ANAHIM LAKE - Chilcotin Wilderness Adventures
This popular fly fishing lake is approximately 320 km (200 mi.) west from Williams Lake and 124 km (75 mi.) east from Bella Coola. Anahim Lake is a unigue wilderness community situated on the West Chilcotin Plateau in central British Columbia. A place where time has stood still. Untouched wilderness surrounds you - natural wildlife roams freely and fish abound in lakes and streams. Fabulous hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and pack trips are available.
it's a three to four hour drive on Highway 20, west from Williams Lake
or two hours east from Bella Coola. The Anahim Lake Airport is a year-round
airport serving the West Chilcotin area. Many charter and private planes
use the airport bringing tourists who wish to avail themselves of the
many tourism opportunities in the area. AV gas is available at the airport.
Throughout the tourist season,
Pacific Coastal Airlines, based at Vancouver International Airport
has twice daily service into Anahim Lake during summer and once daily
during winter. Air strip elevation 3635', length 3700' Info-Williams Lake
flight centre 1-800-663-5870 - Flight supplement - Anahirn Lake AJ4.
From Anahim Lake there is access to three mountain ranges - Itcha Range, the Ilgachuz Range and the multi coloured Rainbow Range. The gravel portion of Hwy 20 begins just past the community of Anahim Lake and ends at the bottom of the "Hill" .
The HILL through Heckman's pass in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is known for it 18% grade into the Bella Coola Valley. Provincial authorities did not believe that a road should be built over the Coast Mountains. The locals then decided to build one themselves, with only two bulldozers ( working from opposite ends), supplies bought on credit, and a work force which often had only the promise of being paid. They finally ended Bella Coola's isolation in 1953 by completing the "Freedom Highway" up and out of the Bella Coola Valley to the Chilcotin Plateau. Heckman's Pass, the highest point on Hwy 20 (1524 meters) is the beginning of the 30 km descent on a narrow and winding gravel road into the valley. The hill consists of a 9km stretch of switchbacks with a grade of up to 18%. This is a safe travel road, but visitors should be aware of road conditions.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park contains Hunlen Fall, Turner Lake chain, and the Rainbow Range. Visitors are able to view these by charter aircraft or by hiking in the park.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is one of the largest parks in BC at over 981,000 hectares. The park appeals primarily to outdoor recreationists interested in boating, angling, camping, hiking or hunting in one of North America's most magnificent wilderness areas. Outdoor recreation opportunities are almost unlimited, but those who are not prepared to be completely self-sufficient or who do not wish to employ a professional guide should not contemplate a visit.
Rainbow Range - This ancient volcanic range of mountains is called "Tsitsutl" in the Carrier dialect, meaning painted mountains. Its alpine areas are decorated with a spectrum of red, orange, yellow and even lavender lava rock. The mountains provide ideal habitat for caribou, wolf, mountain goat and grizzly bear. Access to The Rainbow Range Trailhead, 35 km west of Anahim Lake on Highway 20 is paved except the section from Anahim Lake down to Atnarko Campground. See Map