Where on Earth are we?
Tatla Communities sit high on the Chilcotin Plateau, between the spectacular Coast Mountain range to the west and the vast ranch lands of the Cariboo region to the east. Our communities are accessed by Highway 20, which runs 457 kilometres from the port town of Bella Coola, a coastal fjord piercing into the Coast Mountains, across the mountains and over the plateau to the industrial city of Williams Lake.
From Tatla Lake, a 3-hour drive west on Highway 20 winds through the mountains, then descends sharply into the lush coastal region and reaches the Pacific Ocean. A 3-hour drive from Tatla Lake travelling east crosses the plateau and Sheep Creek Bridge soaring over the Fraser River before reaching Williams Lake.
map of Tatla Communities
Each of our tiny communities — Eagle Lake, West Branch, Tatlayoko Valley, Pyper Lake, Puntzi, Kleena Kleene — branch out from Tatla Lake, which sits on the Chilcotin Highway (Hwy 20) and is where most services are based.
map of Tsilhqot'in title area
The Chilcotin Region is the aboriginal home of the Tsilhqot'in people; a culture rooted in tradition and relationship to the land. More information on the Tsilhqot'in Nation can be found here.