Mist flows across Anahim Lake while mountains behind reflect in the water.
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Anahim Lake


All roads except for Highway 20 are gravel. You should be sure to check on local conditions before embarking on your trip.

As there have been some changes to the "Discovery Coast Ferry Route "(Route # 40), the West Chilcotin Tourism Association recommends that you check the latest ferry schedules, type of ferry, and amenities, before embarking on your trip.

The community of Anahim Lake is almost exactly 200 miles or 320km out of Williams Lake and is often called the Gateway to Tweedsmuir. It consists of two restaurants, three stores and gas stations, two churches, medical clinic, Highway works yard, school and RCMP Detachment Office, as well as several home based businesses. There is a large Native Reserve in the community itself as well as along the highway just east of Anahim Lake.

A 5000 ft. paved runway allows scheduled flights from Vancouver South Terminal three times weekly in winter and twice in summer.

Anahim Lake is a popular lake for Rainbow Trout to 14" and up to three pounds. The lake has three resorts on it that provide camping as well as excellent accommodation varying from chalets and cabins to B&B's, family fare on licensed premises to fine dining with lake and mountain views. It's a popular lake for boating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and float tubing.

The Dean River exits Anahim Lake and meanders its way north and then west, growing along the way. It is a world renowned fly fishing river for Rainbow Trout on the upper Dean, and for Steelhead on the lower Dean. Follow Christiansen Road to the north where you can access the Dean from some spots along the road. Also along this gravel road are several good fishing lakes which includes Abundtlet where fishing is excellent for Rainbow Trout to three pounds where the Dean exits the. Continue north on the road to Lessard Lake beyond that on the right. Lessard has little pressure on its wild Char and Rainbow Trout stocks in excess of four pounds and its shallow depth makes it an extremely popular and consistant fly fishing lake.
Other lakes can be accessed by road from the community of Anahim Lake which includes Kappan Lake as well as several smaller lakes in the area.

Anahim Lake is a great recreational center with Tweedsmuir Park to its west and the Itcha Illgatchuz Park to its east. Tweedsmuir offers tremendous opportunity to hike the many trails throughout the park, or pick your own up into the Rainbow Mountains with their spectacular color created by minerals. Hike the Tote Road at the bottom of the Bella Coola Hill into Hunlen Falls, the third highest freefalling waterfall in Canada. Trail riding, pack trips, and horse assisted hiking trips are popular in both the Rainbow Mountains and the Itcha Illgatchuz Ranges. Here you'll see numerous and varied wildlife, high elevation lakes and wild alpine that supports lichen and swales of wildflowers.

The Anahim Lake area has tremendous mountain views including that of Anahim Peak, famous for its good quality obsidian traded for centuries by local natives to other tribes across Western Canada and the United States. The community is also noted for its events that include a canoe race on the Dean River in the spring, waterskipping with snowmobiles in early summer, and the Anahim Lake Stampede in mid-July. The region has a long history of first trapping, and than ranching, and has found its place in many legends as well as books.

Anahim Lake is the last community before heading west down the infamous 'Hill' at Heckman Pass to the Bella Coola Valley.
For more detailed information and images of Anahim Lake please go to the Tour Anahim Lake Region page.


Operators - Anahim Lake

Bella Coola Vehicle Rentals
Anahim Lake
Chilcotin Coast Experience
Anahim Lake
Eagle's Nest Resort
Anahim Lake
Escott Bay Resort
Anahim Lake
Eliguk Lake Lodge Outfitters
Eliguk Lake
Itcha Illgatchuz Mountain Outfitters
Anahim Lake
Two Pelicans and a seagull on Anahim Lake.
 
Anahim Lake, island and mountains.
 
Two horsemen roping a steer.
 
Jagged peak of the Coast Mountain Range behind lake.
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