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Barriere Community Profile

Community Futures Development Corporation of Thompson Country (CFTC) is pleased to have sponsored the updating of the Community Profile for the District of Barriere and Electoral Area O (Lower North Thompson) and Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks).  It is the “Gateway to the North Thompson”.

The purpose of this economic profile is to provide timely, objective and relevant economic information to assist individuals contemplating economic development initiatives in the southern half of the North Thompson River Valley including investors exploring new business or the expansion of existing business opportunities.

The District of Barriere is located along side of the North Thompson River just 66 kms north of Kamloops on Highway #5 (the Yellowhead Highway). Barriere features industrial, commercial and residential properties available for development and more importantly, a community prepared to attract new business enterprise.  The community is self-sustaining and offers a successful retail and service sector that is capable of supporting the entire region.

The North Thompson River was once the busy highway of the First Nations people and, later, the fur traders, gold prospectors, ranchers and settlers. The stunning scenery and surroundings beckon travelers to explore the area using a range of transportation from horseback riding and helicopters, to ATVs, snowmobiles and white water rafting.

The preparation of the District of Barriere and Areas O and P Profile would not have been possible without the cooperation of many agencies, organizations and individuals.  The District of Barriere, Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD), Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce and TNRD Area Directors for O and P were instrumental in assisting with the compilation of information for the profile. Also, the development of the profile would not have been possible without the funding provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada.  Also, without the expertise and dedication of McGuire Consulting the information contained within the Profile would not be as comprehensive as it is.