Clinton near 70 Mile House and Cache Creek, Photo Destination BC

Travel Spotlight

70 Mile House

70 Mile House marks the turnoff point to the Green Lake Recreational Area. Green Lake is a 15 km (9 mi) long lake is a popular recreational area and home to a thriving wildlife population that includes osprey, eagles, loons and a variety of ducks. If you love to play in the water, then this is an area worth visiting. There are some 18 public access points to Green Lake for swimmers, boaters, windsurfers and water skiers.

The surrounding area is populated with many provincial parks worth a visit, with outdoor activities all year-round. The region is also home to many historic building that have stood since the area was founded. During the summer months swimming, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding are extremely popular. Skiing, tobogganing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides are all the rage during the winter months.

The community of Watch Lake is just 31 km (19.3 mi) north-east along North Bonaparte Rd, then on to Green Lake Rd North. Here you can enjoy summer activities such as horseback riding, hiking, swimming and other water sports. Come winter time go ice fishing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing.

Location

70 Mile House is located 415 km (249 mi) from Vancouver via Hwy #1 or 400 km (240 mi) from Vancouver via Hwy # 99.

Step Back in Time

Historically 70 Mile House was one of the first roadhouse stops on the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail, constructed in the 1860’s to serve the many gold seekers heading north. As time passed, some of the travellers decided to settle and establish roots in the area. 70 Mile House marks the distance along the Cariboo Wagon Road from Lillooet (0 mile), thus allowing travellers to gauge their distance travelled.
Historically the Green Lake region served the fur trade, being situated on the Fur Brigade Trail between Fort Kamloops and Fort Alexandria.

Contact Information

South Cariboo Visitor Centre

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989