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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
This region of BC, which takes part of its name from the indigenous peoples that live here, spans latitudinally across the lower
In the 1860’s, this region experienced the Cariboo Gold Rush. Gold prospectors came from around the world seeking riches. When the gold rush died out, many stayed and became ranchers. Today, cowboys and ranches are in abundance and form part of the tourism experience in this region.
In the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of BC you will find small populations of people sparsely dispersed in a vast landscape. The Tsilhqot’in (also called the Chilcotin) people are the most southern of the Athapascan-speaking Aboriginal people in British Columbia. When translated Tsilhqot’in means “river people”. Their traditional territory is the high altitude Chilcotin Plateau where they occupy the rivers. Along the coast are people of the Kwakwakaw’akw, the Nuxalk people of Bella Coola and Coast Salish Nations and, further to the interior, is the historical territory of the Secwepemc, part of the Interior Salish peoples.
Visitors can experience a wide array of travel and cultural experiences in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. Experience a jet boat tour along the Fraser River and stop for a lunch of traditional Aboriginal foods, take a wilderness tour interpreted through First Nations traditions and cultures, or visit an ancient indigenous village site. The outdoor enthusiast will find plenty of adventures to keep them busy such as hiking, ocean kayaking, fishing, trail riding, mountain biking, golfing or even observing the Spirit Bears of Princess Royal Island. You can stay at a wilderness resort or guest ranch and during the summer months you can travel aboard a tourist train through the region.
Visit the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of BC and experience the hospitality and culture of the Tsilhqot’in, Kwakwakaw’akw, Secwepemc and the Interior and Coast Salish First Nations people.