Barkerville and its water supply are safe from Mount Polley tailings breach

As per the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association’s recent media release (please see below) we would like to inform all of our visitors to Wells-Barkerville-Bowron Lakes that due to our geographical location north-east of the Mount Polley tailings breach (as well as our significantly higher elevation) the water supply and recreational areas of Wells, Barkerville, and Bowron Lake Provincial Park are safe, secure, and open for business. Our collective thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the citizens of Likely and its surrounding areas, and we hope to see a satisfactory conclusion to this crisis as soon as possible.


204‐350 Barnard Street, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 4T9
250‐392‐2226 or TF 1‐800‐663‐5885
A representative of Destination British Columbia

For Immediate Release
August 6th 2014

In the Face of Adversity:
Outdoor Adventure and Recreation in the Cariboo


August is the busiest month for Cariboo tourism stakeholders. Resorts and parks throughout the Cariboo are bustling with both local families and tourists alike enjoying the diverse summer activities and the great value that this region is known for.

A tragic event has occurred in a corner of our beautiful region. On August 4th the Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam breached, resulting in a precautionary water use ban while officials determine the extent and reach of the environmental impacts.

“The Mount Polley event is devastating and has impacted our stakeholders in the Likely area of the North Cariboo,” states Amy Thacker, CEO of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA). “I would like to clarify that all of the tourism businesses on Quesnel Lake and certainly throughout the entire Cariboo remain open and fully operational.”

Helping visitors be matched with outdoor adventure and recreation opportunities to ensure exceptional experiences in this land without limits continues.

“Today, more than ever these small businesses need your support,” asserts Thacker. “Our operators in the affected area are family run. They don’t just work here, these people are part of the community, they are first responders, clean-up crews, support volunteers and business owners. Come visit this beautiful part of our region and support the great work that our tourism operator do in our rural communities.”

“We are open and delivering all our products and services to our guests,” shares Peggy Zorn, owner of Likely-based Ecotours-BC. “All our backcountry adventures, including alpine hiking, remain unaffected by this tragic event.”

Pat Corbett, CCCTA board chair comments, “I would like to remind everyone that as serious as this incident is – it impacts a relatively small area of the Cariboo region and there is no reason to disrupt any travel plans to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. Public safety is the #1 priority at this time and we must ensure that accurate and responsible information is effectively distributed to all our residents and visitors alike.”

“From the minute we learned of the breach we have worked closely with Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre and communications staff to ensure that any information being distributed to our stakeholders and travelling public is as accurate and timely as possible,” adds Thacker.

Attached to this release is a map of the affected portion of the Cariboo and the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) is providing accurate current information via the Cariboo Regional District’s Emergency Operations Facebook page at or the CRD web site at A public information line has been established at 250-398-5581.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association is a Regional Destination Management Organization that works in conjunction with the Destination British Columbia, Canadian Tourism Commission and industry partners in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region to help foster the growth of the tourism. For more information on the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region visit