Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort: About the Destination

Located in British Columbia, Canada

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort is located in a rugged and remote part of British Columbia, Canada, amid the vast wilderness that stretches between the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific coast. The property is situated 3,500 feet above sea level, where the rolling hills and open wildflower meadows of the Bonaparte Plateau give way to the peaks of the bordering Cariboo Mountains. 

Places of Interest

Siwash lies to the west of the Canadian Rockies, within a six-hour drive of Jasper National Park and an seven-and-a-half-hour drive of Banff National Park. The ranch is northeast of Vancouver (five-hour drive) and the ski resort town of Whistler (four-hour drive). Places of interest closer to the ranch include Crater Lake and the nearby small town of Clinton that holds a monthly rodeo during the warm season.

Wildlife and Natural History

The ranch has access to 80,000 acres of pristine countryside. Wooded landscapes of aspen poplar, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine are interspersed with natural meadows and backcountry lakes. A dramatic river canyon cuts through the terrain, and a high mountain bluff offers expansive views over the plateau. This undisturbed countryside provides a prime habitat for wildlife, with deer, moose, coyotes, beavers, cougars, black bears, and numerous others making their homes amid the forests and grasslands. Sandhill cranes, eagles, hummingbirds, and other avian species take to the surrounding skies, and rainbow trout populate the lakes.

People and Culture

In 1862, prospector Billy Barker found gold at Williams Creek, about 120 miles north of Siwash Lake Ranch. The discovery and others like it lured many a hopeful: between 1862 and 1870, thousands traveled into the region along the Cariboo Wagon Road, and mining towns sprung up in their wake. The adventurous spirit of these early gold rush settlers lives on in the area’s modern-day cowboy culture. Cattle ranches dot the landscape, and wranglers roam the vast wilderness of the Cariboo.

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