Bralorne is situated at 3350 feet above sea level, in the heart of BC in the South Chilcotin Mountains. It is 112 km’s west of Lillooet and only 2 hours from Whistler over the Hurley Mountain Pass. The residents of The ‘Lorne are a hearty bunch and a mixture of old and young. There are 60 full time residents and 29 dogs.
Gold has been the central element in the area’s history going back to the 1858-1860 Fraser River Gold Rush. This gold mining area once boomed in the 1930s and produced over 3 million ounces of gold, the biggest lode producer in BC. Bralorne is bordered by the Coast and Bendor Ranges and the South Chilcotin Mountains. Towering peaks and spectacular mountain scenery can be seen in every direction.
Today Bralorne is known for the unlimited recreation possibilities available. In every season, people are out enjoying the roads and singletrack trails that the miners and loggers left behind. Wildlife is abundant in and around Bralorne and the residents share this mountain paradise with grizzly and black bears, cougars, bob cat, mule deer, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and a variety of birds and other animals.
Gold mining, tourism, and winter outdoor activities
Town Population: 36 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Interior Health
Health Service Delivery Area: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap
Regional District: Squamish-Lillooet
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 23.85
There are no general practitioners yet in this community.
The nearest health services are in Lillooet.
This community is served by BC Emergency Health Services (formerly BC Ambulance).
Bralorne is situated in the Bendor Mountain Range. 100 miles north of Vancouver as the crow flies. Nestled between the drier Chilcotin Range and the mighty Coast Range, it’s a remote area like no other.
Travel from Lillooet takes 2+ hours on Highway 40. The mixed paved and dirt road follows the Bridge River and Carpenter Lake Reservoir and is 112 km long. This is the main road in and out of the Bridge River Valley and is open year-round. The hill from Gold Bridge to Bralorne has been paved recently and is the nicest stretch of road in the valley.
Bralorne is a 2+ hour drive from Whistler over the Hurley Forest Service Road which starts in the Pemberton Meadows and is a rough 2 wheel drive dirt road over a high mountain pass. It is often only passable with a 4wd or a high clearance vehicle. The Hurley is plowed in May every year to open it up for car and truck traffic.
All roads to Bralorne pass by some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Expect changing mountain driving conditions. There is no cell phone service after Lillooet or Pemberton.
Another alternate route is over the High Line Road and Mission Mountain Pass from Anderson Lake.
The Hurley FSR is not plowed in the winter which means a fun ride on your sled all the way to Bralorne. Ride your snowmobile right to Bralorne from the Pemberton Meadows. Don’t miss the East Hurley turn-off at the sign boards and steel bridge.
Check Drive BC for updates and road conditions.
The Mineshaft Pub has an ATM, fuel and off-sales. Banking There is an ATM at The Mineshaft Pub. The community currently does not have banking services. Schools Bralorne is in Gold Trail School District #74. Students from this community attend schools in Lytton, Cache Creek and Lillooet.
Visitor Center Gold Bridge Tourist/Visitor Info Booth 104 Haylmore Avenue Gold Bridge, BC, V0K 1P0 P: 250 238-2534 | F: 250 238-2534
The Bralorne-Pioneer Museum opened in 1977 to preserve the history of the Bridge River Valley which consists of several small communities including Bralorne, Gold Bridge, Gun Creek, Gun Lake, Tyax Lake and Marshall Lake.
Some of the historical buildings still standing are the Bralorne Mine, Bralorne Hospital, Boultbe Memorial Church (recently restored by the Bridge River Valley Community Church Society), Jail House, the Model Bakery, the Bralorne-Pioneer Office Building (now a motel) and the Bralorne Community Hall. The Museum itself is in the old high-school industrial education building.
Other heritage sites in the area to visit include the graveyard in Gold Bridge, Standard Cabin, Green Mountain Lookout Cabin and the Will Haylmore Property (mining agent and placer claim).
Mountain bikers come from near and far to ride through the wildflowers on the famous singletrack trails. Hikers can climb mountain peaks and walk alpine ridges for days. ATV and dirt bike trails are abundant and can lead you up into the alpine on old mining roads.
Family campers can experience great adventures with nature by simply visiting the area. Try your hand at gold panning or hitting a few balls at the nine hole golf course in Gold Bridge.
The biggest single event of the year in Bralorne is the annual Baseball Tournament held on the July Long Weekend. Eight local teams from Bridge River Valley team plus teams from North Vancouver, Pemberton, Lillooet and Squamish join.
This baseball tournament has been going on for 28 years and has always been a highlight of the year for locals and visitors alike. Visiting teams come and camp right around the baseball field. Concession stands are open selling drinks, hot dogs, burgers and snacks. A live band gets the outdoor party rocking all night long!
Winter in Bralorne is a snow lovers paradise. At 3,350 feet above sea level, the town stays snowbound for most of the winter. Snowmobiles are part of everyday transport and great fun in the backcountry. Avalanche training is recommended to play in the mountains.
Other winter activities include ski touring, sled skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, XC skiing, ice fishing, winter camping and ice skating on the frozen lakes. Sunshine Mountain Ski Hill has been around since the 1930s and is an ongoing community project.
These are some of the famous British Columbia sledding trails easily accessible from Bralorne.
- The Noel Valley
- Lone Goat Trail
- The Hurley Pass
- Kingdom Lake Road and beyond
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