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Cariboo Chilcotin 
Introduction | Cache Creek to 100 Mile House |
Lac La Hache to Williams Lake | The Chilcotin & Coast |
Quesnel to Barkerville

 

Lac La Hache to Williams Lake

Sheep Crk Bridge

Travel Hwy 97 (Cariboo Hwy) north from 100 Mile House.

Lac La Hache:
This large lake whose literal translation is "Lake of the Axe" is nearby to the LacLa Hache Provincial Park, with hiking trails, picnic area and boat launch. The entrance is located 13 km (8 miles) from Lac La Hache community.

Continue north on Hwy 97.

150 Mile House:
Another important stopping point along the Gold Rush Trail, 150 Mile House once served as a place to change stagecoaches before continuing west to the Chilcotin, or east to the goldfields. Today it is the turnoff east to some of the recreational areas near Horsefly, Quesnel Lake, Quesnel Forks and Likely.

Horsefly:
Located on the banks of the Horsefly River, an important salmon spawning stream, Horsefly is the site of the Cariboo's first gold discovery in 1859.

Jack Lynn Memorial Museum:
Located on Campbell Avenue, the museum features artifacts of the area's mining, logging, and trapping industry.

Horsefly Lake Provincial Park:
The park is located 13km (8 miles) northeast of Horsefly and offers excellent hiking and fishing.

Quesnel Lake:
Backed by impressive glacial mountain peaks and Wells Gray Provincial Park, some reaching 2400 m (8000 ft), this is the deepest lake in B.C. and the 2nd deepest on the continent. Quesnel Lake is located near Likely, 36km (22 miles) northeast of Horsefly.

Likely:
Access to Likely is via the back road from Horsefly or back to the junction. Take the north fork that goes past Big Lake, around Moorehead Lake and onto Likely. This small community on the Quesnel River mouth on Quesnel Lake is full of gold fever history. It is also known for its superb fishing, hunting and hiking.

Cedar Point Park:
Interesting mining artifacts may be found in this park. Camping is available among the cedars. Excellent access to the Quesnel River.

Quesnelle ForksQuesnelle Forks:
Just past Likely, turn northeast at the Quesnelle Forks road sign for about 13km (8 miles). This road leads to what was once known "as BC's largest city north of Victoria". Unfortunately as the gold ran out, so did the people. In recent years restoration has begun on this heritage site.

Bullion Pit:
Heading back to Hwy 97, 5km (3 miles) west of Likely, is the world's largest gold mining pit, 90m (295 ft) deep and is over 3km (2 miles) long. This pit was created using hydraulic mining techniques.

Williams Lake:
The ranch at Williams Lake once raised food supplies for the gold fields but the town didn't begin to prosper until the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (now B.C. Rail) arrived in 1920. This community's diverse economic base includes ranching, farming, forestry and mining. Well known for the Williams Lake Stampede, this 4 day event established in the 1920's, is now part of the professional rodeo circuit.

Williams Lake Museum:
Located at 113 N. 4th Avenue, the museum displays artifacts depicting lifestyles of the areas pioneers. A 1947 pumper truck is on display across the street at the Fire Hall. A park with playgound, wading pool, tennis courts and picnic area is located accross the street.

Scout Island Nature & Recreation Centre:
These walking trails and the observation deck are a great place for children to explore nature's wonders. The Centre overlooks Williams Lake and the town itself. Guided tours are available. The trail head for the Williams Lake River Valley Trail is located here.

Bull Mountain Trails:
Located 19 km (12 miles) north of Williams Lake these trails serve as cross country ski trails in the winter and excellent biking and hiking trails in the spring and summer months. The Bull Mountain area offers visitors the Minton Creek Walk, a self-guided tour on the forest and its life cycle. Also take the Silviculture Trail and see how foresters use science to help them manage this woodlot.

Station House Gallery:
Dating back to the 1920's, this is the oldest building in Williams Lake. Located at the foot of Oliver Street, this is the original BC Rail Station. It now houses the local gallery featuring carvings, paintings and locally made crafts.

Xats'ull Heritage Village:
Participate in a cultural and spiritual experience in authentic native living before the white man's arrival. Sample traditional fare, view ancient petroglyphs (located near the teepee circle) and visit a mini workshop. Reservations are needed to visit this heritage village.

Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce:
The Cariboo Chilcotin, with its kaleidoscope of colors and hues, is the perfect year round playground, and in the centre of it all is the City of Williams Lake. Enjoy a dream vacation with the help of the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce the informed and friendly staff is well versed on Williams Lake and area.

The following BC Adventure members would like to serve you:
Anahim Lake Resort: We offer rustic simplicity, down-home service & excellent fly-in and guided fishing. Relax in a cozy cabin or RV and lakeshore campsites. There’s boat and motor rentals, trail riding, flight seeing, hiking, & even winding surfing -- or just relax and watch t... more
Bear Camp at Chilko Lake: Chilko Lake is a jewel set amongst the breath-taking Coast Mountain Range and Tsylos Provincial Park. We offer many outdoor / indoor / multi-sport adventures, and a luxurious stay in this truly healing blend of wilderness and comfort. more
Big Creek Lodge: Live your dream of untouched nature and pure wilderness at our 4 Star Lodge & Guest Ranch in the Chilcotin - one of the province's most remote areas. Take part in hiking, photo safaris, fishing, horseback riding, gold-panning, snowmobiling, and cross-country ... more
British Columbia Guest Ranchers' Association: Our guest ranch membership offers a variety of ranch holidays. Some are working ranches, others remote lodges in pristine back country areas and some are luxury resorts. You're sure to find something to fit your taste with the help of our assocation. more
Crooked Lake Resort: This is a private & secluded wilderness location, where the peace & silence is broken only by the loon’s mournful cry or a lone wolfs soulful howl. Escape to enjoy back-country recreation - or seclusion & solitude. Be our guest for a relaxing stay you'll reme... more
Eagle's Nest Resort: Beauty and comfort in the wilderness. Elegant suites or cozy log cabins. Lakeside dining room, breathtaking views, hiking and birdwatching, and the natural splendor of the area. more
Elysia Resort: Our full service getaway destination on Quesnel Lake offers fishing for Rainbow Trout, romantic getaways, great dining, and vacation packages in lakeview rental cabins & guest rooms. You'll be warmly greeted at our small, friendly and secluded piece of paradi... more
Escott Bay Resort: The adventure starts with fishing, hiking, horseback trail riding, pack trips and hunting – and with the snow comes x-country skiing & snowmobiling. Located between Tweedsmuir and Itcha Ilgachuz Parks, we offer fully serviced cabins and camping facilities. more
Northern Lights Lodge: Join us for dry fly fishing on world-class rivers & Quesnel Lake, for the largest most aggressive strain of rainbow trout on the planet. You’ll experience wild native trout and river fishing at its best. We’re located on Quesnel Lake, the deepest freshwater f... more
Pacific Coastal Airlines: Enjoy scheduled service from Vancouver's South Terminal to Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Klemtu, Masset, Port Hardy (float & amphibious aircraft to coastal communities), Powell River, Trail, Victoria, & Will... more
Plato Island Resort: The sunsets have to be experienced … no words can describe the serenity and splendor. We offer excellent fishing on Quesnel lake, camping & comfortable cabin accommodation, a well protected marina, & delicious quality meals. See you soon! more
Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures: Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures offers guided fly fishing in the pristine wilderness of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem... more
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more
South Cariboo Visitor Info Centre: Our four-season destination offers a lifetime of memorable experiences, clean air, pure water, and an endless list of outdoor activities for the entire family. Enjoy your stay in the South Cariboo; we’d be pleased to assist you with your vacation plans. more
Sundance Guest Ranch: We’re located in one of the sunniest spots in Canada - the southern interior of BC. Whether you love the adrenaline rush of a spirited horse, or first-timer content to take it easy, you're going to love our accommodation, recreation, the many amenities and mo... more
Tourism Williams Lake: Official website of the Williams Lake Visitor Centre, located in the Tourism Discovery Centre. Here you will discover your next unforgettable vacation in the Williams Lake area of BC's Cariboo Country. more
Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce: This is the perfect year round playground and in the centre of it all is the City of Williams Lake. Enjoy a dream vacation with the help of the WL and District Chamber of Commerce. The informed and friendly staff is well versed on Williams Lake and area. more
Williams Lake PowderKings Snowmobile Club: Snowmobiling, heights, magnificent views and trails abounding - Yanks Peak offers 80 kms (50 mi) of marked trails. The 1908 metre (6,300 ft) mountain provides challenges for intermediate or better sledders. The Williams Lake PowderKings Snowmobile Club has a s... more
Williams Lake Stampede Association: During the July 1st weekend take in the world famous Williams Lake Stampede -- it's exciting Canadian Professional Rodeo Association action with Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding, the Pony Express Mountain Race, Ladies Barrel Racing and more. Don'... more

 

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Area Maps of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
Cariboo Region:
Quesnel Barkerville Williams Lake
100 Mile House Wells Gray Park Clinton
Lillooet & Cache Creek
Chilcotin Region:    
Riske Creek (East) Alexis Creek (Central) Anahim Lake (West)
Chilko Lake (South) Tweedsmuir & Blackwater (North)
Coast Region:  
Bella Coola Valley    




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