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Cariboo, Chilcotin and the Coast
Undiscovered Destinations

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 competition.

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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