Due to the extreme heat and wildfire activity now is the time to be prepared.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Some areas of the Interior are on evacuation alert, evacuation orders, or are preparing to leave if necessary. Although the travel advisory due to COVID-19 was lifted, now is a difficult time to travel for recreation to the Gold Country Region/Interior. There are wildfires in and around many communities and resources are needed to battle the blazes, provide food and shelter for evacuees and First Responders. If you have family and friends that are camping or wanting to go camping in this region please contact them, and ensure they are safe and are aware of where the wildfires are. Have a safe route home. Check all advisories before heading into the back country, >> READ MORE
Please see the following links before you make any travel plans. If you are already in Gold Country please follow all local advisories: Stay safe, and stay hydrated.
Gold Country is set in the heart of British Columbia’s stunningly diverse Interior. Alpine mountains, wildflower meadows, sagebrush scented desert and vast ranchlands are rich with stories of gold panners, cowboys and Indigenous Culture. Gold Country’s heritage, wildlife and scenery makes every visit a great adventure.
Map of Gold Country
70 Mile House
Heritage, Arts & Culture
For visitors who would like to learn more about the Aboriginal culture of the region, the award winning Xwísten Experience Tours (Lillooet) is an excellent place to start. Visitors are invited to discover aspects of the St’át’imc Nation’s vibrant culture and history. The tour includes opportunities to view a replica s7istken (pit house), view the traditional fishing grounds of the St’át’imc people, watch a demonstration of the preservation of salmon through wind drying, and partake in a wonderful BBQ salmon feast.
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The Wild Outdoors
Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts have great reasons to venture into our provincial parks and onto our backcountry roads. Patient observers may be rewarded with sightings of Stellar’s Jays, Bald Eagles, grouse, bluebirds and owls, to name a few. Gold Country is also home to whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, black bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, and bighorn sheep.
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Wrap up warm and wax those skis. The climate of Gold Country produces perfect conditions for avid skiers. The region is home to a number of well-maintained and exhilarating trails, including the Big Bar Ski Trails that has approximately 30kms of groomed trails (with incredible views of the Marble Range), the Clinton Cross-Country Ski Trails (60km), Logan Lake Cross-Country Trails (including 2km that are lit at night for a wonderful winter experience) and the Kane Valley Recreational Area (south of Merritt and maintained by the Nicola Nordic Ski Club). The popular Stake Lake trails (Copper Desert Country) are maintained by the Overlander Ski Club, who also offer lessons and kids’ ski equipment rentals.
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Discover the region’s rich history while using GPS points or treasure hunt clues (letterboxing) to find boxes cached throughout Gold Country.
Free fun for the whole family!
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