"Gateway to the Cariboo." Welcome to our historic Village! As you wander through our quaint village streets, join us in appreciation of the heritage our ancestors left behind.
Clinton was founded in the 1860's, as a roadhouse at the junction of the Cariboo Trail from Lillooet and the Cariboo Road from the Fraser Canyon. Originally called '47 Mile', because it was 47 miles from Lillooet, Clinton was renamed by Queen Victoria in 1863 in honour of Lord Henry Pelham Clinton, the Colonial Secretary of the day.
After the Gold Rush era, ranching became Clinton's main industry and is still surviving today in the rustic mountain region. By the early '50s, forestry had surpassed ranching as the primary industry. At one time there were over 20 bush mills and saw mills operating in the area. Consolidation in the 1970's lead to the survival of only one operation.
Evidence of Clinton's rich historical past can be found throughout the community. Visit the wonderful Museum located in the original Schoolhouse, which was built in 1892 from locally made bricks. Interesting note: the brick construction of this building proved to be a money-losing venture for the builder, thus this old Schoolhouse remains the only building to be constructed of locally made brick. Used as the courthouse from 1925-1955, this was the location where Judge Matthew Begbie, known as the 'Hanging Judge', held court. This marvelous old building became a Museum in 1956. Over the years, the Museum has grown to include outdoor exhibits and a rear barn exhibit, filled with the wonders of the past. History buffs will be captivated by the wealth of information and the quality of the displays. Besides historical information, the Museum also provides tourist information on Clinton and the surrounding areas. Be sure to pick up a copy of the "Clinton Walking Tour Book" – then stroll through the past; one of the historical stops being the Old Cemetery dating back to 1861.
Check out the works of the very talented local artisans – available at several shops along the Cariboo Highway in Clinton.
An outdoor adventure paradise, Clinton abounds with recreation opportunities including camping, fishing, hiking, hang gliding, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Known by many as the 'Guest Ranch Capital of BC,' Clinton is a wonderful home-base for all your outdoor adventures. You can experience a working cattle ranch or take a horseback ride through the wilderness. Over 60 kilometers of marked cross-country ski trails are groomed and ready to be enjoyed by all. These trails are also excellent for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding during the summer months. Maps of marked hiking trails are available at most Clinton businesses.
No visit to the area is complete without a trip to the breathtaking painted Chasm. Located just north of Clinton on Chasm Road, you will find a bedrock box canyon 8km long, 600m wide and 300m deep. This Chasm was formed by glacial melt waters many thousands of years ago and you can still see the layers of individual lava flows. A massive and awe-inspiring sight.
Clinton welcomes neighbours and visitors to join them - a wonderful four season destination.
Don't miss the annual Clinton Ball, held each May. This Ball started in 1868, and is the longest surviving continual event of its kind in BC. The Annual Ball opens Clinton Heritage Week, which includes community events and ends with the famous Clinton Rodeo, a colourful Parade and the fun-filled Rodeo Dance.
Join in the community celebration at the Annual Country Jamboree, held in August of each year. This event-filled day is a tribute to the past and a celebration of today.
Average daytime summer temperature: 21.7C
Average daytime winter temperature: -6C
- Grocery Stores
- Service Station
- Credit Union
- Museum/Tourist Information
- Municipal Park
- Cross-country ski & Snowmobile trails