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About the Thompson Region

map_tr.jpgThe Thompson Region boasts a rich history, diverse landscapes and modern amenities.

Spanning 56,000 square km across BC’s southern Interior, FBC’s Thompson region is defined primarily by watershed boundaries. On this basis, the region encompasses the North Thompson, South Thompson, Thompson/Nicola and Bridge-Seton watersheds as well as part of the Fraser Canyon. From the standpoint of regional district boundaries, it includes the Thomson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD); some communities in the eastern Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD); the western portions of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD); and communities such as Lumby in the northern part of the North Okanagan Regional District (NORD).

See the regional district websites to learn about the regions, strategies and sustainability initiatives.

Communities

Municipalities of the Thompson include Ashcroft, Barriere, Blue River, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Enderby, Kamloops, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Lumby, Lytton, Merritt, Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Sun Peaks.

The Thompson Region is the traditional territory and the home to Aboriginal peoples of the Nle?kepmxc'in, Secwepemcstin (Shuswap), Statimcets (Lillooet) and Okanagan language groups. First Nations in the region include Ashcroft, Boothroyd, Cook's Ferry, Kanaka Bar, Lytton, Nicomen, Oregon Jack Creek, Siska, Skuppah, Upper Nicola, Adams Lake, Bonaparte, Little Shuswap Lake, Neskonlith, Simpcw First Nation, Skeetchestn, Spallumcheen, Splats’in, Tk'emlups te Secwepemc, Whispering Pines, Cayoose Creek, Seton Lake, Coldwater, Lower Nicola, Nooaitch, Shackan, High Bar, N'Quatqua, Bridge River, Ts'kw'aylaxw, T'it'q'et and Xax’lip.

Watersheds

thompson-fraser.jpgMajor watersheds are the South Thompson, North Thompson, Thompson-Nicola and Bridge-Seton. Smaller watershed include the Adams, Clearwater, Bonaparte, Eagle, Nahatlatch, Salmon, Shuswap and Stein. The North and South Thompson rivers converge at Kamloops and flow into Kamloops Lake. The combined Thompson River is the Fraser River’s largest tributary, draining into the Fraser at Lytton.

Also see About the Basin.

Photos courtesy of Picture BC

Economy

kamloops.jpgKamloops is the largest city and hub of the region’s diverse economy, which is based on forest industries, mining, agriculture, regional trade, education and training, manufacturing and tourism, including sport tourism. Transportation and logistics, bio-energy, technology, and financial, professional, health and public services are also important to the economy.

For a look at recent developments in different sectors, visit Venture Kamloops.

Sustainability Indicators

FBC works with a number of partners across the Thompson region on a range of social, economic and environmental issues.

To offer decision-makers in all sectors helpful data, FBC also regularly publishes sustainability indicators reports. You can find some regional highlights in our 2009 Sustainability Snapshot

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351
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