British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide
From the Interlakes district of the Southern Cariboo, the steep and rugged Coast Mountains lay far to the west, and the Selkirk and Rockies sit far to the east. This is plateau country, a land of rolling hills and valleys, dotted with lakes, streams and open forests. The skies are big and the horizon seems to stretch on forever. Bridge Lake is situated in the middle of this land, once an important outpost on the Fur Brigade Trail, a historic route for fur trading when the province was barely explored and little settled. The Bridge Lake area offers good recreation, is well served by campsites, and is an ideal place to enjoy the wilds of British Columbia with relatively easy access.
Bridge Lake offers year-round opportunities. Know as the ‘fishing highway’, the Interlakes district is aptly named as a great spot to pursue all kinds of fresh water fishing in over one hundred vehicle- accessible lakes and streams. Visitors also enjoy all kinds of boating, as well as horse-back riding and biking. Sandy beaches on Bridge Lake and others make for great swimming and water skiing is also popular. From North Thompson River Provincial Park, great whitewater rafting awaits on a long float all the way to Kamloops. Of special interest is the Bridge Lake Rodeo, which takes place in July.
Its setting deep in the province’s interior also mean cool winter temperatures and reliable snowfall. Snowmobiling is excellent across the rolling topography. When the lakes (eg nearby Canim Lake) freeze over, even more area opens up. Fisherman punch through the ice for a winter’s catch, and cross country skiers and show-shoers move peacefully through forests and across open, snow-covered plateaus and frozen lakes. There are several lodges at Canim Lake, which remain open year-round.
The area offers excellent bird-watching, and hikers might also see moose, bear, coyote, or fox.
There are two provincial government campgrounds, one at Bridge Lake and one at Green Lake. There are also Forest Service sites and private campgrounds throughout the area.
Location and access:
Bridge Lake is located on Highway 24, midway between Lone Butte (Hwy 24) and Little Fort on Highway 5, approximately 6 hours northeast of Vancouver and 2 hours from Kamloops. ; or 56 km southeast of 100 Mile House.
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