Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Phone : (250) 392-7404

Williams Lake, BC (Nearby: South Lakeside, Dog Creek, Pine Valley, Commodore Heights, Glendale)

1660 Broadway Ave. S.
Williams Lake, British Columbia
V2G 2W4

British Columbia Tourism Region : Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Description From Owner:
  • The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is the only Museum in BC to focus on ranching and rodeo and honors both the cowboys of the past and the present.
  • The Museum is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and has a special display area featuring photos, biographies and memorabilia of the province's outstanding cowboys.
  • The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is located in the Tourism Discovery Centre at 1660 Broadway Avenue South, in Williams Lake.
  • 'The Cariboo' is a regional name first applied to the goldfield area around Quesnel and Barkerville but now generally extended to cover the country between Cache Creek and Prince George.
  • Visitors to the province should note that it is an unforgivable solecism to spell the name 'the Caribou.'
  • In a despatch of September 1861 to the Duke of Newcastle, Governor Douglas mentioned: [the] Cariboo country, in speaking of which I have adopted
  • the popular term and more convenient orthography of the word, though properly it should be written 'Cariboeuf,' or 'Reindeer,' the country having been so called from its being the favourite haunt of that species of the deerkind.'
  • As Douglas indicates, 'Cariboo' derives from cariboeuf or cerfboeuf; which is a French folk etymology for xalibu, an Algonquin Indian word meaning the 'pawer' or 'scratcher. '
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
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  • Williams Lake, 2km
  • Bond Lake, 5km
  • Reservoir Lake, 6km
  • Minton Lake, 9km
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  • Brunson Lake, 11km
  • Colpitt Lake, 13km
  • Axe Lake, 15km
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