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

Canim Lake

The 37 km (23 mi) long Canim Lake is one of the larger lakes in the Cariboo, surrounded by expansive meadows, mountains, rolling hills, and forests of pine, spruce and Douglas-firs. The lake is a popular destination for many water sports. Located at the east end of the region in Wells Gray Provincial Park are Canim Falls which can be reached by following the trail along the south side of Canim Lake. This park is spectacular and has numerous lakes, rivers, waterfalls and streams. Although boating and paddling are major attractions here, the area has something for everyone. In winter, there are just as many opportunities for recreation as in the summer.

Canim Lake is serious angling country in summer, offering some of the finest freshwater fly-fishing in British Columbia. Anglers look for kokanee, rainbow, lake trout up to 25 lbs, or ling cod. Ice Fishing season runs from mid December to mid March. The region also offers plenty of hiking opportunity and horseback riding.

An aerial view of Pono Lake near the Canim Lake Resort.

Location

Located on Canim Lake Road, approximately 35 km (22 mi) northeast of 100 Mile House in the Cariboo Region. From 100 Mile House, proceed north on Hwy 97. Approximately 3 km (2 mi) north is the turnoff that heads east via Forest Grove to the community of Canim Lake.

A wide-angle, aerial view of the Canim Lake Resort in Fall.

A Step Back in Time

Canim Lake is the traditional territory of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nations Band. The Native people of Canim Lake and their ancestors are a part of what is known as the Lake Division of the Shuswap Tribe within the Interior Salish Nations in B.C. Canim Lake region is made up of six parcels of designated reserve land totaling 2,029 hectares that were originally set aside for the band by the Reilly Commission in 1887.

Archaeological evidence of ancient habitation in the Soda Creek region of the Cariboo during the summer of 1995 was carbon dated at approximately 4,300 years old.

The name Canim appropriately means canoe in the Chinook language.

An aerial view of the Canim Lake Resort in Winter.

Contact Information

South Cariboo Tourism

Canim Lake & Nearby Accommodations

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Canim Lake Resort

Canim Lake Resort

Canim Lake

Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Coast Mounains, Canim Lake Resort rests on the shores of a 24 mile long lake with mountains and rolling hills circling around. The whole family will love the endless activities offered at our resort. Choose from the several trails for a fun day of hiking, ... Read more
South Point Resort

South Point Resort

Canim Lake

Bring your family to an oasis of relaxation and fun! Escape the urban life to a tranquil retreat and connect with nature. Resting on 7.5 landscaped acres with 650 feet of beachfront, our resort is an ideal vacation destination for families to create unforgettable memories. We offer an array of accom ... Read more
Rainbow Resort

Rainbow Resort

Canim Lake

Our small, quiet campground has large naturalized sites and offers a variety of hook-ups. All sites have 15 amp power and water hook ups. Some have sewer hook-ups. Central showers, laundry facilities and sani dump are also available. ... Read more
Reynolds Resort

Reynolds Resort

Canim Lake

Surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, Reynolds Resort is the perfect family vacation destination to create fun memories and traditions. For the fishing enthusiasts, enjoy fantastic fishing for BC rainbow trout and kokanee. Other outdoor activities offered are hiking, swimming, boating, ... Read more
Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort

Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort

Eagle Creek

Visit one of the most beautiful guest ranches in British Columbia! Offering the perfect combination of ranch and lake activities, Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort is the ideal destination for the whole family to enjoy a fun vacation. Stay in one of our three luxurious log cabins with picturesque views ... Read more
Hathaway Lake Resort

Hathaway Lake Resort

Lone Butte

This is a peaceful area which lends itself to quiet relaxation and year round activities such as fishing, hunting, tenting, swimming, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding and nature walks. Seven cabins and campsites are located overlooking the lake and there are also RV ... Read more
Moosehaven Resort

Moosehaven Resort

Hathaway Lake

Nestled among the quiet wilderness on a peaceful lake, Moosehaven Resort is the ideal destination for a relaxing getaway. Spend your summer holidays at our well maintained property that is surrounded by forested lakeshores. We have access to several nature trails from our resort for guests to explor ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Loon Bay Resort

Loon Bay Resort

Sheridan Lake

Situated on the peaceful bay right on Sheridan Lake with 2000ft of waterfront, Loon Bay Resort is an ideal destination for guests to enjoy a relaxing vacation with family and friends. We welcome pets, so bring your furry members with you. The kids will be entertained with our playground and our rent ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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