Our residents are creative people who have found innovative economic solutions to rural living. Tatla is home to an array of businesses serving local, regional and international markets.

For a complete listing of local services and businesses, please see the Directory


communications and technology

High-speed broadband internet, powered by wind and solar energy, has brought a world of opportunities to our doorstep.

tatlayoko think tank (TTT)

TTT has been active in Tatla communities since 1991. Their advocacy in various Land Use Planning and Community Economic Development projects, work as filmmakers and documentarians and most recently as Broadband Internet Service Providers, has been integral to economic diversification in the region. Currently, TTT's towers beam high speed connections to Tatla Lake and Tatlayoko Lake. Expansion to Kleena Kleene, West Branch and Eagle Lake is underway in summer 2016.

W: vimeo.com/tatlayokothinktank


white saddle air service

White Saddle has been operating from their base in West Branch for over 35 years. Their services support a wide range of industries: fire fighting, medical evacuation, forestry, tourism, search and rescue, mining and on-location filming.

W: whitesaddleair.com



The Chilcotin is true cowboy country. Ranching has played a significant role in the local economy for several generations, and Tatla Communities are home to ranches of various sizes.


Cattle ranching means hard work, year round. Typically, the animals are wintered in the lower grasslands and fed domestic hays. Then in late spring, after calving and branding, the cattle are moved to forested ranges to graze wild grass throughout the summer. In September and October the calves are weaned and the beef is shipped to cattle markets.

BC Cattlemen's Association
W: cattlemen.bc.ca


resident artists

Tatla communities are home to artists and artisans working with different mediums. We've got potters and quilters, filmmakers and photographers, painters, a blacksmith and a world-class guitar maker.  


Here, we visit local artist Peter Shaughnessy in his wood working studio where he crafts sculptural boxes. Peter has exhibited his work in galleries in the US and Canada.

W: petershaughnessy.ca


Local eateries

Our local eateries feature seasonal menus of homestyle food, often made with locally grown ingredients. 

Homathko river inn

Delicious waffles, sausages, cowboy coffee and more served amidst the bustle of a working ranch. Connie's homestyle brunch is a local favourite. 

W: homathkoriver.com


sugar shack

Dorothy's garden bistro offers hot lunches, weekend dinners and bakery items. She often has a freezer full of ice cream too. Sadly for us, summer 2016 was Sugar Shack's last season. Happy Retirement, Dorothy!