Canim Lake BC

Tourism Information

Canim Lake is a popular tourist location in the Cariboo, featuring numerous resorts and attractions. The lake itself happens to be one of the largest in the area at 37 km (23 mi) long, making it a hot spot for all types of watersports. The name “Canim” actually translates to “canoe” in the Chinook language!



The area of Canim Lake is surrounded by rolling hills and densely populated forests, making it a hiker’s paradise. One of the most popular trails is located within Wells Gray Provincial Park and leads to the renowned Canim Falls, a magnificent waterfall. They can be accessed by following the trail along the south side of Canim Lake. 


Canim Lake is an anglers dream during the summer months, offering up some of the best freshwater fly-fishing in British Columbia. Typical catches include Kokanee, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout or Ling Cod. Regular catches of fish up to 25lb is not uncommon. Fishing isn’t just for summer in these parts though, a thriving ice fishing season exists from mid December to mid March.

Horse Riding

There’s no better way to see the sights than from between a horses ears and the Kayanara Guest Ranch and Resort offers guests the chance to do just that. The ranch welcomes riders of all abilities and offers 1-2 hour trails. Although the resort has lodging, day visitors are more than welcome to saddle up for a ride.

Water Sports

Canim Lake is one of the more popular canoeing and kayaking locations in the area. The vast size of the lake means there’s plenty of room. The water around the shoreline is generally very sheltered and calm, making it an ideal spot.

There are several boat ramps around the lake, so windsurfing and wakeboarding are both common activities.Car-top boat launching is also possible from the Canim Beach Provincial Park at the south end of Canim Lake. Many resorts in the area offer canoe, paddleboard and fishing boat rentals. Whether you fancy an adrenaline fuelled day on the water or just a relaxing place to finish off your novel, there will be more than enough choice.

Places to Stay:

As the Canim Lake area is bustling with outdoor activities, many of the places to stay are resorts, catered for longer visits. There are a number of quiet and secluded AirBnb’s in the area which may be perfect for a more private getaway.

Canim Lake Resort

This resort is one of the largest campgrounds, featuring both RV sites alongside regular tent sites and several cabins. There’s no slumming it here – some of the other amenities include full hookups, laundry facilities, a private beach and outdoor hot tub – not to mention the lodge is fully licensed. They also offer boat rentals, guided fishing and hunting tours and mountain biking.

South Point Resort

Nestled away by the waters edge is South Point Resort. This charming resort offers campsites just a few feet away from the waters edge- it doesn’t get much closer than that! RV sites are also available, along with several condos and cabins. The resort is pet friendly, so your pups can also enjoy some lakeside living. 

The resort offers rentals for everything from full sized boats to kayaks, so guests are never short of something to do. It is open year-round, making it the perfect place to crash after a day of winter activities.

Rainbow Resort

If you’ve ever dreamt of waking up to the sound of waves lapping gently against the shoreline, this is the place for you. Rainbow Resort has 11 beautiful cabins; each with their own beach, covered deck and fire pit. There is also a campground with a variety of hookups. The resort attracts anglers from all over, it’s known to be the perfect spot to cast a line.

Reynolds Resort

Beautiful cabins, spacious RV sites and all of it pet friendly! What more could you ask for? The Reynolds Resort is designed with relaxation in mind. It features its own boat ramp, so guests can spend endless hours out on the lake, pole in hand. No need to bring your own – the resort offers boat rentals. After a lazy day in the sun, why not head on over to the spa and let the pampering continue. The resort has a wide range of amenities, making it perfect for a solo trip, romantic getaway or family vacation.

Shannon Skeels
Author: Shannon Skeels

Shannon is the head writer and content manager for Visit The Cariboo. She has a journalism degree from the UK and resides near 150 Mile House. Shannon is passionate about horses and also teaches riding.

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