Clinton near 70 Mile House and Cache Creek, Photo Destination BC
70 Mile House, located in British Columbia’s Cariboo region, marks the turnoff point to the Green Lake Recreational Area. Green Lake is a 15 km (9 mi) long lake and a popular recreational area, home to a thriving wildlife population that includes osprey, eagles, loons and a variety of ducks. If you enjoy 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 provincial parks offering outdoor activities year-round. The region is also home to many historic buildings 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.
Historically 70 Mile House was one of the first roadhouse stops on the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail, constructed in the 1860s 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.