A BIT ABOUT THE AREA
Today, the quaint community of Blue River is home to roughly 280 year-round residents – though, it has a history steeped in exploration. The First Nations people inhabited this area long before prospecting explorers and settlers began passing through along fur trading routes. Boasting a ruggedly rich natural environment, abundance of wildlife and unsurpassed beauty, Blue River became a pivotal point along the soon to be called "Yellowhead Highway” transport and trade route of the mid 1800’s. The Canadian Pacific Railway established switching tracks and a roundhouse in Blue River in 1916, providing links between Alberta and British Columbia’s coast, that were invaluable for transporting goods and people from province to province. Eventually logging operations were formed and towns were created, along with the formation of the Yellowhead Highway that remains a major route for tourism and transportation today. Conveniently located halfway between Kamloops, BC and Edmonton, AB, Blue River is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, stretch your legs, rest your head and fuel-up before continuing your travels.
If you're eating out, try The Grizzly Shack for a quick bite. This food truck along the highway has burgers, wraps & more!
Looking for a sit down meal? Try The Grill, also located along the highway. Here you will find burgers, homemade soups, pizza & more!
Want to cook your own meal? Stock up on ingredients in a neighbouring community or try your luck at the General Store, where you will find a limited selection of food and alcoholic beverages. Store hours:
Monday - Saturday
HIKE, BIKE & ORV
Blue River is home to an abundance of trail networks, including hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails (most are unmaintained and should be used with caution).
Expect to see wildlife on your expedition, including bears, eagles, ravens, salmon, moose and more! We ask that you please respect the wildlife and the area they reside, as it is critical to their survival.
Please check out:
for more information about the trails.
Don't feel like venturing too far? Head to the Community Garden, in the centre of town and relax in the screened in gazebo.
"You haven't seen snow like this!"
Blue River gets an average of 14 feet of snowfall in town every year and even more in the mountains (up to 32 feet)! The area is situated in one of three of the world's only inland temperate rainforests, with the coastal weather kissing that from the North, creating the perfect conditions for some deep, fluffy powder.
Head out onto the trails, where you're sure to have fun snowmobiling, backcountry skiing/boarding, cross country skiing or heliskiing/boarding!
Find out more at:
Blue River is the access point to many pristine lakes; Murtle Lake, Mud Lake and Eleanor Lake to name a few.
Breathe in the fresh mountain air while you swim on a hot summer day, or relax by the water. If you're up for a challenge, grab your fishing rod and fishing license, where you will find Dolly Vardens and Rainbow Trout to test your skills.
To find out more about lakes, rivers and waterfalls in the area, please visit:
Canoes and paddleboards can be rented at:
Don't feel like exploring on your own?
Don't worry, Blue River has professionally guided tour companies that would love to show you around!
Throughout the summer, you have the opportunity to view wildlife and enjoy the spectacular views, from the comfort of a jeep or jet boat, with a professional guide to narrate along the way at:
Looking for powder, but don't know where to look? In the winter months, book a guided snowmobile tour at:
Want to heliski/board? Book your experience at: