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Weekend Getaways on the Gold Rush Trail

Take to the road and explore a historic trade route while while not having to take much (or any!) time off work and school. A few days of travelling and experiencing sections of the Gold Rush Trail offers a quick and affordable getaway for singles, couples and families who are eager to learn more about British Columbia’s rich history. Select your base camp and explore from there!

REO Rafting, Glamping & Yoga Resort, Boston Bar | Jonny Bierman

Boston Bar – Whitewater and Indigenous Culture

The Fraser Canyon is home to rushing water, forests and mountains, and, since it’s just two hours from Vancouver, you could be on the river Friday afternoon for a weekend of whitewater, yoga and glamping adventure. In addition to rafting, you can find hiking, biking, and kayaking opportunities in spades. The Tuckkwiowhum Campground, owned by Boston Bar First Nation, offers accommodations in nature and a heritage village for exploration and indigenous culture.

REO Rafting, Glamping & Yoga Resort, Boston Bar | Jonny Bierman
Reo Rafting & Yoga Resort / Healthy Maven
REO Rafting, Glamping & Yoga Resort | Healthy Maven

Stay: REO Rafting Resort, Tuckkwiowhum Campground

Play: REO Rafting Resort, Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village

Clinton to Ashcroft – Parks and Waterfalls

If the outdoors is your primary attraction, then the area between Clinton and Ashcroft is ideal. Dotted with Provincial Parks, discover hiking trails for all abilities. Unique karst (limestone) cliffs and crenellated ridges can be found throughout Marble Range Provincial Park, while Chasm Provincial Park features ancient lava-layered canyon walls in a myriad of colours. The area is home to California bighorn sheep and abundant wildlife. If you enjoy discovering new treasures, then a visit to Clinton’s many antique stores is an ideal afternoon activity.

Sundance Guest Ranch | Michael Bednar

Stay: Sundance Guest Ranch, Ashcroft Motel, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Big Bar Guest Ranch

Play: Antiques, Chasm Provincial Park, Marble Range Provincial Park, Blue Earth Lake Provincial Park, Spences Bridge Waterfall (Murray Creek Falls)

Fishing near the Bridge River Valley | Michael Bednar
Abundance Artisan Bakery | Michael Bednar

Bridge River Valley – Hidden Adventure Hot Spot

Accessible via Pemberton in the warmer months and Lillooet year-round, the Bridge River Valley is a mere five hours from Vancouver – perfect for a weekend road-tripping getaway. Soar above glacier-capped mountain peaks with a flightseeing tour, or drop into remote lakes for backcountry hiking or mountain biking for a weekend of adventure. A horseback trek is ideal to climb through alpine forests for unforgettable scenery. The area is also home to heritage sites and museums for a leisurely afternoon of exploration.

Chilcotin Holidays | Michael Bednar
Bralorne Adventure Lodge | Michael Bednar

Stay: Lil’tem’ Mountain Hotel, Tyax Lodge (only the chalets are available to book during the fall season), Bralorne Adventure Lodge, Chilcotin Holidays

Play: Splitrock Environmental, Abundance Bakery, Tyax Adventures, Seton Portage, Bralorne Pioneer Museum, Haylmore Heritage Site

Free Rein Guest Ranch/Michael Bednar
Free Rein Guest Ranch | Michael Bednar
Free Rein Guest Ranch | Michael Bednar

70 Mile House, 100 Mile House & Highway 24 – Lakes and Fishing

Colloquially known as “The Fishing Highway” and the Land of Hidden Waters, Highway 24 offers premium fishing and water activities, plus accommodation options ranging from guest ranches to camping and glamping resorts. Meanwhile, the area between 70 Mile House and 100 Mile House offers access to heritage sites, accessible trails, and farmer’s markets to experience history, nature, and farm-to-table freshness all in one afternoon!

108 Mile Ranch, 108 Mile | Jonny Bierman

Stay: Evergreen Fishing Resort, Wind and the Pillows B&B and Resort, Ten-Ee-ah Lodge, Spring Lake Ranch, Days Inn 100 Mile House, Westwood Motel, Accolog B&B, Timberstone B&B, Free Rein Guest Ranch, Eagan Lake Resort, Cottonwood Bay Resort, Ruth Lake Lodge, Cariboo Bonanza Resort, Fawn Lake Resort, Loon Bay Resort, Sheridan Lake Resort, Piney Point Resort, Wettstone Guest Ranch, Lac Des Roches Resort, Rainbow Spirit Retreat, Rustic Resort, Meadow Lake Fishing Camp, Kayanara Guest Ranch, Reynolds Resort, Rainbow Resort, South Point Resort, Canim Lake Resort, Hathaway Lake Resort, Moosehaven Resort & Campground, Sulphurous Lake Resort, Graham Dunden Guest Ranch and B&B, Flying U Ranch, Watch Lake Lodge

Play: The Sugar Shack, 108 Mile Heritage Site, South Cariboo Farmer’s Market, 108 Golf Resort, Lone Butte Fishing Adventures

Barkerville Historic Town & Park, Barkerville | Tyler Cave

Likely to Barkerville – Gold Rush Trail Circle Route

Likely to Barkerville is not just full of Gold Rush History; it can also take you into some secluded, peaceful and scenic regions along the Likely-Barkerville Back Road (8400 Road – open May to September), winding through the Cariboo Mountains and inland temperate rainforest. Waterfalls, lakes, and trails beckon along the way to Barkerville Historic Town & Park, where you’ll experience history in action.

Likely/Michael Bednar
Likely | Michael Bednar

Stay: Alamo Hospitality, Likely Lodge, High Country Inn,  Lakeview Acres at Morehead, Cameron Ridge Bungalows, Northern Lights Lodge

Play: Barkerville Historic Town & Park, Ecotours-BC, Mountain Spirit Outfitters, Cariboo Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Looking for more weekend getaways? Fun family adventure is just around the corner, try a guest ranching experience or treat yourself to a glamping getaway – all while sticking close to your home base with a microvacation along the Gold Rush Trail.