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Vanderhoof's Big River Country

Fishing at Cheslatta Falls

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Vanderhoof's Big River Country

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Half-day, 214.86 km (133.51 mi)

Canoeing on a lake, Vanderhoof (Picture BC photo)
Canoeing on a lake, Vanderhoof (Picture BC photo)

Spend a full day exploring the area south of Vanderhoof, Big River Country, where sights include the former Rich Hobson ranch (now the HSP Ranch, a spiritual resort); the Kenney Dam; picturesque lakes; and Cheslatta Waterfalls (via a short hike).

Note: Logging roads are still active, so it is important to drive carefully. Most vehicles are equipped to handle logging road conditions, but trucks with high clearance may be preferable.

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Farmland near Vanderhoof, Picture BC photo
Part 1
Vanderhoof to Kenney Dam

90.30 km - about 2 hours 59 min

Begin at the Vanderhoof Visitor Centre. Head west on Highway 16 towards Fort Fraser. Turn left at the fire hall onto Nechako Road. Continue until it turns into the Kenney Dam Road. On route pass the former Hobson ranch. Hobson, a famous local cowboy who died in 1966, inspired the TV mini-series Nothing too Good for a Cowboy.

Continue for total of about one hour until reaching the Kenney Dam. At the time of its construction in the 1950s, the Kenney was the largest rock-filled dam in the world. The reservoir it contains today is beautiful, filled of clear blue water and surrounded by trees. Turn right and drive across the dam then turn right immediately again. Follow the road for a few minutes until you reach a bridge above rapids. Park here and enjoy the view of the rushing water.

Cheslatta Falls, Picture BC photo
Part 2
Cheslatta Falls

8.36 km - about 0 hours 20 min

Take a break from driving and hike approximately 30 minutes to Cheslatta Falls. The trail starts from the road, on the south side of the bridge. The route is easy, with just a couple of steep sections. The top of the hike looks down onto the falls, and offers a great view of the Nechako Canyon.

Part 3
Return to Vanderhoof

116.20 km - about 3 hours 43 min

Head back over the dam and east along 500 Road. Hungry? Stop at the Nechako Lodge for lunch. Keep driving along the same route until hitting a fork in the road. Head north back to Vanderhoof. For this part of the journey, grab a Kluskus Forest Service Road Tour booklet from the Vanderhoof Visitor Centre. The brochure describes 15 different points of interest along this road such as the Greer Creek Falls, picnic spots, and places of historical significance.

Visitors who want to take more time to explore the area can stay at one of 15 wilderness lodges, which in addition to accommodation offer a variety of outdoor recreational packages.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vanderhoof to Kenney Dam - 90.30 km - about 2 hours 59 min
1.

Head east on 1 St/Yellowhead Highway E/BC-16 E

0.06 km
2.

Take the 1st right onto Ryley Ave

0.61 km
3.

Turn right onto 7 St

0.40 km
4.

Take the 1st left onto Nechako Ave

2.77 km
5.

Continue onto Kenny Dam Rd

1.80 km
6.

Kenny Dam Rd turns left and becomes Lakes Rd

3.19 km
7.

Turn right onto Kenny Dam RdDestination will be on the left

1.56 km
8.

Head southwest on Kenny Dam RdDestination will be on the right

27.14 km
9.

Head southwest on Kenny Dam Rd

52.77 km
Part 2 - Cheslatta Falls - 8.36 km - about 0 hours 20 min
1.

Head southwest on Kenny Dam Rd toward Holy Cross Road

0.74 km
2.

Continue onto Holy Cross RoadDestination will be on the left

7.62 km
Part 3 - Return to Vanderhoof - 116.20 km - about 3 hours 43 min
1.

Head south on Holy Cross Road toward Kenny Dam Rd

7.62 km
2.

Continue onto Kenny Dam Rd

1.66 km
3.

Turn rightDestination will be on the right

2.52 km
4.

Head southeast

17.14 km
5.

Slight left

3.28 km
6.

Turn left

5.98 km
7.

Turn left

8.75 km
8.

Turn leftDestination will be on the left

41.56 km
9.

Head northwest toward Kenny Dam Rd

1.13 km
10.

Take the 1st right onto Kenny Dam Rd

17.78 km
11.

Turn left onto Lakes Rd

3.19 km
12.

Lakes Rd turns right and becomes Kenny Dam Rd

1.80 km
13.

Continue onto Nechako Ave

2.77 km
14.

Turn left onto 7 St

0.03 km
15.

Take the 1st right onto Nechako Ave

0.60 km
16.

Turn right onto 1 St/Yellowhead Highway E/BC-16 EDestination will be on the right

0.40 km