|100 Mile House - South Cariboo - 70 Mile House to Lac La Hache|
|The South Cariboo is
approximately 460 km Northeast of Vancouver. comprising the area between 70 Mile House in
the south to Lac La Hache in the north. The District of 100 Mile House, the commercial hub
of the South Cariboo, is situated on Highway 97, B.C.'s main north-south arterial route.
Set up as stagecoach stop in the 1860s to allow passengers to freshen up 100 Mile House is
so named because it is 100 miles (161km) from Lillooet. The original roadhouse built in
1862 has since burned to the ground but at the north end of town an original BX stagecoach
is on display. 100 Mile House is 113km (70 miles) north of Cache Creek and 90km (56 miles)
south of Williams Lake and is now an important trading centre for the central Cariboo.
In summer, enjoy golfing on world class courses, horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking, exceptional water recreation; swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fantastic fishing. In winter, the self proclaimed "International Nordic Ski Capital" has 200km (124 miles) of machine groomed trails. Outside the Visitor Infocentre is a set of 12 metre long cross-country skis accompanied by 9 metre poles. Every February the Cariboo Marathon attracts over 1,000 international participants. Other activities include snowmobiling, dog sledding, sleigh rides, curling, hockey, ice skating, tobogganing, ice-fishing and downhill skiing.
Fishermen, canoeists and bird watchers will enjoy the lakes and wetlands found throughout the area. Canim Lake found by exiting Hwy 97 a few kilometres north of 100 Mile House and going east for 36km (22 miles) is 37km long and home to a large sport fish known as the "laker" or char. It is a great spot for recreation with horseback riding, water sports, birdwatching, and of course fishing. Just west of 100 Mile House off Hwy 97 you'll find an 8ha (19.76-acre) wetland marsh, which is excellent for birdwatchers.
West of 100 Mile House you'll find another wonderful recreation area, Moose Valley Provincial Park. Bring you're cameras and binoculars to get a closer look at the bald eagles, sand cranes and moose you'll see while you take a few inspiring days to canoe the chain of 12 lakes that make up the park. This trip is not recommended for low clearance vehicles, as the last 10km are extremely rough.
8 miles (13km) north of 100 Mile House is 108 Mile Ranch . Formerly a large cattle ranch it is now has two resorts and a heritage sight. The resorts are internationally renowned and include a challenging 18-hole golf course and world class spa. Other activities you can take part in are trail riding, tennis, swimming, and cross-country and downhill skiing. Seven heritage buildings make up the heritage sight including the Watson Clydesdale barn, one of Canada's largest. The barn was built in 1908. Other buildings include an ice house, a telegraph post house, a tea house and a craft store.
Still another spot to visit is Lac la Hache. Known as the "Longest Town In The Cariboo" Lac la Hache is 25km (15.5 miles) north of 100 Mile House. The name (translated as "Lake of the Axe), comes from the story of a French fur trader who dropped his axe through a hole in the ice covered lake. Boaters, swimmers, and water-skiers arrive all summer. The lake is also famous for its Kokanee and trophy sized lake trout fishing. Winter brings downhill skiing on Mt. Timothy, cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, and snowmobiling.
The whole area around 110 Mile House has accommodations varying from Lac la Hache Provincial Park with 83 campsites to the previously mentioned resorts at 108 Mile Ranch. Check back often to get the latest information.
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