Land Without Limits

Fishing, riding and rafting ready for guests - British Columbians invited to explore the Cariboo

July 31, 2017

The wildfire news has been overwhelming, and while British Columbians love our province overall, we (at Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism) wonder – does the rest of BC know what they’re missing?

The rainbow trout are biting!

BC’s Highway 24 has been in the news as an evacuation route. But, do most BC residents know that it is known as the “Fishing Highway”?  Highway 24 is a scenic paved road that winds through the Interlakes area between Highway 97 on the west and Highway 5 (at Little Fort) on the east. Weaving through aspen forests past dozens of serene lakes, this region is known by anglers for its rainbow trout and laid back lake lifestyle. Sheridan Lake is one of the largest in the area, a 1659-hectare, spring-fed lake, with miles of shoreline and shoals. It is stocked with multiple strains of trout, and regularly produces trophy size rainbow trout. Sheridan Lake Resort and Loon Bay Resort are just two of the Sheridan’s relaxing resorts, with combinations of cabins and camping facilities. Along Highway 24, other place and resort names, like Fawn Lake Resort and Moosehaven Resort, give an idea of the abundance of wildlife in the area. Family friendly is the norm, and most resorts are pet friendly as well. Cariboo Bonanza Resort has a zip-line and bicycle obstacle course for kids, as well as a fort and archery lessons. Moosehaven, however, has a no-pets rule, to enhance the bird and wildlife sightings around the property.

Improve your horsemanship skills. When old-timers talk about the Cariboo region of BC, Gold Rush and cowboys come up, and they are not far off!  While visiting historic sites may not be everyone’s cup of tea, learning or improving skills, make great memories, and challenge both brain and body. Guest ranch experiences not only teach skills, they use new muscles, expose guests to a different pace of life and the timelessness of four-footed transportation. This all adds up to amazing memories – especially for the kids. Many ranches customize the experience to their guests, and can offer add-ons that only locals know about. After tuning up your riding skills, Beaver Guest Ranch can arrange white-water rafting and tours for guests. Spring Lake Guest Ranch is surrounded by 10,000 acres of rolling hills, and is a working cattle operation. Guests can participate in farm life, or kick back and enjoy the ranch. Some of the guest ranches are on historical properties. Big Bar Guest Ranch uses an original 1936 owner’s building as its games room, fireside lounge and meeting area.  The ranch hand package includes accommodation and daily meals. Kayanara Ranch offers comfortable accommodations, on-site activities as well as connecting you with local operators for trail rides, fishing, boat rentals and more.

Raft the rivers Float along the mellow Lower Quesnel River, or get some thrills on the upper section, with Big Canyon Rafting. Daytime floats for ages 10 and up, ending in downtown Quesnel are a popular family activity.  Adults and corporate groups take on the Class IV white-water of the Upper Quesnel River, or double-head by including a run down the Caribou River. “We encourage you to come and visit,” says Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism CEO, Amy Thacker. “Our tourism operators excel at hospitality and welcome your business. The biggest help you can give right now is to book a BC vacation.” – Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association is an industry-led not-for-profit Destination Management Organization that works collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and promote a responsible tourism industry in the Cariboo, Chilcotin and Central Coast of British Columbia. For more information about the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast tourism region, please visit:  

Media contacts: Amy Thacker, CEO Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association   Andre Kuerbis, Board Chair Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association Cell: 250-217-6438