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 new
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.
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.
accommodations and activities in Tatla Lake and Bluff
Lake, please go to Tatla