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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Cariboo Chilcotin Coast > Anahim Lake 

Anahim Lake
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.

Ulkatcho First Nations
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.

Fly Fishing Paradise
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.

A.C. 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.

Local Services
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.

Food 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 (250) 742-3265.

Local Events
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.

BC 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 Park
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.

Tweedsmuir Park
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.

Trailhead Parking
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.

Nimpo Lake
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 Airport
Anahim Lake is home to the local airport that serves the West Chilcotin Plateau. Scheduled flights and charters are available throughout the year.

Guides and Resorts at Anahim Lake



Anahim Lake
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Anahim Lake
Anahim Lake


Christenesn's General Store
A.C. Christensen's General Store


Dutchman Restaurant
Dutchman Restaurant


Frontier Inn
Frontier Inn


BC Hydro Generating Plant
BC Hydro Generating Plant


Itcha Ilgachuz Mountain Ranges
Itcha Ilgachuz Mountain Ranges


Tweedsmuir Park on Hwy 20
Tweedsmuir Park on Hwy 20

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