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Chilcotin Lodge - Riske Creek
Chilcotin Lodge - Riske Creek
The beautifully maintained historic log lodge operates as a “Country Inn” and is furnished with antiques and interesting memorabilia. It has an expansive view of the Chilcotin grasslands.
  • Size: 12.8 acres
  • Area: CARIBOO
  • Price: $399,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633

  • Listing Agent: Dave Cochlan - dave@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-319-1500
Description : The beautifully maintained historic log lodge operates as a “Country Inn”, and is furnished with antiques and interesting memorabilia. It is one of the last remaining operating roadhouses in BC. The sale of this lodge includes the furniture, fixtures and memorabilia.

The main floor is of a solid log construction and consists of a large commercial kitchen, office area, gift shop, the “Last Straw” dining-room, washrooms, two private sitting rooms and the owner/operator’s quarters. Upstairs there are ten individually decorated bedrooms, each with its own sink, and two shared guest washrooms.


There is approximately 4,260 sq ft on the main floor (measured from the outside) and 2,100 sq ft upstairs (measured from the inside).


A nearly finished separate house, RV hookups, and washrooms for RV guests are also included.


KITCHEN:  20’5” x 17’
This large kitchen contains a Moffat 4-burner commercial stove with griddle, a flame hood with a sprinkler system, a stainless food/plate warmer, 2 fridges, a Maytag dishwasher, 2 freezers, an Eco-Lab dish sterlizer, a coffee machine, and a 2 piece staff washroom. In addition, there is a large commercial propane fired outdoor B.B.Q.


BAR AND GIFT SHOP AREA:  18’6’’ x 8’
The gift shop has a display case and the bar contains a bar fridge and a variety of glasses and bar equipment. The lodge has a Class B liquor license and may serve wine or beer anywhere on the main floor.


LAST STRAW CAFÉ:  31’6” x 18’6”
This comfortable private dining room seats approximately 20 people. The log walls display an intriguing variety of art, antiques and memorabilia (n.b. not all pieces are to be included in the sale of the property).


French doors lead out from the dining area to the licensed patio area, which has a spectacular view of rolling hills and lush grasslands.


LOUNGE / SITTING AREA:  24’6” x 17’
This bright, spacious room creates a warm, country ambiance with its elegant furnishings, tasteful décor and its 91/2’ ceilings. It features a split block rock fireplace, polished fir floors, combination log and richly wallpapered walls, and a recessed library alcove.


LOUNGE / GAMES ROOM:  24’ x 16’
A comfortable, relaxing atmosphere pervades this log and pinewood room. Adjoining the lounge/sitting room, it contains a number of chairs and couches, a shuffleboard table, and a variety of games.


Two 2-piece washrooms are conveniently located on the main floor for lodge guests.


A winding wooden staircase leads up to a carpeted hallway and 10 individually and tastefully decorated bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own unique bed/ beds, sink, wooden or carpeted floors, pine and wallpapered walls, Persian carpets and electric heating. One shared guest washroom is a 3-piece with a claw tub; the other is a 4-piece washroom. The small sitting room at the end of the hall provides a cozy area to relax and read.


The dimensions of the rooms are as follows:

  • Room 1:  11’8” x 12’
  • Room 2:  11’ x 9’6”
  • Room 3:  10’6” x 11’8”
  • Room 4:  12’6” x 9’6”
  • Room 5:  11’8” x 12’
  • Room 6:  9’6” x 12’6”
  • Room 7:  14’9” x 9’6”
  • Room 8:  12’6” x 9’6”
  • Room 9:  14’ x 9’
  • Room 10:  12’6” x 10’
  • The overall dimensions of the upstairs are 70’x30’



    There is a separate entrance as well as access from the kitchen area to the owner’s/operator’s apartment. The apartment contains a laundry/storage area, mudroom, a general living area with an airtight wood stove, 2 bedrooms, a potential kitchen, office and storage, 4-piece bathroom and workshop. There is also a large 2 bay carport.


    The dimensions of the rooms are as follows:

  • Living Area:  24’6” x 13”
  • 2 Bedrooms:  10’8” x 9’3” and 11’ x 10’6”
  • Laundry/ Storage/Potential Kitchen:  18’ x 8’
  • Office/Storage:  14’8” x 11’6”
  • Workshop:  11’6” x 11’
  • Mud Room:  12’ x 8’6”



  • Main Floor:  32’ x 23’
  • Upper Floor:  25’ x 20’


    The house on the property is 90% finished. It is of log construction on the main floor and with wood frame above. It would provide ideal accommodation for an owner, caretaker or guests. It includes some interesting features such as a sunken livingroom, soaker tub and glass block windows. The full upstairs is intended for use as the master bedroom and features vaulted ceiling and dormers

Location : At the gateway to the scenic Chilcotin Plateau, the Chilcotin Lodge is located approximately 30 minutes west from Williams Lake on Hwy 20 at Riske Creek. It is about 61/2 hours driving time from Vancouver to the Lodge.
Access : From Williams Lake, take Hwy 20 to Riske Creek. This is a very scenic drive especially at approximately 25 kms from Williams Lake when the highway drops into the Upper Fraser River Canyon and crosses the river on the Chilcotin Bridge (see photo). At about 48 kms from Williams Lake, watch for the sign for the Chilcotin Lodge on the right as you enter Riske Creek. Turn right at Stack Valley Road and immediately right into the paved driveway.
Investment Features : The property is located on the Bella Coola loop, which brings tourists from Vancouver, up Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, then a ferry run to Bella Coola. This ferry is operated by B.C Ferries and offers three round trips a week, from June 1st to September 6th. The rest of the loop includes a drive from Bella Coola, past the lodge, through the Cariboo and back to Vancouver.

This is an increasingly popular circle tour for domestic travellers as well as international tourists.


The lodge is renown for its spotlessly clean premises, high cuisine cooking, hospitable hosts and its unique homey atmosphere


This business is virtually a “turn-key” operation as a new operator could immediately take advantage of the well-established client base and extensive advertising campaign. The campaign includes advertising in Milepost, a travel Bible in BC, especially for travelers to Alaska, the Backroad and Chilcotin Mapbook, Williams Lake Tribune, the BC Accommodations guide and the Chiltotin/Coast Tourism Publication. The owners also have established contacts with European travel agencies.

Services : The Lodge has hydro and telephone service. Water comes from a licensed natural spring on the property, which is collected in a concrete lined well. The water is pumped via a new ¾ hp pump to an 800-gal cistern in the cellar of the Lodge. A ½ hp pump and pressure tank in the cellar then distributes the water to the Lodge, separate house and the RV sites.

The septic is treated via a lagoon located on the property.

Propane for the kitchen is from a 500-gal propane tank, which is leased for $140 per year.

Recreation : The Chilcotin is full of endless possibilities of “things to see and do”. Some adventures include:

Farwell Canyon

The Chilcotin River flows through a desert landscape of interesting hoodoos and sand dunes created by erosion. In addition to exploring the geology of the area, hiking the sand dunes and viewing the hoodoos, there are also native pictographs to be discovered. Jet boat trips through the canyon can be arranged locally.


Junction Sheep Range Park

Junction Sheep Range Park is a provincial park featuring rolling grasslands inhabited by the largest population of non-migratory California Big Horn Sheep in B.C. Day trips can be arranged locally.


The Chilcotin Plateau

This area abounds in fish & game. There are many large and small lakes that support Brook Trout, Rainbow & Dolly Varden, as well as a large variety of waterfowl; even White Pelicans! This area features beautiful grasslands, rolling hills and unique landforms (The Dome), and is a home to a variety of wildlife such as grouse, waterfowl and mule deer.


Other recreational opportunities include: river rafting down the Chilcotin River, cycling, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling or simply relaxing and observing the abundant bird and wildlife.

Area Data : The Chilcotin stretches from the Fraser River to the Coast Mountains divide. This is an area of dramatic landscapes, rivers and lakes, where vast ice fields and alpine meadows contrast the plateaus, rolling grasslands and valleys. It is a land where streams and rivers score the land, slashing awesome canyons and scooping out amphitheaters filled with fantastic rock formations.

WILLIAMS LAKE (population 10,385)

Williams Lake is approximately 40 km east of the Chilcotin Lodge. It is the fastest growing community in the Cariboo. The famous Williams Lake Stampede, a four-day event over the July 1st weekend, was officially started in the 1920’s, and is now a major professional rodeo. This community has a diversified economic base, with forestry, mining, and agriculture; and the most active stockyard in the province. As a gateway to the Chilcotin, Williams Lake is within close proximity to many guest ranches, resorts, historical sites and untouched wilderness, offering limitless recreational opportunities. Nestled within evergreens and hillsides, you will find all levels of accommodation, shopping and a full range of dining facilities and services. There are three flights daily to and from Vancouver via Pacific Coastal Airlines.

History : The Chilcotin Lodge was built in 1940 by Mr. George Christensen, who planned to build another hunting lodge at Clearwater Lake near Kleena Kleene.

Mr. Christensen never moved to the Chilcotin, and abandoned the Clearwater Lake Lodge plans, after the logs had been brought in for construction.


Tom Rafferty was hired by Mr. Christensen to act as caretaker and storekeeper, and eventually purchased the facility. Tom and Mrs. Rafferty operated the Lodge for several years as the post office and store. They offered meals and rooms to hunters and travelers.


The main Lodge and 13 acres were left to the Anglican Church. The church never used the building, but in the early 60’s (1961), they rented it to the CBC for the filming of the Cariboo Country Series, which starred Chief Dan George, and was based on the books by Paul St. Pierre. Several scenes were shot in the living and dining rooms of the Lodge. The Lodge was also mentioned in the book “Three Against The Wilderness” by Eric Collier, who with his wife & son, homesteaded in the Meldrum Creek area, located just north of this property.


During this time, Wilf and Dru Hodgson bought the Lodge, and operated it for 12 years. They sold it in 1973 to Tom and Evelyn McFarlane, who ran it until the fall of 1975. Sandie Bardua purchased the Lodge in May of 1976, and established the restaurant in 1980. She operated it for 16 ½ years, at which time it was sold to Ted and Pat Walter.

In 1993 the property was bought and operated by Joe Bishop. The present owners purchased the lodge in 2000 and have meticulously restored the building and property to its present state.

Zoning : Tourist Commercial (C2 under present by-law) - The property is in the Agricultural Land Reserve
Legal : Lot 1, Plan 13754, Section 30, Township 50, L.D. 27, Except Plan H13324, H20-62A SEC 3
PID 009-170-332
Taxes : $2,339.34 (2014)
Map Reference : 92 O
Listing # : 15006