Traditionally a company town, Logan Lake has developed into a dynamic, growing community.
The history of the Highland Valley dates back to 1871 when mining prospectors were common to the area. In 1970, the mining companies, to develop an organized town for the mineworkers and their families, initiated the construction of housing and support facilities.
In November 1970, the Village of Logan Lake was incorporated. For the next decade the Village developed quickly; by 1981 there were 2,637 residents, 1,015 dwellings, schools, a shopping mall, a recreation centre and a number of other services. In June 1983 Logan Lake was incorporated into a District Municipality.
The recession in the 1980s saw an outflow of residents from Logan Lake, resulting in vacant housing stock. The District of Logan Lake was very sucessful in an advertising campaign in the late 80s that drew many people from the Lower Mainland. The current population is estimated at approximately 2300.
Logan Lake is situated in the heart of the Highland Valley, 60 km (37 mi) south of Kamloops via the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) and Highway 97C, and 47 km (29 mi) northwest of Merritt via Highway 97C.
The beautiful Highland Valley is renowned for its excellent fishing. The lakes of the area are teeming with fish and are considered to have some of the best fishing in the province. With over 30 lakes in the immediate area, the wide variety makes it easy to find at least one that suits your individual desires. Most of the lakes offer camping facilities, and some of the larger lakes have commercial resorts that offer cabins and boat rentals. Some of the most popular lakes in the area are Paska, Tunkwa, Lac Le Jeune, Stake Lake, Leighton, Mamit and of course, Logan Lake.
The Meadow Creek Golf Club, situated on the gently rolling hills just east of Logan Lake, is a challenging 9-hole golf course that complements an array of sporting facilities that can be found in the region.
The dry snow and open spaces make Logan Lake a cross-country skier's dream. The Logan Lake Ski Trail system is one of the best in the province, with the trails beginning within the community and extending out into the surrounding wilderness. The trails range in distance from less than a kilometre to six kilometres, and when combined, offer over 36 kilometres, with two of those lit for night skiing. The degree of difficulty on these trails can accommodate every caliber of skier from beginners to experts, with trails groomed for skate and classic skiing.
Snowmobiling is another popular activity that attracts enthusiasts from all over the region. The crown land surrounding the community is open to all snowmobilers and offers hundreds of square kilometres for exploration. The main unloading and loading zone is situated just before the Tunkwa Lake road.
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