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Tatla Lake - Entrance to the Coastal Mountains

Tatla Lake B.C. is located on Highway 20, 114 kilometres west of Alexis Creek and is the junction for the road that leaves Highway 20 to go to Tatlayoko, and Bluff Lake. Robert Graham arrived in the country in 1901 and purchased the Tatla Lake place from Benny Franklin in 1905. The Grahams built a fine Tatla Lake Valleynew house as well as a new store in 1930. The house is now the Graham Inn, long known for serving excellent meals to hungry travelers on the highway. A post office was established on the Graham Ranch in 1914 with Mrs. Graham as postmistress for mail that only came once a month at first. The Graham's son William, was the first baby born in the new log hospital at Alexis Creek in 1915, and later, after acquiring a big bulldozer and other heavy equipment as an adult, helped to build the road to Bella Coola.Mountains through snow crystals Second son Alex was responsible for
looking after nearly 1000 head of cattle on the nearby ranch and his daughter is part of White Saddle Air Services, providing some of the most exciting helicopter adventures in North America including backcountry skiing and mountaineering.
Modern day Tatla boasts a store, post office, the Inn, a nursing station and a beautiful new school as well as a church, community hall and butcher shop. High up on the hill above Tatla is the old graveyard, still in use today with some very unusual grave markers and a wonderful view of the Coastal Mountains just across the valley towering over the meadows of Tatla Ranch.
Tatla Lake itself, the body of water with the same name as the community, is actually east of Tatla with a scenic government campground surrounded by aspen. The lake is a popular Kokanee fishery with sizes averaging 14-16 inches. Nearby Martin Lake is located 10 minutes north of Tatla Lake and is stocked with Rainbow Trout. It's a popular horseback riding, swimming and winter recreation area.

For accommodations and activities in Tatla Lake, Bluff Lake, and Eagle Lake, please go to Tatla Lake Accommodations.

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