Nicola River

NICOLA RIVER rises on the Douglas Plateau northeast of PENNASK LK and flows generally westward for 150 km to join the THOMPSON R near SPENCES BRIDGE. The rolling GRASSLANDS through which the upper portion of the river meanders has been cattle country since the first ranchers arrived in the 1870s (see CATTLE INDUSTRY). This is the home of the DOUGLAS LAKE CATTLE CO, the largest ranch in Canada, as well as many other smaller spreads. For much longer than that it has been home to the Spaxomin, a...

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