is located 51 km (32 miles) north-east of 150
Mile House. Horsefly is situated along side the Horsefly River
and is a short distance away from the west shore of a large lake
called Horsefly Lake.
Horsefly is a small community made up of rural farms and a small
commercial area. The commercial area has a number of businesses
including The Anvil Pub which features karaoke and full meals, Horsefly
Motel, a gas station called Horsefly Service, Darlene's Country
Kitchen plus Clarkes General Store - which has a liquor outlet,
fishing gear, snacks, lottery, ATM and produce.
these businesses there is also the Horsefly Mini Mall which houses
a number of other services including the Cariboo Country Grocery,
Post Office, another liquor outlet, Horsefly Hardware, Corner House
Restaurant and some apartments. The Corner House Restaurant features
an indoor eating area plus an outdoor patio overlooking the Horsefly
Lynn Memorial-Pioneer Museum
Also located in Horsefly across from the Mini Mall is the Horsefly
School, the interdenominational Cariboo Christian Church of Horsefly
and Community Hall and the Horsefly River Bridge. Horsefly has a
small display of artifacts from the region at the Jack Lynn Memorial-Pioneer
Museum located nearby.
This lake 11 km (7 miles) from Horsefly, along with the crystal
clear Horsefly River, offers some great recreational activities
- kayaking, canoeing and fishing are all available.
Lake Provincial Campground
If you are planning to stay awhile and you like camping, try Horsefly
Lake Provincial Park. This is a multi-use park has a campsite with
great swimming, kayaking and pleasure boating areas. The campground
has a number of private waterfront campsites, boat launch and large
parking lot for your vehicle and boat trailer.
River Habitat Trail
On your way to Horsefly Provincial Provincial Park make sure you
visit the Horsefly River Habitat Trail. The trail follows the spawning
channels of the Fisheries and Oceans facility next to the Horsefly
River. During periods of heavy fish runs you can view this amazing
spectacle from a nature viewing platform next to the river.
Besides the activities on the water, Horsefly and the surrounding
area have great mountain biking, quad-riding and hiking. Take your
4x4 and head out onto some of the old mining roads. These roads
have great scenery and wildlife watching - it's well worth it.
For wilderness camping, there are a number of old Forest Service
Recreation Sites in the area. Arrive ahead of time to make sure
the site is operational - quite a few have been closed. Please note
government funding for some of the sites has stopped so facilities
are now limited or non-existent.
and Quesnel Lake
If you are doing some exploring and adventure, make sure you drive
north to Likely. It's only 42 km (26 miles)
away. Along the route you'll pass Quesnel Lake, one of the largest,
deepest natural lakes in the area. Bring your boat, fishing rod
and backcountry road map - Quesnel Lake has some great exploring
and recreational pursuits.
For those of you who would like to visit Likely
but prefer to stay off 4X4 wilderness roads try taking the Beaver
Valley Road. Located just past the landfill site leaving Horsefly
the preferred Beaver Valley Road travels through a beautiful valley
past the Beaver Creek Chain of Lakes to Likely Road.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Horsefly,
please remember this is Bear Country. Try to avoid the rivers during
heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears
around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities
of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.