of the Mud River Valley
Mud River Valley


Photo of the Blue River
Blue River


Photo of the Mike Wiegele Heli-Ski Village
Mike Wiegele Heli-Ski Village


Photo of Lake Eleanor
Photo of Lake Eleanor


Photo of the North Thompson River
North Thompson River


Photo of the Saddle Mountain Lodge and Restaurant
Saddle Mountain Lodge and Restaurant

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