The area surrounding Horsefly has many natural attractions including Quesnel and Horsefly Lakes, and hundreds of smaller lakes, rivers and creeks. It is known for its hunting, fishing, mountain biking, back country skiing, hiking and other outdoor recreational activities. The area draws many artists and skilled craftsmen who appreciate its natural beauty.
Horsefly is 72 km (45 mi) east of Williams Lake and approximately 50 km (31 mi) along paved road from 150 Mile House on Hwy 97.
The falls are a very special and spectacular site, attracting many visitors year-round who are fascinated by the ever changing waters. A must see for those visiting the area.
Moffatt Falls is about 7 km (4.5 mi) east of Horsefly and only a 3 minute walk off the 108 Mile Rd. You can climb (carefully!) down to the bottom of the falls where you will find a stretch of sandy beach and can enjoy the cool mist on a hot summer day.
Horsefly Lake is 55 km (34 mi) long and known for its crystal clear water and gentle nature. Located approximately an hour from Williams Lake, Horsefly Lake has an excellent Provincial Park on the north shore. The park is clearly marked as Horsefly Lake Provincial Park at every intersection, starting at 150 Mile House on Hwy 97. The lake is so clear you can see the bottom of the lake from a depth of 60 m (20 ft) or more making it excellent for swimming.
Horsefly and Quesnel Lakes contain Kokanee, Dolly Varden, Lake Char and wild stock Rainbow trout.
Horsefly has abundant trails and natural historic points of interest. Trails range from leisurely walks to high energy challenges. Along these trails and in outlying areas are numerous scenic spots such as waterfalls and breathtaking mountain views.
The numerous lakes and the Horsefly River offer opportunities to kayak, canoe and water ski. Bring your own boat or rent one.
Ice fishing is very popular as is ice skating on the flooded ice rink in the centre of town. Cross-country skiing opportunities abound with many trails around Horsefly that have been groomed for your enjoyment. The most accessible is Corner Lake, about 5 km (3 mi) from town.
Horsefly wasn't the biggest, but they were the first, when gold in the Cariboo Gold Rush was first discovered in the Horsefly River in 1859. Following that discovery, miners ventured further north to Likely, Quesnel Forks and Barkerville.
When the gold miners moved on many people stayed, farming the fertile land, trapping the extensive wilderness, logging the forest and mining on a smaller scale. Today, this quiet rural community offers visitors friendly hospitality, spectacular views, walking trails and the picturesque Horsefly River.
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