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Situated at the mouth of 100km long Quesnel Lake; the deepest fjord type lake in North America, the area comprises part of the only inlan...
Situated at the mouth of 100km long Quesnel Lake; the deepest fjord type lake in North America, the area comprises part of the only inland temperate rain forest in the world and is responsible for this areas unique climate.

Likely is a small rural community in the Cariboo Region, nestled in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains. Likely is best known for being on the Gold Rush Trail. It played a significant role in the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1859 when rough-edged boom towns like Quesnel Forks, Bullion Pit, Cedar City, and Keithley Creek had overnight populations in the thousands, predating Barkerville.

Likely was originally known as Quesnelle Dam in 1898.  Quesnel River was dammed below the now existing bridge to allow mining in the area. There was talk of creating a permanent dam which would have raised the lake levels considerably but was eventually scrapped as not being practical.  The town’s name was changed to Likely in 1923 to commemorate John Likely a miner in
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