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A grizzly bear standing on its two hind feet next to a tree in the Great Bear Rainforest in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, BC


OVERVIEW

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.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast map with BC Ferries routes and nearby cities

Top things to do

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Hiking in the mountains

Bella Coola

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.

Busy Main Street with people horse drawn carriages and historic buildings in Barkerville Historic Town

Barkerville

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. 

Aerial view of the Xat

Quesnel

Visit the charming small city of Quesnel—once the commercial centre of the Cariboo Gold Rush—to enjoy the city's rich cultural heritage, nearby lakes, rivers, provincial parks and farmers markets.

Person standing in valley of Churn Creek Canyon admiring the surrounding cliff faces near Williams Lake BC

Williams Lake

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.


 
 
 

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