• Community Information

    Tatla Lake is a small unincorporated community in the west Chilcotin area of BC, located at the west end of its eponymous lake. Situated 220 km west of Williams Lake along Highway 20 (Chilcotin Highway), Tatla Lake’s 123 people live approximately half-way between the two ends of the highway; Williams Lake to the east and the coastal community of Bella Coola to the west. The first people to live in Tatla Lake were the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) First Nations people.

    Modern day Tatla boasts a store, post office, the Inn, a nursing station and a beautiful new school as well as a church, community hall and butcher shop. High up on the hill above Tatla is the old graveyard, still in use today with some very unusual grave markers and a wonderful view of the Coastal Mountains just across the valley towering over the meadows of Tatla Ranch. Tatla Lake itself, the body of water with the same name as the community, is actually east of Tatla with a scenic government campground surrounded by aspen.

    The climate of Tatla Lake is quite dry receiving about the same precipitation per year as Penticton. The dry air combined with relatively high elevation and clear skies mean the daily temperature extremes are rather wide. In September the temperature can be over 32°C (90°F) during the day and below freezing at night. On average the temperature fluctuates by about 17°C (31°F).

    Forestry, tourism, outdoor recreation

    • Population

      Regional Population: 642 (2016 Census)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap

      Regional District: Cariboo-Chilcotin

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 34.20

    • Practitioners

      General Practitioners:  1 (www.cpsbc.ca).

  • West Chilcotin Health Centre
    16452 - 20 Highway
    Tatla Lake, BC, V0L 1V0
    P: 250 476-1114 | F: 250 476-1266

    • Imaging Services


      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.

    • Home Nursing

      West Chilcotin Health Centre
      16452 - 20 Highway
      Tatla Lake, BC, V0L 1V0
      P: 250 476-1114 | F: 250 476-1266

  • Carrier Sekani-Family Services North Region
    987 - 4th Avenue
    Prince George, BC, V2L 3H7
    P: 250 562-3591 | F: 250-562-2272