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
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
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.
Lynn Memorial Museum:
Located on Campbell Avenue, the museum features artifacts of the
area's mining, logging, and trapping industry.
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.
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.
Interesting mining artifacts may be found in this park. Camping
is available among the cedars. Excellent access to the Quesnel River.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
and its life cycle. Also take the Silviculture Trail and see
how foresters use science to help them manage this woodlot.
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.
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
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:
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
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: 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