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In a Nutshell...

Likely is situated on Quesnel Lake, the deepest fjord type lake in North America and the only inland temperate rain forest in the World which gives this area it's unique climate. It is a small rural community in the foothills of the Cariboo District. Likely is best known for being on the Gold Rush Trail. It played a significant role in the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1859 when rough-edged boom towns like Quesnel Forks, Cedar City and Keithley Creek had overnight populations in the thousands, predating Barkerville.

Likely was originally known as Quesnelle Dam in 1898, when a dam was built to allow mining in the Quesnel River. The name was changed to Likely in 1923 to commemorate a popular prospector of that time, John "Plato" Likely. Today, Likely is a friendly rural centre with a population between three hundred and three hundred fifty people.

Cited The Cariboo Community of Likely website, April 21, 2010

Where are We...

Likely, BC, is located 85 km (53 miles) east of 150 Mile House off Highway 97 on the Likely Road.




983 metres (3,225 ft) above sea level.


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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourist Association
118A North 1st Ave
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Y8
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Likely, BC - District Chamber of Commerce

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