Go By Way Of Norway
To get a taste of Norway, visit Hagensborg, called "Little
Norway", just east of Bella Coola on Highway 20. Here you'll
see the architectural and cultural influences the Norwegians,
the valley's first non-aboriginal residents, brought with them
from their homeland.
Hoodoos, Horns and Hiking
In Farwell Canyon and Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park, southwest
of Williams Lake, just off Highway 20, southwest of Williams
Lake, you can walk on a bridge that crosses the canyon for an
eagle's eye view of the hoodoos and canyon created when the Chilcotin
River cut through the clay and limestone cliffs. The world's
largest herd of California bighorn sheep roam freely. There's
also great hiking and biking as well as wildlife viewing opportunities.
Stand On Top Of A Volcano
Climb to the top of Lone Butte, which is actually a volcanic
plug about 76 metres (250 feet) high, for a great view of the
whole area. The wooden water tower here is one of the last remnants
from the days of steam trains.
Walk In The Footsteps Of Exploreres
The Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail goes all the way from
Quesnel to the Dean Channel on the coast. While the entire route
would take about 18 - 24 days, you can hike parts of it for a
few hours or for a day.
Meanwhile Back At The Ranch
Historic Hat Creek Ranch was once a roadhouse stop along the
Cariboo Wagon Road of the 1860s. Today, it's a 132 hectare (326-acre)
site with restored and original buildings that provide insight
into the ranching, aboriginal and gold rush history of the area.
All kinds of special events are held here, such as the Top Hand
Watch Out For Volcanic Activity
Chasm Provincial Park is the site of spectacular and colourful
gash about 1.5 km (1 mile) long and 120 m (394 ft) deep in the
lava bedrock of the Fraser Plateau. Visitors can see hues and
textures from volcanic activity that date back thousands of years.
12 Takes In 2 Days
Those who aren't ready to tackle a week-long canoe trip around
the Bowron Lakes, but have a couple of days to explore, should
try a 12-lake circuit that takes just 2 days. It's in the Moose
Valley Provincial Park, just west of 100 Mile House.
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