Located at the west end of Quesnel Lake, the deepest fjord-lake in North America, Likely was originally called Quesnelle Dam, after the dam built nearby in 1898 to provide mining access to the Quesnel River. The name was changed in 1923 in honour of prospector John “Plato” Likely. Today, the local economy relies on tourism, forestry and mining. Intriguing examples of past mining ventures are showcased at the nearby Bullion Pit and in Cedar Point Provincial Park, home to the community’s Cedar City Mining Museum and Bullion Mines’ giant 1906 Vulcan steam shovel.
Likely is known as the gateway to the seasonal, scenic “Backroad to Barkerville”; a gravel forestry road that winds past stunning waterfalls and the Cariboo River in an alluring backcountry landscape of sub-alpine meadows. Paddle on glacier fed lakes, back dropped by snow- covered mountain ridges, and capture the perfect vistas; hike or snowmobile up nearby Yanks Peak for panoramic views of the Cariboo Mountains. Road conditions vary; check with local visitor centres prior to travelling.