Recommended Driving Itinerary during Hwy 16 closure: Jasper to Barkerville (and beyond!)

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Info:  A large scale mudslide has resulted in the closure of Yellowhead Hwy 16 77km east of Prince George, BC. The only practical detour for Eastbound and westbound travellers will extend driving times and distances by several hours to a full day’s drive. Visitors should make alternate arrangements and travel plans accordingly.

Hwy 16 East-West Detour:

  • From Jasper, follow Hwy 5 south to Little Fort, BC.
  • Travel west on Hwy 24 through across the Cariboo Plateau to Hwy 97.
  • Hwy 97 can be taken north from 100 Mile House, BC to Prince George, BC.
  • Visitors can then continue their driving west along Hwy 16 towards Prince Rupert.

Things to Do Along Detour Route:

If time permits, consider visiting the following attractions and communities en route:

Valemount, BC– Enjoy the Valemount Museum and their exciting depiction of local history including settlement, railway and pioneering heritage.

Clearwater, BC- is the gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Ample hiking, camping and outdoor recreation opportunities exist here. High water levels on Murtle River make for a spectacular view on both Dawson Falls and the famous Helmcken Falls, both accessible by paved road.

Little Fort, BC – 100 Mile House, BC Hwy 24- passes over the spectacular Cariboo plateau. Numerous lakes and lodges, cabin resorts and accommodation give visitors a chance to enjoy world class fishing, boating, canoeing and outdoor recreation opportunities.

100 Mile House-North to Williams Lake BC  Highway 97

108 Mile Ranch Historic Park– a working heritage village of roadhouse past and Cariboo ranching history

Williams Lake, BC – Enjoy authentic cowboy culture and settlement heritage at its best. Visit the Museum of the Cariboo dedicated to ranching history, walk the scenic trails of Scott Island Nature Centre or enjoy one of many local provincial parks

An hour’s drive north on Hwy 26 from Williams Lake brings you to Quesnel, BC:

  • Stop in and explore the Quesnel Museum: Classified as one of BC’s very best community museums and archives.

An hour’s drive east on Hwy 26 from Quesnel, BC will bring you to:

  • Cottonwood House National Historic Site: A roadhouse which served the gold rush era on the Cariboo Wagon Road has been painstakingly restored and is a great place to step out and check out a quaint heritage village. Unique bunk style accommodations are on hand.
  • Wells, BC: this community has a renowned arts and culture scene which is an experience not to be missed. Check for theatre performances nightly, explore the interesting shops and galleries, or drop in for a tasty dinner in one of several excellent restaurants.
  • Barkerville Historic Town: The largest collection of heritage buildings at any heritage park in western North America, Barkerville is definitely a highlight of any vacation in this area. Drop by Barkerville and make sure to get there early in the day; there’s enough to keep you going here for several days of exploration.

An hour’s drive north on Hwy 97 from Quesnel, BC will bring you to Prince George… and two hours west of Prince George, BC you can experience the majestic heritage of FORT ST. JAMES!

Driving Distances Are:

  • Jasper to Tete Jaune Cache, 101km
  • Tete Jaune Cache to Little Fort, 245km
  • Little Fort to 100 Mile House, 97km
  • 100 Mile House to Williams Lake, 90km
  • Williams Lake to Barkerville, 205km
  • Barkerville to Prince George, 190km
  • Prince George to Fort St. James NHS, 161km

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