The wild and untamed region carries you through varying landscapes of humbling beauty.
I’ve had the pleasure of riding all over the world. I’ve been to China, Argentina, Europe, and all over North America. While there are some amazing destinations out there, none of them compare to my home of Williams Lake and the Cariboo. Its not only the most unique riding offering everything from big mountain to epic XC, but the mountain bike culture here is amazing. People are so eager to share the goods, and welcome people with open arms. I have yet to come across anything like it. Ride the Cariboo!
The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region spans across the province from the Pacific Ocean to the Cariboo and Columbia mountains to the east. Craggy peaks and snow-capped mountains accompany vast plateaus and luscious valleys. The landscape seamlessly flows from arid dessert to thick forests and rolling grasslands, creating diverse micro-climates with unique flowers, wildlife and aquamarine fjords.
The Cariboo Chilcotin region has an extremely small population with most locals residing in the districts of Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Quesnel. The sparse population and limited amount of roads allows wildlife to flourish. You’ll witness infamous herds of mustang horses sharing a habitat with other wildlife such as caribou, bears, bald eagles, hawks, moose and big horn sheep.
The Chilcotins put the wilderness into single track. It’s a visually spectacular area with mid-elevation grasslands, sub-alpine and alpine meadows, lakes and mountains.
Number of Trails: 50
Total Kilometres: 314 km
Highest Trailhead: 2,820 m
Quesnel is in the North Cariboo region, located on the traditional territory of the Lhtako Dene Nation. Whether it’s downhill, freeride or cross-country you will not get tired of the mountain biking scene in Quesnel.
Number of Trails: 37
Total Kilometres: 70 km
Highest Trailhead: 1,283 m
Tyax Lodge sits at the doorstep of the South Chilcotin mountains. Explore singletrack trails over alpine passes and through sprawling meadows.
Number of Trails: 31 (approx.)
Total Kilometres: 200 km
Highest Elevation: 2,252 m
Williams Lake has developed a trail network with 350+ km of singletrack. The community has a reputation for fast, flowy and tight trails for every style and ability of rider and is home to the largest bike skills park in the Interior.
Number of Trails: 211
Total Kilometres: 354 km
Highest Trailhead: 1,328 m
100 Mile House, the gateway to the Cariboo Chilcotin, has always been a favoured stopping point for travellers and adventurers. Located at the 100 Mile marker from Lillooet and the start of the Cariboo Wagon Trail, it was the route thousands of people travelled during...
Follow this itinerary for a week-long trip exploring BC’s Interior to visit epic riding destinations in Kamloops, Revelstoke, Golden, Valemount, and Salmon Arm. Pair riding with beer, visiting the region’s many breweries after laps down world-class trails.
Follow this itinerary to explore a 7-day trip through Northern BC to explore riding communities of Smithers, Burns Lake, Terrace, and more.
Located 3-4 hours drive north of Pemberton, BC, the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park, is a trail rider’s nirvana. At 56,796 hectares the park boasts close to 200 km (124 miles) with some of the provinces’ best single-track through broad valleys, and ridgelines with trails meandering through alpine, sub-alpine, meadows, grasslands, and forests.
This route retraces many of the routes taken during the Gold Rush era of the mid-19th century. Forestry and tourism have now become the main industries and mountain biking is one of the more popular ways to enjoy the incredible landscapes found here.
It took me a couple years of badgering to get me up to Williams Lake to ride the first time. My good friend Landon Pinette would spend the winters skiing here in Whistler and return home every summer to work, but more importantly, to ride.
“You’ve got to see our trails, they’re going to blow your mind,” he would always say in the spring as the Whistler slush receded and bikes came out of musty storage.
Off The Bike
If you want a break from the bike, take advantage of the picturesque landscape by foot, boat or plane:
- The Tweedsmuir Provincial Park boasts 2.4 million acres of high-elevation pine forests, snow capped peaks, dramatic waterfalls and the iconic Rainbow Range.
- Paddle the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, a 116 km chain of lakes, waterways and portages inside the Bowron Lake wilderness park.
- Explore the interior Chilcotin via jetboat, the only way to access the area.
- Take to the skies and see the Cariboo-Chilcotins from an aerial perspective with one of numerous sightseeing flights in the area.
- Stroll the streets of Barkerville, a heritage village from Canada’s infamous Gold Rush in the 1860s.