150 Mile House is a quiet ranchland community known for the Gold Rush, pioneer history and log homes. It is also home to its Little Red Schoolhouse, the oldest functional school building in the Cariboo. Constructed in 1896 beside the original Cariboo Waggon Road, the wood-frame, one-room building is now a historical site and classroom open to the public in summer. The Waggon Road was scheduled to run through Williams Lake; however, a funding dispute resulted in a detour that went from 150 Mile House to Soda Creek.
Another local lure is The Yellow Umbrella & Thyme for Tea, an old-fashioned English-style teahouse and gift shop o Hwy. 97, just north of town, serving meals and 100-plus blends of tea. From 150 Mile House, travelers generally decide whether to continue north to Williams Lake and Quesnel on Hwy. 97 or head northeast along the original Gold Rush Trail to the resort lake communities of Horse y and Likely, and even continue on the “Backroad to Barkerville”.