Thompson River, 489 km long, rises in the Cariboo district of the Rocky Mts and flows S as the North Thompson R. It is joined at KAMLOOPS
by the South Thompson R from Shuswap Lk, and the 2 flow united, carrying their blue-green waters into the FRASER R
. The banks of the lower course are hilly and almost barren, except for sagebrush, and many of the spectacular terraces are used for cattle grazing and fodder crops. Both the CPR and CNR transcontinental lines follow the river from Kamloops to Lytton. Simon FRASER
mistakenly believed that David THOMPSON
had found the river, and named it for him.
Thompson River Valley
The South and North Thompson Rivers meet at Kamloops in BC and pour into the Fraser at Lytton (Corel Professional Photos).
Links to Other Sites
The Colonial Despatches
View digitized copies of correspondence (dated 1846 - 1859) between the British Colonial Office and the "colonies" of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Search or browse this site for references to specific individuals, communities, companies, or industries in the province. Also includes digitized images of maps of various locations. From the website for the University of Victoria.