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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains > D'Arcy

D'Arcy
D'Arcy is located 42 km (26 miles) north-east of Pemberton near the mouth of the Gates River at the head of Anderson Lake about 197 km (123 miles) from Vancouver.

'Lakes Route'
D'Arcy was originally established as Port Anderson during the gold rush era of 1858-1859 as a terminus for travelling into the Fraser River Canyon. Port Anderson was part of a river-lake portage called the 'Lakes Route' that included taking a boat or steamer along Anderson Lake into Cayoosh Flat - the present day Lillooet.

Pacific Great Eastern Railway
Later Port Anderson changed to D'Arcy when it became a passenger stop along the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (P.G.E.). D'Arcy is named after D'Arcy Tate who served as the vice-president and general counsel of the P.G.E. from 1912-1918.

Mount Currie
To get to D'Arcy travel north-east from Pemberton to Mount Currie on the 'Sea to Sky' Hwy 99. At Mount Currie turn off Hwy 99 on to Portage Road and travel north for approximately 34 km (21 miles) to D'Arcy.

N'Quatqua First Nation
The area along Anderson Lake and D'Arcy is the traditional home of the N'Quatqua First Nation. An affiliate of the Lower Stl'atl'imx Tribal Council, the N'Quatqua First Nation have fished and hunted these lands along Anderson Lake for thousands of years.

Local Business and Services
The N'Quatqua First Nation operates most of the local businesses and services found around D'Arcy. Situated near Anderson Lake by D'Arcy you can find the N'Quatqua Central Service Station which features fuel and a local convenience store, the N'Quatqua Health and Social Development Building, the N'Quatqua Child and Family Development Building and the Community Hall.

Heritage Beach
Heritage Park is located right at Anderson Lake. The small park features a small raft, boat launch, tables, a small sandy beach and a beautiful view of Anderson Lake. From Heritage Beach, you can get some great photos of the majestic mountains and unique colour of the lake.

Red Barn Campground and Café
If you would like to stay near D'Arcy, there is the Red Barn Campground and Café. The Red Barn features large waterfront campsites, café, boat launch, propane and is close to Gates River and the Anderson Lake Fish Hatchery. Phone 604-452-3306 for more information.

Anderson Lake Fish Hatchery
The Anderson Lake Fish Hatchery and spawning channel is also located in Devine near D'Arcy. The facility specializes in the release of Sockeye Salmon and enhancing Kokanee in Gates River and into Anderson Lake. You can view this amazing spectacle, between mid-August to mid-September when the Sockeye return.

Highline Road
D'Arcy sits at the end of the paved Portage Road. There is a rough 33 km (21 mile) gravel 4x4 summer-only route called the Highline Road that eventually goes to Seton Portage. If you want to continue on to Lillooet and do not have a 4x4, you have to go back to Mount Currie and take Hwy 99 (Duffy Lake Road), as the Highline Road can be extremely rough.

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is located about 22 km (14 miles) west of D'Arcy back towards Mount Currie on Portage Road. To get to the park there is a 17 km (11 miles) Blackwater Forest Service Road that you have to take off the Portage Road. Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park features a campground, a swimming area, boat launch and a hiking or mountainbike trail along the west side of Birkenhead Lake.

Gates Lake
You can find some great fishing opportunities on beautiful Gates Lake near the site of the old Whispering Falls Resort. Gates Lake features decent angling opportunities for some Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden, Kokanee and Rainbow Trout.

Practice Safe Procedures
Just a reminder that there are black bears, grizzly bears and cougars living in all of BC and the D'Arcy area is no exception. Please practice proper bear and wildlife safe procedures when you are enjoying the beautiful countryside or hiking in the mountains. Also remember to be prepared for possible changes in the weather.

N'Quatqua 97.5 FM
When travelling along Portage Road from Mount Currie, try and listen to Canada's First Nations' Broadcasting. The station is located at 97.5 FM on your receiver. The frequency comes in better as you reach Gates Lake coming north on Portage Road.

McGillivray Falls
McGillivray Falls now called McGillivray was the site of a W.W.II relocation centre for Japanese-Canadians. Today McGillivray is a small resort community that is accessed from the shore of Anderson Lake.

Information on D'Arcy

 

 

Map of D'Arcy
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Mountains at D'Arcy
Mountains at D'Arcy

 

Anderson Lake
Anderson Lake

 

N'Quatqua Central Service Station
N'Quatqua Central Service Station

 

Heritage Park Boat Launch
Heritage Park Boat Launch

 

Gates Creek
Gates Creek

 

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park

 

Highline Road
Highline Road

 

Highline Route - Anderson Lake
Highline Route - Anderson Lake

 
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