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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast


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From the French word caribou, itself derived from the Mi'kmaq Indian word xalibu, meaning "shoveller", referring to the way this species of deer scrape away snow with their feet to uncover lichens, their favorite food.


Cariboo Tourism Association 118A North First Avenue, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1M1. Phone: 250-392-2226; Toll Free: 1-800-663-5885 (North America); Fax: 250-392-2838. Email


Fishing Resorts

Crooked Lake Resort. Box 358, Horsefly, BC V0L 1L0. Phone: 250-392-8667; Reservations: Summer, 250-392-8667; Winter, 250-847-3834.

Hotels and Motels

Brockton Place Guest House. 1900 Mackenzie Highway, P.O. Box 160, Hagensborg, BC V0T 1H0. Phone: 250-982-2298; Fax: 250-982-2145. E-mail


The Hills Health Ranch
health and fitness vacation resort offering horseback riding in summer and Nordic skiing in winter plus many more activities including Spa services. Features half-day Cowboy Breakfast Rides, all day Cowboy Cook-outs, riding lessons, horse-care seminar, hay ride parties and unguided rides.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Year-around guest ranch offering wide variety of summer and winter activities and several package getaways and holiday stays.


Chilko is a variant of Chilcotin, which means "ochre river" in the Chilcotin Indian language.

Chilko Lake Lodge
You will find the lodge at the north end of Tsylos Provincial Park where the Chilko River leaves Chilko Lake. The lodge can be reached by road off Highway 20, which runs between Williams Lake and Bella Coola, or by air. A 3,200-foot gravel airstrip at the resort accommodates private and chartered aircraft. Float planes can land and tie up in front of the lodge. Flights from and to Vancouver can be booked through the lodge.

Elkin Creek Guest Ranch
Reached by traveling southwest via Taseko Lake Road from Hanceville and Hwy 20, the ranch is between 10,000-foot Mount Tatlow and Vedan Lake. Arrive by car, floatplane, or fly in to a private airstrip near the ranch. The main lodge offers a central dining room where all meals are served. Cabins feature two bedrooms (your choice of single or double beds), two en suite bathrooms with showers, and a comfortably appointed living room. Each cabin is self contained with hot and cold running water and individually controlled electric heat in every room.

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is a year-round wilderness resort on a working ranch in the Marble Mountains of Cariboo Country. Our 4.5 star accommodations feature cabins, suites, the Baan Thai penthouse suite and a log lodge surrounded by wide open spaces and tranquil nature with large picture windows that frame the spectacular scenery. Activities include horseback riding on our Tennessee Walking horses, hiking to the High Bar Indian Reserve or on one of the many other trails, fly-in fishing at the alpine lakes, sightseeing and of course enjoying the services of our award winning spa.

Shearwater Marine Resort
Shearwater is located on the central coast (north of Vancouver Island and south of the Queen Charlotte Islands) and can be reached by air, boat or now, the BC Ferries Discovery Passage Route. Boat rentals, guided fishing, cruising adventures. Hiking, biking, and kayaking are other activities possible within the close vicinity of Shearwater.

Tyax Mountain Lake Resort
Located 5 hours north of Vancouver and 1-1/2 hours west of Lillooet. Guests may choose from resort rooms, a log chalet located near the lake or a beachfront campsite. The year-round resort offers a variety of activities for both winter and summer recreation.


Guides & Outfitters

Wild Chickadee Adventures. 1169 Croft Road, Quesnel, BC V2J 5K3. Toll-free: 1-866-991-0130. E-mail

Hakai Lodge
A rustic hideaway in the heart of the world's most famous trophy salmon fishing area. It is an old fashioned, professionally run, destination fishing resort. Complete training sessions before you are on the scenic lake in a "Boston Whaler". Accommodations emphasize spaciousness and privacy. Each guest building features a large lounge with comfortable sofas and overstuffed chairs surrounding a fireplace.

Niut Trails Outfitting
Offering alpine horse packing trips, pack trips, guided hiking and pack horse assisted hiking, and mountain trekking. Tatla Lake.

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