Parks, Trails & Recreation
The Village of Clinton is located in one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. With a world of outdoor recreational opportunities all in our backyard and up-to-date facilities, we are very proud to call this region home.
Stay tuned for a "Recreation and Trail Guide" coming soon.
View locations of local parks, trails & recreational facilities on our interactive Google Map here.
VILLAGE PARKS & TRAILS
Reg Conn Centennial Park
Parking is available at the corner of Sous Street and Smith Street
In the heart of Clinton, there lies a beautiful 5-acre park that delights both young and old alike. The centre of the park is home to a pond and creek, perfect for laying a blanket beside and enjoy a relaxing picnic and taking in the tranquil scenery. Reg Conn Park also houses a playground, picnic tables, seasonal washrooms, a bandshell, and gazebo offering amenities for all ages.
Clinton Off-Leash Dog Park
Located on Cariboo Avenue, this fenced-in park is perfect for your furry friend to burn off some energy and make new friends. There are plenty of trees for shade, a watering station for thirsty pups and, for your convenience, plastic bags are available on-site.
Elliott Park Ball Diamonds
Located at 7431 Elliott Park Way off of Kelly Lake Road, Elliott Park is home to two ball diamonds, dugouts, and a concession building and has previously also hosted cricket tournaments.
The Fennell Trailhead is located on the northeast end of the Village accessible from the gas line parking lot beside Frontage Road. The trail is open for hiking, walking, horseback riding, and mountain biking only. The loop is around 2.5km and meets up with the Tin Can Trail for the opportunity to explore further.
Mosquito Run follows the southwest edge of the Village linearly from Reg Conn Park to McDonald Ave. This is a short green trail perfect for walking or doing a loop.
More information is coming soon.
Tin Can Trail
More information coming soon.
NEARBY PARKS & TRAILS
Take a quick drive and check out these beautiful parks, trails, and lookouts with incredible scenery just outside of Clinton. Prior to visiting, ensure you check conditions online (Province of BC) to be aware of any closures or important notices.
Big Bar Provincial Park
Approximately 40 minutes from Clinton.
"Big Bar Lake Park is easily accessible and provides a range of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the major recreational opportunities available in the park include day-use picnicking, lakeside camping, boating, canoeing and kayaking, swimming, wildlife viewing, hiking, and fishing. Abundant rainbow trout typically reward the angler; fishing is active nearly all season but is typically the best between mid-May and late July. Nearby guest ranches offer horseback excursions into the open range that lies north of the lake. (BC Parks, 2021)"
Read more about Big Bar Provincial Park here.
Big Bar Ski Trails
Approximately 15-20 minutes from Clinton.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Clinton has 60 km of marked cross country ski trails which are also suitable for hiking and mountain biking in the summer. These trails are maintained by the Clinton Snow Jockey Club.
Read more about these trails and view maps here.
Chasm Ecological Reserve
Approximately 15 minutes from Clinton.
Located approximately 15 km north of Clinton, off Highway 97. The "Chasm" is a geological wonder which makes for spectacular viewing. The bedrock canyon is 1.5 km in length and 120 metres deep. The painted Chasm was created by glacial meltwaters thousands of years ago and is a great place to spend an evening or afternoon sightseeing and hiking.
Read more about the Chasm here.
Clinton Creek Falls
Approximately 10 minutes from Clinton.
To access the Clinton Creek Falls, drive north on Hwy 97 approximately 5kms and turn right onto Mound Road. Follow Mound Road for approximately 3kms where you see a gas pipeline cross the road and park on the wide section of the road. From here, head north down the hill and you should soon see a trailhead which you can follow to a series of three falls. Walking distance is about 1km and should take approximately 15 minutes.
Please note that this trail is not maintained and use is at your own risk.
Downing Provincial Park (Kelly Lake)
Approximately 15 minutes from Clinton.
"This park is a small but popular park that almost encircles attractive Kelly Lake. Views of mountains, and 2,245 metre Mount Bowman, a spectacular mountain ridge visible from the nearby Jesmond Road, give the park a remote atmosphere, though it is located only 18km from Clinton. (BC Parks, 2021)"
Read more about Downing Park and Kelly Lake here.Image: Gold Country Communities Society / Guy Lundstrom Photography
Edge Hills Provincial Park (Cougar Point)
Park entry is approximately 20 minutes from Clinton. Cougar Point is approximately 35 minutes from Clinton.
"Edge Hills Provincial Park protects panoramic river canyon vistas, gentle forested slopes, and grassy benchlands and ravines on the eastern slope of the Fraser River. Such a diverse landscape provides habitat for a wide range of wildlife species. The protection of wildlife and their habitats is a critical element in the management of this wilderness park. The area also protects cultural heritage sites. Backcountry recreation opportunities offering spectacular views include hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
Edge Hills is an undeveloped wilderness park with no facilities except a network of unmaintained and unmarked trails. (BC Parks, 2021)"
While at Edge Hills Park, be sure to stop at Cougar Point for excellent views of the Fraser River.
Read more about Edge Hills Provincial Park here.
Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail
Accessible from Clinton Station Road within the Village.
The Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail (GRST) runs from Clinton to Horsefly with many stopping points along the way. It is an initiative of the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation (BCSF) on behalf of the clubs local to the GRST including the Green Lake Snowmobile Club, 100 Mile House Snowmobile Club, the Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club, the Quesnel Snowmobile Club, and the Wells Snowmobile Club. These five snowmobile clubs, in conjunction with Recreation Sites and Trails BC, maintain the GRST.
Read more and find the trail maps for the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail here.
Haller and Grinder Recreation Trails - Rec Sites & Trails BC
Approximately 45min from Clinton.
A network of horseback riding and hiking trails near Clinton offering spectacular views of the Fraser River, the Haller and Grinder Recreation Trails are restricted to non-motorized use only.
Read more about the trails and access maps here.
Jesmond Fire Lookout
Approximately 1.5hr from Clinton.
The Jesmond Fire Lookout recreation site is a former fire lookout tower built in the early 1970's to aid with detecting forest fires. Access is via a rough 4WD road and ATVs or walking is recommended for the last part of the road to the peak. It is accessible from either Big Bar Road or Jesmond Road from both the North and South ends of Clinton.
Read more here.
Marble Range Provincial Park
Approximately 20 minutes from Clinton.
"Marble Range Park is so named because of its unusual karst (limestone) topography. These mountains feature caves, sinkholes, and disappearing streams, as well as cliffs, chasms, and crenelated ridges. The park protects populations of California bighorn sheep and mule deer. There are some rough trails, popular with local hikers, hunters, and horseback riders. (BC Parks, 2021) "
Read more about Marble Range here.
McAbee Fossil Beds
Approximately 35 minutes from Clinton.
Located directly outside Cache Cree, this fossil bed rests on part of an ancient lakebed deposited about 50 million years ago and is home to plants and insects from the Eocene Epoch geological time period (56 million to 33.9 million years ago). The McAbee Fossil Beds Heritage Site holds significant cultural and historical values and information.
Read more here.
Please note that as of March 2021, this site is closed to the public while interpretive components are installed.
Porcupine Creek Trail
Approximately 30 minutes from Clinton.
Porcupine Creek Trail is a 9.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching.
Read more about this trail here.
Clearly, Clinton and the surrounding region are home to many nearby parks and trails which create endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Check out some of the great things to while in Clinton below.
Gravel Biking - Did you know that Clinton is home to some of the best gravel biking in the world? With endless loops and trails with gorgeous scenery, Gravel Bikers from across the world are now calling Clinton the destination for gravel biking. Talk to the local experts at Tutti Gravel Inn or check out some trails online here.
Mountain Biking - In addition to gravel biking, there are also numerous opportunities for mountain biking in the region. Stay tuned for trail maps coming soon.
Visit the local cross-country ski trails on Big Bar road maintained by the Clinton Ski Jockey club. The trails explore the semi-arid environment with views of Marble Range with trail difficulties ranging from beginner to advanced.
Beginners can also try skiing laps around Reg Conn Centennial Park or the school fields.
There are also nearby trails in 100 Mile House. More information can be found here.
Fishing and Swimming
Geocaching is a fun way to explore the region - it's a modern-day treasure hunt! Explore Gold Country has placed a large number of Geocaches in our region, including a number of caches in Clinton.
Read more about geocaching, including how to get started and the coordinates of local geocaches on Explore Gold Country's webpage here.
Explore the rugged country wilderness of Clinton by visiting a local guest ranch or exploring some local trails. More information on trails is coming soon.
Here are some local businesses that offer horseback riding or training:
See "Trails" above.
The Cariboo is an amazing location for snowmobiling with numerous trails to explore close to town and nearby in 70 Mile House. Try the famous Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail which extends from Clinton all the way to Wells, BC.
Read more about the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail here.
In addition to the numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation, Clinton also is home to up-to-date facilities for indoor recreation.