70 Mile House, Watch Lake, Green Lake & Area

Like other “mile houses” along the Cariboo Waggon Road, 70 Mile was a stopping house – its name marking the distance travelled from Lillooet. Today, 70 Mile House marks the entrance to the recreational paradise of the Green Lake/Watch Lake area. Whether you rest awhile at Watch Lake or range farther afield to the Bonaparte Lake area, the rolling terrain and stands of trembling aspen will beckon you to return. While you enjoy your stay at one of the many guest ranches or perhaps a room with a lake view, take the time to visit some of the local natural wonders.

Travel south to Chasm – a spectacular bedrock box canyon, 1.5 km long and 120 m deep, featuring a brilliant display of bright orange and pink rock. If you head east, you will pass by the clear emerald waters of Green Lake on your way to either Olsen’s Butte or Crater Lake. In summer this area is popular with water-skiers, canoeists, hikers and horseback riders. In winter, there are endless opportunities for ice fishing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling.

Still looking for adventure? Travel further north to the Mt. Begbie Forestry Lookout and just to the west is Flat Lake Provincial Park – great for canoeing. The big skies up here on the plateau make for some gorgeous sunsets and starry northern lights-filled skies.


  • Chasm Provincial Park
  • Watch Lake & Green Lake
  • Mt. Begbie Forestry Look-out
  • Flat Lake Provincial Park