Water sports, spa escapes and golf – welcome to a refreshing, idyllic summer in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast and Fraser Canyon. With the highest concentration of lakes and rivers in Canada, it’s no surprise the region is a haven for swimmers, water skiers, wake boarders, canoeists – in fact, anyone who loves to hop into a boat or play in the water. The South Cariboo’s Green Lake, for example, is particularly popular with swimmers and water skiers. The consistent afternoon thermals on the Chilcotin’s Tatlayoko Lake lure sailors and windsurfers. Ocean kayakers paddle with whales and dolphins in the protected waters off Bella Coola, Shearwater and Klemtu. White-knuckle rafters and kayakers can pick and choose from a multitude of top white-water routes in the Fraser Canyon, Cariboo and Chilcotin, while canoeists flock to the world- renowned Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, one of North America’s most spectacular wilderness-lake adventures.
In a region renowned for the diversity and expanse of its wilderness a growing number of unique and luxurious day spas and wellness centres are also found. One working ranch specializes in custom therapeutic, assessment and spa services. Another valley site takes guests on a journey to the Far East, with authentic Thai spa treatments with several remote retreats offer specialty yoga, fitness and healing escapes. Travellers can also rejuvenate at community day spas with specialties from around the world: from Japanese Sumishi to Indian Ayurveda, all combined with yoga, fitness and nutritional programs. Numerous inns, remote lodges and resorts also o er massage services and a variety of wellness and fitness programs – all designed to keeping our mind and body in balance, including on the road.
Imagine your perfect golf experience in a natural setting of sage and rolling hills, where fairways extend into contoured canyons with water accents and greens run true with spectacular views. Well, imagine no more. Three championship 18-hole courses will delight you and your pocketbook. The Stan Leonard-designed 108 Golf Resort boasts 6,800 yards of tree-lined fairways and greens that both inspire and challenge; while the scenic Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club’s 6,272-yard layout, set against the rolling Cariboo hills, plays out over rolling terrain with amazing views of both the lake and the city’s downtown core. The 6,340- yard Quesnel Golf Course, straddling a former heritage orchard, is a valley-based design with a wide-open front-nine and shorter but demanding back to hone that swing. Unique family-friendly nine- hole courses are found throughout the region, too. Try your luck at Coyote Rock, a First Nations-developed course above Hwy. 97 overlooking the south end of WilliamsLake; at Cache Creek’s desert-gem Semlin Valley Golf Course, or at the Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course, where golfers receive a free mulligan if their shot is blocked by sheep.