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Lac La Hache

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Known as being “the longest town in the Cariboo”, Lac La Hache is a small town nestled on the East side of the sprawling 19 kilometre lake, which gives the town it’s name. Lac La Hache roughly translates to “The Lake of the Axe”, and was supposedly named after a French-Canadian traveller who lost his axe head whilst ice-fishing, during the fur trade era. The town is a wonderful destination for a vacation offering numerous activities year round, and features a beautiful Provincial Park.

Eating

Skookum Scoops

You can’t visit Lac La Hache in the summer without a stop at Skookum Scoops. This little ice cream stand is on the west side of the highway. Get Info…

Q Brew Coffee

If you need a cup of high quality joe or expresso, look no further. You can also find a Mexican food trailer parked out front in the summer. Get info…

R&B Diner

Located in the Camco Gas station, this pub and restaurant is under new management as of 2019. Get Info…

The Red Crow

This eclectic diner features pizza and snacks. There is a pool table, pub and live music from time to time. Get Info

Activities

Hiking

There are ample hiking trails throughout the Lac La Hache area, offering picturesque views and an opportunity to spot local wildlife. The Wagon Road Self-Guided Nature Trail is a popular trail within the Lac La Hache Provincial Park. The trail is approximately 2 kilometres in length, which follows a similar path as the early settlers, miners and fur traders who once traveled the region seeking their fortunes during the Gold Rush era. Pets are welcome to come along, but they must be kept on a leash.

Boating

The sheer size of the lake makes it the ideal place to indulge in watersports. Water-skiing is a very popular activity on the lake, alongside canoeing and kayaking. There is an accessible boat launch by the Provincial Park access, and another located in the town. If you can’t bring your own, many resorts and facilities offer reasonably priced boat rentals. You can launch your boat at Crystal Springs resort and Lac La Hache Provincial Park.

Fishing

Lac La Hache is an excellent fishing lake for Kokanee and Rainbow Trout, and is regularly stocked, attracting die-hard anglers to the region. Small fish can be caught from shore, but fishing from a boat is by far the recommended method. 

In the wintertime, Lac La Hache becomes an ice-fishing hot spot.

Skiing

Mt. Timothy is an excellent ski hill located just outside of Lac La Hache. It offers a large selection of runs for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. There are also multiple snow-shoe trails and a tube park. Mt. Tims is renowned in the area for its family-friendly atmosphere and scenic location. Plans are underway for a 4 season campground.

Places to Stay

Camping

Lac La Hache Provincial Park offers a vehicle accessible campsite which will put you in the heart of the action. The campsites range in size with many larger sites including several pull through sites. The sites are nestled amongst the trees and are generally big enough to accommodate extra vehicles. It’s advisable to reserve your campsite in advance, but first-come, first served- sites are also available.

AirBnb/Motels

As the area is such a tourist hot spot, it will come as no surprise that there are several AirBnb properties available for rent, many of them lakeside.

The Lake Motel is also an excellent place to stay – and as the name suggests, offers excellent views of the lake. It’s a budget-friendly option, without having to compromise on location.

Resorts

Crystal Springs Resort

This stunning resort offers a number of lakeside chalets that can fit all the family. There are also pull through RV sites and numerous camping spots. Clean washrooms, hot showers and a laundry facility are all available for guests, along with a small store for anything you may have forgotten! Crystal Springs is a prime location for fishing and offers canoe, kayak, motor boat and paddle boat rentals. Get Info…

Kokanee Bay

The Kokanee Bay Resort is in a prime location, right next to the Provincial Park. It offers a whole range of accommodation options, from its own motel, cabins by the lake and RV and tent sites. The resort offers one of the best views of the lake and is a perfect place for fishing, swimming and relaxing. The motel is open year round and makes a fantastic winter break location for ice-fishing. Get Info….

Ten-ee-ah Lodge

If you’re looking for an authentic adventure off the beaten track, Ten-ee-ah Lodge is a wilderness resort located outside of Lac La Hache. The resort is set on the shoreline of Lake Spout, so there are ample opportunities for fishing, canoeing or boating. The resort also offers horse-riding tours and scenic float plane trips, so you can see the area from both land and sky.

Guests have the option of staying in a luxury log cabin or utilising the campground. Ten-ee-ah Lodge offers a dining package for all it’s guests, including a buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner – so you don’t need to worry about cooking! Get Info…

Craig Davidiuk
Author: Craig Davidiuk

Craig is the creator of this website and many others. His digital marketing career spans two decades and included stints in radio, owning a campground, managing a lapel pin factory and making music videos. He started this project as a way to give back to the community he loves - the Cariboo! Currently he serves on the boards for 100 Mile Nordics, HunCity Mountain Bike Club and the Cariboo Aquatic Society. Craig's also active as the content manager for Ride The Cariboo and consults with several tourism and small biz owners all over North America.

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