Located in the South Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canim Lake Cottage is the perfect getaway from life's hectic pace. This lake is one of the larger lakes in the Cariboo, surrounded by expansive meadows, mountains, rolling hills, and forests of pine, spruce and Douglas-fir trees. Recently constructed, the cottage has all the comforts of home and is a wonderful place for rest and relaxation.
Upon entering you'll find two bedrooms. The first bedroom has a queen bunk bed and the second bedroom has two single bunks. The main floor also has a full bathroom with a large soaker tub. Descending the stairs from the main level brings you to an open-plan living level. This level has the master bedroom with a four poster queen bed and a three piece bath. You'll find the quaint country kitchen is equipped with nickel plated heritage style appliances and an island complete with a sink and bar seating. Everything you need to create your favourite culinary delights is easily accessible. There is also a gas barbeque outside for grilling. The living room has over-stuffed chairs and large windows bathing the room in natural light, providing good views to the lake. Open the double doors to the deck and sit outside to enjoy the clear bright sunshine and take in the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the beautiful jade coloured Canim Lake. With comfort in mind the living room is a wonderful place to sit back, relax and enjoy the peace of being away from it all. Play board games, take a nap or enjoy chatting on cool clear summer evenings on the sundeck. For your added vacation experience there is a gas fireplace to cozy up to while reading a good book or to tell fishing stories about the one that got away. If you feel the need to stay in touch with the outside world there is a telephone and satellite television.
The outdoor life at Canim Lake Cottage offers so much for you to enjoy. If it's been a long time since you had a campfire there are two fire pits available, one in the front of the home and one of the beach and firewood is provided. Aside from your own private dock and swimming area, this is a great lake for water activities such as fishing, canoeing and boating. There is a boat rental shop just a short walk down the road. This lake offers some of the finest freshwater fly fishing in BC and is the angling centre of a region famed for the size of its char or Laker, as the locals call them. Here you can set your lines for Rainbow trout and Kokanee. There are numerous trails through beautiful scenic terrain for hiking and mountain biking and the surrounding mountains and ranch country is superb for horseback riding. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound for spotting otters, beavers, black bears, moose, mule deer, waterfowl, bald eagles and songbirds unique to the Cariboo region. Canim Lake Cottage has so much to offer you'll want to come back again and again.
Please note that you will need to bring your own towels, toiletries, comforters or sleeping bags. Top sheets are not provided.
Details for Beautiful Lakefront Home 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms
Welcome to the South Cariboo-Chilcotin, Canada's authentic Wild West experience!
Bordered by the Quesnel River and the Cariboo Mountains, this region of central British Columbia is sparsely-populated ranch country. But in the nineteenth century, it thrived as thousands of hopeful prospectors forged north, following rumors of massive gold deposits - and they weren't disappointed. The Gold Rush, as it came to be known, was an important time in the colonization of British Columbia. Today, the area is still popular only now, prospectors have been replaced by tourists. And considering the beauty of this wide open country, it's easy to see why.
Technically, the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast is divided up into 3 areas: The Cariboo, once home to the biggest Gold Rush in history; The Chilcotin, comprised of acres of rolling ranchlands; and The Coast which includes 15 thousand kilometers of beautiful, rugged coastline that serves as home to the rare Kermode or Spirit bears. Primarily accessible from Highway 24 (named The Fishing Highway for reasons obvious to any angler), this area is peppered with towns, many that were birthed from necessity as early settlers traversed the Goldrush Trail in search of their fortunes. These communities include 70 Mile House, Green Lake, 100 Mile House, 108 Mile House, Canim Lake, Forest Grove, Clinton, Lac La Hache, Timothy Lake and Lone Butte.
The winters here are long and cold, which suits the droves of avid winter sports enthusiast who enjoy all that the snow-covered South Cariboo-Chilcotin has to offer. From family-oriented ski hills to heli-boarding, the downhill scene has something for everyone. Skate on a frozen lake; cut a hole in the ice and try your luck with the fish; strap on some snowshoes; hire a dogsled team and explore the backcountry; hire a horse and discover the Fraser Canyon. It only makes that crackling fire, steaming cocoa and bubbling Jacuzzi all the more enjoyable at day's end!
The staff at EMR Vacation Rentals agree, summers in the South Cariboo-Chilcotin bring with them an endless array of outdoor exploring opportunities as well. West from 100 Mile House, the Fraser River offers thrilling whitewater rafting tours as well as close-ups of some of the most amazing erosion-induced natural formations in the province, from towering hoodoos and spires to flatlands. Nature comes in even more breathtaking forms south of Clinton where volcanic activity and glacial meltwater has formed a stunning 120 meter box canyon - Canada's answer to its famous Arizona counterpart. To the east, hundreds of lakes sit against the Cariboo Mountains. And while the swimming, boating and canoeing are fantastic, it's the fishing that makes the area famous. Now, imagine doing all this on horseback... While cursory activities such as hiking, biking and ATV-ing are readily available, this is cattle country. To come all the way out here and not saddle up would be a tragedy. Guest ranches across the region cater to riders of all skill levels, from city-slicker to Marlboro man.
That's what really sets the South Cariboo-Chilcotin apart from anywhere else in BC: the cowboy culture. Generations of ranchers have been riding these high plains since BC's early settler days and it's this Wild West spirit that lives on in the rugged, windswept faces of the locals. There's no better way to explore the meadows, grasslands, lakes and forests of this region than from atop your own trusty steed. Looking for more than a day-long lark playing cowboy? Many working ranches are happy to wrangle a little extra work out of eager and curious visitors. Make a few days of it and see what you're made of, Greenhorn!
Somewhat surprisingly, the arts are alive and well in the South Cariboo-Chilcotin, with festivals, shows, exhibits, even theatrical productions providing entertainment of a caliber that any big city would be proud of. Some of the more popular events and entertainment include Scottish Highland Dancing, choral groups, First Nations pow-wow festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations, live musical performances and even medieval recreationist events. The area is rich with galleries as well as arts and craft shops too. Some of the most amazing and intricate First Nations art can be discovered with a visit to the Canim Lake Band Cultural Centre.
With its great expanses of land, it's no surprise that the South Cariboo-Chilcotin also offers amazing golfing. Don't let the region's rough, weather-worn terrain fool you. The clubs up here brag beautiful contoured fairways, perfectly manicured greens and all the extras including a driving range, practice green, lessons, pull carts, power carts, clubs and accessories. The popular 18-hole CPGA championship course set on the Cariboo Hills provides 6,800 yards that generate as much enjoyment for the novice as for the pro while the quaint 9-hole course in 100 Mile House tests the finesse and judgment of any golfer.
Mount up, partner. The South Cariboo-Chilcotin is waiting!