Barriere Resources

Barriere, B.C.





Population:  3,005 as of 2006


First Languages of Immigrants:


Chinese – 40

Punjabi – 30

Tagalog – 10

Visible minority population – 100


Shuswap Nation


680 West Athabaska Street, Kamloops


Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion: Creating Workplaces-of-Choice for Aboriginal Talent


Questions to Help Guide Development of an Aboriginal Inclusion Strategy



As I Am, by Nadia Myre, 2010, National Film Board of Canada



Differences Between Traditional Aboriginal Culture and Mainstream Western Culture



Simpcw First Nation

Phone:  250-672-9995



Barriere Farmers’ Market





4307 Yellowhead South HWY 5, Barriere

Open from the first Thursday in May to the last Thursday in October, 10 am until 2 pm

250-672-5159: ask for Jerdon

It offers organic produce, arts and crafts.





School District # 73 (Kamloops/ Thompson)


Barriere Elementary


Principal:  Mrs. Shelley Ewashina

Phone: (250) 672-9916

Fax (250) 377-2230

4475 Airfield Road, Barriere




Barriere Secondary



Principal:  Mr. Ken Rife

PO Box 130, 4811 Barriere Town Road, Barriere, BC V0E 1E0

Phone: 250-672-9943 Fax: 250-377-2254



Kamloops Infant Development Society (KIDS)


Phone: 250-371-4140

Fax: 250-371-4120

801 McGill Road, Kamloops


This free program is for children from birth to three years old who are experiencing or are at risk for developmental delays. The program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It is completely confidential.



Barriere Medical Clinic


The Barriere Medical Clinic and Doctors’ office is  located at the centre of Barriere. There are two full-time physicians, an emergency centre, lab, and other services available.



B.C. Ambulance



Barriere Community Health Centre




Barriere Doctors’ Office




Continuing Education for Adults


Thompson Rivers University has operated in Barriere since 1994. The TRU Community Coordinator, Susan Ross, lives in the community and recognizes and appreciates the unique nature and quality of life this area has to offer.

It is the goal of the community coordinator to provide quality education and training by bringing as many of the TRU services, courses and programs to the community as it is able to support.

An Advisory Committee of local residents with many diverse interests and ideas meets yearly to assist the coordinator. Susan also works closely with the Barriere Employment Services office and has the support of the Barriere Chamber of Commerce.


Susan Ross – Coordinator

Barriere: 250-672-9875

Fax: 250-672-9875


Address:  4629 Barriere Town Rd, Barriere


Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday
10 am – 2 pm



Barriere Library




4511 Barriere Town Road, Barriere

Phone:  (250) 672-5811


Days/ Hours Open:

Tuesday  10:30-4:30
Wednesday  10:30-3:30
Thursday  10:30-4:30
Friday     2:00-7:00
Saturday  10:30-2:30

PAL (Partner Assisted Learning)


PAL is a community partnership program that provides free one-to-one adult literacy tutoring. PAL supports up to 20 adults, from non-readers to Grade 12 level.  They generally have challenges with the literacy skills that are needed for everyday life. Scheduling is arranged to suit the learner and the tutoring focuses on individual needs. Support is available for those with ESL challenges.  All inquiries are confidential. PAL is run in partnership with Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, Thompson Rivers University and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.


Contact: Jill ; 250-319-8023




Youth Against Violence Line


This is a 24-hour help line.  You do not have to tell them your name, and the information that you give them is confidential.  You can report crimes and violence, and get help.  Anyone can call for information about gangs, bullying or other problems.

This service is available in 130 languages.


Phone: 1-800-680-4264; Text: 604-836-6381


24/7 – in your language – anonymous – confidential.






Barriere Youth Sports


Kathy Cooper, 250-672-5758



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Start your session with The Intercultural Coach!





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District of Barriere


4936 Barriere Town Road, Barriere, BC V0E 1E0

Ph. 250-672-9751



Barriere Employment Services


4629 Barriere Town Road, Barriere

Ph. 250-672-0036 F. 250-672-2159




Chamber of Commerce


Lorne Richardson, Manager/Marketing Coordinator

#3 – 4353 Conner Road

PO Box 1190, Barriere, BC V0E 1E0


Monthly business get-togethers have been a great success! Members and non-members come to network their businesses, ideas and concerns in a casual setting.



Business Resources:


Check the Community Futures (Kamloops) Lower North Thompson Community Profile:
District of Barriere and TNRD Areas O & P


It is a long-range plan that is used by towns to guide their growth and development over a period of time.  An OCP must contain policy statements and map designations which include the following:

(a) Residential development and housing needs over a period of at least five years;

(b) Commercial, industrial and institutional and other types of land uses;

(c) The location and area of sand and gravel deposits suitable for future extraction;

(d) Restrictions on the use of environmentally sensitive and hazardous lands;

(e) The approximate location and phasing of any major road and infrastructure systems; and

(f) The location and type of present and proposed public facilities.  The OCP provides guidance to:


• economic, environmental, physical design and development;
• economic, environmental, and social well-being; and
• provision of amenities, services and transportation systems.


Barriere has considered the interests of the individual landowners and residents.  It has balanced those interests with the needs of the community as a whole. The OCP provides guidance on land use and development issues within the plan area using a 25-year planning period, with 5-year reviews.


District of Barriere Official Community Plan:


• Development Permit Area Map
• Land Use Area Map
• Trail Map
• Sensitive EcoSystem Map


Business Resources



Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust
Small Business BC
Doing Business in BC
Business and Investing
Business Incentives
Business and Community Incentives



Starting Your Business
Business Plans & Templates
Trade Start
Industry Canada
Innovation Resource Centre
EI Programs


Barriere Food Bank:


(donated food that is free to people in need at no cost)

Most food banks do not receive money from the government.  They depend on donations from the community and volunteers.  Emergency food supplies are available every two to four weeks and last for two to three days.

Anne Genier (250-672-9295) or Brenda Lavis (250-672-2432)



Places of Worship:


Anglican Church of Canada


Church of the Redeemer, Barriere

Rev. Greg Frazer (250) 672-5699

2nd and 4th Sundays – 9:30 am



Barriere United Church


Rev.  Karen Medland

Office:  (250) 672-5653

Services – Sundays 9:00 am; Sunday School – 10:00 am



Bethany Baptist Church


4604 Barriere Town Road

Sunday Service – 11 a.m.

Office 250-672-5115




Christian Life Assembly

Pastor:  Lance Naylor

4818 Annesty Road (across from the high school)

(250) 672-0111

10:30 am Sunday Service and Children’s Church

10:00am Tuesday Prayer

12:30 Wednesday Youth discussion time

3:00 pm Thursday Kid’s Klub (6 – 12)

Youth and Children’s programs available. More info at



Church Of St. Paul


A worshipping community of Anglicans, United and Lutherans.

4464 Barriere Town Road

Sunday Worship – 11 a.m.

For more information contact:

Office 250-672-5653





St. George’s Roman Catholic Church


5024 Barriere Town Road

Sunday Mass – 9 a.m. every Sunday

Weekday Mass – 9 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Fr. Donal O’Reilly

Phone:  250-672-5949

Fax:  250-672-5974





Barriere offers skiing and snowboarding at Sun Peaks resort. We have lovely trails if you enjoy cross country skiing:  Barriere Heritage Society’s un-groomed cross country circuit or the groomed trails at Sun Peaks.

Our lakes are clean, cool and full of fish! The shallow bay of East Barriere Lake is good for beach activities and swimming.  Barriere offers:  ball-parks, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, rodeo grounds and a curling rink. Enjoy the Chinook Cove Golf Course off of Highway 5, north of the town centre.





On the first weekend in September, the entire community comes together for an event that attracts participants from all over Canada!  It is the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, celebrating its 64th year!

Contact Jill Hayward, 250-672-0055 or



Community Groups:


Alzheimer Investor’s Group Walk For Memories

Army Cadets RCAC Corp #2941


Barriere & District Chamber Of Commerce

Barriere & District Food Bank Society

Barriere & District Heritage Society

Barriere & District Hospice Society

Barriere & District Riding Club

Barriere & District Senior’s Society

Barriere Cancer Society

Barriere Choir

Barriere Community Quilters

Barriere Crime Stoppers

Barriere Curling Club

Barriere Drop In Art

Barriere Elementary Parent Advisory Committee

Barriere Emergency Support Services

Barriere Fibre Arts

Barriere Genealogy Group

Barriere Lady Lions

Barriere Lions Club

Barriere Minor Fastball Association

Barriere Photography Club

Barriere Prickly Pear Appliqué Group

Barriere Red Hat Ladies

Barriere Royal Canadian Legion Branch #242

Barriere Royal Canadian Legion Branch #242 Ladies Auxiliary

Barriere Rural Crime Watch

Barriere Search & Rescue & Highway Rescue

Barriere Secondary Parent Advisory Committee & Booster Club

Barriere Volunteer Fire Department

Community Consultative Group to the Barriere RCMP

First Barriere Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall

Jesus Christ Disciple’s Youth Group

Little Fort Recreation Society

Little Fort Volunteer Fire Department

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society

Lower North Thompson Learning & Literacy

McLure Volunteer Fire Department

McLure Wildfire Monument Society

North Thompson Arts Council

North Thompson Communities Foundation

North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association

North Thompson Fish & Game Club

North Thompson Food Action Network

North Thompson Pony Club

North Thompson Recreation Society

North Thompson Valley Garden Club

North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society

North Thompson Volunteer & Information Centre

Open Door Fellowship

Parks & Trails

Pentecostal Christian Life Assembly

Seventh Day Adventists

Simpcwetkwe Youth Group

Thompson Valley Players Society

Yellowhead 4-H Club

Yellowhead Artists Cooperative

Yellowhead Community Services

Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Society



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