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Wilderness Adventures - April Week Three

This is about a remote area in west central British Columbia, Canada called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without the smog!
4/21/05 8:54 PM

The Ice is Going Off!

The ice has started going off Nimpo Lake today at an unbelievable rate. If you look at the pic on the right, the dark grey areas on the lake is ice, so it's still mostly iced up, but boy is it going off fast! It's been really warm the last two days, and above freezing at night, so the ice is rotting quickly. Then when you get a slight breeze that starts the open water moving against the ice which has already candled, it was opening up at about one foot per two minutes. Candling is an interesting phenomenon. Ice on the lake is solid, and rounded on the bottom by wave action and water movement underneath. But in the spring, it begins to break down into long slivers, much like icecicles, but square from the top down, and is absolutely beautiful.
Today, a dog went through the ice in the back bay and while we went to get the boat to rescue it, (you can't paddle but you can walk the boat along on the ice, and if you start to break through, you can dive into the boat. Then you're stranded on the ice, but at least you aren't going to die of hypothermia.) one of our dogs went out after the drowning one. We were so busy yelling at our animal to try to get it to come back before it went through, that there was no time to try to get out to the other one. Miraculously though, it dragged itself out, went in a couple more times, then pulled itself up onto more solid ice and skedaddled the several hundred yards back to dry land. The dog that tried to get out to him nearly drowned the same way as a pup. You would think he'd have more brains, but no.

4/20/05 4:03 PM

Profiling MacKenzie Trail Lodge

MacKenzie Trail Lodge is a fly in resort accessing the Blackwater River. Mackenzie Trail Lodge offers anglers an unlimited variety of wilderness fly and spin fishing adventures. Excellent accommodations, gourmet meals, experienced guides and pilots, and the friendly staff make this a full service quality fishing lodge. Your fishing adventure starts with a breath-taking flight over the Canadian Coast Mountains from Vancouver to Tsacha Lake in BC's Chilcotin. On arrival our staff will meet you at the 3400-foot airstrip and transport your luggage to your own private log cabin. At the lodge you will enjoy a champagne welcome and a summary of the many fishing options. The Blackwater River is accessible either by boat, a short hike or by floatplane. Fishing is spectacular, offering you a fishing adventure of a lifetime that's bound to bring you back time and time again! At Mackenzie Trail, we host a maximum of 18 guests in an intimate wilderness vacation setting, beginning with a gorgeous flight over the Canadian wilderness to Tsacha Lake, BC, at 3400 ft. elevation. There are no resorts on our 14-mile lake, no roads, tourist boats or other floatplanes. On arrival, our staff will meet you at our private airstrip or dock, and we'll transport your bags to your private log cabin.
Blackwater Lodge is a "do-it-yourself" fishing resort 5 miles up the lake from Mackenzie Lodge designed for folks seeking a more secluded alternative to the full-service Mackenzie Lodge program. The lodge is located 300 yards from the Blackwater River as it flows into Tsacha Lake. Blackwater Lodge offers a variety of fishing options, including Tsacha Lake, several hike-out lakes, the Blackwater River, and many other fly-out rivers and lakes. Blackwater Lodge offers extraordinary fishing in a remote wilderness setting, a must for any freshwater angler looking for a total getaway. The "schedule" at the lodge is your own. You can create the tailor-made fly-in fishing and vacation getaway you've always wanted in a beautiful setting where you'll be catching native rainbows in numbers you've never dreamed possible.
So there you go ... you can read more about this resort on their web site, Mackenzie Trail & Blackwater Lodge and they are featured on the Resorts and Lodges page.
4/19/05 12:19 PM

Showcasing Nimpo Lake Resort

Nimpo Lake Resort, owned and run by Mary Kirner, has been around for a long, long time. Mary has herself been an icon of the community for some time and has always been willing to help out anyone new to the community. She's also been our unofficial welcome wagon for years, ensuring that anyone just arrived to live here gets invited to dinner and introduced to everyone else. Her resort, Nimpo Lake Resort will be featured on the Resorts and Lodges page as soon as I can get it done. In the meanwhile, the following is probably the best description for the resort. "Full service log cabins, just bring your clothes, groceries & fishin' poles! The barnyard wildlife: bunnies, peacocks, chickens, llamas, geese, deer, etc. Great fishing, hiking, biking, canoes, boats & motors, peddle boats, large dock RV hookups to water/power/sewer, campsites for tenting, firepits & firewood too. Fish average about 2 lbs, lucky (skilled?) anglers get the BIG ones. (up to ~5 lbs) We will tell you how to catch 'em, then freeze or smoke your fish for you if you like. Enjoy exploring the many trails on foot or mtn bike, bring your ATV along too. Most guests are repeat or referrals. We think that's the ultimate compliment." So there you go. Check it out for some of the best down home hospitality you will find anywhere!
4/17/05 8:27 PM

Overall, AGM Was a Success

The Caribou Chilcotin Coast AGM finished up at Escott Bay Resort Saturday night with a Western style Bar-b-que. It was to be held out in their large gazebo, but windy, cold weather put the damper on that. So we all crowded around in the lodge, ate a wonderful supper, did some networking and listened to some great guitar music and songs. Bill Van Es and his wife Darlene put on a super dinner. Gerri Bracewell showed us a movie that she's put together about the building of the Freedom Highway to Bella Coola in 1953. What a remarkable woman she is! She was the only one that took live film footage of the road being built. She loaded up her two sons, and they rode by horseback 40 miles in one day to meet the equipment operators, one of whom was her husband Alf Bracewell, in their camp late that evening. She got some great footage of rock being blown by the powder man, and the cats knocking down trees and moving the last boulders to touch their blades together when the road being built from Bella Coola and that from Anahim Lake, met. The movie was well done and truly awe inspiring. Lots of interviews from the old timers that were in on the building of the road and they were real characters, all of them. It takes a lot of courage and determination for communities to decide they are going to build a road through the mountains where the government told them it was impossible to go. And build it they did!




The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip of the iceberg, so join me!


Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Mackezie Trail Lodge
 
Ice going off of Nimpo Lake
 
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