D’Arcy

D’Arcy is a small unincorporated community in the Sea to Sky Region of the Vancouver Mountains and Coast. It is partly a recreational and resource community and also the territory and residential area of the N’Quatqua First Nation. Anderson Lake offers great fishing opportunities, with a large presence of salmon. The attached Heritage Beach is a great recreational opportunity with swimming, and picnicking available, plus a beautiful scenic view. A public dock on the south end of the lake provides access to the water.

The Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is nestled in the Coast Mountains, located 22 km West of D’Arcy. The park protects important habitat for a variety of wildlife, including spotted owls, mountain goats, black bears and grizzly bears. Old growth forests, subalpine and alpine environments, large and small lakes all contribute to the park’s diversity.

Location

It is located about 150 km northeast of the city of Vancouver, at the head of Anderson Lake. Head north on Hwy 99 (Sea to Sky Highway) towards Lillooet, continue straight on in Mount Currie onto Pemberton Portage Road. Continue for approximately 37 km (23 mi) to D’Arcy.

A Step Back in Time

The town of D’Arcy was first founded as Port Anderson during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858-59, and it went on to become one of the major ports of the Douglas Road, also known as the Lakes Route. This was a series of ports connecting the Upper Fraser Canyon to the Lower Fraser Valley regions. The name D’Arcy was conferred on the settlement, in recognition of the Vice President of Pacific Great Eastern Railway, D’Arcy Tate. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway was under construction and non-native settlers began returning to the area.

The nearby McGillivray Falls, a small resort just a few miles down Anderson Lake via the railway, became one of the handful of relocation centers for Japanese expelled from the coast during the Second World War. D’Arcy was just inside the 160 km (100 mi) “quarantine” zone from the coast, inside which all Japanese had to be evacuated. Since the D’Arcy-Birken valley, in those times, had no road access to the coast, the regulations on Japanese living there was less harsh. This allowed the Japanese living there to be employed in the town of D’Arcy.

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Tourism Pemberton

D’Arcy & Nearby Accommodations

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4 Pines Motel

4 Pines Motel

Lillooet

Immerse yourself in the beauty of glacial mountain peaks, deep canyons and roadside wildlife on your travels to 4 Pines Motel in Lillooet. While staying with us enjoy the spectacular scenery around and clean, comfortable rooms. Our friendly staff will assist you in choosing the most appropriate acco ... Read more
Cheekye Ranch

Cheekye Ranch

Squamish

Cheekye Ranch offers unparalleled views of the snow-capped peaks of the famous Tantalus Range nestled along the crystal-clear waters of the Cheakamus River, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Tantalus Range Provincial Park. Cheekye Ranch offers boutique mountain style yurt and open camping with ... Read more
Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cottage

Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cottage

Lillooet

Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cabin offers a quiet setting along the Fraser River for a relaxing vacation. The scenery is spectacular with breathtaking views of mountains and the river. Situated beside the water, our campground is secluded from noise allowing a good night’s sleep. We offer full h ... Read more
Greenwood Country Inn

Greenwood Country Inn

Pemberton

Relax and unwind in a luxurious Chalet style home at Greenwood Country Inn. Enjoy exceptional European hospitality in our marvelous post and beam inn near Whistler! Guests are treated to breathtaking views, the wilderness, and fantastic bird watching. We offer gorgeous well-appointed private guest s ... Read more
Klahanie Campground & RV Park

Klahanie Campground & RV Park

Squamish

Prime location across from Shannon Falls and the Sea to Sky Gondola. Enjoy breathtaking views of the waterfall, The Chief, Howe Sound and Mount Garibaldi. Arrive any time as we are open 365 days a year or email us to reserve creek side tenting or a private ocean view RV site. Enjoy the areas trails, ... Read more
Olympic Legacy Cabins

Olympic Legacy Cabins

Squamish

Experience the Stunning BC Coast Just 35 Minutes from Downtown Vancouver. Relax on your private oceanfront deck to enjoy the sunset with views of Howe Sound and snow-capped mountains beyond. These beautiful log homes, built for BC Parks for the 2010 Winter Olympics, are works of art complete with ha ... Read more
Paradise Valley Campground

Paradise Valley Campground

Squamish

Wilderness campsites in a light forest setting; 30 acres of property to enjoy. Walking trails between sites and river. Steep 1 hr. hike to Brohm Lake for swimming and more hiking. True comfort for outdoor enthusiasts and clean flush toilets and pay showers. Radio free, except with earphones/quiet gu ... Read more
Riverside (Whistler) | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Riverside (Whistler) | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Whistler

Whistler’s Year Round Resort Campground! We offer a range of accommodation, including fully serviced, winterized RV sites, private, walk-in tent sites, rustic yurts and cozy log cabins. Our unique yurts are surrounded by large trees with breathtaking views of mountain peaks and the valley. The log ... Read more
Whistler RV Park & Campground

Whistler RV Park & Campground

Whistler

Whistler RV Park and Campgrounds is a peaceful and picturesque destination located 7 kms west of Whistler Creekside, with convenient access to the Sea-to-Sky Hwy. The park has spectacular views of Whistler Mountain, Black Tusk and the surrounding area. Whistler RV is perfect for your next vacation. ... Read more
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