A journey through the Cariboo follows routes hewn from rugged wilderness by pioneers and gold panners.
In 1862, prospector Billy Barker found gold on Williams Creek, a discovery that started a rush of adventurers from around the world. Between 1862 and 1870, more than 10,000 people traversed the Cariboo Wagon Road. From Lillooet to Barkerville, they travelled north and towns sprung up in their wake.
The rush for gold soon waned, but not the trek of discovery into the Cariboo. It's still a land of golden dreams with gently rolling pastures where horses graze, flower-filled meadows and, in autumn's lazy light, burnished tones of aspen and willow brush.
The journey is easier now, travelers enjoy amenities of every kind; a full range of accommodations, from luxury resorts to quaint lakeside cabins; cities and towns that offer all service needs; and fine dining and shopping. Bring binoculars, a camera and pick up a nature guide book, as there's plenty of wildlife viewing.
Travelling to the Cariboo
Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) Fraser Canyon to Cache Creek and Cariboo Highway 97 north, or Sea-to-Sky Highway (Hwy 99) over the magnificent Duffey Lake Road to Lillooet, Clinton, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, and Quesnel.
Rocky Mountaineer's "Whistler Sea to Sky Climb" train route travels from Vancouver to Whistler, and their "Rainforest to Gold Rush" route travels from Whistler to Quesnel and Jasper, Alberta.
Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines have daily flights to Williams Lake and Quesnel.
From Vancouver Island
BC Ferries from Port Hardy to Bella Coola and Highway 20.
From Jasper & Kamloops
Yellowhead Highway 5 to Interlakes Highway 24.
From Prince George
Highway 97 south to Quesnel. Flights from Prince George.
For more info on getting around the Cariboo, see Transportation & Maps.