In 1862, a miner by the name of Billy Barker struck it rich during the gold rush in the foothills of the Cariboo mountains of what is now British Columbia. The town that sprang up around his strike was named after him and can be visited today, looking much as it did, then: Barkerville Historic Town.
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The 86th Annual Williams Lake Stampede runs from June 30 through July 2, 2012 at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds. This longstanding rodeo event is a treasure of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia. Cowboys and rodeo competitors from Canada and the U.S. come together for a long Canada Day weekend of bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping and much more.
In addition to the rodeo action, the Williams Lake Stampede features a parade and a variety of vendors and entertainment, making this event fun for the whole family.
The Cariboo area is well known as British Columbia’s Cowboy Country and this summertime event celebrates that history and the thriving cowboy culture of today. (more…)
Close your eyes and imagine glaciated Coastal Mountains, aqua-blue water rolling over lava beds and countryside ranches as far as the eye can see. That is exactly what you can expect while river rafting in the Cariboo Chilcotin region in British Columbia. Known across North America as one of the best rafting spots, with some of the longest stretches of river, and great rapids, the Cariboo Chilcotin is home to a number of amazing and exciting rafting opportunities. Ranging from the relaxing float to the extreme white water rapids, the rivers in the Cariboo Chilcotin are some of the best in the world.
Nestled deep in the middle of untouched valleys, the Taseko and Chilko Rivers offer an experience which cannot be matched no matter where you go. Even before you arrive to your desired destination you are gifted with the gorgeous scenery of glacier mountains and breathtaking views, with wildlife watching you every step of the way. Once you arrive to the launching zone, and get your instructions from the Chilko River Rafting staff, you’re not sure whether to be extremely excited or nervous about the adventure you are about to embark on. But once you start to relax and take in the sounds of the river, and stunning scenery, you realize that you are experiencing a truly unique and unforgettable moment. And then come the rapids. Water splashes all over the boat while you try and listen to the guide to make sure you avoid the danger spots and large rocks, you forget to breath because you are experiencing a major adrenaline rush. Then the water calms down, and you realize that you just conquered a beast, the mighty waters of the Chilcotin.
So instead of dreaming of the rush of taking on some of the country’s most amazing rivers, book your next trip to the Cariboo Chilcotin region and experience white water rafting at its best. And with a number of quaint, cozy and welcoming BC bed and breakfasts awaiting your arrival, this may be the most memorable trip you ever take. Just don’t forget to breath when the water crashes over your head while you’re trying to dodge that big rock ahead!