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The Cariboo Chilcotin, Coast

Discover adventure in the wild landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin, Coast

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region 

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is a mesmerizing region that encompasses the wild landscapes of central BC spanning from the Alberta border to the coast. This region epitomizes BC’s frontier history–shaped by the Gold Rush Era when prospectors came to the region seeking their fortune. Today, the region is dotted with beautiful, thriving towns and cities filled with vibrant communities and fascinating heritage. The surrounding backcountry is filled with natural wonders from the coastal fjords, inlets, and waterfalls, to the sweeping plateaus and soaring mountain ranges, where visitors can find endless outdoor adventures and incredible wildlife like majestic bears and nimble bighorn sheep. 

Explore this region on a road trip, enjoying the incredible campgrounds and explore the landscape up close or book a floatplane and visit remote coastal communities and learn more about the ancient traditions of the coastal First Nations people. No matter where you go, you can find stunning hiking and biking trails that weave through breathtaking vistas where you can really slow down and appreciate this incredible region. 

With unparalleled natural beauty and incredible tales of resilience and adventure, The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is a paradise for outdoor adventure and a testament to the power of the human spirit. 

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Areas in the Cariboo Chilcotin, Coast Region 

Williams Lake

Williams Lake is a vibrant urban center nestled in the heart of the Cariboo. Set against a picturesque backdrop of rolling hills and pristine lakes, this charming city entices visitors with its rich history and natural beauty. Renowned for its annual stampede and robust ranching culture, Williams Lake embodies the spirit of the West, fostering a strong sense of community and a deep connection to the land. With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities, this stunning area is the perfect destination for those craving an authentic Canadian wilderness experience.

Bella Coola

This captivating village nestled on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the coastal region of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, offers visitors access to unparalleled natural beauty from majestic mountains, to lush, old-growth rainforests, awe-inspiring fjords, pristine rivers and is the gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest. In Bella Coola, you can learn about the Nuxalk First Nations’ traditions, fish, hike, kayak, and so much more!

Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest, a pristine wilderness on British Columbia’s west coast, encompasses over 6.4 million hectares and represents one of the planet’s last remaining temperate rainforests. Harboring ancient cedar trees, vibrant salmon-bearing rivers, and a rich tapestry of wildlife, including the elusive Kermode bear, this incredible area is recognized for its conservation efforts and cultural significance to the Indigenous communities. 

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park encompasses the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau and is located more inland than the coastal Great Bear Rainforest. However, both areas are characterized by their stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife viewing opportunities, and commitment to environmental conservation, making them popular destinations for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.


Located where the Quesnel and Fraser rivers meet and home to a vibrant arts community and an array of cultural events, Quesnel is a rich tapestry of natural beauty, community and heritage. With endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, visitors can hike, fish, and camp in the stunning serene landscapes or explore the town and enjoy the warm community spirit and learn about its rich heritage, Quesnel stands as a welcoming retreat for both nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike! 


Barkerville, a renowned heritage town nestled in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, embodies the essence of the Gold Rush era. A living testament to Canada’s rich history, this meticulously preserved town invites visitors to step back in time and experience the vibrant energy of a bygone era. With its authentic 19th-century architecture, immersive exhibits, including performers dressed in period costume and lively performances, Barkerville paints a vivid picture of the gold mining frenzy that shaped the region’s past. Its museums, historic displays, and interactive experiences offer a captivating journey through time, making Barkerville a cherished destination for history enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

100 Mile House

Nestled in the picturesque South Cariboo region of British Columbia, 100 Mile House embodies a rustic charm deeply rooted in its rich history and natural splendor. Originating as a prominent stopover for gold rush pioneers, the town now serves as a hub for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, boasting a plethora of recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, and cross-country skiing. With its pristine lakes, dense forests, sprawling ranchlands, and authentic western culture, 100 Mile House offers a serene escape into the heart of the Cariboo wilderness. 


turquoise lake between mountain slopes

Clinton, a quaint village in British Columbia’s Cariboo region, offers a serene escape into the heart of Canada’s rugged wilderness. Surrounded by rolling hills and the majestic Fraser River, it captivates visitors with its tranquil charm and breathtaking natural beauty. With a rich history deeply intertwined with the Canadian Pacific Railway, Clinton serves as a testament to the pioneering spirit of the region. Embracing its rural roots, the village exudes a warm community atmosphere, inviting travelers to explore its picturesque landscapes, partake in outdoor activities like hiking and fishing, and immerse themselves in the authentic western culture that defines Clinton’s unique character.


Situated on the southern edge of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, just a few hours drive north of Vancouver and Whistler, Lillooet is a town known for its long history and beautiful surroundings. Nestled on the shores of Fraser River and bordered by tall mountains, Lillooet has a rich Indigenous heritage, is one of the oldest prospecting settlements in North America and remained an important stop along the Gold Rush Trail for many years. Here you can explore Canadian and First Nations heritage, hike to see ancient petroglyphs, enjoy stunning water recreation and so much more!


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