Horsefly 65 km (40 mi) from Williams Lake is the main junction to many resorts on Quesnel Lake. The town of Horsefly boasts a gas station, hardware store, general store, a pub, liquor store, café, and much more. Horsefly is home to some of the greatest waterfall sites in the area. The Horsefly Provincial Park is located right on the shoreline of Horsefly Lake. Available at the beautiful provincial park is a boat launch, day use area as well as overnight use. Be sure to stop in at the Horsefly Museum and Tourist Information Centre for more information. http://www.horsefly.bc.ca/
Likely 100km (62 mi) from Williams Lake is located at the west arm of pristine Quesnel Lake (the largest in the Cariboo Region and the second deepest lake in Canada). Likely offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures and sites to see. Likely is home to the ghost town Quesnelle Forks. Today Quesnelle Forks is the oldest non-native settlement in the Cariboo and celebrated 150 years in 2009. Likey and area is full of historic sites as well as great adventure activates such as hiking, kayaking and swimming. Cedar Point Provincial Park is located right on Quesnel Lake. Throughout the park and campground you will find mining artifacts and displays. Available at the park is day and night use and boat launch. Be sure to stop in at the Cedar City Museum and Tourist Information Centre for more information. http://www.likely-bc.ca/
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Lac La Hache 66km (41 mi) from Williams Lake is considered the longest town in the Cariboo. Lac La Hache is one of the most popular recreation lakes in the Cariboo for swimming, camping, boating, fishing and hiking. Lac La Hache is also the turn off to the local ski hill, Mount Timothy. Lac La Hache services include accommodations, restaurants, gas, and service stations.
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home of the Xatsull Heritage Village
is 35 km (20 mil) north of Williams Lake. The Village offers daily tours or workshops. Also at Xatsull Heritage Village are site viewing, storytelling, arts and crafts, explanation of artifacts, petroglyphs and a sweatlodge. www.xatsullheritagevillage.com McLeese Lake
is a small community 44 km (27 mi) north of Williams Lake. The community offers travellers a general store, pub, post office, private campground and motel located right on the shoreline of McLeese Lake. Barkerville
205km (127 mi) north of Williams Lake is the largest Historic Town in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. Experience the town at your own pace or with one of the characters from Barkerville’s past. As well as learning about Barkerville’s history be sure to take in a live show at Theatre Royal, learn to pan for gold, see a real Cornish Waterwheel in action, or go back to school in the 1800’s. Watch a live courthouse session with Judge Begbie or visit the well preserved Chinatown. Barkerville offers on site restaurants, accommodations, gift shops, bakery and much much more! For more information check out Barkerville’s website http://www.barkerville.ca View the heritage sites of the North Cariboo . . .
Highway 20 winds for 457km (283 mi) across the Chilcotin
region of BC from the City of Williams Lake to the village of Bella Coola
. Of the distance, 400km (243 mi) of the paved highway connects the communities of Williams Lake with Riske Creek, Hanceville, Alexis Creek, Punzi Lake, Tatla Lake, Kleena Kleene, Nimpo Lake and Anahim Creek, before the highway turns to a well-maintained gravel road and descends through the Coast Mountain range, with its breathtaking vistas, to the Bella Coola valley floor. At the end of the gravel, the paved road leads to Stuie, Hagensborg and Bella Coola where BC Ferries operates the Discovery Coast Ferry terminal to connect our beautiful region to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. Farwell Canyon
is located 24km (15 mi) south Riske Creek 46km (29 mi) along a gravel road; turn left at the 2000 Road sign. This is an active logging road, so watch for logging trucks. Also along the 2000 road is Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park, home to California Bighorn sheep. At Farwell Canyon, the Chilcotin River cuts deeply into sandstone cliffs where it is spanned by a new bridge. On your right you will see one of only a few natural sand dunes in Canada. This one was formed by wind action in the canyon. When you cross the bridge, there is a pull-off area to the right; a good photo opportunity! The Chilcotin River is rated among the best in North America for kayaking and white-water rafting and you can see some of the rapids from this vantage point.
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