Likely is located 150 km (94 miles) north-east of 150
Mile House and approximately 42 km (26 miles) north of Horsefly.
The two main routes into Likely are; taking the junction at 150
Mile House which is only 14 km (9 miles) south of Williams
Lake, or by travelling the backcountry Beaver Lake Road from
McLeese Lake which is north of Williams
Lake by only 50 km (31 miles).
Likely is a small community whose economy has historically revolved
around mining and forestry. You can see lots of evidence of this
as you travel through the area. A nice example of past history is
at Cedar Point Class "C" Provincial Park where a display
of relic mining equipment exists.
Only 6 km (3.75 miles) from Likely, Cedar Point Class "C"
Provincial Park is located on Quesnel Lake. Named because of all
"old growth" cedar trees growing there; Cedar Point Class
"C" Provincial Park is a good spot to camp with an RV
or tent. From here you can explore the miles of forest service roads
or boat and fish on Quesnel Lake.
At around 157 km (100 miles), long Quesnel Lake is the largest lake
in the Cariboo Region. Shaped lake a "Y", Quesnel Lake
has at least 600 km (350 miles) of shoreline. Fed by various streams
and rivers, you can discover some incredible waterfalls throughout
your exploration as the water tumbles down from the Cariboo Mountains.
Deepest Fjord Lake
This lake, besides being large is incredibly deep. Most sources
for the area say almost 1.800 feet. (549 m) apparently, this makes
it the world's deepest fjord lake after it was formed during the
lb. Rainbow Trout
Quesnel Lake is a favorite spot for people from Williams Lake and
Quesnel to come and fish. There are lots
of talk about people catching 20 lb. Rainbow Trout in this lake.
A word of caution - if you are boating and canoeing on Quesnel Lake,
there are some incredible winds that occur off the Cariboo Mountains.
Make sure you pack extra food if you have to wait it out. The water
can get quite choppy.
Besides Quesnel Lake, make sure you visit the historic ghost
town of Quesnel Forks. Located 13 km (9 miles) west of Likely where
the Cariboo River and Quesnel River - 'The Forks' - offers you a
chance to glimpse into British Columbia's Gold Rush days of the
Besides fishing and boating that you'll find in the Likely area,
there are also the endless miles of forest service roads and historic
mining trails that lead to a number of places. There are some great
hikes and mountain biking available throughout the whole area.
If you enjoy whitewater activities, take advantage of the rapids
found along the Quesnel River. There are a few guides in the area
who will help if you're unfamiliar with locations.
FSR and Cunningham Pass
For other boating including canoeing and kayaking, try either Cariboo
Lake or Ghost Lake in Cariboo
Mountains Provincial Park. Both areas are located just north
of Likely on the 8400 FSR. Make sure you visit the store or contact
BC Highways for road conditions information and make sure your vehicle
is in good operating condition before attempting this as there is
no cell phone service or help available.
In the winter, enjoy great snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country
skiing throughout the Likely area.
Various establishments exist around Likely including the Likely
Hilton and various Bed and Breakfasts. For RV camping, try Cedar
Provincial Park or the Forest Service Recreation site at Quesnel
Other forest service sites exist around Quesnel Lake for more wilderness
style camping with a favourite found at Ladies
Creek on Cariboo Lake. Try to obtain a backcountry road map
For events experience the 'Quesnel Forks Camp Out' on the August
long weekend. Then if you happen to be around on Halloween there
is an impressive fireworks display.