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This is BC’s cozy cabin capital, & we have 24 stays to choose from

From the early days of gold prospectors seeking refuge and warmth to present-time visitors searching for an urban escape, warm and cozy cabins are something we’ve always known best. Step back in time and venture to British Columbia’s most quaint cabin escapes located along the Gold Rush Trail. 

Whether it’s for a weekend or a week, our cabins start at under $100/night and provide an affordable action-packed escape with the family or slow-paced romantic time away with your loved one. Think log cabins, cozy fireplaces (and sometimes saunas or hot tubs!), vibrant sunrises and sunsets, dark starry skies, hiking, wildlife viewing, quintessential Canadian activities, and peaceful, uninterrupted wilderness. 

In order of our journey legs, here are the Gold Rush Trail’s best cozy cabins for a nearby escape:

1. The Rockwell Harrison Guest Lodge B&B, Harrison Hot Springs

Resting between the shores of the picturesque Harrison Lake and the forests of Sasquatch Provincial Park is the magnificent Rockwell Harrison Guest Lodge B&B. Just under a two-hour drive from Vancouver on Leg 1 of the Gold Rush Trail, this adults-only retreat is ideal for a quick rejuvenating getaway or an adventurous escape. Spend your days here hiking the abundance of local, uncrowded trails, skiing at nearby Sasquatch Resort or Manning Park Resort in the winter, exploring the local circle farm tour, or simply relaxing in the rustic-chic chalet. With three luxury guest suites to choose from and exceptional meals that are locally sourced, garden-grown and home-cooked with care, Rockwell Harrison is the perfect choice for your next getaway destination.

2. Blue Lake Resort, Boston Bar

Just past Boston Bar on Leg 2 of the Gold Rush Trail, Blue Lake Resort feels like being in the middle of complete wilderness despite only being 3 hours from Vancouver. Don’t let the steep road up to the resort scare you off, as once you’ve arrived, it’s a rustic and relaxing wonderland. Choose from one of their simplistic 2-6 person lakefront cabins, or, if you’re searching for an awesome family reunion spot, book their 22-person lodge, complete with 11 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a large kitchen, and even a hot tub!

3. Bralorne Adventure Lodge, Bralorne

Looking for a place where you and your crew can reconnect while enjoying epic adventures? Look no further than Bralorne Adventure Lodge on Leg 4 of the Gold Rush Trail. Located near the tiny, historic gold mining town of Bralorne, this 8-guest cabin is perfect for an escape with your close family or friends. A true four-season destination, you can expect to spend your winter days snowshoeing, ski/snowboard touring, ice skating and even going on guided or self-guided snowmobiling tours. The fall season is one of the best times to visit for unreal dirt biking, mountain biking, hiking and ATVing. And of course, summer and spring are loved for the warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers, and epic outdoor adventures. If that doesn’t sound memorable enough, you can choose to have your stay entirely catered! Be spoiled with gourmet meals and après snacks provided to you by your very own private chef. To top it all off, their ‘backyard spa’ features a cold plunge pool, a wood-fired sauna, and a wood-fired hot tub for you to enjoy after a day of adventures!

Bralorne Adventure Lodge / Michael Bednar

4. Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge

Acting as a gateway to Big Creek Provincial Park and the incredible South Chilcotin Mountains, Chilcotin Holidays on Leg 4 of the Gold Rush Trail is your hub for a customizable backcountry adventure. Choose from multi-day backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, hut-based wildlife tracking or horse pack trips, hiking, mountain biking, and photography packages, or instead choose to self-cater your own day and stay in one of their remote wilderness cabins. Along with a wide variety of guided tours that are available for all experience levels, they also have ranch accommodations perfect for couples or families looking to explore the Gun Creek area. 

Chilcotin Holidays / Michael Bednar
Chilcotin Holidays / Michael Bednar

5. TYAX LODGE & HELISKIING, GOLD BRIDGE

Also located on Leg 4 of the Gold Rush Trail and more specifically the beachy shores of the spectacular Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Lodge is a premier destination for backcountry adventure. Activities here include but are not limited to paddling, mountain biking, wildlife trips, flightseeing float plane tours, and superb mountain lake fishing. Despite its remoteness, the resort is filled with luxurious amenities such as tennis and volleyball courts, outdoor hot tubs and spa facilities. While in the winter and summer you can stay in their gorgeous main lodge, during the fall they only have self-service chalets available to book. The chalets are perfect for groups of friends or families looking for a luxurious and private wilderness getaway.

6. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton

If you’re in need of a luxurious getaway that promises both relaxation and exhilaration, look no further than Echo Valley Ranch & Spa located on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail. With numerous awards and accolades including being a Canadian Signature Experience, you can book easy knowing that every part of your stay is thought out to perfection. Spend your days exploring amongst hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness. Or, perhaps you’d prefer to unwind with one of their impeccable spa treatments. Complete your experience with exceptional catered meals and then snuggle up at night beneath a blanket of dazzling stars free from any light pollution.

7. Big Bar Guest Ranch, Clinton

If the ranch life is still tempting you, Big Bar Guest Ranch, also on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, is another amazing option that has three gorgeous log cabins. Owned by the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (St-wet-lem hight-lem), here you’ll find traditional Indigenous experiences interwoven with the day-to-day ranch life of a wrangler. Each cozy chalet features a private porch where you can take in the expansive view of the valley and lake. Located an hour’s drive from the closest town of Clinton, and with very limited internet and cell phone reception, a stay at Big Bar promises a disconnection from any stresses of your day-to-day.

Big Bar Guest Ranch / Jordan Dyck

8. WIND AND THE PILLOWS B&B AND RESORT, 70 MILE HOUSE

Wind and the Pillows is a Cariboo country retreat located at the far western end of the emerald-coloured Green Lake and surrounded by miles of pristine parkland. Along with the classic resort activities like cross-country skiing in the winter and swimming and boating in the summer, sunrise and sunsets here are some of the most beautiful in the world and in the fall, you might even get the chance to experience the Northern Lights on clear nights from their cabins. 

9. Fishing Highway 24 cabins

Fawn Lake Resort,  Loon Bay Resort, Sheridan Lake Resort, Peaceful Cove Resort, and Little Black Bear Lodge B&B are three cozy and quaint resorts located along the world-famous ‘Fishing Highway’ 24. Each of the lodges and cabins is on a different lake, resulting in your own private skating rink or swimming hole. While here be sure to test out your angling skills whether it be on your own or with the help of a guided tour company like Lone Butte Fishing Adventures who do guided fishing trips in each season of the year, including ice fishing in winter!

10. Wettstone Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake

Time to head back to simpler times and experience wild west culture! Situated on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail and nestled directly on Henley Lake is the authentic and affordable Wettstone Guest Ranch. Winter recreation activities here include all of the classics plus sleigh rides and even dog sledding. Summers are spent fishing, horseback riding, and they also offer dog training! With a chic lakeview chalet, rustic ranch house and romantic, traditional trapper’s cabin to choose from, Wettstone is perfect for your ranch escape – plus, they’re currently offering the 7th night free on bookings of their chalet!   

Wettstone Guest Ranch / @vancitywild
Wettstone Guest Ranch / @vancitywild

11. EAGAN LAKE RESORT, BRIDGE LAKE

Eagan Lake Resort is a family-oriented fishing resort located in a beautiful and quiet wilderness north of the Fishing Highway 24. As the only accommodation on Eagan Lake, you’ll have first access to the lake’s Kokanee and Rainbow Trout that reach up to six pounds! Choose from one of five family-size log cabins all perched on the lakeshore and surrounded by expansive forest. They even have a boat launch, rentals, and are pet friendly!

Eagan Lake Resort / Michael Bednar
Eagan Lake Resort / Michael Bednar

12. Wolf Valley Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend your vacation focusing on reconnecting with those closest to you, we recommend visiting Wolf Valley Guest Ranch. A gorgeous spot to escape to with your partner or family, choose from one of their cozy 2-4 person log cabins complete with lakefront views and no cell service! While the main lodge has wifi if you really need it, the thought of not being able to scroll during your stay is a breath of fresh air!

Wolf Valley Guest Ranch / Michael Bednar

13. FREE REIN GUEST RANCH, BRIDGE LAKE

This next guest ranch is unique in that horsemanship clinics and riding lessons are included in your stay! Your allocated horse will be your buddy for the duration of your visit and you’ll have the opportunity to work with it as much as you wish, including catching, grooming, saddling, and feeding. Not only that but all of your meals are also included. This means that you can focus on what’s important, like partaking in their awesome lake activities, relaxing in the on-site sauna, or just sitting on the porch of your very own luxury suite or lakeside log cabin. At Free Rein Guest Ranch, you will feel right at home and always at the heart of the ranch family!

14. Spring Lake Ranch, 100 Mile House

Surrounded by a beautiful private lake and 10,000 acres of rolling forests and trails, Spring Lake Ranch on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail is a family-friendly oasis. The outdoor wooden hot tub overlooks rolling hills and never-ending trees. Earn your soak by going hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing around the property’s 600+ acres. Or perhaps you’d prefer a sleigh ride, toboggan adventure or even a family ice hockey game on the frozen lake in the winter.

15. Ruth Lake Lodge, Forest Grove

With three quaint two-bedroom cabins to choose from, Ruth Lake Lodge is a great fit for your next affordable family staycation spot. Visitors love Ruth Lake during all seasons. Along with all of the classic outdoor activities, you can also expect to spend lots of quality time sitting by your cabin’s private fire pit roasting s’mores and gazing up at the starry skies. Located on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, far from the distractions of the city, Ruth Lake Lodge is a terrific place to escape the everyday grind and take in the beauty of the South Cariboo.

Ruth Lake Lodge/Michael Bednar
Ruth Lake Lodge / Michael Bednar

16. South Point Resort, Canim Lake

South Point Resort on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, is a delightful resort that offers lakeside condos, modern cabins, plus RV and campsites. Sitting directly on Canim Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Cariboo region, South Point is loved by so many that it often gets fully booked quite early! Hike to the nearby Canim Falls, rent a watercraft, or plan to just enjoy over 650 feet of sandy beachfront and phenomenal lake views! Some years they open for the winter season so be sure to visit their website to discover some incredible discounts, specials and savings. Please note that South Point Resort is typically only open from May through September.

17. KAYANARA Resort, Eagle Creek

Also located on Canim Lake and Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, lies KAYANARA, a scenic resort ideal for escaping the encumbrances of urban life and rediscovering the magic of the South Cariboo. Bring your snowmobile and enjoy the winter playground, go kayaking on Eagle Creek adjacent to their property, or for a less intense adventure, spend your days snowshoeing or hiking on the resort’s 7 km (4 mi) of trails. Complete your stay by cozying up by the fire with a good book in your private log home. Being about 45 minutes east of the nearest town of 100 Mile House and with tons of specials being offered throughout the year, KAYANARA is a great option for those really looking to get away from it all.

KAYANARA / Michael Bednar
KAYANARA / Michael Bednar

18. The cabins, Mt. Timothy Recreation Resort

Locally owned and operated since 1988, Mt. Timothy is a family-friendly recreation resort that has both great snow conditions and no line-ups at the lift. Equipped with all the essentials to be self-sufficient on the mountain, book an affordable stay at one of their 4-7 person log cabins. These ski-in and ski-out cabins are perfect for skiers and snowmobilers stopping through the area, as well as hunters in the fall or summer – some of the cabins are even pet-friendly!

19. Ten-ee-ah Lodge, Lac la Hache

Secluded in the wilderness of Spout Lake on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, Ten-ee-ah Lodge is a luxurious resort that offers deluxe cabins, all-inclusive meals, free use of canoes, kayaks, snowshoes, and cross-country skis. They even offer scenic floatplane trips, boat rentals, and horseback riding tours. Please note that they are only open for a Summer Season which is May 25th – September 30th and then during a Winter Season of December 20th – January 5th.

20. CROOKED LAKE RESORT, HORSEFLY

Crooked Lake Resort is a remote wilderness resort located on Leg 8 of the Gold Rush Trail. This lakeside resort features incredible views, toasty cabins and off-the-grid living. Expect to enjoy some well-needed seclusion and solitude, as they are the only open for business activity on Crooked Lake. Along with unbeatable back-country recreation that includes sledding, hunting, ATVing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, canoeing, skating, ice fishing, tobogganing and snowshoeing, you can also expect to spend your days here enjoying their 1000 ft of waterfront and 14 acres of green space.

Kayaking on Crooked Lake/Destination BC/Michael Bednar
Kayaking on Crooked Lake / Destination BC/Michael Bednar

21. PLATO ISLAND RESORT & MARINA, QUESNEL LAKE

Forged by glaciers, Quesnel Lake is considered the world’s deepest fjord lake and the deepest lake in BC with a maximum depth of 511m (1,677 ft). With over 600 km (360 mi) of shoreline, this huge lake will make you feel like you’re the only person here. Resting on its sandy shores, Plato Island Resort & Marina is an off-the-grid and pet-friendly resort surrounded by pristine wilderness. Along with RV camping, you can choose from cozy lakefront cabins and they even have moorage for your boat so that you take advantage of the exceptional fishing.

22. ELYSIA RESORT, QUESNEL LAKE

Another resort on Quesnel Lake and Leg 8 of the Gold Rush Trail is Elysia Resort. The remote wilderness location offers anglers a unique and uncrowded opportunity to flyfish, troll or spin cast for wild 10 – 20 lbs Rainbow trout in the lake and its neighbouring stillwaters, streams and rivers. Choose to explore the area solo or book one of their guided fishing experiences. In the autumn, you can watch salmon return to spawn after their 750+ km journey from the mouth of the Fraser River. Following your epic adventures, retreat back to your cozy cabin. They also offer full-hookup RV sites, a sheltered marina with moorage, boat rentals and a boat launch. Please note that Elysia is only open May through September.

23. LAKEVIEW ACRES AT MOREHEAD, LIKELY

Located on Leg 8 of the Gold Rush Trail near the historic 1860s Gold Rush community of Likely, and directly on the shores of Morehead Lake, lies the family-friendly Lakeview Acres at Morehead. You can stay close to the action with ample opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing or sightseeing, quading, and relaxing. Spend your mornings exploring the surrounding wilderness and then laze the evening away in your homely three-bedroom cottage or simple, cozy wood cabin.

Lakeview Acres at Morehead / Michael Bednar 

24. HERON POINT EXPERIENCE, LIKELY

Last but not least is Heron Point Experience’s quintessentially Canadian off-the-grid cabin. Nestled in the woods just off the shore of Opheim Lake on Leg 8 of the Gold Rush Trail, Heron Point Cabin is sure to bring out your inner woodsman (or woodswoman!). Disconnect from cell service and reconnect with nature in this rich and peaceful bio-diverse setting. Romanticize the weekend by curling up by the crackling wood burner, watching wildlife bound across the landscape or gazing up at the uninterrupted starry skies. This traditional log cabin is the perfect place to escape to this season.

Heron Point Experience / Michael Bednar

Please be sure to always practice safe, respectful, and responsible travel on the Gold Rush Trail. Visit our responsible travel page for more info.