Nowhere in British Columbia is the cowboy culture more alive and well than in the South Cariboo-Chilcotin. Due to its location on the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail, the area saw an early influx of settlers during the nineteenth century which created the foundation for the ranch community that calls the region home today. Towns in the area include 70 Mile House, Green Lake, 100 Mile House, 108 Mile House, Canim Lake, Forest Grove, Clinton, Lac La Hache, Timothy Lake and Lone Butte. For a more modern experience, please also try our new site at Cariboo Vacation Rentals.
Favourite summer activities include swimming, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking but by far the area's most memorable recreational pursuits involve either a few hundred pounds of horse or a few cubic tons of whitewater beneath you. Nowhere is more ideal for rafting and horseback riding. Just west of 100 Mile House, the Fraser River seethes and churns, daring the brave to grab a paddle. This thrilling ride is also an ideal way of witnessing ancient, jaw-dropping erosion patterns from towering hoodoos and spires to caves and canyon faces. For a dryer time exploring the area, visit any of the region's local guest ranches and get fitted with your own steed. What better way to roam the range than atop a beautiful, well-trained people-friendly horse. Western riding is relatively easy to pick up so even inexperienced greenhorns and city slickers will have no problem enjoying a day of trail-riding. This is the perfect way to see the 120 meter-high box canyon just south of Clinton.
Horses fair just as well in the snow. And with many guest ranches providing all the cold-weather kit you need, an invigorating ride is as postcard-perfect a winter activity you'll ever find. Of course, requisite winter fun exists here, too, from family-friendly ski hills to heli-skiing adventures. Interested in something a little more low-key? How about a skate on a frozen lake? Or maybe even a solitary afternoon of ice-fishing? From dogsled riding to snowshoeing, the South Cariboo-Chilcotin has you covered all the way to the steamy mug of hot chocolate at the end of the day.
And don't let the sparse, rugged population fool you. These locals know how to have a good time with numerous festivals and exhibits peppering the calendar. From Oktoberfest to First Nations pow-wows to rodeos, the South Cariboo-Chilcotin is way more than meets the eye.
Come check out Canada's cowboy country. It's worth the fist full of dollars!
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