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

Clinton is located 39 km (24 miles) north of Cache Creek and 112 km south of 100 Mile House on Hwy 97. Clinton is situated on the east side of the Fraser River at the start of the south end of the Fraser Plateau and is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cariboo.'

Proud Past
Clinton is a very historic town, especially in the relationship between the Cariboo Gold Fields and the prospectors seeking this wealth. The town is full of heritage buildings and artifacts dating back to the late 1880's. If you walk around several of these buildings, you will find small kiosks displaying old photographs of previous days with descriptions showing this proud past.

Clinton Museum
Housed in the old schoolhouse that was built in 1892, the Clinton Museum has a number of excellent artifacts and photos depicting Clinton's gold-mining past. Then, if you want to find out more about this, be sure to pick up the free walking-tour guidebook available at the museum to assist you to marvel at the history while walking through town.

Heritage Buildings
Some heritage buildings on Hwy 97 that are worth the time for you to view include the Clinton Municipal Office built in 1927, the Palace Hotel built in 1862, probably the oldest structure in Clinton, and the Robertson House which was built in 1866. Then, if you get a chance, go and see the St. Apostle Catholic Church.

Clinton Emporium
For collectors of antiques, curios and collectables take the time to visit the large number of businesses and shops that seem to be part of Clinton's past. One favourite store, called the Clinton Emporium, sells a number of antique tools, farm equipment, books and the odd rare item that's hard to find. At the north end of town on Hwy 97, there is also the North Road Trading Post.

Local Businesses and Services
Clinton has a number of other local businesses that can serve you. There are both Petro-Canada and Shell service stations, a Lucky Dollar Grocery Store, Budget Foods, Integris Credit Union, the Nomad and Round-Up Motels and Vallance Pottery. Also situated on Hwy 97 are the Clinton Regional Health and Wellness Centre and some public washrooms.

Cariboo Lodge Resort
Another local business, the Cariboo Lodge Resort, located on Hwy 97, is where you'll find the most entertainment in Clinton. The log cabin-style saloon features a number good food items on the menu, has cold refreshments and it's where a lot of the locals like to meet. If you are looking for a place to stay in Clinton the Cariboo Lodge Resort has very nice clean rooms.

  • Telephone - (250) 459-7992

Reg Conn Centennial Park
If you require a place for relaxing from driving in Clinton go to Reg Conn Centennial Park situated on the south side of town. Look for the large sign on Hwy 97 near the Clinton Emporium pointing out the direction to the park. Reg Conn Centennial Park has picnic tables, washrooms and a kids' playground situated on a beautiful 5-acre piece of partially treed property with a pond.

Big Bar
For adventure touring try and take the road to Big Bar 70 km (44 miles) away on the Fraser River. To get here from Clinton, travel on Hwy 97 south to the Clinton-Pavilion Road, take this road for about 16.5 km (10 miles) to Jesmond Road right before Downing Provincial Park. From here on a gravel road to Jesmond 21 km (13 miles), then turn west at Big Bar Road.

Fraser River
The Big Bar landscape is absolutely incredible with the Fraser River cutting down through a number of rock gorges. You can do a circle travel route back to Clinton from Jesmond by taking the Big Bar Road past Big Bar Lake Provincial Park to the Big Bar Rest Area on Hwy 97 just north of Clinton. The Big Bar Rest Area has a beautiful view towards the east of the Fraser Plateau.

Big Bar Ski Trails
Also situated on Big Bar Road is where Clinton has the Big Bar Ski Trails with around 50 km (30 miles) of cross-country runs. Maintained by the Clinton Snow Jockey Club, the area offers both groomed and ungroomed trails for all ability levels. The no-fee trails are open to everyone and offer spectacular views of the Marble Range Provincial Parks. Check with Robin Fennell for more information, telephone (250) 459-2284.

Chasm Provincial Park
The turnoff to Chasm Provincial Park, Chasm Road is situated 14.5 km (9 miles) north of Clinton on Hwy 97. From here the park is eastward around 5 km (3miles). What you can find at Chasm Provincial Park is a beautiful eastern viewpoint of the Fraser Plateau cut out of the landscape from a glacial erosion 10,000 years ago.

Gold Trail RV Park
For an RV Campground in Clinton, try staying at the Gold Trail RV Park. Home to an 'all-you-can-eat' BBQ buffet restaurant, the Gold Trail RV Park offers a number of drive-through campsites, especially handy for large motorhomes.

  • Telephone: 250-459-2638

Downing Provincial Park
The features of Downing Provincial Park include a nice sandy beach, Kelly Lake which is absolutely beautiful, panoramic views of 2,245 metre (7,483 feet) high Mount Bowman, fishing and a nice, quiet vehicle-accessible campground which is only really busy on weekends.

Information on Clinton



Road Map of Clinton
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Clinton Museum
Clinton Museum


Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel


Clinton Emporium
Clinton Emporium


Cariboo Lodge Resort
Cariboo Lodge Resort


Reg Conn Centennial Park
Reg Conn Centenial Park


Fraser Plateau
Fraser Plateau


St. Apostle Catholic Church
St. Apostle Catholic Church


Hwy 97 through Clinton
Hwy 97 through Clinton


Chasm Provincial Park
Chasm Provincial Park

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