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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Vavenby

Vavenby is located 24 km (15 miles) east of Clearwater and 43 km (27 miles) south-west of Avola on the Yellowhead Hwy 5.

Tranquil Lifestyle
Vavenby is a small unincorporated community that enjoys a tranquille lifestyle not found in a larger centre. Most of the community is situated between Hwy 5 and the west side of the North Thompson River. There is also a small part of Vavenby situated on the east side of the North Thompson River with access via a one-lane wooden bridge.

Canfor Saw Mill
The main employer at Vavenby is the Canfor sawmill situated on the south side of town. Most of the people who live in Vavenby are employed or affiliated with Canfor and/or the forest industry either by working in the mill, contract logging or in the trucking industry.

Yellowhead Mining Inc.
Lately though, with a downturn in the forest industry, mining is becoming important with the Yellowhead Mining Inc. doing some work at Harper Creek.

Vavenby General Store
If you need supplies or fuel, make sure you visit the Vavenby General Store. Located off Hwy 5 on Vavenby Bridge Road, the Vavenby General store offers convenience items, a liquor outlet, fishing licences as well as information on the Vavenby countryside. Telephone: (250) 676-9233

Local Services
For local services there is the Vavenby Community Club & Recreation located at 82 Vavenby Bridge Road. Also, there are the Vavenby Christian Church and the Vavenby Elementary School. Unfortunately, the Hole-Inn-The-Wall family restaurant had a 2008 and the building burnt to the ground and had to close.

Michif Métis Museum
There is a small museum in Vavenby to visit called the Michif Métis Museum. Celebrating the proud heritage of the Métis, the museum has a number of artifacts depicting the history, crafts, celebration dances and the important relationship of the Métis in the Canadian landscape. The museum is located at 337 Bernard Road in Vavenby, telephone (250) 676-0096 for more information.

Vavenby Trail Rides
For other things to do in Vavenby, one of them is to experience the backcountry on horseback. Vavenby Trail Rides offers guided trips on a working cattle ranch called the Shook Ranch and is only 1.2 km (.75 mile) past the Vavenby Bridge.

Provincial Parks
If you enjoy the BC Provincial Parks, there are a number of them around Vavenby, some offering horsetrails to the far backcountry. A real favourite is Momich Lakes Provincial Park situated 60 km (40 miles) from Vavenby via logging roads where there is a string of lakes featuring wildlife viewing in wetlands, great swimming, boating and fishing for Kokanee, Sockeye salmon and trout.

Information on Vavenby



Map of Vavenby
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Canfor Saw Mill
Canfor Saw Mill


Vavenby General Store
Vavenby General Store




Vavenby Bridge
Vavenby Bridge


North Thompson River at Vavenby
North Thompson River at Vavenby

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