This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF].
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

North Thompson Oxbows East Provincial Park

About This Park

North Thompson Oxbows East Park protects a stretch of wide meandering river system with a high level of diversity in a very productive part of the upper North Thompson river lowlands.

Special Features:
This park protects small patches of old growth hybrid spruce and subalpine fir

Park Size: 293 Hectares

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Location and Maps

North Thompson Oxbows East Park is situated 50 km north of Blue River and 280 km north of Kamloops. Access is by logging road, 6 km west of highway 5 (Yellowhead) where the North Thompson River crosses the highway. The communities closest to this park are Blue River, Vavenby and McBride.

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Nature and Culture

  • History – This protected area was recomended through the Kamloops LRMP process and formally established on April 30th, 1996 as a provincial park through Order-in -council under the Park Act. The park was then designated in Scedule E of the Park Amendment Act.
  • Conservation – This park protects floodplain wetlands, numerous oxbow lakes, sandbars, back channels,levees and glacial river. Plant communities are indicative of cold air drainage and wet soils,small pattches of old growth hybrid spruce, and subalpine fir.
  • Wildlife – This park protects excellent moose habitat. Habitat for wolves, grizzly bear, and beaver Important habitat for bull trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish, and rainbow. One of the few stable bull trout populations in the region.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing and kayaking at this park. Always exercise caution when navigating the North Thompson River. Sweepers and log jams may not always be visible in advance.
Fishing

Fishing

Fish species include rainbow and bull trout, Chinook and Coho salmon. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Synopsis for regulations.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

This park has opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature study.