Horsefly, BC. Horsefly River, British Columbia.

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Horsefly, BC

Once called Harper's Camp, the small community of Horsefly, British Columbia, is situated on the banks of the Horsefly River. Horsefly is said to be the site of the first gold discovery in BC's Cariboo region.

Peter Dunlevy, an American, and four friends were led to the Horsefly River by Long Baptiste, an Indian they had met at Lac La Hache. They panned the first gold in June of 1859. Within the day, another party of miners arrived and the Cariboo Gold Rush was on. Dunlevy stayed in the area, building a roadhouse at Beaver Valley. He later opened a hotel at Soda Creek.

An important British Columbia salmon spawning stream, the Horsefly River empties into Quesnel Lake at Horsefly Bay where eagles, herons, sandpipers and other wildlife may be observed. Bears are sometimes seen along the river. Be sure to witness the Horsefly's spectacular salmon run in late August & September. Salmon spawning channels have been constructed and visitors enjoy easy access for viewing. Be sure to ask locally for directions to Horsefly River Falls. This picturesque spot is reached by a short hike from the road over well marked trails.

Nearby Horsefly Lake and the South shores of Quesnel Lake offer excellent camping and fishing opportunities. An abundance of smaller highly productive trout lakes dot the landscape.

Plan a circle tour that includes both Horsefly and Likely. A good gravel road runs between them and provides excellent river and lake views.

Accommodation/Adventure Providers

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
Northern Lights Lodge: A unique fly fishing lodge offering guided fly fishing on 4 wilderness rivers in the Cariboo Mountains. Wild native Rainbow Trout on the fly! more
Plato Island Resort: We offer excellent fishing on Quesnel lake, camping & comfortable cabin accommodation, a well protected marina, & delicious quality meals. See you soon! more

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City Information

Access: 59 km (37 mi) east of 150 Mile House, BC, off Highway 97 on the Horsefly Road.

Accommodations: Motel rooms are available in the community, as well as several nearby lakeshore cabins and resorts on Horsefly Lake and South Quesnel Lake.

Campsites: Horsefly Lake Provincial Park is open from May to October with 23 sites. Most of the resorts on Horsefly Lake and South Quesnel Lake also offer fully serviced campgrounds. The surrounding smaller lakes offer many free British Columbia Forest Service Campsites. These wilderness recreation areas are beautiful and usually contain less than a dozen sites providing picnic tables, firepits, boat launching access, outhouses and garbage pickup.

For Information:
Horsefly Board of Trade
Box 83, Horsefly, BC, V0L 1L0
Telephone: (250) 620-3440




Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourist Association
118A North 1st Ave
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Y8
Telephone: (250) 392-2226
Fax: (250) 392-2838
Toll Free: 1-800-663-5885

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