Located in central British Columbia, the Cariboo region is an area of vast landscapes and outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities with sweeping plains stretching in all directions, where rivers are wide, water is fresh, and history runs deep.

Cariboo Map

Named after the woodland caribou, this region includes the city of Prince George, a major service centre for the northern half of BC, and smaller towns such as Williams Lake, Quesnel, and the Gold Rush town of Barkerville.

Public post-secondary institutions in this region include the University of Northern British Columbia and College of New Caledonia.

Photo: Thompson Rivers University

Fun facts about the Cariboo region

  1. In 1864, the town of Barkerville was thought to be the largest town north of San Francisco and west of Chicago.

  2. Quesnel’s historic Fraser River Foot Bridge is the world’s longest wood truss pedestrian bridge.

  3. The city of Prince George sits on the traditional lands of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, whose name means “people where the rivers come together” in the Carrier language.

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