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Tatla Lake

Tatla Lake is the gateway to three major mountain valleys of West Branch, Chilko and Tatlayoko, which extend southward with secondary road access. The community provides access to wilderness fly-in lakes and rivers, Nordic ski trails and excellent mountain hikes.


Tatla Lake is located on Hwy 20, the "Freedom Highway" 220 km (136 mi) west of Williams Lake, 235 km (146 mi) east of Bella Coola.

Things to See and Do
  • Ts'yl-os Park

    Located 60 km south of Tatla Lake. Bounded by the rugged peaks of the Coast Mountains to the west and Interior Plateau to the east, the park's natural wonders include 80-km-long glacier-fed Chilko Lake, the largest natural high-elevation lake in Canada

  • Kleena Kleene

    Nearby community Kleena Kleene is just 31 km (19 mi) west of Tatla Lake and offers fabulous views from the lookout point of Perkins Peak (2,819 metres) and hiking to beautiful Klinaklini Falls.

  • Flightseeing Tours

    Fixed-wing and helicopter flightseeing tours take you to awesome wilderness destinations, including the massive Homathko Icefield and Mount Waddington, the highest peak in the Coast Range at 4,016 metres.

  • Fishing

    Tatla Lake and other lakes in the area offer excellent fishing for large rainbow trout and the notable Dolly Varden.

  • Hunting

    Hunters can embark on fly-in guided expeditions for moose, bear, mountain goats and wolves.

  • Hiking

    There are many excellent hiking trails in the Tatla Lake and Kleena Kleene area. Heli-hiking tours are also offered to the breathtaking Pantheon Range or Mount Waddington.

A Step Back in Time

Tatla Lake is a historic community located on the western edge of the Chiclotin grasslands, where Irish settler Robert Graham started the area's ranching legacy. After purchasing the Tatla Lake Place in 1902, the Grahams built a fine new house here and in 1930, a new store. The house is now the Graham Inn, long known for serving excellent meals to hungry highway travellers.  

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Contact Information

West Chilcotin Tourism Association


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