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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
The discovery of gold in the Cariboo in 1862 brought many adventurers from around the world. They travelled the Cariboo Wagon Road between Lillooet and Barkerville and along the way towns sprang up. This stunning and beautiful wilderness boasts 8,000 lakes and 17,000 km of rivers and streams; a land of dramatic scenery, rugged landscapes, thick forests, fantastic rock formations, mountain peaks covered with vast ice fields and alpine meadows. From semi-desert terrain, to canyons, to flat grasslands, to private coves and inlets, pristine beaches and rocky shores. The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast offers many challeging opportunities for outdoor adventurers: - Fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, birdwatching, gold panning, great hiking and wildlife viewing. Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is situated in central British Columbia, nestled between the Cariboo Mountain Range on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, approximately 400 km north of Vancouver. The region covers around 12,600,000 hectares (over 31 million acres). Visitors will enjoy all amenities and service facilities, excellent accommodations, from luxury resorts to quaint lakeside cabins, and fine dining and shopping.
Driving Directions

100 Mile House: Located 80 km (50 mi) north of Clinton, on Hwy 97 and 116 km (72 mi) north of Cache Creek in the Thompson Okanagan region, with warm dry summers and cold winters. 100 Mile House is the centre for the South Cariboo, and is the site of one of the earliest roadhouses on the Cariboo Wagon Road. 100 Mile House received its name because of its distance from Mile "0" in Lillooet. Lumber mills, log home building and ranching are the main industries of the community. It is known as the International Nordic Ski Capital, featuring a 200 km groomed trail system. Also enjoy snowmobiling, dog sledding, downhill skiing and ice fishing. Go birdwatching at the 8 hectare Marsh-Wildlife Sanctuary. Stroll the Bridge Creek Waterfalls Centennial Park's walking trails, and enjoy the tennis courts, playground and picnic area. 100 Mile House offers all kind of accommodations, fine dining and all amenities.
108 Mile Ranch: Located 80 km (50 mi) north of Clinton, on Hwy 97, 116 km (72 mi) north of Cache Creek in the Thompson Okanagan region, and just a short drive north of 100 Mile House. Visit the 108 Heritage Site and its historical buildings. Enjoy golfing at a 18-holes course and pamper yourself at a spa retreat. 108 Mile Ranch offers affordable accommodations and fine dining.
150 Mile House: Located 15 km (9 mi) of Williams Lake. Here, visitors can turn onto the original Gold Rush Trail to Horsefly and Likely and the areas of Horsefly Lake and Quesnel Lake. 150 Mile House offers full-service facilities.
70 Mile House: Located 71.5 km (42.9 mi) north of Cahe Creek in the Thompson Okanagan region, on Hwy 97. 70 Mile House was an original roadhouse and still offers a store and other services. Visit Green Lake which features North America's oldest guest ranch and go horseback riding, and go to Watch Lake for a fishing and horseback riding experience. 70 Mile House offers accommodations and dining.
Alexis Creek: Located 20 km (13 mi) west of Hanceville, the small community of Alexis Creek, named after Chief Alexis, chief of the Chilcotin Indians, is the service centre for the East Chilcotin. There are a number of nearby lakes suitable for fishing, boating, and swimming in the summer; and skiing in the winter. 10 km (6 mi) west is Bull Canyon Park on the Chilcotin River. Farther west is the confluence of the Chilko and Chilcotin Rivers. To the northwest lies Nazko Park.
Anahim Lake: Is the Gateway to the Backcountry. Anahim Lake is located 16 km (10 mi) west of Nimpo Lake, on Hwy 20. Is a perfect base for horseback or hiking trips into the Itcha Mountains, the Ilgachuz Mountains and the Rainbow Mountains. Tour operators offer wilderness trips by horse or foot, or those who want organized pack trips or mountain rides. Float planes will take you to a myriad of nearby wilderness experiences. Anahim Lake has excellent fishing, with the Upper Dean fly-fishing only. Anahim Lake is the last community before entering Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Accommodations are available.
Barkerville: Located 85 km (51 mi) east of Quesnel, on Hwy 26 and 8 km (5 mi.) The Cariboo Gold Rush Trail ends with a legendary Barkerville, a town where visitors really take themselves back in time and experience history. After Billy Barker struck gold in 1862, started a rush of fortune seekers from all over the world. Between 1862 and 1870, over 10,000 people travelled the Cariboo Wagon Road to Barkerville. Today, Barkerville includes 125 original and restored buildings, over 100 displays, demostrations, live theatre and one of North America's oldest Chinatowns. Along the highway to Barkerville there are historical points of interest such as Mexican Hill, Robber's Roost, Devil's Canyon, Cottonwood House, Blessing's Grave, and Lover's Leap. Cottonwood House Historic Site features one of the last original roadhouses along the Cariboo. Nearby Bowron Lake Provincial Park offers recreation activities: - mountain biking, canoeing, hiking trails,wildlife viewing, bird watching, photography, dog sledding, back-country skiing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Barkerville Provincial Park offers the visitor camping sites and a chance to step back in time. Barkerville offers great accommodation, fine dining and shops.
Barkerville Road: This scenic hour's drive along Highway 26 is one of BC's most fascinating historical routes. Take a tour of the Cottonwood House an 1864 roadhouse as well as a stagecoach ride in the park.
Bella Coola: Located 456 km (283 mi) west of Williams Lake, on Hwy 20. Although it is not on the coast, the village of Bella Coola has the distinction of being on salt water. Bella Coola sits where the Bella Coola River runs into saltwater Bentinck Arm. Surrounded by mountain streams, this is the perfect destination for naturalists, photographers and artists. Fishing, forestry and tourism are the main industries of the community. Bella Coola serves as a major port between Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Hagensborg is just east of Bella Coola and both communities share a number of facilities, accommodations and services. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, to the east of Bella Coola, provides a wilderness setting for a number of outdoor adventures. Visit the Bella Coola Museum and learn about their history. Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing rivers, rock climbing, kayaking and explore numerous inlets and waterfalls. Bella Coola offers full service accommodation and fine dining.
Bowron Lake Park: Located 29 km (18 mi) northeast of Wells, enjoy canoeing over a 117 km (72 mi) circuit of lakes, rivers, streams between a 1216 sq. km (470 sq mi) of mountain wilderness. Accommodations are available.
Canim Lake & Area: A picturesque and short drive of 3 km (2 mi) north of 100 Mile House leads east to the Canim Lake area. Enjoy angling in Canim Lake, Ruth Lake and other smaller lakes, as well as excellent fly-fishing in Canim River. This spot is a popular destination for: - biking, hiking, horseback riding, beaches, canoeing, boating and water skiing. Experience in winter dog sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, back-country skiing and snowmobiling. Take a guided tour to the volcanic cones near Spanish Creek, to the native pictographs and anciet pit houses of Deception Creek, and to Deception, Mahood and Canim Falls. Accommodations are available.
Chilko Lake: Chilko Lake is situated in the Ts'yl-os Provincial Park. It is the largest natural, high-elevation freshwater lake in North America. Huge snowpeaked mountains and glaciers surround the lake. Its glacier-fed waters stretch 80 km and empty into the Chilko River. The "White Mile" of Chilko River's Lava Canyon is great for rafting. The river drops 19 meters per kilometer. Chilko Lake is located 280 km (168 mi) west of Williams Lake, on Hwy 20. Accommodations are available.
Clinton: Located 40 km (25 mi) north of Cache Creek in the Thompson Okanagan region, on Hwy 97. Is the Guest Ranch Capital of British Columbia. From Hat Creek Ranch to Kelly Lake, Big Bar and Jesmond, guest ranches offer the cowboy experience. This small town in the south of the Cariboo offers a wide variety of activities and beautiful scenery, with a moderate dry summer and a moderate to cold winter. Forestry, ranching, mining, and tourism are the main industries of the community. While in Clinton: - Enjoy great hiking, horseback riding, climbing, fishing, recreational lakes, rodeo grounds, and cross-country skiing. Explore Painted Chasm, 15 km (9 mi) north, a spectacular glacial with stunning colours on rock walls 120 mt (394 ft) high. Experience, during the month of May, the Clinton Rodeo and May Ball, an event going on since 1867. Stand before an ancient canyon measuring 1.5 km long. Visit the Clinton Museum and walk through a 1892 one room school house. Clinton offers full service accommodations and dining.
Clinton / Jesmond:
Gang Ranch & Churn Creek: Continue south on back roads to historic Gang Ranch, which has a post office, store and a 1910 cookhouse. Farther south explore Churn Creek Protected Area which hosts eagles, bighorn sheep and cactus.
Gold Bridge Southern Chilcotin: Discover and explore old gold mines west of Lillooet in the Gold Bridge - Pioneer - Bralorne region, once BC's richest gold producing area. Gold Bridge offers a hotel, resorts, summer cabins, fine dining. The area provides excellent outdoor opportunities : hiking, horseback riding, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and wildlife watching. Accomodations are available.
Hagensborg: In the late 1890s Norwegians chose this area to settle, located 32 km (20 mi) west of Tweedsmuir Park and east of Bella Coola. West of Hagensborg is Snootli Creek Hatchery. The Bella Coola airport has daily scheduled flights and charters to the coast, glaciers and fishing areas.
Hakai: Hakai Recreational Area is an archipelago of proteced inner islands and outer islands ten times the size of Vancouver Island's Broken Islands Group. Full facilities accommodations can be found in the area.
Hanceville: The small town of Hanceville is best known for Norman Lee, a cattle rancher, who once set out to drive 200 cattle 2,400 km (1,500 mi) to the Klondike, made it famous and left his name at Lee's Corner. Ranching is the main industry of the community. The area surrounding Hanceville provides spectacular view and landscapes. Plunging canyons, rivers, sandstone and lava formations are just some of the natural attractions this area has to offer.
Horsefly: Located 59 km (37 mi) east of 150 Mile House, off Hwy 97 on the Old Gold Rush Trail's south branch. Visit Horsefly River and enjoy fly-fishing, hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Horsefly offers motel, ranch, bed & breakfast and restaurant.
Interlakes: Highway 24 is known as "The Fishing Highway". From 93 Mile east to Little Fort along the way there is a realm of over 100 lakes. Here you can ride out on horseback to fish secluded lakes, and you can enjoy hiking, riding, skiing canoeing and photography. Visit Bridge Lake, Deka Lake, Fawn Lake and Horse Lake which offer accommodations. Also visit Lac Des Roches and Sheridan Lake.
Kleena Kleene: Located 36 km (22 mi) west of Tatla Lake, on Hwy 20. Take a floatplane or helicopter flight to remote fishing locations such as the Klinaklini. Enjoy also cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Kleena Kleene offers accommodations, fine dining and guided trips.
Lac La Hache: Known as the "Longest Town in the Cariboo". Located 25 km (16 mi) north of 100 Mile House, on Hwy 97. The beautifully colored Lac La Hache lake has several islands and is a perfect spot for sport fishing. In summer enjoy, boating, swimming and water skiing; and in winter, ice fishing is great. Visit Mt. Timothy & Timothy Lake for a downhill, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing experience. Lac La Hache offers accommodations and camping, as well as fine restaurants.
Likely: Located 85 km (53 mi) east of 150 Mile House, off Hwy 97 on the Old Gold Rush Trail's north branch. Perfect spot for exploring historic mining sites and ghost towns: - Bullion Pit, Quesnel Forks, Keithley Creek and Cedar Creek. Visit the Cedar Point Park which displays old mining equipment. The Quesnel River nearby, provides great fly and lure fishing, conoeing, kayaking, river rafting and gold panning. The Quesnel Lake is excellent for fishing and catching Dolly Varden, kokanee and Gerard rainbows. Also enjoy canoeing, boating, kayaking and exploring. Likely offers a motel, resort and fine dining.
Lillooet: Take the Duffey Lake Road (104 km - 62 mi) that leads from Pemberton to Lillooet and enjoy the magnificent views of lakes and glacier along the way. Lillooet is one of the earliest aboriginal settlement in the inteiror of BC, as well as Mile 0 on the historic Cariboo Trail that brought miners in search of gold in the 1800s. Visit the Lillooet Museum and explore the gold rush history of the region. Discover the Ginseng Farms and enjoy watching fields cover with ginseng, known for its healing properties in the Orient. Take Highway 40 and stop along the way at the historic mining community of Gold Bridge - Bralorne, the hydro dam at Seton Portage and at the first nations community at Shalath.
Lone Butte: Was a a busy centre for ranchers who settled between the 1900s and 1950s. Hike up its 249 ft high peak for a rewarding view. Discover and explore east of Lone Butte, Watch and Green Lakes scenic tour. Lone Butte offers excellent and affordable accommodations as well as fine restaurants.
Loon Lake: Is one of North America's top ten natural stocked lakes. 40 km (25 mi) south and east of Clinton, or 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Chache Creek, Loon Lake is about 14 km (9 mi) long. Loon Lake offers great adventure: - swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife watching.
Matthew River Road: A full-circle tour between Quesnel, Wells, Barkerville, Likely and Williams Lake may be taken over the Matthew River Road. Care and advance planning are advised.
Nazko - Blackwater River Mackenzie Trail: Located 105 km (65 mi) west of Quesnel, off Hwy 97. Nazko Park's six lakes provide an ideal two-to-four day, 20 km canoe trip with camping, fishing and wildlife adventures. The Blackwater (West Road River) is a perfect spot for fly-fishing, canoeing, kayaking and viewing wildlife. At Mackenzie Heritage Trail try backpacking the trail's 420 kms to Mackenzie Rock in Dean Channel west of Bella Coola. Resorts are available offering fishing, canoe trips and horseback trips.
Nimpo Lake: Known as the Float Plane Capital of BC, is located 75 km (47 mi) west of Tatla. Nimpo Lake is a popular destination for families and fishers alike, for flightseeing trips to lakes and river, including the Blackwater and Dean Rivers, Hunlen Falls and Tweedsmuir Park. This scenic 12 km (7 mi.) long lake, with Mt. Kappan in the background, offers a variety of summer and winter activities. Enjoy some of the best rainbow fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, hunting and fly-in camping on secluded lakes. Accommodations and dining are available.
Puntzi Lake & Chilanko Forks: Enjoy at Puntzi Lake fishing, birdwatching, ice fishing, ski trails and excellent snowmobiling terrain. The Chilanko Marsh, 54 km (37 mi) west of Alexis Creek hosts 52 species of birds, excellent for birdwatching lovers. Accommodations are available.
Quesnel: Located 120 km (74 mi) north of Williams Lake, on Hwy 97, 116 km (72 mi) south of Prince George and 82 km (51 mi) west of Barkerville. A town of 8,590 residents, Quesnel boasts the world's largest gold pan, a memorial to the Cariboo Gold Rush and what were the richest fields in North America. As in the past, Quesnel continues to attract adventurers on their way to the gold fields and the restored gold rush town of Barkerville. Forest products, pulp & lumber, tourism and agriculture are the main industries of the community. Visit the original Hudson Bay Store, a log structure built in 1859. Browse through the Quesnel Museum & Archives, which takes you back to the gold rush time. Visit the Pinnacles Park Hoodoo Rock Formations. Stroll the old Fraser River Bridge to west Quesnel, built in 1928. Enjoy golfing at the 18-hole city course. Visit the scenic Dragon Lake, which has camping, boating and fishing. Quesnel offers many recreational opportunies such as: - Golf courses, swimming, tennis, curling & skating arenas, parks, walking trails, auto racing, bowling alley, playing fields and cross-country on serveral trails. Quesnel offers hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, as well as good dining.
Riske Creek : Risk Creek, a small community 32 km (52 mi) west of Williams Lake, is the gateway to Junction Sheep Range Park and to a vast number of adventures in the Chilcotin. Ranching and logging are the main industries of the area. This park spreads out over 11,300 acres (4,573 ha), and hosts 500 to 600 California bighorn sheep. Hike the trail and view the Fraser River and the Chilcotin River, best spots for kayaking, canoeing, and rafting. Riske Creek offers accommodations, dining and all amenities, being the ideal spot to begin a Chilcotin adventure.
Sheridan Lake:
Taseko & Nemiah: Approximately 96 km (60 mi) south of Hanceville is Taseko Lake, 4,500 ft high. Taseko Peak at 10,000 ft dominates the view. Enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife watching. Southwest of Hanceville is beautiful Nemiah Valley, home to the Nemiah First Nation people.
Tatla Lake: The community of Tatla Lake is located 122 km (76 miles) west of Alexis Creek on Highway 20, and 44 km (27 mi) west of Chilanko Forks, near the western edge of the Chilcotin Plateau, perfect place for a helicopter tour access for serveral wilderness destinations. This area provides access to wilderness fly-in lakes and rivers, nordic ski trails and excellent hiking. South of Tatla, are Chilko and Tatlayoko Lakes and the Homathko Icefield. There are several resorts and guiding operations in the area.
Tatlayoko Lake: Located southwest of Tatla, the Tatlayoko Lake flows into the Pacific. Nearby is the immense Homathko Icefield. The Potato Range has ice caves and fossils. Aboriginal sites, fishing lakes, river rafting, wildlife viewing and flightseeing are available.
The Coastline, Bella Bella & Shearwater: Explore the waterways beyond Bella Coola by kayak or motorboat to appreciate grand old-growth forests, sand beaches, hot springs, petroglyphs, abandoned settlements and mountains rising from the sea. Enjoy fishing, whale-watching, wilderness cruises, a native village, seeing espectacular fjords as deep as a kilometre, with many water falls.
The Hill: Was once called the "Freedom Road" because it provided a route out of the Bella Coola Valley. In the 1950's, the provincial government refused to build this section of the road, so valley residents built it themselves on September 1953. You are driving history on the road from the plateau to the valley.
Tsyl-os Park : Ts'yl-os Park (pronounced sigh-loss) is located 60 km (37 mi) south of Tatla Lake. Ts'yl-os is the Chilcotin Indian name of Mt. Tatlow, the dominant peak. Bounded by rugged peaks of the Coastal Mountains to the west, and the Chilcotin Plateau to the east, Ts'yl-os Park provides visitors with a great diversity in both land and wildlife. In Ts'yl-os Park trails lead to secluded coves, cliffs and alpine meadows. Ts'yl-os Park is located 280 km (168 mi) west of Williams Lake, on Hwy 20.
Wells: Located 82 km (51 mi) east of Quesnel, on Hwy 26 and 8 km (5 mi) west of Barkerville. In the 1930s it was established as a company mining town. Wells' mine introduced a new era in the history of gold-mining in the Cariboo since there had been little mining up to that point in time. Visitors can take themselves back in time by visiting the authentically reconstructed historic bustling town of Wells. Today, Wells has become a retreat for artists, and hosts art school classes each summer. Visit the Wells Museum. Enjoy dog sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, back-country skiing, biking, hiking, canoeing the Bowron Lake canoe circuit, fishing, gold panning, wildlife viewing and bird watching. Every spring the town hosts the Great Canadian Hill Climb snowmobile competion. Full service accommodations and restaurants are available.
Williams Lake: Located 14 km (9 mi) north of 150 Mile House, on Hwy 97. 540 Km (348 mi) north of Vancouver. 238 km (148 mi) south of Prince George and 480 km (298 mi) east of Bella Coola. Known as British Columbia's Stampede Capital - "The Hub of the Cariboo -, with an area population of 36,000, Williams Lake is the heart of the Cariboo and gateway to the Chilcotin and Central Coast. This former "cowtown" offers a comfortable blend of urban living and easy going western charm. Forestry, agriculture, mining and tourism are the main industry of the community. Williams Lake offers great activities: - Fishing, camping, river rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and skiing, as well as golf courses, mini golf, swimming pool, tennis, curling & skating arenas, parks, hiking trails,auto racing oval, bowling alley, and playgrounds.
Visit the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, BC's only museum dedicated to Rodeo. Enjoy attending the four day event of the famous Stampede held on the weekend closest to July 1st. Explore Scout Island and the Nature Centre at the west end of the lake for birdwatching. Browse through several galleries and the BCRail Stationhouse. Williams Lake offers from lodges, guest ranches to bed & breakfasts, as well as fine restaurants.
33 km, (20 mi) north of Williams Lake, on Hwy 97 is Soda Creek & Xats'ull Village, where visitors board paddle-wheelers and bound up the Fraser River to Quesnel. Enjoy boating, fishing and snowmobile races by visiting McLeese Lake, a small resort lake about halfway between Williams Lake and Quesnel, an alternate access point to Likely.
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