Welcome to Caribou Chilcotin Coast, this is a region of contrasts; it's gold rush country, it's cattle country,it's glaciers and alpine meadows and it is wild splendour. Many towns along the Caribou Highway are helpfully referred to by the distance north along the Gold Rush Trail from Lillooet (Mile 0). Thus 100 MILE HOUSE marks the 100-mile distance between Lillooet and this town. 100 Mile House is the self-professed International Nordic Skiing Capital, and offers an outstanding 150-km groomed trail system, much of it lit for night skiing. A visit to the 108 Heritage Site at the Hwy. 97 rest stop is definitely in order. A massive 1908 log barn, now fully restored, was built to house over 200 Clydesdale horses. Rodeo and ranching go hand in hand, especially in WILLIAMS LAKE. It is a major cattle shipping center and host to a number of rodeos each year. The original concept of the Williams Lake Stampede is maintained by a "locals only" competition called the Ranch Challenge. The artistic side of cowboy culture is not forgotten. The museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin features the work of western artists. North along the highway is Quesnel, a colourful fishing, hunting, and camping playground. If there is one event that captures the spirit and pride of the Cariboo, it is Quesnel's Billy Barker Days. Inspired by the Great Cariboo Gold Rush the 4 day festival is aimed at recapturing the high spirits and good times of that era.
Highway 20 runs for 283 miles (456 km) from Williams Lake to Bella Coola , linking the Central Interior with the Central Coast, crossing the Chilcotin Plateau. Traveling west on the highway is NIMPO LAKE. Known as the Floatplane Capital of BC, it's a major centre for air charters flying guests to remote fishing locations. In 1894, a group of Norwegian colonists settled in the Bella Coola Valley. They chose the area because the landscape reminded them of their homeland - fjords just like in Norway! The small fishing and logging village of BELLA COOLA is a favourite destination of naturalists, artists and photographers.