Communities of BC's Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. Cities & Towns of the Cariboo Chilcotin and Central Coast of British Columbia

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North Cariboo Barkerville region South Chilcotin Bella Coola West Chilcotin East Cariboo South Cariboo Central Cariboo High Country/Clinton Region Lillooet & Cache Creek Area Tweedsmuir Park Riske Creek
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Alexis Creek | Anahim Lake | Barkerville | Bella Coola
Clinton | Forest Grove | Gold Bridge | Horsefly
Lac La Hache | Likely | Lillooet | Lone Butte | Nimpo Lake
100 Mile House | Quesnel | Riske Creek | 70 Mile House
Tatla Lake | Wells | Williams Lake

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.

"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 mountains.

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.

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.

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.

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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)
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Communities of BC's Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. Cities & Towns of the Cariboo Chilcotin and Central Coast of British Columbia