Cariboo Regional District of British Columbia
Find it and they will come. And that is exactly what happened when Billy Barker found gold in the Cariboo region of British Columbia.
Ever since this vast region of over 31,000 square miles that stretches from the Cariboo Mountains to the Pacific Ocean has become home to over 62,000 residents and countless visitors. And is it any wonder? The sheer beauty and stunning landscape of towns like Barkerville, Horsefly, Alexis Creek, Williams Lake and Quesnel have mesmerized and captivated for a long time.
Developers have taken full advantage of the surroundings to create log homes and cabins, alpine style chalets, Victorian gingerbread cottages, traditional family home and ultra modern properties complete with seaplane landings. Cariboo has so much to offer it would take several lifetimes to experience it all. A great place to start exploring is Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. At over 3700 square miles it is the largest in British Columbia. One can go hiking, fly fishing, canoe riding and white water rafting on the lakes and rivers and take a helicopter ride. You can also experience nature in its true element by viewing grizzly bears, cougars, wolves and other wildlife.
In the fall the park puts on a spectacular nature show with foliage so vibrant and rich it ranks amongst the best. In the winter this area becomes a veritable wonderland with many ski slopes for the entire family to enjoy. You can also participate in sledding, back country skiing, snowmobiling and attempting to make the largest snowman possible. Cariboo can also surprise you with many waterfalls including the mesmerizing Hunlen Falls which is one of the largest in the entire country.
A great way to spend a day is at the Xatsull Heritage Village. This is an authentic Indian village where the residents are happy to share their culture and customs. The town of Likely has an abundant amount of historical buildings and Clinton will appeal to the arts and crafts crowd. And if you wish to find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow then sign up for the Gold Rush Trail tour. Thankfully you don't have to battle the elements like Billy Barker but maybe, just maybe lady luck will shine on you just like they did for him all those years ago.