Circle Tour - From East to West
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.
HOW TO GET HERE: Vancouver to Williams Lake is 548 km (341
miles). From Williams Lake turn west onto the Chilcotin Highway
20 and travel 250 km (156 miles) to Kleena Kleene. From Bella
Coola travel the Chilcotin Highway 206 km (128 miles). If
you are coming by air, Pacific Coastal Air flies into Anahim
Lake a half hour away. Check schedules.
Kleena Kleene (year round population about 15) is bounded
by the Klinaklini and McClinchy Rivers. Located along the
Chilcotin Highway 20, 151 miles (242 km) west of Williams
Lake and 14 miles (23 km) west of the community of Tatla Lake.
Snuggled between Ts'ylo-s Park and Tweedsmuir Provincial Park,
Kleena Kleene offers many beautiful photographic opportunities.
Mt. Ts'yl-os is also known as Mt. Tatlow.
There are many hikes and sights in the area. Good fishing
is from June 1 through mid September. The Klinaklini River
offers good fishing, and nearby One Eye Lake and Big Stick
Lake are both good for fishing, boating, canoeing, and even
Plan to visit Perkins Peak, the northernmost part of the Pantheon
Range, where an old mine is located and the 360 degree vistas
are breathtaking. It is easily accessible by car nearly all
the way to the peak at 9,250 feet. Wildflowers there are spectacular
around the second week of July. The turn off is about halfway
west of Tatla Lake, towards Miner Lake. Devote at least 4
hours to this drive/hike.
The Klinaklini Falls are just 7 km off Hwy 20, a relatively
easy hike, but devote about 2 hours to this outing. This is
bear territory. Be sure to take protection and be “Bear Aware”.
Bring clothing for any extreme in weather for while it may
be very hot during the day, summer nights can bring a frost.
There are many other hikes and easy trails in the area, but
if you are interested in seeing the area from a different
perspective, make arrangements in advance of your visit to
take in flightseeing tours, horseback riding and extended
alpine horseback trips, guided hikes, kayaking, canoeing,
An operator on Clearwater can arrange heli hiking trips into
the nearby Waddington, Mt. Queen Bess, Niut and Pantheon Ranges.
A ranch operation would be delighted to give you a working
ranch holiday, take you out on trail rides into the alpine,
arrange flightseeing tours into Tweedsmuir Park and the Rainbow
Mountains, set you up at a fly-in outpost camp for some private
fishing, or simply arrange for fishing and canoeing on Clearwater
Lake. All can arrange for day trips to Chilko Lake, Tatlayoko
Lake, or the two hour hike to Kleena Kleene Falls.
“On your own” activities include bird and wildlife viewing,
fishing, swimming, photography, looking for wildflowers, biking,
nature walks, strolling along the Klinaklini River, sunrises,
sunsets and stargazing, exploring, practicing your rustic
cooking skills, reading, board games, and just relaxing! Check
on the events page for local activities and events taking
place in communities from Riske Creek to Bella Coola.
The little known Klinaklini River that winds its way through
this area is only about 200km or 125 miles long but it drains
a huge area comprising several mountain ranges before emptying
into the Pacific Ocean at Knight's Inlet, and only after squeezing
through a wild and impossibly narrow canyon. Considered to
be one of the major rivers of the Coast Mountain Pacific Range,
it provides for an amazing ecological variation. As a result,
wildlife abounds the length of the river from Bald Eagles
and Trumpeter Swans to moose, deer, wolverine, cougar, wolves,
grizzly and black Bears.
Except for its humble beginnings at a tiny lake near Perkin's
Peak where it winds down to One Eye Lake, and then at Knight's
Inlet, the Klinaklini River is mostly inaccessible except
to heli-hikers and fishermen, and heli-rafters. The river's
wild course and huge volume of water allows for rafting on
Class III to Class V water, however, in some places like the
impassible Klinaklini Canyon, a helicopter will have to take
Operators - Kleena Kleene, Clearwater