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Welcome to Big Bar

Take in the forests and lakes; test out your cowboy skills on a ranch; rent a canoe and absorb tranquility.


The recent history of Big Bar has revolved around the ranching industry. The OK Ranch is one of the oldest working ranches in the area, and is situated next to another ranch with deep roots – the Big Bar Guest Ranch. The historic roadhouse of Jesmond, reportedly known as ‘Mountain House’, is thought to have been settled by a family from Jesmond, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, in 1913. Although the original roadhouse burned down in 1926, the family rebuilt it.

Things to Do

Big Bar Ferry

The Big Bar Ferry is a reaction ferry that travels across the Fraser River. The current, an overhead cable and rudders allow the ferry to traverse the mighty river.

Clinton to Big Bar Circle Route

The Clinton Historic Circle Route covers many of the sites mentioned here, starting and ending in the town of Clinton. It is a great way to see the incredible scenery surrounding Clinton and Big Bar, as well as the historic ranches.


Use a GPS or treasure hunt clues to find caches hidden in some of the area’s most fascinating locations as part of the Gold Country GeoTourism Program. Cache sites in the Big Bar area include a ferry and a ranch.


Enjoy a western ranching experience with a peaceful ride through majestic mountains, or spend a day in the dust with the ‘cowboys.’ For a more relaxed visit consider a spa experience as part of your world-class retreat! Outdoor adventures include hiking, camping, boating, mountain biking, swimming, fishing and horseback riding. Many of these experiences can be arranged with the help of local accommodations. Five provincial parks provide great family experiences and rare glimpses at protected ecosystems.


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