100 Mile House
British Columbia, South Cariboo
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
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