Lake Puntzi - Chilanko Forks, BC
Situated in the Chilcotin area of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia, Chilanko Forks is an unincorporated settlement as well as a First Nations community of the Tsilhqot’in people, located along the north bank of the Chilanko River. It is between Tatla Lake, to the north, and Puntzi Lake to the south. It houses the Chilanko Forks Wildlife Management Area, a protected marshland that is home to many species of waterfowl. As such, the region is a great place for wildlife viewing, especially birding, during the summer months. Fishing is perhaps the favourite sport in these parts with many lakes to choose from. Puntzi Lake has excellent trout and kokanee. The sport doesn’t change in the winter months, either, with many great opportunities for ice fishing.
The area’s stunning natural landscape also offers beautiful hikes along marked trails. Hikers can explore the badlands of the Chilcotin Plateau, on the trails around the Farewell Canyon, a must-see landmark of the area. When the lakes in the area freeze over, they make great skating rinks for visitors to the region.
Located on Hwy 20, about 172 km (107 mi) west of Williams Lake.
The Chilanko Forks settlement was established in 1947. In 1982, Chilanko Forks officially became a BC community.