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Canyons and the Cariboo

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Canyons and the Cariboo

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Canyons and the Cariboo is a region in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. It is an area of contrasts with the dramatic gorges and whitewater of the Fraser Canyon giving way to the gentle rolling plains of the Cariboo Plateau.



  • Williams Lake - gateway to the Central Coast and centre of ranching and recreational plateau country
  • 100 Mile House -
  • Ashcroft - small town nestled in the Thompson River's walled canyon
  • Cache Creek - gateway to journeys in all directions.
  • Gold Bridge-Bralorne - the heart of the Bridge River Valley and steeped in gold mining history
  • Lillooet - back door to Whistler and the Lower Mainland
  • Lytton - small town where the Fraser and Thompson rivers meet and noted for its rafting
  • Quesnel - historic city on the Fraser River dating from the Cariboo Gold Rush

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  • Barkerville - gold rush boom town turned ghost town.
  • Bowron Lakes Provincial Park - famous for its canoe and portage circle route.
  • Fraser Canyon - Two railways, the Trans-Canada Highway, and the Fraser River make their way through this narrow canyon. Home of Hells's Gate.
  • Siwash Lake Ranch - Canada's top luxury dude ranch and eco-friendly destination for horseback riding and fly-fishing adventures, provincial demonstration site for clean energy technologies in remote BC (solar power & hot water)
  • Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - British Columbia's largest park is thousands of square kilometers of untouched mountains and lakes.


This area was first made famous by the 1858 Fraser Canyon gold rush, news of which spread as far as San Francisco, bringing over 30,000 hopefuls to the essentially uninhabited area. No less than three more lesser gold rushes brought prospectors even farther north, and gave birth to many of the communities as they are today.


English is the language of this land.

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The outdoor adventures of this area are limited only by your imagination. Unlimited hiking and biking trails for any ability, camping in sites untouched by other humans, and canoe and portage tours through remote lakes are just the beginning. Spend a few days of adventure in the wilds at one of the regions many guest ranches - roam the open range on horseback, cast to a rising trout in back country waters and watch bears in their natural habitat.

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