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Clinton Historic Route

Half-day, 153.04 km (95.09 mi)

Rediscover the gold rush and early wild west ranching with a drive through Clinton's mountains, valleys and canyons.

Begin in Clinton on Kelly Lake Road and head west, stopping at the historic Kelly Lake Ranch (at the junction of Kelly Lake Road and Jesmond Road), established in 1866 and marked by weather-beaten buildings. Note: The buildings are on private property, so please stay outside the fence.

Part 1

Kelly Lake Road

Begin in Clinton on Kelly Lake Road and head west, stopping at the historic Kelly Lake Ranch (at the junction of Kelly Lake Road and Jesmond Road), established in 1866 and marked by weather-beaten buildings. Note: The buildings are on private property, so please stay outside the fence.

Part 2

Big Bar Ferry

Drive north along Jesmond Road (part of the original Fraser River Trail) to Edge Hills Provincial Park. Just beyond the park at the mouth of Kelly Creek is the old Grange Mine, a gold mine that operated until the late 1940s. It is only accessible via the Fraser River by whitewater raft or jetboat.
The Big Bar Ferry, which has carried passengers across the Fraser River since 1894, is one of the most interesting features along this drive. The ferry is pulled on cables using the river’s current. The ride is free, but the ferry is seasonal (check with the Visitor Centre for schedule). Across the Fraser River the road continues to Lillooet. (This stretch of road requires a SUV.)

Part 3

Big Bar Guest Ranch and return to Clinton

Turn back and continue to Big Bar Guest Ranch, located 5km/3.1mi north of the Big Bar Ferry. The route then drops into a hollow that shelters the buildings of the original OK Ranch, also known as the Red Dog Saloon. At Mile 64 of the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail there is a junction that leads back around to the north end of Marble Range, and then southeast to Clinton on Big Bar Road.

Driving Directions

Part 1 - Kelly Lake Road
  • 153.04 km
  • Half-day
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