Things to Do in the South CaribooA wide variety of activities and events are available all year round for you to enjoy!
It’s time to stoke up the fireplace and prepare for the white world of snow. Mid December to mid-March provide the best snow conditions for great downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, dogsledding, snowmobiling and much more. Bring your snowshoes to travel the quiet forests and the ice fisher in your family can set up a stool on one of the lakes.
Take a ride back in time by horse-drawn sleigh. Let the jingle of the harness and the scent of hay lull you, as you view the snowy landscape ambling by. If you prefer a saddle, there are winter trail rides awaiting you.
Perhaps the excitement of a dogsled ride is more to your liking. The anticipation of yip-yapping huskies is infectious. The swish of sled runners on snow and the wind in your face will have you feeling like an arctic explorer. Watch professional mushing and dogsledding at the annual Cariboo Challenge races. Participants come from all over Western Canada and beyond.
Snowmobiling is a favourite local past-time. Join the fun on 100s of kilometres of trails in the area, from alpine peaks to lake tours. Take a trip on the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail (download brochure) from 70 Mile House to Horsefly. This scenic 170km route is well signed and maintainted. For more information, pick of the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail brochure from the South Cariboo Visitor Centre. It is also recommended that you check trail conditions before heading out.
Are you into ice sports? There are three curling and three hockey rinks for your broom or stick. Take on the competition or cheer from the stands – either way your participation is welcome. A big crowd always gathers on Boxing Day for the annual Memorial Hockey Game.
Don’t imagine that all the winter fun is only outdoors. This is also a wonderful season to cuddle with a friend in a cozy chalet. Toast to the New Year with friends, new and old. Shop, spa, or treat yourself to a delicious gourmet meal. Winter is the perfect time to explore, experience and enjoy the snowy northern hinterland!
Cross Country Skiing
The South Cariboo loves its cross country skiing! So much in fact that displayed outside South Cariboo Visitor Centre are the world's largest cross country skis, 36 foot Karhu racing skis with poles. Better still, who can argue with the area's 150 kilometre community based trails system, one of the longest groomed networks in North America. Ski the 99 Mile or 108 Mile trails systems day or night. Also while in the area check out Clinton’s own ski trails network.
Visit www.100milenordics.com from more information on cross country skiing in the South Cariboo.
Downhill skiing can be enjoyed at Mount Timothy, 45 minutes north of 100 Mile House and 23 kilometres east of Lac La Hache. Boasting terrific powder skiing, small crowds, and diverse terrain, Mount Timothy is a welcoming, fun-filled ski area that attracts avid skiers and boarders alike and is the only Ski Hill in the South Cariboo to have a chair lift.
Explore 35 runs with everything from slow cruisers, exceptionally groomed runs, and steep powder filled basins. Enjoy 3 new terrain parks and when you need a rest - relax in the day lodge. Visit www.skitimothy.com for more information.
There is also a ski-and-snowboard play park at 108 Mile. This family-oriented hill offers three runs, night lights, a handle tow, ski rental and lessons; a great place to learn to ski. A tube run also offers an exciting alternative.