Cariboo & Gold Rush Trail

History and adventure meet in wild open spaces

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Hat Creek Ranch, Cache Creek
Hat Creek Ranch

Icon-PopularAreas-CaribooGoldRushTrailFollowing the path of the Fraser River up to the Cariboo Plateau and Mountains, this diverse countryside was once Gold country. 

The Gold Rush Trail follows the path of prospectors who came in search of adventure and wealth. Today, the Barkerville Historic Town recounts the past in a recreated 1860s boomtown. Throughout the area, spirit of adventure remains, and outdoor adventure activities abound. 

Cariboo & Gold Rush Trail

Scenic Highway 1 through the dramatic Fraser Canyon leads to the open spaces of the Cariboo Plateau. Route 97 is the main north-south route through the region, but many visitors will want to linger in the many lakes and ranches that stretch to the east. Route 24 is known as ‘The Fishing Highway’ with plenty of lakeside resorts to visit.

Gold Rush Trail | Michael Bednar
Bowron Lake Provincial Park |Chris Harris

The Cariboo is a popular destination for guest ranches and fishing vacations, as well as multi-day paddles on the Bowron Lake or Turner Lake canoe circuits. Others prefer to hit the open road by car or RV, stopping along the way at places like ranching town Clinton, riverside Quesnel or frontier city Williams Lake.

Experience Providers in the Cariboo & Gold Rush Trail

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Fraser River Raft Expeditions

Adrenalin, River Rafting

Yale

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Island Mountain Arts

Art Galleries, Museums & Heritage Sites, Theatre & Performing Arts

Wells

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Mt Timothy Ski Area

Skiing & Snowboarding

Lac La Hache

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Big Canyon Rafting

River Rafting

Quesnel

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Central Mountain Air

Airlines

Smithers

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Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre

Visitor Centres

Lillooet

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