The Gold Rush Trail is a delight for hikers and walkers

In the Cariboo, Lillooet is base to a variety of scenic hiking trails, many of which have historic significance along the Fraser River, where in the mid-1800s Chinese miners processed millions of dollars in gold. Amateur geologists use topographic quadrangle maps (topos) in the Marble Range near Clinton, an area notable for limestone karsts, wooded groves and alpine ridges. The 11.3 km/7 mi Sepa Lakes Trail near 108 Mile Ranch meanders past bays and lagoons filled with waterfowl.

Canim Lake offers three majestic and photogenic waterfalls. Whale Lake boasts good fishing at the end of a 4 km/2.5 mi hiking trail. Williams Lakes’ family-friendly hikes include the popular River Valley Trail, while the same is true about Quesnel’s delightful Riverfront Trail. Hikers with a historical bent would appreciate tackling some or all of the Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Route, known as the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail, which stretches a full 420 km/264 mi from the mouth of the Blackwater River between Prince George and Quesnel to the Sir Alexander Mackenzie Provincial Park, a small coastal park located near Elcho Harbour on Dean Channel. The Mount Agnes Trail network near Barkerville follows the original “Cariboo Waggon Road” to wildflower-strewn alpine meadows below Summit Rock.

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