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

Likely is located 150 km (94 miles) north-east of 150 Mile House and approximately 42 km (26 miles) north of Horsefly.

Two Routes
The two main routes into Likely are; taking the junction at 150 Mile House which is only 14 km (9 miles) south of Williams Lake, or by travelling the backcountry Beaver Lake Road from McLeese Lake which is north of Williams Lake by only 50 km (31 miles).

Relic Mining Equipment
Likely is a small community whose economy has historically revolved around mining and forestry. You can see lots of evidence of this as you travel through the area. A nice example of past history is at Cedar Point Class "C" Provincial Park where a display of relic mining equipment exists.

Cedar Provincial Park
Only 6 km (3.75 miles) from Likely, Cedar Point Class "C" Provincial Park is located on Quesnel Lake. Named because of all "old growth" cedar trees growing there; Cedar Point Class "C" Provincial Park is a good spot to camp with an RV or tent. From here you can explore the miles of forest service roads or boat and fish on Quesnel Lake.

Quesnel Lake
At around 157 km (100 miles), long Quesnel Lake is the largest lake in the Cariboo Region. Shaped lake a "Y", Quesnel Lake has at least 600 km (350 miles) of shoreline. Fed by various streams and rivers, you can discover some incredible waterfalls throughout your exploration as the water tumbles down from the Cariboo Mountains.

World's Deepest Fjord Lake
This lake, besides being large is incredibly deep. Most sources for the area say almost 1.800 feet. (549 m) apparently, this makes it the world's deepest fjord lake after it was formed during the glaciation period.

20 lb. Rainbow Trout
Quesnel Lake is a favorite spot for people from Williams Lake and Quesnel to come and fish. There are lots of talk about people catching 20 lb. Rainbow Trout in this lake.

Incredible Winds
A word of caution - if you are boating and canoeing on Quesnel Lake, there are some incredible winds that occur off the Cariboo Mountains. Make sure you pack extra food if you have to wait it out. The water can get quite choppy.

Quesnel Forks
Besides Quesnel Lake, make sure you visit the historic ghost town of Quesnel Forks. Located 13 km (9 miles) west of Likely where the Cariboo River and Quesnel River - 'The Forks' - offers you a chance to glimpse into British Columbia's Gold Rush days of the late 1800's.

Besides fishing and boating that you'll find in the Likely area, there are also the endless miles of forest service roads and historic mining trails that lead to a number of places. There are some great hikes and mountain biking available throughout the whole area.

Quesnel River
If you enjoy whitewater activities, take advantage of the rapids found along the Quesnel River. There are a few guides in the area who will help if you're unfamiliar with locations.

8400 FSR and Cunningham Pass
For other boating including canoeing and kayaking, try either Cariboo Lake or Ghost Lake in Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park. Both areas are located just north of Likely on the 8400 FSR. Make sure you visit the store or contact BC Highways for road conditions information and make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition before attempting this as there is no cell phone service or help available.

Winter Recreation
In the winter, enjoy great snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing throughout the Likely area.

Various establishments exist around Likely including the Likely Hilton and various Bed and Breakfasts. For RV camping, try Cedar Provincial Park or the Forest Service Recreation site at Quesnel Forks.

Forest Recreation Sites
Other forest service sites exist around Quesnel Lake for more wilderness style camping with a favourite found at Ladies Creek on Cariboo Lake. Try to obtain a backcountry road map for directions.

For events experience the 'Quesnel Forks Camp Out' on the August long weekend. Then if you happen to be around on Halloween there is an impressive fireworks display.

Information on Likely



Map of Likely, BC
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Bullion Pit Mine
Bullion Pit Mine




Valley General Store
Valley General Store


Likely Pub
Likely Pub


Cariboo and Quesnel Rivers
Cariboo and Quesnel Rivers


Quesnel Forks
Quesnel Forks


Cedar City Museum
Cedar City Museum

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