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Clearwater, British Columbia
—  District Municipality  —
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional District Thompson-Nicola
Incorporated 2007
Population (2006)
 - Total 4,960
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 250
Website [1]

Clearwater is a district municipality in the North Thompson River valley in British Columbia, Canada, about 124 km north of Kamloops. The largest community in the valley, with a population of 4,960, Clearwater is predominantly employed by the forestry industry. Tourism is also a major industry, with Wells Gray Provincial Park just to the north. The park encompasses 5,000 square kilometres, with two rivers, five lakes, and numerous waterfalls, including the area's most famous, Helmcken Falls. A municipal government was incorporated in December 2007. Clearwater also has two schools: Raft River Elementary with approximately 300 students and Clearwater Secondary School with approximately 250 students.

Map of Thompson watershed

As a flag stop VIA Rail's The Canadian calls at the Clearwater railway station three times per week in each direction.


  • There are many hiking trails in the area, ranging from very easy to very hard.
  • Fishing is quite popular in Clearwater, with many local lakes in the area.

Coordinates: 51°39′N 120°02′W / 51.65°N 120.033°W / 51.65; -120.033



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