Own a piece of history. Nestled in the quaint little gold mining town of Likely, is The Likely Hotel. Opportunity knocks here. There are nine rooms to rent upstairs. The pub downstairs is licensed for 120 inside, and 40 outside, on the patio. Character does not even begin to describe this business. There is an old story of the Cariboo around every corner. The pictures on the walls are incredible. At the moment, it is open just a few days a week, with the kitchen closed. With the gold mines close by, and a great tourist hunting season, there is the potential to be open full time. Your patrons can catch trout from the dock on the hotel’s 200 feet of waterfront on the Quesnel River, or head out onto Quesnel Lake for some of the best fishing around.
Follow Highway 97 north, to 150 Mile House. Turn right on Likely Road, and follow the signs to Likely (approximately 1 hour).
Likely is situated on Quesnel Lake, the deepest fjord type lake in North America and the only inland temperate rain forest in the world which gives this area its unique climate. It is a small rural community in the foothills of the Cariboo District. Likely is best known for being on the Gold Rush Trail. It played a significant role in the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1859 when rough-edged boom towns like Quesnel Forks, Cedar City and Keithley Creek had overnight populations in the thousands, predating Barkerville.
Today Likely is a friendly rural centre with a population between three hundred and three hundred fifty people. Facilities include a school, community hall, museum, chapel, library, and post office. Amenities offered to the visitor are: general store, restaurant, laundromat, pub/hotels and inns. Lodges, B&B’s, guiding operations and guided tours are also available. Likely has numerous forestry campsites a class “C” Provincial park including boat access, camping, sani-dump, ball diamond and children’s play area with info centre and museum all inside the park. Likely has many crystal clear lakes and rivers, and the only paved access to Quesnel Lake.
The surrounding area supports recreational activities such as snowmobiling, mountain biking, ATV trails, white water rafting, kayaking. The Quesnel & Cariboo rivers are known for world class fishing, Hunting and outback camping. Likely is the gateway to the Cariboo mountains. “Back Road to Barkerville” which is the wilderness portion of the Williams Lake and Wells/Barkerville Circle Tour. A gravel road accessible by trucks, campers and trailers. This route is fast becoming a popular scenic trip, as you travel though sub- alpine meadows and thundering waterfalls. All surrounded by snow covered mountain ridges. The residents of Likely invite you to explore Likely’s wonders and experience the area’s ghost towns, historic sites, and an abundance of wildlife and pristine wilderness adventures.