Alkali Lake, British Columbia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Alkali Lake
Alkali Lake is located in British Columbia
Alkali Lake
Alkali Lake
Location of Alkali Lake in British Columbia
Coordinates: 51°47′00″N 122°14′00″W / 51.78333°N 122.23333°W / 51.78333; -122.23333Coordinates: 51°47′00″N 122°14′00″W / 51.78333°N 122.23333°W / 51.78333; -122.23333
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific Standard Time (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific Daylight Time (PDT))
Area codes250, 778

Alkali Lake is an unincorporated community in the Cariboo region of the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada, located 40 kilometres south of the city of Williams Lake en route to Dog Creek and the Gang Ranch, at about 780 m (2560 ft) above sea level.[1] The settlement, and the adjoining reserves of the Alkali Lake Indian Band, get their name from Alkali Lake, which gets its name from an outcrop of alkali on the hillside above it; the lake itself is not an alkali lake.[2]

The economy of the area is based on cattle ranching and small scale tourism, although in the past it was important as a way station on one of the various trails to the Cariboo goldfields farther north. Alkali Lake Indian Reserve No. 1, one of the main reserves of the Alkali Lake Indian Band, is located within the community. Most other reserves of the band are located to its east.

A documentary feature film about the community, "Honour of All: The Story of Alkali Lake", was produced Phil Lucas in 1985.[3]


  1. ^ Hall, John (5 January 2015). "Alkali Lake (British Columbia): Community Profile". RoadsideThoughts. Manta BlueSky. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Alkali Lake (community)". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ DVD Honour of All,