- The subject of this article should not be confused with Anaham, which is a different community located nine kilometres east of Alexis Creek, British Columbia, which is in the same area.
Anahim Lake is a small community in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The village and surrounding areas (including nearby Nimpo Lake) have a population of approximately 1500. The Ulkatcho First Nation has 729 living on nearby reserves. Every July, the Anahim Lake Stampede showcases local talent and is the area’s major social event. Anahim Lake supports three general stores, one motel, a restaurant, and an RCMP detachment. It is situated on Highway 20, 320 km. west of Williams Lake, 140 km east of Bella Coola.
One major industry of Anahim Lake is forestry. This industry has been hurt by the pine beetle epidemic sweeping through Western Canada. In the summer of 2006, the lumber mill of Anahim Lake closed down and laid off dozens of mill workers. Other local industries include cattle farming, sport fishing, and mushroom picking.
Anahim Lake Elementary Jr. Secondary serves approximately 40 students from Kindergarten to Grade 10. The school has been in use since September 2006. The current principal of the school is Mikel Brogan.
Anahim Lake is the namesake for the Anahim Volcanic Belt, Anahim hotspot, and Anahim Peak.
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