Anahim Lake is located on Hwy 20 approximately 320 km (200 mi.)
west of Williams Lake and 136 km
(85 miles) east of Bella Coola.
Anahim Lake is a small community made up of a number of small businesses
revolving around the tourism industry and members of the Ulkatcho
First Nations. The Ulkatcho First Nations have a number of reserves
including a settlement in town and a smaller one to the east on
Hwy 20 by Two Mile. The band looks after wilderness lands towards
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park called the Ulkatcho First Nation Natural
Resource Management Area.
Situated on the West Chilcotin Plateau, Anahim Lake is a fly fishing
paradise. Fish such as Dolly Varden, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout
are very abundant. Try your luck on the lake or, if required, visit
the various guides and resorts that are on the lake. They can assist
you as to what the fish are feeding on, plus offer you other services
including 'fly in' fishing opportunities using floatplanes.
Christensen General Store
If needed, the very popular A.C. Christensen General Store has been
in business in one form or another for over 100 years and is located
on Christensen Road near Grandma's Corner Service. These merchants
promise and have a slogan, "If we haven't got it-you don't
need it!" The A.C. Christensen General Store is home to McLean
Trading which has meat, groceries, fishing tackle, ice and contains
a liquor store.
Anahim Lake also has local services such as motels, restaurants
and a neighborhood pub. You can find fuel at Grandma's Corner Service
which has gas, diesel, lubricants plus a small convenience store
and Anahim Lake Trading which has a gas bar and general store.
and Adult Entertainment
If you are hungry try going to the Dutchman Restaurant situated
at the entrance to the community on Hwy 20. For local adult entertainment
there is the Frontier Inn which features a licensed facility.
Besides the great fishing other outdoor recreation includes outstanding
snowmobiling in the various areas surrounding Anahim Lake and near
Itcha IIgachuz Provincial Park. For general information pertaining
to the region the Anahim Lake Snow Machine Club can be reached at
Other events happening in Anahim Lake include the annual Dean River
Canoe Races in May which go from the Dean River near the mouth on
Nimpo Lake and ends in Anahim Lake. There is also the very entertaining
Anahim Lake Stampede which happens during the second week of July.
Hydro Generating Plant
Situated on the west side of Anahim Lake travelling towards Bella
Coola on Hwy 20 is where you will find the BC Hydro Generating Plant.
The diesel run power plant, part of the BC Hydro non-integrated
system supplies both Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake.
Itcha IIgachuz Provincial Park is located just north of Anahim Lake.
This wilderness park contains the headwaters of the Dean River famous
for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and wilderness opportunities.
Close to Anahim Lake is Tweedsmuir Park home to Hunlen Falls, British
Columbia's and Canada's third highest waterfall. You can hike into
the falls following a rugged trail through Turner Lakes or the Turner
Lake Canoe Circuit. This is an overnight trip and goes through dense
wilderness and bear country so be prepared; otherwise, charter airplanes
are available for you to fly over the falls.
There is a trailhead parking lot located at the base of 'The Hill'
at the bottom of Heckman Pass near Stuie. From here 4x4 transportation
still has to be arranged through various eco-tour operators.
Just east of Anahim Lake on Hwy 20 is the small community and resort
area of Nimpo Lake. You can find very good fishing at this lake
during several times of the year. Check it out if you are in the
Anahim Lake area. Nimpo Lake has a general store and waterfront
restaurant available plus a number of guides and fishing resorts
nearby along the waterfront.
Anahim Lake is home to the local airport that serves the West Chilcotin
Plateau. Scheduled flights and charters are available throughout
and Resorts at Anahim Lake