Canyon is a sightseeing destination near the
community of Riske Creek located west of Williams Lake, British
Columbia, Canada. The canyon is a good stop on any trip plan when
exploring the Chilcotin region seeking amazing views, wildlife
viewing opportunities and a taste of the region's history.
Farwell Canyon is best known for the Chilcotin River, Hoodoos
and Big Horn Sheep. Scenery best viewed with binoculars from the
lookout ridge in the canyon. From the ridge, looking down into
the canyon, one can see below the, very powerful, aqua-grey colored
Chilcotin River carving a path along the canyon floor. There is
a walking path leading down to the river. Watch for the cactus.
On the rivers edge, in a small open grass field, is a set of
pioneer cabins deserted and left to the elements. It was not long
ago the First Nation people lived in the canyon valley. And soon
later, so did the early pioneers. Pictographs can still be located
on some of the rock walls in the canyon depicting the stories
of the early First Nation people. Stories of fishing, hunting,
family and survival.
Today , the big draw to the region is the hoodoos, the moving
sand dunes and the Big Horn Sheep. It is said the region enjoys
one of the largest populations of Big Horn Sheep in the country.
The hiking trail in the canyon leading to the top of the hoodoos
provides the best opportunity to view the tracks of these mountain
From the trail peak one can also see the moving sand dunes and
some hoodoos up close and personal. A hoodoo is a tall thin spire
of rock that pokes up from the limestone and sandstone cliffs
in the canyon. The hard rock protects the lower soft rock from
erosion creating the totem pole like structures.
How to Get to Farwell
Canyon: From the community
of Williams Lake, BC travel southwest on Hwy #20 for 46 kilometres
to Riske Creek. From Riske Creek look for the gravel road
on your left pointing to Farwell Canyon. Continue for 21 kilometres
to the canyon viewpoint. Be aware that there are some steep gravel
roads and, very large, working logging trucks in the area.
Contact information for
the local Williams Lake community accommodations, tours,
guides, activities, campgrounds, golf courses, attractions,
realtors, etc. are posted under the community links listed
to your right. >>>