Chilcotin Backroads Lillooet to Williams Lake via High Bar Road

Williams Lake, British Columbia

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Threading its way through the deepest wilderness left in the entire length of the Fraser River, Chilcotin Backroads is a spectacular introduction to the near-desert landscapes of the eastern Chilcotin and is one of the classic drives in BC. If the optional route down the High Bar Road is included, this 240-kilometer (144-mile) journey is easily the most thrilling in this book. Despite being close to Vancouver (in relative terms), you’ll meet more cowboys, miners, and Indians than tourists. This drive description is far more complicated than others so having the BC Recreational Atlas (new edition to be retitled The BC Road and Recreational Atlas) or another detailed map is a big help as the whole area is laced with backroads. Special attractions: Solitude in the most beautiful sections of the Fraser River, a true sense of accomplishment; arid, near-desert landscapes; excellent weather; adventurous driving; and a shortcut to the Chilcotin and Highway 20. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Chilcotin Backroads: Lillooet to Williams Lake via High Bar Road Professional Review and Guide

"Threading its way through the deepest wilderness left in the entire length of the Fraser River, Chilcotin Backroads is a spectacular introduction to the near-desert landscapes of the eastern Chilcotin and is one of the classic drives in BC. If the optional route down the High Bar Road is included, this 240-kilometer (144-mile) journey is easily the most thrilling in this book. Despite being close to Vancouver (in relative terms), you’ll meet more cowboys, miners, and Indians than tourists. This drive description is far more complicated than others so having the BC Recreational Atlas (new edition to be retitled The BC Road and Recreational Atlas) or another detailed map is a big help as the whole area is laced with backroads.

Special attractions: Solitude in the most beautiful sections of the Fraser River, a true sense of accomplishment; arid, near-desert landscapes; excellent weather; adventurous driving; and a shortcut to the Chilcotin and Highway 20. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Williams Lake
Distance: 144
Season: Late spring to midfall
Local Contacts: BC Parks, Cariboo District Office
Driving Directions: Directions to Chilcotin Backroads: Lillooet to Williams Lake via High Bar Road

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