by mountains, dissected by great rivers and bordered on the west by
the Pacific Ocean, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is a land of rugged splendour.
The region's provincial parks offer camping, picnics and day use facilities
on the banks of crystal clear lakes and streams. You can hike in alpine
meadows, view wildlife or relive the glory days of the Cariboo Gold
Rush. As in most B.C. parks, camping fees are reasonable and the facilities
range from basic to full service.
| Big Bar | Bowron Lake
| Bull Canyon
Beach | Chasm | Downing
Hakai Recreation Area | Horsefly Lake
Lac La Hache | Ten Mile
Lake | Ts'yl-os | Tweedsmuir
One of B.C.'s oldest historic sites, the restored ghost town of
Barkerville recreates the excitement of the 1860's Cariboo Gold Rush.
This modern full service 457 hectare Park is located 89 kilometres east
of Quesnel on Highway 26 and offers camping and a multitude of activities.
BIG BAR PROVINCIAL PARK
Big Bar Provincial Park is located 42 km northwest of Clinton and
provides a campground, picnic area and boat launching ramp. Rainbow
trout are resident in the parks waterways. The areas rolling landscape
and glacial eskers were formed by debris left by ancient glaciers. 33
campsites for vehicles or tents are available.
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BOWRON LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
Located in the Cariboo Mountains, 144 km southeast of Prince George.
This magnificent 121,6000 ha. wilderness consists of six major lakes
and connecting waterways. The park contains a 116 km canoe or kayak
circuit. A campground with 25 sites is located on the north shore of
Bowron Lake, 1.6 km from the park entrance. Water, toilets and firewood
are located near each unit.
BULL CANYON PROVINCIAL PARK
Located just 10 km west of Alexis Creek on Highway 20, this pretty
little park in situated in the trees on the banks of the Chilcotin River.
Here, where the canyon narrows, river fishermen have enjoyed their sport
for years. The park offers 20 campsites.
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BRIDGE LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
Located in the beautiful InterLakes area, 51 km east of 93 Mile
House, on Highway 20, this park offers the camper a multitude of activities.
Walk the aspen forests and fields, swim in the lake, or launch the boat
and do some fishing. Pets are welcome on a leash. 20 campsites are available.
CANIM BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK
CHASM PROVINCIAL PARK
Surrounded by mountains and located on the shores of one of the
Cariboo's larger and most beautiful lakes, Canim Beach Park offers fishing,
swimming, camping and picture postcard views of the lake. 16 campsites
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Experience one of nature's wonders formed by volcanic activity and carved
by glacial meltwaters thousands of years ago. The 141` ha. park is located
15 km/9mi north of Clinton and 4 km/ 2.5 mi off Hwy 97. The park operates
from June to September, and offers eight wilderness walk-in campsites.
Picnicing and day-use facilities are also available. Pit toilets are provided.
DOWNING PROVINCIAL PARK
The park is located 17 km southeast of Clinton off of Highway 97
and provides a campground and picnic area. Downing Park encompasses
Kelly Lake where angling for rainbow trout is a favourite activity.
The park was donated to the public by C.S. Downing. 25 campsites are
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GREEN LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
A beautiful park consisting of 337 hectares of rangeland and forests
with aspen and lodgepole pine. Located near 70 Mile House the park offers
three campgrounds with a total of 121 sites. There are a number of areas
within the park that have day-use facilities and picnic shelters with
tables. Good beaches make swimming conditions ideal. The park also provides
a sani-station, telephone, toilets, water, firewood and is wheelchair
HAKAI RECREATION AREA
This is the largest marine park on the coast of British Columbia,
encompassing 122,988 hectares of land and sea. The Hakai Recreation
Area preserves some of the most varied and beautiful coastline of western
Canada. The recreation area is about 130 km north of Port Hardy and
45 km south of Bella Bella. The only access to the area is by sea or
air. Scheduled flights and chartered boats and flights are available
from Vancouver, Port Hardy, Bella Bella or Bella Coola.
HORSEFLY LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
The park is located approximately 13 km northeast of Horsefly community
off of Highway 97. A 23 site campground, picnic area, and boat launch
are provided. Forest cover consists of fir, spruce, birch and cedar.
There are two unnamed lakes within the park, one of which a sockeye
salmon hatchery operated on.
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LAC LA HACHE PROVINCIAL PARK
Located near Lac La Hache community off of Highway 97, the park
provides the visitor with a campground, sani-station, picnic area, playground,
boat launching facilities and hiking trails. The lake provides excellent
fishery for kokanee, burbot, lake and rainbow trout. Located in fir
forests above the lake, the parks 83 campsites are a favourite stop
over for vacationers.
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TEN MILE LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
This Park is located on the east shore of Ten Mile Lake, 11 kilometres
north of Quesnel on Highway 97. The Park's two campgrounds total 142
sites and 22 pull-throughs at the Overflow. Each site is near toilets,
water and wood. This campground also provides a telephone and showers.
A sani-station is located on the campground access road. Located at
the Day Use Area are picnic tables, a covered shelter, 3 long sandy
beaches and changehouses. Also found is a 1.5 km Beaver Pond Trail,
10 km of hiking trails, a playground and horseshoe pits.
TS'YL-OS PROVINCIAL PARK
One of B.C.'s newest and most breathtaking parks, located in the
Chilcotin, 160 km Southwest of Williams Lake. This wilderness park offers
20 undeveloped campsites spread between two campgrounds. Fishing, hiking,
and boat launching. Don't forget the camera and binoculars because you
will enjoy some spectacular scenery and plenty of opportunities for
TWEEDSMUIR PROVINCIAL PARK
This 981,000 hectare Park is surrounded by dramatic scenery and
rugged wilderness. About 360 km west of Williams Lake, Highway 20 enters
the Park at Heckman Pass and descends a 20 km stretch of narrow, switch-backed
road with up to 18% grades. At the bottom of the hill is a paved road
that continues on to Bella Coola. Campgrounds are located at the bottom
of "the hill" at the Atnarko River (28 units) and at Fisheries
Pool near Stuie (14 units). Water, toilets, wood, a sani-station and
picnic areas are provided. Further tourist facilities and supplies can
be found in Bella Coola, Hagensborg, Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake.