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THE “COOLEST” TIME TO VISIT: WINTER ADVENTURES ABOUND IN BRITISH COLUMBIA’S CARIBOO CHILCOTIN COAST REGION
For Immediate Release
November 23, 2007


WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA — From the majestic Cariboo Mountains to the mighty Pacific, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast awaits adventurers and nature enthusiasts with a myriad of winter’s “coolest” adventures for all ages and interests. For the adventuresome, take a step back in time on when mail was carried via dog sled along the historic Cariboo Waggon Road. For the family, enjoy an old fashioned Christmas complete with horse drawn sleigh rides and snowshoeing through the trees. For the gourmand, tempt your taste buds with a gourmet cross-country ski. For the nature lover, experience winter wildlife viewing in the most spectacular of settings. For the avid angler, try your hand at ice fishing, the ultimate Canadian winter experience. For the sledder, go for gold along the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail. Winter is by far the “coolest” time for all to explore the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region.

A Barking Good Time — Dog Sled Mail Run Celebrates History
From January 24 through 27, for the 16th year running, dog teams will carry souvenir envelopes over the historic Cariboo Waggon Road stopping at past and present post offices. The Gold Rush Dog Trail Run is the only opportunity in the world to arrange to have an envelope delivered by dog team! The mail run begins in Quesnel, where riders and their four-legged friends are sworn in as honourary postal carriers for the weekend. Travelling through Barkerville, Cottonwood and Stanley before arriving in Wells, the envelopes are eventually funnelled into the regular mail system and sent worldwide. The souvenir envelopes, which are redesigned every year, are sold online, where anyone interested can also add a personal message to the recipient. Last year, the mail run delivered 4,000 letters to 20 different countries with help from 18 dog teams and six cross-country skiers. To send a letter or for more information about the event and all the many activities that surround it, call (250) 991 7937.

Interested in joining in the fun and festivities? The Wolf Den at Nakitsilik is offering an exclusive 10-say Spirit of the Gold Rush adventure that includes everything from learning how to run and care for the dogs, to mushing in a local dog race, and finishing off with participation in the Dog Sled Mail Run. The package runs from January 18 through 27, 2008 and includes all meals, accommodations and return transportation from Quesnel. Space is limited. For more information, call 1-877-397-2108 or visit www.nakitsilik.com.

‘Tis the Season
‘Tis the season for some holiday cheer and Yuletide fun. Treat yourself with an escape from the usual festive stresses and strains and enter a winter wonderland of fun at the Big Bar Guest Ranch. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Cariboo region, Big Bar Guest Ranch treats guests with a complete Old Fashioned Country Christmas experience. Available from December 15 to January 6, prepare for a host of holiday winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing, as well as holiday favourites including gingerbread men decorating and Christmas caroling. The package is priced at $238.00 per person, per night for adults, or $165.00 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and under. For more information call 1-877-655-2333 or visit www.bigbarranch.com.

Ski and Savour
Cross-country ski enthusiasts, grab your knives and forks! On February 23, 2008, Wells will be hosting its annual Gourmet Cross Country Ski Tour. The tasty tour takers skiers on a route featuring five mouthwatering stops, each featuring a different theme. A fundraiser for the Wells and Area Trail Society, the unbelievable $30.00 ticket is guaranteed to please. Space is limited so skiers are encouraged to sign up immediately to avoid disappointment. For more information and registration, call Carol McGregor at the Wells District Office at 250 994 3330.

Call of the Wild
Connect with your wild side this winter in the heart of the Cariboo Mountains and experience the solitude, peace and beauty of the mountain wilderness. Ecotours BC offers guests the unforgettable opportunity to step away from the everyday for a first hand look at Mother Nature’s amazing creations including moose, mountain caribou, deer, lynx, cougar and more. Led by local legend Gary Zorn who shares his passion and knowledge about the local wildlife, the three-day winter Call of the Wild package includes accommodation at the Pyna-tee-ah Lodge, all meals, and wildlife viewing excursions on snowshoe, dogsled, and by foot. Available from December 1 through April 1, the unique package is priced at $1550.00. For more information call 1-866-299-9100 or visit www.ecotours-bc.com.

Chilling Out
For the ultimate chilling winter experience, prepare to hit the ice with expert ice fisherman Red Doug from Cariboo River Fishing and Jet Boat Adventures in Quesnel. Each day starts off on snowmobiles where guests are whizzed out to one of the area’s many lakes for a day of ice fishing. Along the way, don’t be surprised to catch a quick glimpse of a moose, lynx or bobcat. While sitting comfortably with rod in hand in a portable shelter that is moved around to wherever the fish are biting, guests gather around the fire sharing fish stories and sipping hot chocolate or tea while waiting for “the big one.” With a little luck, a rainbow trout will nibble on your line just in time for lunch! All-inclusive Ice Fishing Packages are priced at $500.00 per person, per day and include the full ice fishing experience, accommodation at the Cariboo River Lodge and all meals and drinks. For more information, call 1-866-922-6661 or visit www.caribooriverfishing.com.

A Golden Opportunity
Sledders can go in search of gold along the 350-kilometre Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail, a thrill-packed route from Clinton to Barkerville in the Cariboo region. Following sections of the historical Gold Rush Trail, the picturesque, well-signed trail is an absolute favourite for local snowmobilers. For more information contact the 100 Mile Snowmobile Club (www.100milesnowmobile.com) or the District of Wells (www.wellsbc.com).

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association is a Destination Marketing Organization that works in conjunction with Tourism BC and the tourism industry in the Cariboo, Chilcotin and Central Coast area to help foster the growth of the tourism industry in the region. For more information on the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region visit www.landwithoutlimits.com

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Media Contacts:

Geoff Moore
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association
Ph: 250 392 2226
geoff@landwithoutlimits.com

Sonya Hwang
Ki Communications
Ph: 604 932 0308
Cell: 604 902 1977
sonya@kicommunications.ca

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