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Lac La Hache

Lac La Hache is a stunning lake well known for its kokanee fishing as well as its trophy size lake trout. Located in the Cariboo region, during the summer months, the Lac La Hache area, including Lac La Hache Provincial Park, attracts many anglers, boaters, swimmers, and water skiers. In the winter there is skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Timothy Ski Area.

History plays an important part in this area and the Felker Homestead Heritage Site that provided services for those on their way to the goldfields is being restored. There is also the Lac La Hache Museum housed in a 1930s era log home with interesting exhibits and artifacts.

Location

Lac La Hache, located in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia, is situated about 20 km (12 mi) north of 100 Mile House on Hwy 97,  71 km (44 mi) south of Williams Lake.

A Step Back in Time

When a French Canadian fur trader dropped his axe into a remote Cariboo Lake while ice fishing, he most likely never would have suspected that he was making history. The name Lac La Hache translated into English means” Lake of the Axe” and has remained the name to represent this beautiful lakeshore destination.

This area is rich in tales of fur traders, gold seekers and cattle ranchers. By the 1860s, gold fever was running high, as miners searched for the jackpot first near Likely, and later at Barkerville. With teams of horses, mules and oxen, the fortune-seekers plodded north along the Cariboo Waggon Road skirting the eastern shores of the lake.

Both the Shuswap and Chilcotin First Nations inhabited the area. Long before the lure of wealth brought the fur traders west, the Shuswap Indians established pit houses near the present day village of Lac La Hache. The Chilcotins named the lake Kumatakwa, meaning Chief or Queen of the waters.

The small, friendly community of Lac La Hache describes itself as the “Longest Town in the Cariboo”. Highway 97 skirts the entire 18-kilometre shoreline of this beautiful lake in its rolling Fraser Plateau setting.

Contact Information

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Lac La Hache & Nearby Accommodations

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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
Crystal Springs Resort

Crystal Springs Resort

Lac La Hache

Whether you stay in one of our deluxe lakeside chalets or cabins or stay in one of our spacious tenting or RV sites, Crystal Springs Resort has everything you’ll need.  Join us and discover the Cariboo on the shore of Lac La Hache. The beautiful lake is well known for its Kokanee, trophy lake tro ... More Details
Ten-ee-ah Lodge

Ten-ee-ah Lodge

Lac La Hache

Ten-ee-ah Lodge is the only property on the 11 km long Spout Lake, in the heart of the Cariboo. (28 km from Hwy 97). This remote place combines the attractions nature has to offer with gracious living ... More Details
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