Eagle, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. Photo Geoff Moore

Travel Spotlight

Anahim Lake

Anahim Lake is a small community at the eastern edge of Tweedsmuir Park which is home to the dramatic Rainbow Range of Mountains, where peaks of eroded lava and fragmented rock display a spectrum of vivid red, orange, lavender and yellow. A local curiosity is Anahim Peak, a spectacular pillared cone of volcanic rock, rich in obsidian. This obsidian was an important resource for the Chiloctin First Nation that lived in the area. They used it for trade as well as for making weapons.

Fishing and outdoor adventure in this ‘big’ outdoors are what draws visitors here. Perhaps best known for its premier fishing with lakes that are cold, clean and pristine. Rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout and burbot are abundant throughout the area and Dean River is famed for its steelhead. The region also offers Wildlife tours, guided horseback trips, and hiking to see spectacular waterfalls and ice fields.

Location

Anahim Lake is located 135 km (84 mi) east of Bella Coola and 320 km (199 mi) west of Williams Lake on Hwy 20, known as the “Freedom Highway”.

A Step Back in Time

Anahim Lake is the site of a long-established Chilcotin settlement that expanded in the 1940s and 1950s when the Carrier moved here from their remote villages. The community is the eastern gateway to the southern portion of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and its phenomenal wilderness recreation opportunities.

The History of the First Nations permeates the region, and among the historical sights to see are the “culla culla” houses at Ulkatcho on Gatcho Lake and at Natsadalia Point on Anahim Lake – these houses have stood the test of time, and offer a glimpse into the lives of the aboriginal people of the region.

Contact Information

West Chilcotin Tourism Association

Anahim Lake & Nearby Accommodations

5 Listings

Escott Bay Resort

Escott Bay Resort

Anahim Lake

Our camping and RV sites offer water and power and sani-station. A small play area for kids is located on the back side of the front campground. A full range of accommodations include a chalet which features four bedrooms and is fully-serviced. Six other fully-serviced units range in size from small ... Read more
Anahim Lake Resort & RV Park

Anahim Lake Resort & RV Park

Anahim Lake

Anahim Lake Resort lies on the eastern slope of the Coastal Mountain region in BC's Chilcotin. Situated on the shore of Anahim Lake panoramic views of the mountains are a daily treat. The resort offers the vacationer Rustic Simplicity, top-notch down-home service and excellent fishing. Accommodation ... Read more
Eagle's Nest Resort

Eagle's Nest Resort

Anahim Lake

Resting on a secluded peninsula on the beautiful shores of Anahim Lake, Eagle’s Nest Resort welcomes guests to a relaxing and comfortable stay. With scenic views of the lake and majestic mountains, our resort provides tranquility and peacefulness for guests to enjoy the wilderness. We offer a vari ... Read more
Barney's Lakeside Resort

Barney's Lakeside Resort

Chilanko Forks

Relax in the peace and quiet of the Chilcotin. Wildlife abounds with deer, moose, bear, wild horses, fox and numerous species of birds. A 12-acre lakeside resort, located on beautiful Puntzi Lake. The lake (approximately 11km long and 5km. Fishing for wild rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Hunting, ... Read more
Woodlands Fishing Resort

Woodlands Fishing Resort

Chilanko Forks

Come explore beautiful Puntzi Lake with us. Woodlands Fishing Resort offers a variety of services and facilities to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. Camping sites - full or partial service and cabin rentals. We provide clean washrooms and showers, fire pits, picnic tables and a playground. Lak ... Read more
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