Alexis Creek is located 113 km (71 miles) west of Williams
Lake and 203 km (127 miles) east of Anahim
Lake on the 'Freedom Highway,' Hwy 20 to Bella
Alexis Creek is a small village situated on a large sandy bench
that sits above the Chilcotin River. The Chilcotin River has an
aqua milky blue colour and flows out of Chilcotin Lake. The Chilcotin
River is later joined by the Chilko River just west of Alexis Creek.
Alexis Creek also has a beautiful view towards the rangeland of
Alexis Creek Flats.
Alexis Creek is named after the great Chief Alexis, the leader of
the Chilcotin Indians, who served during the Chilcotin Massacre
of 1864. Since then the Alexis Creek area has had various cattle
ranches established and today has a population of around 135 people
mostly employed in the ranching industry.
Creek General Store
For any services, conveniences or information, the Alexis Creek
General Store has most items you may need. The store is open all
year and features a post office, fresh produce, groceries, hardware,
a liquor outlet and local First Nations' artwork
Hotel and Family Café
For entertainment and something to eat, try visiting the Chilcotin
Hotel which features the Family Café - a sight for sore eyes
especially if you have been camping for a while. At the Family Café,
you can find a selection of everything including a Chinese Food
Smorgasbord special every Thursday.
Besides all the cattle ranches, the Chilcotin Forest District is
another main employer in Alexis Creek with an office located in
town. The Chilcotin Forest District employs a small number of employees
with about half living in the area and contracts to local First
Nations who reside in Alexis Creek.
Canyon Provincial Park
Canyon Provincial Park is located 6 km (4 miles) west of Alexis
Creek. The park offers a nice campground with 20 sites featuring
walking trails along the Chilcotin River. Situated close by is Battle
Rock (Bluff), a historic site which was the scene of ferocious battles
between the Chilcotin and the invading Bella Coola and Shuswap tribes.
For exploring other provincial parks that are near to Alexis Creek,
you have either Nazko Lake Provincial or White Pelican Provincial
Parks. At Nazko Lake, there is a vehicle-accessible campground,
great fishing, with a kayaking or canoeing route along a small chain
of six lakes. White Pelican features wildlife viewing with the only
nesting colony of American White Pelicans in British Columbia.
Situated to the east of Alexis Creek on Hwy 20 by 23 km (14 miles)
is Hanceville or as originally named,
Lee's Corner. Lee's Corner was named after Norman Lee, the original
ranch holder who staged one of the first cattle drives. There are
a number of backcountry gravel roads leaving Hanceville that travel
to the south towards Big Creek Provincial Park.
Farwell Canyon located off Hwy 20 at Riske
Creek by around 19 km (12 miles) on the Farwell Canyon Road.
This is where the road crosses the Chilcotin River on a bridge over
a beautiful canyon. Riske Creek is only 65 km (41 miles) east of
Alexis Creek about one hour driving distance from Williams Lake.
At Farwell Canyon, you can find amazing hoodoo rock formations made
out of sandstone. If you have time, take the 45-minute or so intermediate
fitness level walk up to the top of the canyon or try and find some
First Nations' artwork of ancient pictographs along the canyon wall.
This amazing walk will surely astound you with the shifting sand
dunes along the way.
on Alexis Creek