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adventurers in the Cariboo/Chilcotin region are undertaken on a variety of "backroad
tours", including mountain top adventures, Fraser River tours, and tours to historic
ranches and native historical sites.
Chilcotin Backroad Adventure Tours
The wilderness terrain varies from steep,
challenging mountain roads, with dramatic switchbacks and breathtaking views,
to quiet country roads where wildlife can be viewed in their natural habitat.
Some of the more popular areas for offroad touring are Big Bar, Jesmond,
Pavilion, Churn Creek, Bonaparte River, Big Bar Lake, Kelly Lake, Loon Lake, Clinton
to Lillooet via backroads, Clinton to Williams Lake via backroads, Big Creek,
and Nemiah Valley. Visitors travel past historic ranches and renowned areas such
as Gang Ranch, Canoe Creek, Hat Creek and West Pavilion.
from the Cariboo can be arranged to destinations like the legendary and historic
gold rush town of Barkerville, and the
small fishing and logging village of Bella
Coola at the western terminus of Highway
20, which runs west from Williams Lake
through the Chilcotin to the Coast Mountains. Offroad 4x4 tours can be combined
with a camping excursion to one of the many pristine lakes in the Cariboo, with
hiking and canoeing trips included.
Chilcotin Backroad Adventure Tours
offroad sights to see in the area include views of the Coast Mountains and the
Marble Mountains, Farwell Canyon and the Chilcotin River. Nineteen kilometres
from the Highway 20 junction, the road crosses the Chilcotin River at Farwell
Canyon, once the site of a native village. A bridge spans the spectacular canyon,
carved through limestone and sandstone, creating ancient hoodoo rock formations
and other water-carved formations on the rock walls. The region boasts Native
traditional fishing and hunting areas, waterfalls, and fields of wildflowers.
ATV tours can be provided in the Cariboo/Chilcotin area through wilderness
trails suitable for beginners. Instruction is provided with ATV tours. Meals are
provided with all tours, including delicious picnic barbeque lunches and dinners.
Mile House - 4x4 tours can be arranged with 100 Mile house as a pickup and
70 Mile House
- Many 4x4 tours pass by the 70 Mile House area, and camping excursions for those
interested in swimming, renting boats, canoeing, and horseback riding can be arranged
at Green Lake Provincial Park, approximately 15 minutes from 70 Mile House. Trips
are all inclusive, with tents and all camping gear provided.
Cariboo Highway 97 - Many sightseeing tours branch off Highway 97 and on to
logging and wilderness roads.
- Backroad Tours between Clinton and Lillooet are very scenic including the rugged
Fraser River ambience, excellent opportunities to see wildlife, traditional native
fishing, historic ranches, mountaintop vistas, hiking, goldpanning and much more.
Williams Lake - 4x4 tours between
Clinton and Williams Lake include travelling past two native reserves, the spectacular
Churn Creek suspension bridge, past the famous Gang Ranch, hiking at beautiful
Farwell Canyon and the chance to see Big Horn Sheep and other animals in their
natural habitat. Trips to the historic Sky Ranch can be based out of Williams
Lone Butte - 4x4 tours
can include stops at Lone Butte and the interlakes area.
- Many 4x4 tours, ATV tours, and camping excursions are in the heart of the Chilcotin,
including cabin stays at the Sky Ranch.
Creek - Cabin Stays at the historic Sky Ranch are approximately 1 hour and
15 minutes from Alexis Creek.
Offroad sightseeing and 4x4 tours are arranged
out of Clinton on the Cariboo Highway
97, provided in a 6-passenger crewcab pickup. Visitors can also be picked up at
the airport or motels in the Williams Lake area, or at any major BC centre or
airport for an additional fee.
Regulations for Off-roaders
British Columbia announced new regulations
for offroad vehicles in 2011, including safety and environmental regulations,
and requirements regarding licensing and registration.
Only a licence will be required for crossing highways at designated areas, rather
than the operations permit previously required. The designated crossings will
help connect trails across the province. Off-road vehicle users are also required
to have a one-time registration permit.
The changes will apply to all-terrain vehicles, quads, off-highway motorcycles
and utility vehicles, as well as snowmobiles. By fall 2012, all of BC’s new requirements
should be in effect, including required helmet use, spark arrestors to avoid forest
fires, and new mufflers to control noise.
Responsible off-road riders welcome the new regulations in BC, particularly the
registration and display of plates, as it may help to identify off-road users
who damage the environment. A portion of the registration and licensing fees will
go back to the associations to build trails.
The new policy regulations were implemented by ICBC in consultation with the Quad
Riders Association of B.C. and the Private Forest Landowners Association.