Lone Butte was once the Cariboo Regions largest town and a busy centre for the ranchers who settled in the area from the early 1900's to the 1950's. At that time, Lone Butte was much larger than 100 Mile House, with stockyards, lumber mills and the Lone Butte Hotel, which dates back to the 1920's. The boom of gold rush driven prospectors, trades people and early pioneers eventually ran dry.
Today, Lone Butte is a quiet little town with restaurants, cafes, shops, and a BC Railway station. This area is known for its countless lakes providing great swimming, boating, and fishing as well as guest ranches and campgrounds. ATVing, snowmobiling and horseback riding are also popular activities.
Hikers will enjoy climbing one of the Buttes and the picture perfect nature experience.
Lone Butte, situated in the Cariboo Region of British Columbia, is located 25 km (15.5 mi) southeast of 100 Mile House, on Highway 24.
The community's wooden water tower beside the railway tracks is one of the last existing structures of its kind in British Columbia. It was built, circa 1920, to service the steam locomotives of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway that took the cattle to market and was the hub of the South Cariboo. OPen Victoria Day weekend in May to Thanksgiving Weekend in October.
During 1939 to 1950, many local students went to school in a one-room schoolhouse. Thanks to many dedicated people the Willowford Schoolhouse has been preserved and is now located on Horse Lake Road, approximately 3 km (1.8 mi) northeast of Lone Butte.
Lone Butte is located on the access route (Highway 24 "The Fishing Highway") to hundreds of lakes in the Interlakes District. The largest of these lakes are Bridge Lake and Sheridan Lake, which hold spectacular-sized rainbow trout in the 14 to 16-pound range. The best time to try your luck here is as soon as the ice is off the lakes in May. Mayfly hatch brings out the fly fishers for rainbow trout as well as burbot.
Green Lake Provincial Park
Green Lake of Green Lake Provincial Park is wide and shallow, fed by two small creeks, lake-bottom springs, and upland runoff. Located 15 km (9 mi) south of Lone Butte, this lake is excellent for both summer and winter recreation. The undulating plateau and highlands around the lake have become a cross-country skier's paradise and sandy beaches dot the irregular shoreline at five spots. Naturalists should stop here to observe the thriving avian population of eagles and osprey, as well as loons and a variety of ducks.
The South Cariboo describes itself as the International Nordic Ski Capital and Lone Butte is just a short distance to many great ski destinations. The area boasts a 200-km (125 mi) trail system; one of the best, most beautiful and most extensively groomed networks in North America, and one of the longest in Canada. Trail passes are required for use of the groomed trail system. 100 Mile House is another destination which has resorts containing superb support services and facilities which include snow-making equipment for added insurance and reliability, night-lit trails, and a nationally recognized Nordic ski facility. Downhill skiing can also be enjoyed at Mount Timothy located 45 minutes north of 100 Mile House and 23 km (14.5 mi) east of Lac La Hache. Boasting terrific powder skiing, small crowds, and diverse terrain, Mount Timothy is a welcoming, fun-filled ski area that attracts avid skiers and snowboarders alike. Explore 27 runs with everything from slow cruisers, exceptionally groomed runs, and steep powder filled basins. Enjoy 3 new terrain parks and when you need a rest - relax in the day lodge.
The Cariboo Cross-Country Marathon is a popular event in the area, attracting 700 - 1,000 Nordic ski enthusiats in February. The Cariboo Cross-Country Marathon is a 50-km classic technique beginning with a mass start for all distances and categories at Keene Road (6 km south of 100 Mile House on Highway 97). The Marathon finish is at the 100 Mile Nordics 99 Mile Ski Trail Stadium. The event features a 50-km full marathon, a 30-km mini marathon, a 20-km and a 10-km recreational category, a 20-km for Juniors and a 10-km for Jackrabbits.
South Cariboo Visitor Centre
Box 340, 155 Airport Rd.
100 mile House, BC V0K 2E0
Toll Free: 1-877-511-5353
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