Cariboo Hwy, Gold Rush Trail, Clinton, Photo Destination BC Michael Bednar

Clinton

Clinton is the gateway to the Cariboo. The town’s Main Street showcases the days of the Wild West. Many of the original storefronts remain, which help to convey the sense of western atmosphere and character that Clinton is famous for. It is also known for horseback riding and rodeos. Visitors can enjoy the wide-open rangelands and mountain meadows of the Cariboo Cattle Country. Hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities are also popular here. Chasm Provincial Park just north of Clinton has an amazing 8-km long, 600-metre wide, and 300-metre deep bedrock box-canyon created at the end of the ice age when waters from the melting glaciers carried so much silt that it carved the canyon. Layers of volcanic lava can be distinguished in the steep canyon walls. The rich ecosystem supports plentiful wildlife; moose, black bear, aquatic mammals and water birds are all frequently viewed. This is a great place to spend an afternoon sightseeing and hiking.

Location

Clinton is located 40 km (25 mi) north of the Trans Canada Hwy 1 and Cariboo Hwy 97 junction, 33 km (20 mi) northwest of Cache Creek, 119 km (72 mi) northwest of Kamloops and 231 km (140 mi) north of Hope. It is the midway point between Vancouver and Prince George.

A Step Back in Time

Clinton emerged during the gold rush in the 1860s and served as a roadhouse on the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail for weary gold seekers to stop and rest. After the discovery of gold in the Cariboo Region, Royal Engineers were commissioned to construct a road through the Fraser Canyon to the Cariboo to join the already existing wagon road from Lillooet to 47 Mile. The junction was 47 miles from Lillooet and thus 47 Mile was the name used. In 1863, 47 Mile was officially renamed Clinton by Queen Victoria in honor of Lord Henry Pelham Clinton, the Colonial Secretary of the day.

When the gold rush was over, ranching took over as the dominant industry and helped fuel the growth of Clinton. Initially the railway served the ranching industry but in the 1930s and 1940s, it served the soda works operating on local lakes and limestone operations in the area.

During the 1950s the forestry industry become the basis for the economy. Throughout this period there were over twenty bush and sawmills operating in Clinton and the surrounding area. Major consolidation in the 1970s has left only one in operation today.

The population of Clinton has remained stable and has slowly increased since the mid 1970s. The community is a major retail and service centre for the surrounding ranches and accommodation enterprises, as well as a popular tourist stop for traffic along the Cariboo Highway.

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Willow Springs RV Park & Campground

Willow Springs RV Park & Campground

Clinton

Willow Springs's Campground provides camping sites in a calm, relaxing environment surrounded by the joys and beauty of nature. We offer a safe, clean campground for your family and pets, where our friendly staff is ready to assist you in your home away from home. Never worry about clean washrooms, ... Read more
Evergreen Fishing Resort

Evergreen Fishing Resort

Loon Lake

Located on the southwest end of Loon Lake in the South Cariboo, Evergreen Fishing Resort provides guests with fantastic fishing and comfortable accommodations. Being one of the last naturally stocked lakes, Loon Lake offers quality rainbow trout throughout spring, summer and fall. Whether you choose ... Read more
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 ... 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
100 Mile Motel & RV Park

100 Mile Motel & RV Park

100 Mile House

Nestled in the small community of 100 Mile House, 100 Mile Motel & RV Park is a quiet and relaxing getaway for all guests to enjoy. Surrounded by nature, the quaint town offers rural landscape, picturesque lakes, outdoor activities and cowboy culture. Our motel and RV park offers guests a choice of ... 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
Sheridan Lake Resort

Sheridan Lake Resort

Lone Butte

Book your next family vacation at Sheridan Lake Resort, where you will find rainbow trout fishing and fun adventures. Located on the shores of Sheridan Lake in Cariboo Country, guests are spoiled with picturesque views of the lake and aspen forests. Our modern cabins are equipped with full kitchens, ... Read more
Eagan Lake Resort

Eagan Lake Resort

Bridge Lake

We are a family oriented resort located in a beautiful and quiet wilderness setting. The resort occupies 8 acres at the west end of Eagan Lake with nature trials through connecting crown land. The lake is 5 km long and 2 km wide, has an elevation of 3500 feet, it is noted for its Kokanee as well as ... Read more
Cottonwood Bay Resort

Cottonwood Bay Resort

Bridge Lake

The resort offers motor boat, canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals. Bridge Lake is one of the nicest lakes in the Cariboo. It has over 20 islands, which you can explore. Bring your fishing gear and catch a lake trout, kokanee or rainbow. Enjoy the wildlife and maybe a fire in the evening. ... Read more
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