The Deadman’s Valley Road goes north for about 50 km from the Trans Canada Highway and ends up at the end of Vidette Lake. Beyond Vidette Lake, the roads wind up into the high country.
The lower end of the valley goes through the Skeetchestn Indian Reserve, then emerges into valley bottom farmland. A road climbs to the left (west) and goes through Arrowstone Park and Back Valley to Cache Creek, another scenic drive. Another road bears right (east) and climbs the hill past Split Rock toward Criss Creek. In this same area, there are wrinkled, colorful hills and hoodoos on the slopes above. A lava cliff rim flanks the west side of the valley for many miles. As we bear north, the valley gradually narrows. Old farmhouses stand in abandoned fields.
North of the farmlands, a series of lakes lie at next to the road. Mowich Lake, Snohoosh Lake, Deadman’s Lake, and Outpost Lake are all part of the Deadman’s River system. There are Rec Sites on Snohoosh, Deadman’s, and Vidette Lakes.
The road goes to the end of the lake and a lane goes in to Vidette Lake Resort, the Vidette Mine, and the “Center of the Universe.” They are all on private property, but tours can be arranged for a fee.
The main road climbs the hill and then winds through forest and some ranchlands. At 5 km (yellow flagging tape on the tree), we can turn into a parking area to see Deadman’s Falls and Deadman’s Canyon.
There are many more things to see in the Deadman’s Valley, but these points of interest along the way are worth a stop. Give yourself a whole day to go up to the falls and back, making stops along the route (it’s worth your time).