Barriere Houses for Sale
Search all Barriere Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Where the Barriere River flows into the North Thompson River, 20 minutes north of Kamloops, lies the community of Barriere—surrounded by incredible views, pristine lakes, wildlife and adventure galore.
With around 1,700 residents, this small community is a hidden gem in the Okanagan. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Barriere properties come on the market.
Barriere Real Estate Market
With its ideal weather, relatively strong jobs in resource industries, and proximity to big-city amenities, Barriere is a promising area for real estate investors. Homes are generally spacious and built on generously sized lots, with split-level dwellings from the 1970s making up the bulk of the available properties.
One popular area for real estate investors is The Sands, a gated waterfront community set right on the bay of East Barriere Lake—known for being a quiet, swimmable lake. In The Sands, there are undeveloped lots with community water and septic ready for you to build your dream vacation or family home. You’ll also find stately lakefront homes on Adams Lake, a short twenty-minute drive from Barriere.
In Barriere, you’ll find large family homes from the 1970s in the 3,000 square foot range, with four, five, and even six bedrooms available in quiet subdivisions—perfect for growing families. In addition to these homes offering plenty of room, they can also represent strong income property potential.
About Barriere, BC
Barriere is a small community in the southern part of the North Thompson Valley. It offers residents a beautiful and safe place to live away from the bustle of city life but still within close access to city amenities. It’s a short drive from Kamloops and has a population of nearly 100,000. For this reason, Barriere has become a popular bedroom community, as people take advantage of its affordable real estate and commute to the city for work.
In the 19th century, the area that is now Barriere was a popular gold rush community. A famous story claims gold rush workers could find $25 per day of gold in the nearby Thompson River—an unfathomably large sum of money at the time. The Secwepemc First Nation have lived in the area since prehistoric times, and continue to live in Chu Chua, slightly north.
The community of Barriere has a present-day population of nearly 2,000 residents. It was incorporated in 2007, making it one of the newest municipalities in British Columbia. There are job opportunities in the area, mainly in the forest industry and tourism and farming. Those looking to invest in an overlooked community and young families looking for space to grow should have Barriere on their radar.
Getting to Barriere
Barriere is conveniently located near British Columbia Highway 5, which connects the Trans-Canada Highway to Highway 16. Heading south on Highway 5 for just over 60 km, you'll reach Kamloops, the central transportation hub in the area.
From Kamloops, there are several travel options, including Kamloops Airport, which offers frequent flights to Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George, and Edmonton—operated by Air Canada, Canadian North, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and WestJet. There is also a train station in Kamloops that Via Rail’s historic Canadian train passes through from Vancouver to Toronto.
Barriere is home to four distinct seasons, each offering its charms. Summers in Barriere are warm and pleasant, with temperatures in July and August that often stretch up into the high twenties, even reaching 30°C. Fall is dry and crisp, with only around 30 mm of precipitation during September, October, and November.
Winters in Barriere are cold and snowy. The average daily temperatures in December and January tend to stick in the negative single digits, sometimes plunging into the negative teens and twenties. On average, you can expect around 121 cm of snowfall per year in Barriere.
Barriere refers to itself affectionately as “cowboy country,” and you can expect to experience plenty of western cultures when you spend time in the area. Every year, the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo hit Barriere, offering participants the ability to experience exciting rodeo competitions, in addition to community dancing and excellent regional food. It’s a popular event, with around ten thousand visitors annually.
Because of the excellent hunting and fishing options within close reach, there’s a strong culture of enjoying the outdoors and getting adventurous in nature. Whether it's ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling in the winter, or hiking, fishing, and rafting in the summer, residents of Barriere bond over their shared love for the natural wonders all around them.
Barriere falls under the jurisdiction of School District 73, which also serves Kamloops and its surrounding areas. Because of its size, there are limited public school options available in Barriere: Barriere Elementary has classes from K-6, while Barriere Secondary offers grades 7-12.
In addition, Neqweyqwelsten is the elementary school operated by the Simpcw First Nation, which has been around since the 1980s. Thompson Rivers University is located in Kamloops for post-secondary education options, which offers plenty of undergraduate, graduate degrees and job training.
Barriere Health Care
Health care services in Barriere are provided by Interior Health—one of British Columbia’s five publicly-funded health authorities, serving the southern interior of BC. The Barriere Health Centre doesn’t have hospital beds but offers a range of lab services, urgent care, community services, residential care, and doctors’ offices.
Those requiring hospital care in Barriere head to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. One of Interior Health’s two tertiary referral facilities, which holds the distinction of being the first all-digital hospital within the health authority. High-level emergency services and specialized care are available at Royal Inland Hospital.
Things to Do in Barriere
Every Friday during the summer months in Barriere, locals head down to Fadear Park downtown to watch Barriere Bandshell Fridays, a music in the park event that runs from 6-9 pm. There, you can grab some snacks from local food vendors and support some of the area’s local musicians.
From Barriere, it’s a short drive southeast to Sun Peaks Resort, one of the province’s most well-equipped mountain resorts. Whether it's winter and you want to ski and snowboard in the excellent powdery conditions, or it's summer, and you’re looking to bike, hike, golf, and more, Sun Peaks is a must-visit destination.
Fishing is a popular local pastime, and there are more than sixty lakes within striking distance where you can enjoy the pleasant weather and take advantage of some of the top trout fishing in the North Thompson Valley area. Head over to East Barriere Lake to fly fish for some local rainbow trout.
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