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About Barriere, British Coilumbia


Barriere, British Columbia is located 66 kilometers north of Kamloops on Highway 5 which winds along the North Thompson River. The community is 373 meters above sea level.

Legend has it that 
"during the early days of the Cariboo gold rush, an old trapper named MacDonald, hailing from Scotland, was plying his trade in the central North Thompson Valley. Each winter he would stockpile his pelts at Little Fort. In the spring of each year, he would load up his pelt on his old mare, and with the help of a young Chu Chua Indian, he would set out on the old highway for Kamloops.
On one of his annual trips, the old man and his young companion stopped for lunch at the site of what is today: Barriere. Following lunch, the old mare refused to start up again. The old Scot gave her the buggy whip and she suddenly keeled over and died. His Indian companion said to MacDonald: "What  are you going to do now?" to which the old man replied: "Bury her". From which Barriere got it's name.
from a story re-told by local authority: David Baines



It is more likely that the community's name refers to the barrier that the Barriere river makes as it flows into the North Thompson, which accounts for how the name is pronounced by locals ("barrier").

However it got it's name, there are a multitude of reasons why people live in and love Barriere! The idyllic community with active citizens and small-town values, Barriere is located central to a wealth of outdoor activity areas. Find out more about recreational activities in the Barriere area.

People make their livings here in many different ways, but the main economic activities are forestry, tourism and agriculture. Some people say that living in Barriere is like living in a camping trip!



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