Invest in Big Bar

British Columbia, Canada



As of late, the economy of Big Bar has revolved around the ranching and tourism industries. The OK Ranch is one of the oldest working ranches in the area, and is situated next to another ranch with deep roots - the Big Bar Guest Ranch.

More recently, Gold Country Communities Society's GeoTourism Program has allowed tourists to use GPS or treasure hunt clues to find caches hidden in some of the area’s most fascinating locations. Cache sites in the Big Bar area include a ferry and a ranch.

The Big Bar Ferry is a cable ferry that travels across the Fraser River. The current, an overhead cable and rudders allow the ferry to traverse the mighty river. The ferry is located about 60 kilometres north of Lillooet and 72 kilometres west of Clinton. 6 kilometres upstream from the ferry is Big Bar Canyon, while downstream is High Bar Canyon (the ferry is located at one of the few places possible for a river crossing accessible by road from both sides in this area).

The ferry connects the dirt ranch road up the west side of the Fraser from Lillooet to Big Bar and Kostering, which connect via road to Jesmond and Big Bar Lake, and beyond to BC Highway 97.

The area is home to the popular Big Bar Lake Provincial Park, and to a strata subdivision that caters to retired residents. The area is popular for its year round outdoor recreation; some of the best cross country ski trails in B.C. can be found during winter months and these same trails are used by mountain and dirt bike enthusiasts and horseback riders in the summer.

Local Infrastructure Projects


Community Economic Development Contact

Myles Bruns
Regional Manager, Thompson-Okanagan Region
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training,
Economic Development Division
1-250-371-3931

www.gov.bc.ca/jtst


Community Contacts

Electoral Area Director

Sally Watson
Director, Electoral Area E
www.tnrd.ca

Community Contact

Myles Bruns
Regional Manager, Thompson-Okanagan Region
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training,
Economic Development Division
1-250-371-3931

www.gov.bc.ca/jtst


Community Futures Contact

Community Futures Sun Country
1-250-453-9165

www.cfsun.ca


Tourism Contact

Terri Hadwin
Marketing Manager
Gold Country Communities Society
goldcountry@telus.net
1-877-453-9467
www.exploregoldcountry.com