Clinton is located 39 km (24 miles) north of Cache
Creek and 112 km south of 100 Mile
House on Hwy 97. Clinton is situated on the east side of the
Fraser River at the start of the south end of the Fraser Plateau
and is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cariboo.'
Clinton is a very historic town, especially in the relationship
between the Cariboo Gold Fields and the prospectors seeking this
wealth. The town is full of heritage buildings and artifacts dating
back to the late 1880's. If you walk around several of these buildings,
you will find small kiosks displaying old photographs of previous
days with descriptions showing this proud past.
Housed in the old schoolhouse that was built in 1892, the Clinton
Museum has a number of excellent artifacts and photos depicting
Clinton's gold-mining past. Then, if you want to find out more about
this, be sure to pick up the free walking-tour guidebook available
at the museum to assist you to marvel at the history while walking
Some heritage buildings on Hwy 97 that are worth the time for you
to view include the Clinton Municipal Office built in 1927, the
Palace Hotel built in 1862, probably the oldest structure in Clinton,
and the Robertson House which was built in 1866. Then, if you get
a chance, go and see the St. Apostle Catholic Church.
For collectors of antiques, curios and collectables take the time
to visit the large number of businesses and shops that seem to be
part of Clinton's past. One favourite store, called the Clinton
Emporium, sells a number of antique tools, farm equipment, books
and the odd rare item that's hard to find. At the north end of town
on Hwy 97, there is also the North Road Trading Post.
Local Businesses and Services
Clinton has a number of other local businesses that can serve you.
There are both Petro-Canada and Shell service stations, a Lucky
Dollar Grocery Store, Budget Foods, Integris Credit Union, the Nomad
and Round-Up Motels and Vallance Pottery. Also situated on Hwy 97
are the Clinton Regional Health and Wellness Centre and some public
Another local business, the Cariboo Lodge Resort, located on Hwy
97, is where you'll find the most entertainment in Clinton. The
log cabin-style saloon features a number good food items on the
menu, has cold refreshments and it's where a lot of the locals like
to meet. If you are looking for a place to stay in Clinton the Cariboo
Lodge Resort has very nice clean rooms.
- (250) 459-7992
Conn Centennial Park
If you require a place for relaxing from driving in Clinton go to
Reg Conn Centennial Park situated on the south side of town. Look
for the large sign on Hwy 97 near the Clinton Emporium pointing
out the direction to the park. Reg Conn Centennial Park has picnic
tables, washrooms and a kids' playground situated on a beautiful
5-acre piece of partially treed property with a pond.
For adventure touring try and take the road to Big Bar 70 km (44
miles) away on the Fraser River. To get here from Clinton, travel
on Hwy 97 south to the Clinton-Pavilion Road, take this road for
about 16.5 km (10 miles) to Jesmond Road right before Downing Provincial
Park. From here on a gravel road to Jesmond 21 km (13 miles), then
turn west at Big Bar Road.
The Big Bar landscape is absolutely incredible with the Fraser River
cutting down through a number of rock gorges. You can do a circle
travel route back to Clinton from Jesmond by taking the Big Bar
Road past Big Bar Lake Provincial Park to the Big Bar Rest Area
on Hwy 97 just north of Clinton. The Big Bar Rest Area has a beautiful
view towards the east of the Fraser Plateau.
Bar Ski Trails
Also situated on Big Bar Road is where Clinton has the Big Bar Ski
Trails with around 50 km (30 miles) of cross-country runs. Maintained
by the Clinton Snow Jockey Club, the area offers both groomed and
ungroomed trails for all ability levels. The no-fee trails are open
to everyone and offer spectacular views of the Marble Range Provincial
Parks. Check with Robin Fennell for more information, telephone
The turnoff to Chasm Provincial Park, Chasm Road is situated 14.5
km (9 miles) north of Clinton on Hwy 97. From here the park is eastward
around 5 km (3miles). What you can find at Chasm Provincial Park
is a beautiful eastern viewpoint of the Fraser Plateau cut out of
the landscape from a glacial erosion 10,000 years ago.
Trail RV Park
For an RV Campground in Clinton, try staying at the Gold Trail RV
Park. Home to an 'all-you-can-eat' BBQ buffet restaurant, the Gold
Trail RV Park offers a number of drive-through campsites, especially
handy for large motorhomes.
The features of Downing Provincial Park include a nice sandy beach,
Kelly Lake which is absolutely beautiful, panoramic views of 2,245
metre (7,483 feet) high Mount Bowman, fishing and a nice, quiet
vehicle-accessible campground which is only really busy on weekends.