Visit the vast landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast—stretching from the Pacific Ocean, across the Cariboo Mountains, to Alberta—abundant with crystal-clear lakes and rivers, forests, craggy peaks, unspoiled waterfalls, and some of the best wildlife viewing in Canada.
This expansive region, with wide open spaces, once bustled with miners, cowboys and prospectors searching for adventure and riches during the gold rush.
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Visit historical lands, rich with culture, petroglyphs (rock carvings), hoodoos (eroded rock formations) and volcanic mountains.
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Explore the Great Bear Rainforest
Go on an unforgettable wildlife trek in the Great Bear Rainforest to see whales, eagles, otters, deer, mountain goats, wolves, grizzly bears and if you're lucky you may see the very rare Kermode bear (spirit bear).
Known for once-in-a-lifetime wilderness tours, Bella Coola has everything your inner explorer needs. From travelling through the Great Bear Rainforest, to discovering rich Indigenous history, to watching grizzlies fish in the Bella Coola River, plus endless outdoor fun.
Visit the preserved gold-rush town of Barkerville for an authentic 1860s experience. You can wander around the old town and explore over 100 heritage buildings, including: saloons, museums, churches, homes, blacksmiths, general stores, barber shops, butchers, a Chinatown and more.
Visit the charming city of Williams Lake in Central BC. Located along the historic Cariboo Gold Rush Trail and surrounded by lakes, rivers and forested hillsides, you can discover rich local history and enjoy a wide variety of year-round outdoor activities.