British Columbia Highway 24
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Little Fort Highway|
|Length||97 km (60 mi)|
|Existed||1967 – present|
|West end||Hwy 97 near 93 Mile House|
|East end||Hwy 5 in Little Fort|
Highway 24, also known as the Little Fort Highway or the Interlakes Highway, is a 97-kilometre-long (60 mi) east-west connection between the Cariboo Highway, just south of 100 Mile House, and the Southern Yellowhead Highway at Little Fort. It practically provides a "second-chance" route to travellers heading east from Vancouver who believe they chose the wrong route to the northern part of the province or toward Edmonton. Highway 24 first opened in 1967.
Highway 24 straddles the boundary between the Cariboo and Thompson-Nicola Regional Districts. It begins in the west at 93 Mile House, approximately 11 km (7 mi) south of 100 Mile House. After 9 km (6 mi), it passes through the small community of Lone Butte. After passing several turn-offs to resort lakes including Sheridan Lake, the highway passes through the community of Bridge Lake, 38 km (24 mi) later. The highway then proceeds another 50 km (31 mi) east through the forest and over a large hill before reaching its terminus in Little Fort.
A very scenic drive, the highway follows a historic trail used by the Shuswap people as a trade route and was later developed by the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 19th century to bring furs from northern BC out to Fort Kamloops and the Columbia River.
- Ministry of Transportation Publication