If you are heading to the 108 Mile Ranch from the south, we are 458 km (284 miles) north of Vancouver, B.C. The main route by car is to Hope and then though the scenic Fraser Canyon on Highway 97 to Cache Creek and continuing north. There are alternate routes via Whistler and along the Duffy Lake Road (Highway 99) to Lillooet, which was Mile #1 on the Cariboo Gold Rush route. Another route would take you over the Coquihalla Highway to Kamloops, then onwards to Cache Creek and north through 100 Mile House.
The 108 Mile Ranch roads are confusing at best, even though the road you enter on at the south entrance is called Easzee Drive. There is a large road map on the sign next to the Esso gas station as you enter the 108 from the south entrance.
Georeferenced 108 Map: shows roads, trails, points of interest, 108 facilities, greenbelt and more.
This map version of the map (click here to view) is available for download on your phone or device and will allow you to locate where you are. Similar to the Google Maps App, you will be the little blue dot on the map which will move about the map as you move on the ground. In addition to showing your location on the map, you can “pin” pictures of your favorite locations on the map to show to friends, track how far you have walked, and record your own trails on the map. The photos and location information can even be sent to friends.
To use this map, you will need to install the free version of the on your mobile device though the following link: Avenza Maps.
108 Roads are a-MAZE-ing!
Keep in mind that in the beginning and for many years all our roads here at the 108 were dirt. They had to oil the roads in the summer to keep the dust down and the ditches were sprayed to control the mosquitoes.
If our road layout at the 108 is somewhat disorienting, the names are also confusing and baffling. Take Kitwanga for example; we have a Kitwanga Drive, a Kitwanga Court and a Kitwanga Place. Apparently, Kitwanga means ‘place of rabbits’. The good news is that the multi- named roads are generally in the same area; the bad news is there are about 50 separately named roads. The road names fit into three categories. There are First Nation names like Moneeyaw, Anzeeon, Kinncum, and Wawpuss. Secondly, there are roads named after Block Bros. management or employees such as
- Block Drive – Henry and Arthur Block were the owners of Block Bros. who purchased and developed the 108.
- Kyllo Drive is named for Grant Kyllo, who was a vice president at Block Bros. and was in charge of the 108.
- Gutman Court – Mike Gutman was the Block Bros. pilot of their eight seat Navajo airplane.
- Mein Road – Mein was a Block Bros. executive.
Lastly, there are roads named after folks who were connected to or were important with the 108 development.
- Monical Road – the Monical family owned the Ranch before Block Bros. purchased it and Len Monical, with his wife Barb, were initially partners in the development and were later involved in the horse and real estate aspects.
- Stewart Road – Mel and Morgan Stewart were brothers who oversaw the land surveys of the 108, including these amazing roads.
- Hansen Court was named after the Hansen family, Olaf, Sven, Willy, Borge, and Mogens Hansen to name a few. Olaf Hansen was the owner of the 108 Supply and was involved in many aspects of the Ranch development, including the Club House and our Firehall.
- Smith Road – Dick Smith was a part of Monical’s ranch and later part of the early development team.
- Tattersfield Place – Phillip Tattersfield, was the landscape engineer who designed the golf course.
- MacKay Crescent – Colin Mackay was president of the irrigation company who oversaw that part of the golf course construction.
- Parker Court – Don Parker was the first golf course superintendent.
- Davis Road – Fred Davis owned the 108 area before the Monicals and still held a mortgage on the property through the 1970s.
If anyone still has the original Block Bros. list of road name meanings, please contact Sandy Foster.