Swimming, Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Boating, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Wildlife Watching, Gold Rush Trail, Feeding,…


Lakeside ViewDepending on the weather the water will take a bit to warm up, but nothing beats a swim in the crystal clear waters of Horsefly Lake on a hot summer day. Even in September the tough ones are still swimming in the lake.


Discover forgotten gold towns. Climb Viewland Mountain for a spectacular view. Explore beaches and/or hike around the ranch, go find the hidden Archie Creek Falls, take the long hike through interior rainforest from Suey Bay to Slate Bay on Quesnel Lake, hike to Moffat Falls and have a swim just below the falls or take a drive out Black Creek Valley and hike down to the spectacular Horsefly Falls. There is lots to explore and we will glady point you in the right direction.

Canoeing, Kayaking

Kayaking on the crystal clear waters of Horsefly Lake is very inviting. Visit the Beaver House at the end of Birch Bay. Try to discover the elusive King Fisher at home along the banks of Horsefly Lake. Float down little Horsefly River and explore Little Horsefly Lake. Even trips for several days are possible with lots of beaches along the way for camping and sunbathing.



Bring your own boat or rent one from us. We offer a 16’ aluminium boat with a 10 hp motor. Just let us know a day before you plan a trip on the lake and we will make sure your boat is ready to go the next morning.
If you bring your own boat please be aware that we only have limited moorage. We do recommend to reserve a spot on the dock well in advance. Guests will not be charged to use our boat launch but there is a daily charge for moorage on our dock.
People staying elsewhere, will be charged a boat launch fee and will not be able to moore their boat on our dock.

Mountain Biking

Horsefly-Lake_0609_084A good alternative to hiking with lots of deactivated Forestry Roads to explore


A fisherman’s paradise!
Fish in Horsefly Lake, in many of the nearby smaller lakes or in Horsefly River for Rainbow Trout (up to 4kg/8 pound) Lake Trout (up to 8 kg/17 pound) Kokanee or Dolly Varden.

Wildlife Watching, Ranch Animal Feeding

Hummingbirds, loons, ducks, geese, bald eagles, golden eagles, coyotes, moose, beavers, bears, otters…. – the Canadian wilderness right at your doorstep.
Our ranch offers “wildlife” too. Help us feed our birds (turkey, chicken, guinea fowl), collect chicken eggs, play with the cats, feed and pet the rabbits…

Follow the Gold Rush Trail

While Barkerville was the centre of the Cariboo Gold Rush, the community of Horsefly (once called Harper’s Camp) is where it all began. You will find more information at:

Important Dates

  • July 12th and 13th 2019: Arts on the Fly, Horsefly Music Festival,
  • first Weekend in July: Williams Lake Stampede, biggest Rodeo in British Columbia
  • 3rd weekend in August: Horsefly Fall Fair
  • end of August/beginning of September: Horsefly River Salmon Run, one of the most important Sockeye Salmon Runs in British Columbia