Gold Rush Circle Route

Barkerville Visitors’ Guide: Bowron-Likely 30-35. Includes information on Likely, BC, The Gold Rush Circle Route and the Likely Back Road.

The Likely area is Positively Pristine! 

Likely has many crystal clear lakes and rivers. The surrounding area supports recreational activities such as snowmobiling, mountain biking, ATV trails, white water rafting, kayaking, and walking and hiking trails. The area is known for world-class fishing, hunting and outback camping. Likely is the gateway to the Cariboo Mountains. The “Back Road to Barkerville” is the wilderness portion of the Williams Lake/Wells/Barkerville/Quesnel “Gold Rush” Circle Route. This is a late-spring to fall season gravel road easily accessible by most vehicles. It is a very popular scenic trip that allows you to travel through sub-alpine meadows and view thundering waterfalls. All of this is surrounded by snow covered mountain ridges. The residents of Likely invite you to explore and experience their ghost towns, historic sites as well as view abundant wildlife and the opportunity to enjoy wilderness adventures. www.goldrushcircleroute.ca

Beautiful Bowron Lakes

This beautiful provincial park, 32 km east of Barkerville is one of the top canoeing destinations. Portages help form a rectangular chain through spectacular mountain scenery, allowing canoeists to return to their starting point six or seven days later. Shorter excursions are available. The park is home to some of Canada’s finest wildlife viewing opportunities. Bald eagles, moose, beavers, and bears are regularly seen from your canoe. Reservations with BC Parks are required for overnight canoe trips. Becker’s Lodge offers chalets, cabins, camping and RV sites. Canoe rentals and provisions are available from several outfitters. Whitegold Adventures offers the only locally guided canoe and ski trips from 1 day marsh tours to 8 day circuits (www.whitegold.ca). 

Lakeside lodges and campgrounds provide a home base for your adventure. Rent a canoe for an hour or a week, or just relax by the lake. Catch your trout or Kokanee dinner from the lake and BBQ over an open fire. Bowron Lake in winter is equally spectacular. Take a winter tour with an expert guide through the frozen lakes, grand winter vistas and cozy cabins.