Atlin, Photo SimonSees.com
Atlin is in the very northwest corner of Northern British Columbia and has arguably the most compelling setting of any community in the province, nestled on the shore of British Columbia’s largest natural lake. At the southwest corner of Atlin Lake, Llewellyn Glacier gently melts, spreading sediments into the water, which produces a soothing aquamarine result. Opportunities for fishing and boating are plentiful in the region’s many lakes. Anglers can fish right off the town’s dock, where rainbow trout, arctic grayling, and northern pike are plentiful.
Atlin Provincial Park offers over 300,100 hectares of serene and varied topography for self-reliant outdoor enthusiasts. You can observe blue and ruffed grouse, otters, gulls and even white-tailed ptarmigan as you scale a mountain. In the winter the fun doesn’t stop. With 5,000 sq km (1,950 sq mi), and over 300 runs at 1,800 m (5,000 ft), this region offers skiers and snowboarders some amazing terrain. Cross-country skiing has also become popular with locals and visitors alike.
Gold seekers on their way to the Klondike discovered Atlin in 1898. At the peak of the Klondike gold rush, 8,000 filled the streets. Today, the population has dwindled to 500. The community is well off the beaten track, but that just adds to its mystique. The glacier tipped lake; northern Coast Mountains; and peace and quiet have seduced colonies of artists and restless souls. The mountains shield the region from the worst of winter storms and at the summer solstice there are 19 glorious hours of daylight.