Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

With its rolling ranchland, lake-studded valleys and forested mountains rising out of the waters of the central coast, British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region spans the geographic spectrum.

Noted for its top quality, uncrowded fishing, the area offers everything from urban, easily accessible family fisheries to remote, fly-in wilderness adventures.

Starting just to the east of the Fraser River, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast spreads itself west through the arid ranchland around Williams Lake (don’t miss the famous stampede) and Quesnel, through the central broad valleys and over the Coast Mountains where glacier-fed streams tumble into the Pacific Ocean.

Home to over 8,000 lakes and 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) of rivers and streams, the region appeals to every type of angler. Thirteen river systems offer summer- and winter-run steelhead, the most famous being the Chilcotin, Chilko, Dean and Atnarko rivers.

Remote coastal streams have excellent populations of coho salmon, cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden. Fly-in lakes, their shores ringed by snow-capped mountains, offer spectacular get-away-from-it-all fishing.

The lakes and streams thrive with fish: but the most productive waters are easily accessible by road, with about 40 per cent of the angling occurring in “The Land of the Lakes” near 100 Mile House. And what a land it is!

Whether you fly in or drive in, the waters of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast offer incredible fishing, peace and quiet and stunning scenery. A great place for the family.


For more information:

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association

204-350 Barnard Street
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 1Y8Toll Free: 1-800-663-5885
Tel: (250) 392-2226
Fax: (250) 392-2838