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

Hanceville is located around 92 km (58 miles) west of Williams Lake on Hwy 20, the 'Freedom Highway' to Anahim Lake and Bella Coola.

Lee's Corner
The Hanceville area was originally named Lee's Corner after Norman Lee one of the early pioneers and legendary cattle ranchers in the Chilcotin Region. Norman Lee tried to push a herd of cattle 2,500 km (1,563 miles) through this rugged country during the winter.

Klondike Cattle Drive
Norman Lee met with bad fate and with little success in his quest to go to the Klondike Gold Fields in the Yukon. His book Klondike Cattle Drive chronicles this massive undertaking to the Yukon and describes his epic journey and disastrous consequences.

Tom Hance
The name Lee's Corner was later changed to Hanceville after American Tom Hance another pioneer. Tom Hance came from Oregon to the Cariboo in 1875 and founded the original T H Ranch. Not only a rancher but also he set up the original trading post in the now new settlement of Hanceville.

Lee's Corner Store
There was a small store in Hanceville called Lee's Corner Store, unfortunately it was destroyed in the wildfire that ripped through here in 2017.

Cattle Ranching
The area around Hanceville supports a population of under one hundred inhabitants. Most seem to make a living out of cattle ranching. There are also a few employed in the forestry industry usually on contract including logging, road building and to help clear the Mountain Pine Beetle infected timber.

Geography Absolutely Stunning
The terrain and geography around Hanceville is absolutely stunning especially near the river valleys. Sandstone carved canyons, rivers cutting and flowing through ancient lava flows, endless graze land and spectacular views are all part of Hanceville and the Chilcotin Region.

Mountain Pine Beetle
Even today, there is a drastic change in the forests with the spread of the Mountain Pine Beetle. This dramatic change has brought about wild fires in the summer, different jobs in the forest industry and a change of life for the locals.

Circle Routes
There are some great areas for you to explore by gravel road from Hanceville, especially towards the south. From Hanceville a number of circle travel routes can be planned including Farwell Canyon near Riske Creek, Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park, Gang Ranch and Big Creek. Towards Alexis Creek, there is Nazko Lake and White Pelican Provincial Parks. For the adventurous there is Nemaiah Valley and Ts'yl-O's Provincial Park towards the south-west.

T H Guest Ranch
For accommodation there is the T H Guest Ranch on Hanceville Cutoff Road.

  • Telephone (250) 394-4920

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Hanceville and the rest of the British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.



Map of Hanceville
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Lee's Corner Gas
Historic Lee's Corner Gas


Lee's Corner Store
Historic Lee's Corner Store

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