small town in the south of British Columbia's Cariboo Country offers a
wide variety of activities, sights and scenery, year round. With its colorful
history of well over 100 years and its unique western atmosphere, Clinton
was founded as a direct result of the "boom" of the Cariboo Gold Rush.
the discovery of gold in the Cariboo, Royal Engineers were commissioned
to build a road through the Fraser Canyon to the Cariboo to join the already
existing wagon road from Lillooet to 47 Mile. The junction was 47 miles
from Lillooet and thus 47 Mile was the name used until 1863, when 47 Mile
officially became Clinton. The community also boasts of hosting one of
British Columbia's oldest continuously running events, the "Clinton
Annual Ball," held in May of each year.
are a number of popular historical sites to visit, and the historical
walking tour through the main street of Clinton provides a pictorial tour through
history. Local craft shops are frequented by those passing through as
well as local people.
small friendly community close to larger centres, Clinton offers a life
of quiet living in one of the most pristine natural environments in the
world, with an ever changing spectrum from rolling hills, ranch lands,
and spectacular chasms.
winter Clinton has a great many activities to offer the visitor - from
hiking and fishing in the summer to cross-country skiing and snowmobiling
in winter. Kelly Lake, Pear Lake, Leighwood Lake, Riley Dam, Big Bar Lake,
Beaverdam Lake and Loon Lake all provide excellent fishing. Some of these
lakes also provide resorts, picnicking, swimming and beaches. There are
many different types of wildlife found around Clinton and area, including
deer, moose, cougar, bear and upland game.
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There are two motels, one hotel, and a bed and breakfast in Clinton; plus
a number of campsites, resorts and guest ranches nearby.
As a midway point between Vancouver and Prince George, Clinton serves
as a centre providing amenities to both its own residents and the travelling
public. Clinton is located on Highway 97, 36 km (22 mi.) north of Cache
Creek and 80 km (50 mi.) south of 100
Mile House. A well maintained route, Highway 97 is the major north
south link of Southern BC with Northern
BC, the Yukon and Alaska.
Facilities & Activities: Hiking and cross-country ski trails,
fishing and recreational lakes; rodeo grounds; baseball diamond; community
park for picnicking; recreation centre; Memorial Hall; curling rink. There
are several guest ranches
in the area where city slickers can enjoy the "cowboy experience”.
Attractions: Downing Provincial Park; Soda Lake; 1861 Pioneer Cemetery;
Big Bar Provincial Park; Clinton Museum,
the Painted Chasm; Annual Ball; May Ball Rodeo and Dance; Clinton Outdoor
Sportsmen Auction and Dinner in April; Canada Day Celebrations on July
1st; Clinton Country Jamboree and Family Fun Fest Day in August; Art Show
in the Fall.
Forestry, ranching, service centre, tourism and mining.
Moderately dry summer with a moderate to cold winter.