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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Cariboo Chilcotin Coast > Bralorne

Bralorne
Bralorne is located 125 km (78 miles) west of Lillooet on the Moha, Bridge River and Lillooet Pioneer Roads (Road 40) and 83 km (52 miles) north of Pemberton on the Hurley River Forest Service Road about 15 km (9 miles) south of Gold Bridge.

Bralorne-Pioneer Mine
Bralorne is a small community that is almost deserted with only very few people living here. The community is a cast off from the hectic heydays of the gold mining era when the Bralorne-Pioneer Mine was the richest gold mine in Canada and the most productive in British Columbia.

Gold Bricks
Lorne Mine poured its first gold brick at Bralorne back in 1932. Through mergers and acquisitions, the two mines - the Bralorne and the Pioneer - eventually amalgamated into the Bralorne-Pioneer Mine extracting more than one hundred million worth of gold. Unfortunately, Bralorne-Pioneer Mine closed in 1971 due to low prices for this precious metal.

Lillooet Pioneer Road
The main street through Bralorne is the Lillooet Pioneer Road. Here you get a good chance to view some of Bralorne's historic past. There are lots of old mine shacks, houses and deserted company buildings of the Bralorne-Pioneer Mine.

Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd.
Bralorne history has always revolved around the mining of gold with the first claims staked in 1896. Various operators and owners have operated and closed depending on the world price demand for gold. Today Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. has resurrected new gold finds with a new phase of operation being designed, built and implemented for 2011.

Past History
This past history of Bralorne can be found at the Bralorne Pioneer Museum. Other interesting relics are the old mining equipment displays throughout town or by visiting the Bralorne Community Church, a community restoration project.

Bralorne-Pioneer Motel
The Bralorne-Pioneer Mine office building in Bralorne is still in operation as the Bralorne-Pioneer Motel.

Mineshaft Pub
For other accommodation there is also another place to stay called the Mines Motel which features one-bedroom suites and kitchenettes. For entertainment and a restaurant, there is a local pub called the Mineshaft Pub that features live music occasionally.

Outdoor Recreation
The outdoor recreation around the Bralorne area is excellent. During the winter there is snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, backcountry skiing and ice-fishing. Activities in the summer range from exploring the old trails by using quads, hiking or by mountainbiking to exploring the countryside, especially if you enjoy rock hounding or viewing the abandoned towns of Bradian, Brexton or Ogden.

Gun Lake Fishing
Situated just north of Bralorne 10 km (6 miles) from Gold Bridge is Gun Lake. Here you can find a FSR wilderness campground and some excellent fishing for Dolly Varden, Kokanee, Bull and Rainbow Trout. Gun Lake has a number of private cabins, and is crystal clear lake and also features a number of small resorts along the lakeside.

Cadwallader Creek
A rugged but popular trail is the McGillivray Pass Trail that starts from east of Bralorne up the Cadwallader Creek Forest Service Road. The trail takes you along the Cadwallader Range through the McGillivray Pass and eventually to McGillivray Falls on Anderson Lake. The trail comes out on the Highline Road to Seton Portage just north of D'Arcy.

Tyax Adventures
One company Tyax Adventures offers once in a lifetime guided mountain bike tours through mountain passes featuring the 25 km (16 miles) Gun Creek Trail. Tyax Adventures also has overnight mountain bike trips into Whistler as well as air tours around Bralorne and Gold Bridge.

Hurley River Forest Service Road
If you are planning on going to Whistler or the Lower Mainland, you can take the Hurley River Forest Service from Bralorne instead of going back to Lillooet. You will require a 4x4 vehicle and be familiar with backcountry conditions. This road can also be very rough, usually taking around two hours and, unfortunately, is open in the summer time only.

Mountain Pass
The Hurley River Road will take you through a mountain pass with an elevation of 1,829 metres (6,000 feet) that usually has heavy snowfall. The road opens generally between the long weekend in May until November 1 or until the first snowfall. Please check with the Cascades Forest District for openings and current conditions, telephone (250) 378-8400.

'Wildlife Aware'
If you are exploring the vast amounts of wilderness trails and the backcountry around Bralorne remember to be wildlife aware especially for bears and cougars. Please practise proper safety procedures and carry emergency supplies.

Information on Bralorne

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Map of Bralorne
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Bralorne
Bridge River Gold

 

Lillooet Pioneer Road
Lillooet Pioneer Road

 

Bralorne
Bralorne

 

Lillooet Pioneer Road
Bralorne Motel

 

Mining Equipment
Mining Equipment

 

Downton Lake
Downton Lake

 

Hurley River Forest Service Road
Hurley River Forest Service Road

 

Hurley River Forest Service Road
Hurley River Forest Service Road

 

Hurley River Forest Service Road
Hurley River Forest Service Road

 
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