Travelling west from Williams Lake on Highway 20 brings you
to Alexis Creek and neighbouring Hanceville. These settlements
offer a full range of services. Nearby lakes offer fishing, boating
and swimming. 10 km. (6 mi.) west of Alexis Creek on the Chilcotin
River, is the Bull Canyon Provincial Park.
Travelling west on Hwy 20, Anahim Lake is the last community
before entering Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Home of the "Old Fashioned
Wild West Rodeo" each July, the Anahim Lake area offers a number
of lodges and resorts that cater to outdoor adventurers.
Barkerville is located at the end of the Gold Rush Trail,
89 km (55 mi.) east of Quesnel on Highway 26. Between 1862 and
1870, over 10,000 people travelled the Cariboo Wagon Road, converging
on the gold fields, and the boom-town called Barkerville. Today,
the authentically reconstructed historic ciry of barkerville is
a great place for a day-trip.
A sport fisherman's dream, this village is located where
the Bella Coola River joins with the Pacific. The western terminus
of Highway 20, Bella Coola serves as a major port between Vancouver
and Prince Rupert. At any time the port will be host to anything
from fishing boats to pleasure craft.
Clinton is located on Hwy 97, north of Cache Creek. Established
in 1867, and steeped in Cariboo history, this small town has a
number of popular historical sights to visit and offers a wide
variety of activities, sights and scenery, year round. A haven
for artists and craftpersons, local craft shops are well worth
worth a visit.
The small community with the peaceful name of Forest Grove,
is about a 20 minute drive from 100 Mile House. This is the departure
point to beautiful Canim, Ruth and Gotchen lakes. A wide range
of accommodations, lodges and campsites are all within a short
drive of Forest Grove.
Once a busy mining centre, Gold Bridge and area is now a resort
community with guest ranches and lodges. This community of approximately
100 residents enjoys the peace and quiet of the mountains, valleys,
lakes, and rivers that make up the region. Gold Bridge and area
offer many outdoor recreational activities including horseback
riding, fishing, rock hounding, gold panning, hiking, and wildlife
viewing. Step back in time and visit old mine sites and ghost
towns when visiting Gold Bridge.
This small community is situated on the banks of the Horsefly
River. An important salmon spawning stream, the Horsefly River
empties into Quesnel Lake at Horsefly Bay. Salmon spawning channels
have been constructed and visitors enjoy easy access for viewing
the Horsefly's spectacular salmon run in late August & September.
LAC LA HACHE
"The Longest Town in the Cariboo" is located about 20 km
(12.4 mi) north of 100 Mile House on Hwy 97, and stretches along
much of the 18 km (11 mi) lakeshore of Lac La Hache. The lake
is well known for its kokanee fishing as well as it's trophy size
lake trout. The community offer a variety of services.
Likely is a small community situated where the west arm of
Quesnel Lake empties into the Quesnel River. Just over the hill
from Likely is the ghost town of Quesnel Forks. At one time, one
of B.C.'s largest communities, now a collection of historic buildings
where the Cariboo and Quesnel rivers meet.
At one time Lillooet was the largest settlement in British
Columbia. It's importance is evident in that the Mile 0 Cairn
that marks the beginning of the famous Cariboo Wagon Road is placed
in Lillooet. The cairn was used as a base measure for all the
mile posts to the north; i.e. 83 Mile, 100 Mile House, and 150
Mile House. Lillooet is situated on the banks of the Fraser River,
and those who arrive from the south either by rail or road will
witness awe inspiring views of roaring river canyons and majestic
Gateway to the Interlakes area, Lone Butte is a small community
on Hwy 24 about 11 miles east of 93 Mile House. Lone Butte offers
a general store, cafe, neighbourhood pub, sporting goods store,
craft shop, service station and post office. Over 50 nearby lakes
offer resorts and accommodations.
Located on Hwy 20 east of Anahim Lake. Known as the float
plane capital of B.C., Nimpo Lake is a popular destination for
families and fishermen alike. This scenic 12 km (7 mi.) long lake,
with Mt. Kappan in the background, has many resorts and offers
a variety of summer and winter activities.
100 MILE HOUSE
Once an important roadhouse on the Cariboo Wagon Road, 100
Mile House remains a welcome stop for travellers on the Cariboo
Highway 97. Nestled in a valley overlooking Bridge Creek, this
friendly community has become a year round recreational playground.
Originally known as Quesnel Mouth this settlement was built
in the 1860's at the junction of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers
as a way station on the route to the goldfields. Today this charming
city continues to attract adventurers on their way to the goldfields
and the restored gold rush town of Barkerville.
This first small community is situated about 52 km (32 mi.)
west of Williams Lake. The village is the site of one of the earliest
ranches in the area. With gas, lodgings and general store available
this is the ideal spot to begin a Chilcotin adventure.
70 MILE HOUSE
Located on Hwy 97 north of Clinton, 70 Mile House was once
a historic roadhouse on the famous Cariboo Wagon Road. It is now
the turn off to the Green and Watch Lake recreation areas. Some
of the best outdoor family vacations in B.C. can be enjoyed within
a few miles of 70 Mile House.
The community of Tatla Lake is located 122 km (76 miles) west
of Alexis Creek on Highway 20 and offers accommodation, food and
other necessary supplies. Situated on the edge of the Chilcotin
Plateau, this area provides access to wilderness fly-in lakes
and rivers, nordic ski trails and excellent mountain hikes.
Established in the 1930's as a gold mining town, Wells is
located 74 km (46 mi.) east of Quesnel on Highway 26 and 8 km
(5 mi.) west of Barkerville.
Home to the famous Williams Lake Stampede, this vibrant city
offers a comfortable blend of urban living and easy going western
charm. Situated in the center of the Cariboo Chilcotin, Williams
Lake is the turnoff to Highway 20 that travels across the Chilcotin
plateau to Bella Coola on the coast.