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100 Mile House near Canim Lake, Photo Destination BC Albert Normandin

100 Mile House

Located in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, this small community of 100 Mile House has a lot going for it with plenty to see and do. Galleries, unique shops, eateries and more are all here. Near the Visitor Centre is 100 Mile Marsh, a small wetland area popular for birds, especially water fowl, and birdwatchers. Circling the marsh is an interpretive walking path leading to some viewing benches and a grassy picnic area.  Centennial Park is a hidden treasure located in the heart of 100 Mile House. The waterfalls are only a short walk from the parking lot along tree-lined nature trails and easily accessible to everyone. Fishing is a popular sport in this area of the Cariboo. Many lakes are stocked with native species and anglers, trollers and fly-fishers will find something to satisfy all their tastes.

100 Mile House and the South Cariboo area also bring visitors here in the winter to experience some amazing x-country skiing and snowmobiling. There are hundreds of miles of trails including the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail. The city is famous for having the world’s tallest skis. Created for a community project the x-country skis were constructed to be admired for the 1987 Cariboo Marathon. Over 36 feet (10.9 m) in length and weighing over 600 pounds (273 kg), the skis are located right beside the South Cariboo Visitor Info Centre.

100 Mile House Big Skis.

Location

The District of 100 Mile House is situated on Hwy 97, BC’s main arterial north-south route  in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. It is 198 km / 120 mi  north west of Kamloops and 334 km / 208 mi south of Prince George.

A Step Back in Time

The small community of 100 Mile House dates back to the early days of the Cariboo gold rush era. During this time period, certain roadhouses, because of their favorable locations along the Cariboo Wagon Road from Lillooet to Soda Creek, grew to be supply points for the gold seekers and the surrounding district. 100 Mile House became South Cariboo’s dominant community and was originally one of these stopping points along the gold rush trail. Between 1862 and 1870, over 100,000 people traveled the Cariboo Waggon Road from Lillooet making their way north into the Cariboo country. 100 Mile House established its name because it was located 100 Miles from Lillooet (Mile 0) of the Cariboo Waggon Road.

The land around 100 Mile House was purchased by British nobleman, the Marquis of Exeter, in 1912. The son of the Marquis, Lord Martin Cecil, arrived in the South Cariboo in 1930 to look after his father’s holdings. The population of the settlement was about 12 at this time.

During the late 1940s and ’50s the economy shifted and the construction of Highway 97 began. This community remains a welcome stop for visitors on their way through the Cariboo via Highway 97. Today, the South Cariboo consists of various small unincorporated communities in the outlying area surrounding the District of 100 Mile House.

Contact Information

South Cariboo Visitor Centre

100 Mile House & Nearby Accommodations

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Cariboo Bonanza Resort

Cariboo Bonanza Resort

Lone Butte

Situated on beautiful Horse Lake in the centre of the Cariboo region, Cariboo Bonanza Resort is the ideal vacation destination for guests wanting a tranquil getaway. Unwind in the pristine wilderness and catch sight of majestic wildlife. Offering a range of accommodation, guests can choose from rust ... More Details
Tall Timbers Resort

Tall Timbers Resort

Watch Lake

On peaceful Watch Lake, Tall Timbers Resort offers a relaxed environment for guests to enjoy the outdoors and explore the wilderness. Surrounded by towering trees and a crystal lake, the resort is an ideal setting for photographers to capture a scenic shot. Join us in the summer for fantastic fishin ... More Details
Kokanee Bay Resort Ltd.

Kokanee Bay Resort Ltd.

Lac La Hache

Kokanee Bay Resort is relaxation at its finest. Bring the entire family to enjoy beautiful Cariboo while staying at Kokanee Bay. Situated along the shores of Lac La Hache, guests will have their days filled with fishing, swimming, hiking or soaking up the sun. Our accommodation ranges from motel roo ... More Details
Fawn Lake Resort

Fawn Lake Resort

Fawn Lake

Enjoy the peace and serenity at Fawn Lake Resort where the best fly fishing spot is right at your doorstep! Our resort is an ideal destination to unwind and appreciate the beauty of nature. Our charming modern lakefront cabins have fantastic views with a front porch to relax on in the morning or eve ... More Details
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