Known as the “Gateway to the Cariboo”, Clinton has as many different facets as it has had names. First Nations originally referred to this area as “Pethdethd” (White Earth). When the Gold Rush Trail went through, the settlers knew it as 47 Mile House. In 1863 the new Cariboo Waggon Road was built through the Fraser Canyon and the town was renamed “The Junction”. A cairn erected in 1958 marks the junction of the two routes to the Cariboo Gold Rush. This name kept until June 11, 1863, when the name “Clinton” was officially adopted to inaugurate the retirement of Henry Tiennes Pelham Clinton, the Colonial Secretary.
Take a walk back in time through this historic village. Many of the buildings bear the unmistakable features of previous eras. The Municipal offices still occupy the Government Agent and courthouse, originally built in 1873. The Clinton Museum holds a wealth of artifacts and information about the local history.
Clinton history is not limited to buildings and landmarks. History lives on through many current events heralding those days gone by. The famous Clinton Annual Ball is a good time to don your Sunday best and kick up your heels. The Clinton Memorial Hall boasts a maple hardwood floor said to be one of the best dance floors in the country. Meet citizens and guests dressed in the elegant gowns and broadcloth suits of those early days.
Check out a rodeo or the annual Clinton Country Jamboree filled with performers and entertainment for the whole family. The Reg Conn Park, named after the first Chairman and Mayor of Clinton, provides a wonderful place to relax and have fun.
Clinton and area offers a range of accommodation to suit your needs. Enjoy a stay at a lodge, B&B, or RV park. You won’t be disappointed.
- Clinton Museum
- Reg Conn Park
- Historic Walking Tour
- Clinton Creek Falls
- Big Bar Ski/Mountain Bike Trails