Canim Lake / Forest Grove & Area

In Chinook, a trading language of the past, the word “canim” meant canoe. At 37 km long, Canim Lake is the largest lake in the South Cariboo and cruising in a canoe, or any other kind of boat, is a great way to explore its shorelines. There are several lakeside resorts offering a variety of accommodations and services. Because of its large size, Canim Lake is appropriate for motorized water sports or even your sailboat, but exercise caution because the lake can become quite rough in stormy weather.

Dropping down into the Mahood Lake and Wells Gray Provincial Park area, the topography becomes more variable. A short hike will take you to the spectacular Canim and Mahood waterfalls. Enthusiastic hikers can take a more challenging trail to Whale Lake or Deception Falls.

Travelling along the north side of Canim Lake will take you to Hendrix Falls, Mica Mountain and Big Timothy Mountain. The Canim-Hendrix road passes through the communities of Gateway, Buffalo Creek, Forest Grove and Eagle Creek. It is also the jumping off point for several backroad adventures, suitable for the intrepid and prepared traveller.

ATVs and snowmobiles are popular modes of travel, but for a closer look explore the local trails on foot, on skis or by horseback. From the aquamarine waters of beautiful Ruth Lake to the alpine vistas of Eureka Peak, there are numerous attractions that you will not want to miss. Several provincial parks, sandy beaches and great fishing lakes are located throughout this area. At any time of year watch dramatic weather systems roll through the hills and enjoy the vivid display of nature from your snug cabin refuge.

There are a number of places to stay in the Canim Lake and Ruth Lake areas from a rustic lakeside cabin to comfortable & charming rooms.


  • Canim and Mahood Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Paddle or swim in beautiful Ruth Lake
  • Deception Falls
  • Lower Lake Trials
  • Boating and Fishing on Canim Lake