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Photo courtesy of Destination BC/Mike Bednar

The village of Clinton is routinely referred to for its Wild West ambience; Gold Rush and pioneer history is exemplified by its original western store fronts, historical walking tours, abundant antique stores and excellent museum archives and exhibits (located at the village’s 1892 schoolhouse). The first Clinton Annual Ball was New Year’s Day of 1868 and has been held continually since. Now celebrated on the Victoria Day long weekend, the Annual Ball kicks off Clinton’s Heritage week; wrapping up with the Clinton Rodeo the following weekend.

As B.C.’s “Guest Ranch Capital”, Clinton is a community hub for many ranches, including an award-winning Thai- influenced spa and more traditional family-focused outfits offering trail riding, horsemanship classes, gold panning and sleigh rides. Equally significant is the diversity of the surrounding landscape’s unique geological variations, including Chasm Provincial Park’s Painted Chasm; the Limestone Quarry, a haven for fossil hunters and rock hounds; and the Marble Range, where cliffs, caves, disappearing streams and wildlife trails lure climbers, cavers, hikers and horseback riders.