Geographically located between the heights of the Coastal and Rocky Mountains there is an abundance of amazing scenery for you to enjoy while visiting 100 Mile House.
This community is a centre for outdoor activities and is becoming increasingly known for its richness of bird life. The surrounding area features hundreds of lakes for boating and fishing including 101 Mile Lake, 103 Mile Lake, Lac La Hache, Canim Lake, Horse Lake, Bridge Lake and Sheridan Lake. The Cariboo ski marathon attracts a large and international field of cross-country skiers. The surrounding communities have various activities for residents and visiting tourists, including rodeos and an extensive trail system. This area is known for outdoor activities including hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and ATV riding.
Check out the 11-metre Kharu cross-country racing skis, accompanied by a pair of 9-metre poles, outside the 100 Mile House Visitor Centre. 100 Mile House is the self-professed International Nordic Skiing Capital, offering an outstanding 150-km groomed trail system, much of it lit for night skiing. Rise above the rest, at the Mt. Begbie Lookout, 16 kilometres south of 100 Mile House, for excellent views as far as Wells Gray Park in the east, and the Marble Range to the west. West of 100 Mile House you’ll find another wonderful wilderness recreation area, Moose Valley Provincial Park. Bring your cameras or binoculars to get a closer look at the bald eagles, sand cranes and the moose you’ll see while you take a few inspiring days to canoe the chain of 12 lakes that make up the park.
Looking for an easy walk close to town? Head to the parking lot in Centennial Park and follow the level trail that leads up a shady cleft between forested slopes along the banks of Bridge Creek to Bridge Creek Falls. The enchanting falls cascade over a face of ancient lava beds that form the mini canyon surrounding the waterfall.
Check at the Visitor Centre for details on Guided Walking Tours to wetlands, ponds and marshes in the area. Learn about the natural habitat and the remarkable variety of birds that exist within a few minutes walk of the town, including the long-billed dowitcher, Wilson’s phalarope, and many other songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl.
The South Cariboo is home to musicians, writers, photographers, painters, sculptors, weavers and quilters – craftspeople specializing in all media. Situated beside the entrance to Centennial Park, Parkside Centre provides a cozy setting and backdrop for the works of local artists as well as showcasing larger provincial shows. South Cariboo history and culture are further illustrated by beautiful outdoor murals in 100 Mile House.
Big Bar Lake Provincial Park: Big Bar Lake Provincial Park offers a perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy the Cariboo wilderness at its best. Glaciers melting as recently as 10,000 to 20,000 years ago have left a rolling landscape marked with lakes and ponds; a real treat for open-eyed adventurers. Big Bar Lake Park and the surrounding country provide a beautiful setting for a summer holiday. Some of the major recreational opportunities available in the park include day-use picnicking, lakeside camping, boating, canoeing and kayaking, swimming, wildlife viewing, hiking, and fishing. Nearby guest ranches offer horseback excursions into the open range that lies north of the lake. If those activities don’t sound interesting to you, exploring the park by 4×4 or mountain bike might get you going. Black bear, moose, lynx and cougar are some of the large mammals found in the park and surrounding area. Park visitors also often see snowshoe hares, chipmunks and marmots.
Flat Lake Provincial Park: Located southwest of 100 Mile House is a beautiful little getaway park. Flat Lake Provincial Park provides a wonderful environment for observing animals within the wetlands located nearby. Visitors are often able to spot aquatic fur-bearers and waterfowl in the marshes and small lakes nearby. In the winter, Flat Lake Provincial Park is ideal for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even snowmobiling. Flat Lake Park features many small, interconnected lakes, and it is locally popular as a destination for one-to three-day canoe trips.
Green Lake Provincial Park: Amid the aspen and pine forests of the Cariboo Plateau are the jewel-like waters of Green Lake. Since its outlet only functions in high-water periods, there’s lots of time for algae and other micro-organisms to form, hence the lake’s greenish hue and its name. The lake is excellent for both summer and winter recreation, swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, paddling, and horseback riding are all popular, and sandy beaches dot the irregular shoreline at five spots. The lake itself is quite shallow allowing for the waters to remain quite warm, even into the fall months. There is an abundance of wildlife to see here with moose, deer, black bear, coyote, squirrels and marmots can be found in the area. Green Lake Provincial Park is made up of 11 sites: Arrowhead, Black Bear, Blue Spring, Boyd Bay, Buckside Hill, Emerald Bay, Green Lake Islands, Little Arrowhead, Nolan Creek and Sunset View.
Moose Valley Provincial Park: 12 small lakes, formed when large chunks of buried glacial ice melted after the last ice age this also accounts for the numerous rocky areas found throughout the park. Maitland Lake is the largest lake on the chain and is very scenic with its crystal-clear water and abundant loon population. The numerous wetlands and small lakes provide excellent habitat for deer, moose, waterfowl and amphibians. 2,322 hectares of rolling landscape scattered with lakes and wetlands. The park is a wonderful place to spend leisure time canoeing, bird-watching, and wildlife viewing, and the lakes freeze in winter, creating level playgrounds for cross-country skiers and snowshoers but make sure to check with locals for conditions before heading out. Local outfitter offers one to two-day dog sled tours. The park is a wonderful place to spend leisure time canoeing, bird-watching, and wildlife viewing.
- 100 Mile House was originally known as Bridge Creek House, named after the creek running through the area. It acquired its current name during the Cariboo Gold Rush where a roadhouse was constructed in 1862 at the 100 miles (160 km) mark up the Old Cariboo Road from Lillooet.
- 100 Mile House residents often go by the demonyms “Hundred Milers, Huncity”
- 100 Mile House is also known as the Handcrafted Log Home Capital of North America!