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100 Mile House

100 Mile House is a small town and the main service center of the southern Cariboo region of British Columbia. It’s name harkens back to the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush when the settlement was little more than a roadhouse at the 100 mile mark of the Cariboo Wagon Road. There are amenities for the traveller although little in the way of attractions, but the surrounding area has many lakes, ranch resorts, cross country skiing and other outdoor activities.

Contents

  • Understand 1
  • Get in 2
  • Get around 3
  • See 4
  • Do 5
  • Buy 6
  • Eat 7
  • Drink 8
  • Sleep 9
  • Connect 10
  • Go next 11

Understand

  • 100 Mile House Visitor Center155 Airport Rd , toll-free: . Information on local attractions and activities, restrooms and Wifi.

Get in

The town is located on B.C. Highway 97 (the Cariboo Highway), between Vancouver.

Greyhound, 214 S Hwy 97, +1 250 395-4444. Twice daily service connecting to Vancouver and Prince George, although it doesn’t always arrive or depart at convenient hours. The overnight ride to/from Vancouver is via Kamloops.

Get around

100 Mile House itself isn’t large, but if you want to take in the surrounding countryside, you will need a car.

See

  • World’s Largest Cross-Country Skis (at the Visitor Info Center). They’re blue, long and very tall (just over 10 m). The skis were a community project in recognition of the area’s status as cross-country skiing center.
  • 100 Mile MarshAirport Rd & Hwy 97 (just south of the Visitor Info Center). A small wetland with a trail around it and a small picnic area. It’s a popular spot with birdwatchers.
  • 108 Heritage SiteCariboo Highway, 108 Mile Ranch. The buildings can be viewed any time; the museum is open daily 10AM-5PM from the May long weekend to the first weekend of Sept. A very nice rest area along the Cariboo Highway with a collection of pioneer era buildings set on the shore of 108 Mile Lake. Highlights include the striking red 105 Mile Roadhouse (now a museum) and the Log Clydesdale Barn, which is the largest log barn in Canada. The site includes seven other buildings, a number of picnic tables and a souvenir shop. There is access to the 108 Mile ski and hiking trails from the southern end of the parking lot.

Do

Befitting a place with the largest cross-country skis in the world, cross-country skiing is very popular. In a good winter, there about 150 km of groomed trails across two facilities within 20 min of the town. Use of groomed trails requires purchase of a day, week or season pass.

  • 99 Mile Ski Trails500 Ainsworth Rd (2 km south of town on Hwy 97). 50 km of trails with some steeper terrain and more challenging sections better suited for more skilled skiers. The area hosts the annual Cariboo Marathon. Passes can be purchased from the lodge attendant at the 99 Mile Ski Lodge.
  • 108 Mile Ranch Trails108 Mile Ranch. Varied terrain with some gentle sections making it a better option for beginner or intermediate skiers. The trails can be accessed at the parking lot to the 108 Mile Heritage Site or from the Hills Guest Ranch. Daily trail fees can be paid for at the Hills Guest Ranch, which also does ski/pole/boot rentals. Trail fees $8.50, equipment rental $14-18 (children/adults).

Buy

Eat

The town has a couple of chain grocery stores (Save-on-Foods and Safeway) along the Cariboo Highway that are good for stocking up on groceries or getting some takeaways. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes that provide some variety for eating options.

Drink

Sleep

There is some choice of accommodation in and around 100 Mile House, although don’t expect five star luxury. The chain hotels along the highway at the south end of town provide some cheaper options, while nearby guest ranches offer a more interesting albeit expensive stay.

  • Hills Guest RanchHighway 97, 108 Mile Ranch , toll-free: fax: +1 250-791-6384, e-mail: . Working ranch set amidst over 100 km of trails. There are lodge rooms and cabins for rent. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants and a tea parlour. Horseback riding lessons and guided tours are available. And when you’re ready to relax, there is a spa, as well.
  • Ramada Limited917 Alder Ave (Alder Ave and Hwy 97),  . Check-in: 3 PM, check-out: 11 AM. Rooms with one or two beds and a small number of suites with a hot tub and fridge. Free Wifi and continental breakfast. $110 and up.
  • Super 8989 Alder Ave . Check-in: 3 PM, check-out: 11 AM. Mix of rooms with one or two beds. Some rooms have a fridge and microwave, or a kitchen. $100 and up.

Connect

Go next

Just south of town, take Highway 24 to the scenic Interlakes District. If you continue south on Highway 97, you’ll come to Clinton, another Cariboo Gold Rush era small town.

Routes through 100 Mile House
Williams Lake ←  N BC-97.svg  S  → 70 Mile House → ClintonKamloops


100 Mile House

100 Mile House
District municipality
District of 100 Mile House[1]
Motto: "Centum Salutationes"
100 Mile House is located in British Columbia
100 Mile House
Location of 100 Mile House in British Columbia
Coordinates:
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region South Cariboo
Regional district Cariboo
Founded 1862
Incorporated 1965
Government
 • Mayor Mitch Campsall
 • MP Cathy McLeod (Conservative)
 • MLA Donna Barnett (Liberal)
Area
 • District municipality 53.29 km2 (20.58 sq mi)
Elevation 927 m (3,041 ft)
Population (2011)
 • District municipality 1,886
 • Density 35.4/km2 (92/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,721
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways Highway 97
Waterways Bridge Creek

100 Mile House is a town and district municipality located in the South Cariboo region of central British Columbia, Canada.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Economy 2
    • Tourism 2.1
  • Locations 3
  • Climate 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

100 Mile House was originally known as Bridge Creek House, named after the creek running through the area. Its origins as a settlement go back to the time when Thomas Miller owned a collection of ramshackle buildings serving the traffic of the gold rush as a resting point for travellers moving between Kamloops and Fort Alexandria, which was 98 miles (158 km) north of 100 Mile House farther along the HBC Brigade Trail. It acquired its current name during the Cariboo Gold Rush where a roadhouse was constructed in 1862 at the 100 miles (160 km) mark up the Old Cariboo Road from Lillooet.

In 1930, Lord Martin Cecil left England to come to 100 Mile House and manage the estate owned by his father, the 5th Marquess of Exeter. The estate's train stop on the Pacific Great Eastern (now CNR) railway is to the west of town and called Exeter.[2] The town, which at the time consisted of the roadhouse, a general store, a post office, telegraph office and a power plant, had a population of 12. The original road house burned down in 1937.

100 Mile House residents often go by the demonym BX'ers, in relation to Barnard's Express.

Economy

100 Mile House's welcome sign

At present, 100 Mile House is the primary service centre for the South Cariboo and has a population of approximately 2,000. The service area has a population roughly ten times the size of the town. It includes the communities of Lac La Hache, Forest Grove, Lone Butte, Horse Lake, Bridge Lake, 70 Mile House, Canim Lake, and 108 Mile Ranch, and is the largest residential centre between Kamloops and Williams Lake.

The primary industries of 100 Mile House are forestry and ranching. Log home building and tourism are also an important part of the community.

Tourism

100 Mile House is a centre for outdoor activities and is becoming increasingly known for its richness of bird life. The surrounding area features hundreds of lakes for boating and fishing including 101 Mile Lake, 103 Mile Lake, Lac La Hache, Canim Lake, Horse Lake, Green Lake, Bridge lake and Sheridan Lake. The Cariboo ski marathon attracts a large and international field of cross-country (Nordic) skiers.

The surrounding communities offer various activities for residents and visiting tourists. Several Rodeos throughout the area are attracting visitors from far away and the extensive trail system invites trail riders from all over the province. This area is know for the great outdoors and offers beautiful scenery for hiking, snowmobiling and ATV riding. There are Government Campgrounds at Green Lake, Bridge Lake and Lac La Hache. There are also many private campsites around the area that also offer cabin and fishing boat rentals and RV Hook-ups. It is an outdoors persons' paradise. This area is a well-kept secret and is only a 5 hour drive from Vancouver.

Locations

Climate

Climate data for 100 Mile House
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
13.5
(56.3)
21.0
(69.8)
30.0
(86)
34.5
(94.1)
34.5
(94.1)
35.5
(95.9)
36.0
(96.8)
36.0
(96.8)
29.0
(84.2)
18.3
(64.9)
12.5
(54.5)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) −2.1
(28.2)
2.1
(35.8)
7.4
(45.3)
12.2
(54)
17.0
(62.6)
20.3
(68.5)
23.1
(73.6)
23.3
(73.9)
18.5
(65.3)
11.1
(52)
2.4
(36.3)
−2.9
(26.8)
11.0
(51.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.2
(19)
−3.7
(25.3)
0.8
(33.4)
5.2
(41.4)
9.5
(49.1)
13.0
(55.4)
15.3
(59.5)
14.9
(58.8)
10.4
(50.7)
4.8
(40.6)
−2.1
(28.2)
−7.7
(18.1)
4.4
(39.9)
Average low °C (°F) −12.3
(9.9)
−9.4
(15.1)
−5.9
(21.4)
−1.9
(28.6)
2.0
(35.6)
5.7
(42.3)
7.4
(45.3)
6.3
(43.3)
2.2
(36)
−1.6
(29.1)
−6.5
(20.3)
−12.5
(9.5)
−2.2
(28)
Record low °C (°F) −44.5
(−48.1)
−40.5
(−40.9)
−37.8
(−36)
−15.0
(5)
−9.0
(15.8)
−4.0
(24.8)
−1.5
(29.3)
−6.0
(21.2)
−10.0
(14)
−32.0
(−25.6)
−40.5
(−40.9)
−48.0
(−54.4)
−48.0
(−54.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 35.1
(1.382)
21.3
(0.839)
16.5
(0.65)
29.2
(1.15)
42.9
(1.689)
56.6
(2.228)
68.2
(2.685)
47.5
(1.87)
37.0
(1.457)
32.3
(1.272)
42.4
(1.669)
48.2
(1.898)
477.1
(18.783)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 3.0
(0.118)
2.5
(0.098)
5.0
(0.197)
20.4
(0.803)
41.9
(1.65)
56.4
(2.22)
68.2
(2.685)
47.5
(1.87)
36.3
(1.429)
26.8
(1.055)
14.0
(0.551)
1.4
(0.055)
323.4
(12.732)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 32.1
(12.64)
18.8
(7.4)
11.5
(4.53)
8.8
(3.46)
1.0
(0.39)
0.1
(0.04)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.7
(0.28)
5.5
(2.17)
28.5
(11.22)
46.8
(18.43)
153.7
(60.51)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 9.4 7.2 6.7 8.6 11.9 13.0 13.0 10.5 8.7 9.5 11.1 10.4 120.0
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 1.3 1.1 2.6 6.4 11.6 13.0 13.0 10.5 8.5 8.2 4.2 0.7 81.0
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 8.7 6.2 4.2 3.0 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4 2.0 8.0 10.2 43.4
Source: [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" ( 
  2. ^ BCGNIS entry "Exeter (locality)"
  3. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 

External links

  • "100 Mile House (district municipality)".  
  • 100 Mile House - BritishColumbia.com page
  • South Cariboo Visitor Information Centre
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