The village of Clinton is an outdoor adventure hub, providing active experiences in a landscape noted for its wildlife and unique geological variations, such as the “Grand Canyon of the North.” located in the backcountry west of Clinton along the Fraser River, and nearby Chasm Provincial Park, created by glacial melt cutting into lava flows. This 8km/5mi long, 300m/984ft deep box canyon features rock layers in spectacular shades of orange, pink, yellow and lavender.
Stay and play in Clinton’s back yard where there are endless opportunities year round for the outdoor enthusiast. Explore the limestone mountains and hike to what locals call the “hole in the wall,” a unique limestone formation, or visit Kelly Lake, famous for NASA’s exploration of its rare black coral deposits. Enjoy a refreshing swim, fish for rainbow trout or take a relaxing kayak or canoe trip around one of the lakes nearby. After a busy day of activities enjoy the hospitality and unwind with a quiet evening in this quaint historical town.
The name Clinton was officially adopted on June 11th, 1863, replacing the previous name, “The Junction.” Visit the museum for local history and visitor information. In the 1870s, Clinton was a cattle-ranch town, a soap-soda and Epsom salts distributor in the early 1900s, and a bush and sawmill town in the 1950s. Today, Clinton continues many of its original traditions and exudes a charming character. Tour local heritage buildings, explore nearby provincial parks, wander antique shops, or enjoy one of the nearby guest ranches where you can ride the range, cross-country ski, pan for gold and be pampered by exquisite cuisine and spa treatments.
2013 marked a milestone for Clinton; 150 years since its official naming, and 50 years since this historic village was incorporated. A favourite event is the Clinton Annual Ball, now in its 152nd year! Stop and stay awhile in Clinton to learn about its history and play in its great outdoors.