The story of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast’s Indigenous and colonial beginnings

In this episode of our Gold Rush Trail storyteller series, we are on Scout Island to meet writer Sage Birchwater who has been living and working in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region for over 20 years. Here, he shares with us the story of how this region came to be, including how the tight bond of the interior First Nations and the Coastal First Nations prompted early European explorers like Alexander Mackenzie and Simon Fraser to travel in and around this area in the early 1800s. Discover the interesting history of Williams Lake and Chief William in this video and for more information on visiting the region, visit Leg 7 of the Gold Rush Trail – 150 Mile House to Williams Lake to Barkerville Historic Town & Park