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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Cariboo Chilcotin Coast > Gold Bridge-Bridge River

Gold Bridge-Bridge River Valley
Gold Bridge is located 100 km (62 miles) west of Lillooet on the Bridge River Road towards Carpenter Lake. Very rich in mining exploration, Gold Bridge and the Bridge River Valley are now part of an electrical complex operated by BC Hydro.

Three Dams
This generation system called the the Bridge River Complex encompasses three dams with water reservoirs for four generating stations for a capacity of 492 megawatts, or 6 to 8 per cent of BC Hydro's electrical capabilities.

Bridge River Valley
The roads into Bridge River Valley are very beautiful with panoramic views of the various lakes and valleys in all directions. Going into Gold Bridge from Lillooet the road called Hwy 40 follows the lakeshore of Carpenter Lake and is made up of approximately 50% pavement/50% gravel base.

Mountain Views
Trucks are preferred but if you have a car just take your time - it will make it no problem. Most of the lakes are glacial filled, quite cold and have a vivid aqua blue that is quite stunning with the mountains views behind.

Gun Lake
At Gold Bridge, take the time to go up and hike around and explore Gun Lake. You will be amazed by the semi-arid climate and conditions that surround this pristine area. There is a small 8 campsite FSR and public boat launch on Gun Lake.

Fishing and Hunting
The fishing and hunting are equally as good with Gun Lake supporting a large animal population. If you're a hiker there are a few trails in the area; please check at the local Tourist Info Centre in Gold Bridge for free maps and information.

BC Hydro's Bridge River Complex
Originally built by the BC Electric Company in 1927 to supply Vancouver with power, the Bridge River Complex was finally completed in 1960. The electrical scheme used by BC Hydro is to use the Bridge River three times in succession as it flows from the Coast Mountains eastward to the Fraser River.

The Final Result
The final result: Downton Lake and La Joie Dam with a 24 MW generating station near Bralorne, Carpenter Lake with the Terzaghi Dam on the Bridge River, large diversion tunnels and penstocks to the 42 MW Seton generating station on Seton Lake, then near Lillooet the Seton Powerhouse with the water discharging into the Fraser River.

Free Tours of La Joie Dam
To fully understand this engineering project, visit La Joie dam firsthand. During the summer BC Hydro, with co-operation from the Bridge River Valley Economic Development, has free tours of La Joie. The BRVED also gives free tours of the local museum, church and the historic Bralorne Pioneer Mining operation.

Unbelievable Snowmobiling at 2,438 M (8,000 Ft)
For recreation the area presents some excellent outdoor pursuits that include fishing, unbelievable snowmobiling to elevations that reach up to 2,438 metres (8,000 feet) alpine level, hiking and mountain biking everywhere, cross-country skiing and great hunting. If you like heli-skiing think about looking at this area, TLH Heliskiing operates locally.

RV and Rustic Camping
If you're thinking of camping, BC Hydro has a number of excellent facilities especially the one on Carpenter Lake. Otherwise there are some great areas around Tyaughton Lake at Tyax Mountain Resort or more remote sites such as Kingdom Lake which features a rustic FSR campsite.

Going to Whistler?
If you are planning on going to Whistler the Hurley River Forest Service goes through to Pemberton but only with certain conditions. You will require a 4x4 vehicle and be familiar with backcountry conditions. This road can also be very rough and is summer only.

Check Local Conditions
Please also check with local condition reports before attempting. The upside, this route is very beautiful as it goes over the Hurley River Forest Service Road and through a beautiful mountain pass down to the Lillooet River near Pemberton.

Duffy Lake Road
If you would still like to go either to or from Whistler, the only other way is to take Hwy 99 - the Duffy Lake Road, which is open all year, goes through Lillooet and the First Nation settlement of Mt Currie.

Shalalth to Whistler Route
As you travel along the north end of Carpenter Lake there is a turnoff to the small first nation community of Shalalth. Situated on the west end of Seton Lake, Shalalth takes you to Seton Portage and gives access to Anderson Lake.

Anderson Lake
Here you will find a 4x4 road that runs the length of Anderson Lake taking you to and from Whistler. It is a summer-only road that follows the lake down the power line along the CN tracks. The road goes through D'Arcy, Birken, Mount Currie and Pemberton is situated on the west end of Anderson Lake.

Gold Bridge-Bridge River Links

 

 

Map of Gold Bridge
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Carpenter Lake
Carpenter Lake

 

Yalakom Mountains
Yalakom Mountains

 

Terzaghi Dam
Terzaghi Dam

 

Seton Lake
Seton Lake

 

Bridge River Complex
Bridge River Complex

 

Carpenter Lake
Carpenter Lake

 

Hurley River Forest Service Road
Hurley Forest Service Road

 
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