• Tatlayoko Lake is an unincorporated settlement and locality on the Homathko River just north of that river’s entry into the lake of same name which is located in the western Chilcotin District of Central Interior of BC. Tatlayoko Lake is in the path of a route from the coast that many early surveyors were sure would be the best way to ship goods from the Chilcotin to city centres such as Vancouver rather than go the long, arduous overland route.

    Tatlayoko Lake is 30 miles from Tatla Lake and the wind-blown aquamarine waters of Tatlayoko are exceptionally dramatic, being coloured by silt pulverized by the surrounding glaciers and surrounded by mountains. The word “Tatlayoko” is in fact derived from the native Tsilhqot’in language, and means “lake of the big winds”.

    The climate of Tatlayoko 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).

    Cattle ranching, tourism, sport fishing

    • Population

      Regional Population: 642 (unconfirmed)

    • 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: 34.60

    • Practitioners

      There are no general practitioners yet in this community.