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
Wilderness Adventures - April, Week 1/2006
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of the Day.
least I think that's what day it is. This is going to
be a very short article today. I've had my bottom glued
to this office chair all day trying to change some of
the html coding on these pages, most particularly
the property for sale pages, of which there will now be
two. Unfortunately, hand coding pages always reminds
me of math in school. Think algebra and you'll have a
pretty good idea of what I mean. It's a good thing I'm
slightly better at this than I ever was at algebra. I
remember my father trying to drill into my head...what
you do unto the one side, you must do unto the other...Anyone
remember that drill? I never did learn it but it actually
does apply in an abstract way to hand coding a web site.
In the meanwhile, me and my poor back would really
have rather gone for a walk in the woods than be compressed
in a chair all day. The morning was absolutely
glorious. The kind that makes you want to be out gardening
or raking or something. The day deteriorated though and
it's back to a blustery spring afternoon. The red-winged
blackbirds have started to show up at the bird feeder
and are sharing it with the Chickadees. It's about time.
I was beginning to think my neighbour had lured them all
away with something really delicious!
I need to make a correction for the lot listed down
below that overlooks Nimpo Lake. It is not a 10
acre parcel, but a 7 acre one. That means that there are
about 4 to 5 acres on the lake side and 2 to 3 on the
other side of the highway. Both new properties will be
listed on the properties for sale page, as soon as I have
the format changed. Hopefully, that will all be done tonite.
Tomorrow or Saturday, I'll try to start a new week. That
way I can put some new pictures on the right. But for
now, enjoy the Picture
of the Day
Oh glory! Now I can't upload this to the server. Isn't
that nice? And here I was just telling a fellow yesterday
how super my web hosting people were. I'll try it another
way I guess. Wish me luck.
Commercial Property Nimpo Lake
are two other properties that we walked yesterday. Neither
is officially for sale yet but as soon as the owners come
up with a price, it will give people something to work
One is a about a 10 acre parcel high on a bench
above Nimpo Lake with waterfront on the west side
and Highway frontage on the east side. Actually, about
2 to 3 acres is on the other side of Highway 20 and may
be subdividable from the larger part. It may also be possible
to have that smaller parcel rezoned to commercial. This
could be of benefit down the road should one want to set
up a business right on the highway.
The acreage has a beautiful view of lake and mountains,
but the best building spots are quite a way above the
lake and access to the lake is steep. There is a cabin
on the property, but while the exterior seems to be in
good shape, the interior would have to be cleaned up and
it wouldn't hurt to put a tin roof on the place. Or just
tear it down and build a house. The property is quite
private with only a small cabin on the next property over.
There is no well and no electricity into the property.
There is electricity at the highway.
The second property is approximately a 3 acre lot
fronting right on Highway 20 in Nimpo Lake zoned
commercial and has an excellent building spot for a business.
There is only one business establishment before it from
the south so there's lots of potential.
Access off and onto the highway would be safe with a clear
line of vision, and of course your business would be in
a pretty high profile position, especially since it is
located directly across from the Nimpo Lake public beach
access and boat launch.
Today is another sunny, bright day with warm temperatures
and the snow is melting fast! We're starting to see more
aquatic bird life move in. I noticed that the ducks like
to stay pretty close to the Trumpeter Swans. They're a
very large bird and probably provide some element
of protection, particularly from bald eagles.
I've gotten to thinking that since I have so many great
pictures from Bill and Anita of the area, as well as a
quite a few of my own, that I might set up a separate
'picture of the day' page. Page load is such a severe
limitation, especially for dial up access to the Internet,
that I hesitate to overload this blog page. And
many of the pictures are beautiful in their entirety,
but I usually have to cut them down so that their subject
is recognizable in the space I have to the right
for pictures. My only concern of course, is copyright
protection. Although I can protect the images somewhat
from being copied, it's difficult to protect them completely.
For my own pictures, it isn't really that important if
someone somewhere in the world wants to make use of them.
I just worry about someone else's contribution being snapped
up. But we'll try it out on a trial basis and see what
So here goes. The new Picture
of the Day
page. One word of warning, the page might be a bit slow
loading on dial up because I wanted to keep the images
larger. Any feedback would be appreciated and of course
any image contributions would be great!
More Property For Sale
spent a good part of the day walking some properties on
that are or will be for sale. We again walked the twelve
acre parcel on the south end of the lake to find all the
property lines and try to determine a price for the owner.
It's definitely a beautiful piece of property, with several
benches and lots of private building sites which is a
real plus if it's subdivided. The one thing that really
sets this piece apart from most in the area is that the
majority of trees are spruce, so the property will
be affected very little by the Mountain Pine Beetle.
There is quite a nice little chunk of meadow on the other
side of the road still attached to this piece that would
make for a great horse pasture and since the BC Hydro
and phone lines go the length of the property, it wouldn't
be any problem at all to get electricity into any new
The house is about 32' X 32' with full electrical service,
two bedrooms and two three piece bathrooms downstairs
with finished kitchen and living area. The upstairs is
not yet finished but it too has a bathroom and the wiring
is in place for a full kitchen and washer and dryer should
someone decide to put a fully rentable suite upstairs.
If not, then you would have a very large master bedroom
with sitting area and a smaller, second bedroom. So in
all, there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Electric heat, wood stove, side by side fridge,
heated pantry, electric stove, double sink and large island.
There are a lot of building materials included, including
T-1 siding that hasn't been put on the house. There is
also a very large, secure storage shed and an excellent
Nearby is a 20'X24' log cabin with wall to wall front
sliding glass doors, two bedroom and one bathroom plus
sleeping loft. Kitchen, sitting area and wood stove.
Perk tests, etc. have already been done on the property
and should a new owner wish to subdivide, it divides
into five lots with all lots having substantial and accessible
lake frontage since the property levels off down
to the lake shore. For a map of the property you can go
to the Properties
for Sale page.
I think that this would be an ideal property for a group
of friends, possibly for recreational purposes, and then
eventually for each member of the group to subdivide out
and build. Between the two houses, you could easily sleep
six couples and more, and buying as a group or corporation
would make it a more attractive and affordable proposition.
We were actually supposed to walk this site a while back
to help determine a price to be put on it. The market
in Nimpo Lake was not only strong but one of the few places
in British Columbia where land prices were going up
when throughout the province nothing was selling and land
prices had been stagnant for some time.
For the last couple of years the province has seen a real
boom in its economy and real estate prices have been climbing
steadily and are finally catching up to pricing here while
property here has not been selling recently. This
is because several factors caused boom prices on Nimpo
Lake that no longer exist. The American dollar
was worth almost twice as much as the Canadian dollar
and so land was quite cheap for Americans to buy. And
buy they did, paying top dollar and building some
pretty spectacular places on them. This in turn
drove up tax assessment values which in turn made everyone
with property think their chunk of real estate was worth
a lot more than the market would bear. The other problem
of course is that no one is ever in a hurry to sell around
here and so they slap a high price on if it is sells,
great, if not, good. Let's go fishing!
I firmly believe that if you have a reasonable price on
your property, and market it, you will sell it. Both my
partner and I were in real estate and that's pretty much
the rule of thumb. The stickler is determining price.
Normally, that isn't all that hard to do when there are
properties that have sold recently that you might use
for market comparison. There are certain formulas you
use to add and subtract values depending on what a property
does, or does not have. Unfortunately, it's pretty
tough to do a market comparison when nothing in the area
has sold for some time.
So, no price yet, but coming soon hopefully!
Since I took up so much time on this one property, I'll
have to touch on the other two tomorrow.
Oh yeah, and one more picture on the top right just to
show you that snowmobiling can be fun. It
isn't all about being stuck!
It's Christmas In April!
opened up Bill and Anita's package to us today and I feel
like a kid in a candy store! Wow.
These are the folks from Quesnel that we went snowmobiling
with a couple of weeks ago up on Trumpeter Mountain.
They were kind enough to send down a great set of snowmobiling
gloves for me (you guys are just way too observant), and
a cd of pictures that we had admired in their photo album
as well as new ones taken on their trip down to Nimpo
About all I can say is that many of the photos are absolutely
stunning! The big problem now is selecting the ones to
use on this blog because of course, I want to use them
all. Unfortunately, the vagaries of the Internet being
what it is, I don't want to slow the page load time down
too much, so I'll have to be patient. I've already
taken out two pics from the bottom to make room for these
Bill & Anita sent down pictures of our ride up on
Trumpeter as well as their rides in the Rainbows with
their friends. There are some 'stuck' pictures and since
those are always my favorite (especially if it wasn't
me!) expect to see a few of those posted here starting
today. There are some beautiful pictures of Bella
Coola, Chilko Lake, Atnarko and Chilcotin River,
breathtaking photos of Odegard Falls and some super pics
of the top of Perkins Peak in summer, as well as
fantastic Nimpo Lake pictures from this last Christmas.
So expect to see some really great pictures for the rest
of this year because not only do these sharpshooters have
a super camera, they both apparently have an excellent
eye for subject arrangement and definitely get closer
to the local wildlife than I do!
My top favorite right now is of the snow lady on the right.
Bill and Anita told us they had left us a gift on
the way to Trumpeter Mountain but for the last
couple of weeks we've been unable to get back up there.
Logan told us the other night that their group came across
this 'anatomically' correct snowperson (his discreet description
of the lady in question) on the way to the mountain and
wondered how it had 'grown' there. Isn't she great? I
sincerely hope no one takes offense at this picture as
it's all in fun, but if you do, let me know!
The two guys on the front of the stuck snowmobile are
using the 'Snowbunje' on the front of the machine to pull
it out of the snow. There's a great deal of flex or stretch
in the cords of this pulling rope so it helps to 'snap'
a machine loose. Bill demonstrated the use of one to us
while we were up riding one day. It convinced us to purchase
two of them.
Another set of Bill and Anita's pictures are of Trumpeter
Swans floating in what looks to be a half frozen
river surrounded by hoarfrosted bushes. The full pictures
are just beautiful, with every shade of white. Unfortunately,
allowable space of only 175 pixels wide on the right means
many of the pictures have to be cut down in order to see
any detail or even recognize what's in a pic.
Anyway, hope you enjoy these pics of the Chilcotin
as much as I for the next year or so. And thanks
again to Bill and Anita from Quesnel!
Why Not Take A Plane To Lunch?
people drive cars for a lunch out. Why not drive
a plane to Sunday lunch? Only in Nimpo you say?
A pretty little plane that I haven't seen before landed
over in front of the The
Dean on Nimpo and the Waterfront just
on our side of the ice road. A couple of people got out
and walked over in the direction of one of the two resorts.
Presumably to go for lunch at Pilots.
Kind of neat when you think about it. When they left they
flew south so I don't know where they came from or where
they were headed to. Williams Lake or Vancouver maybe.
Terry flew over a little while later to take a look at
it and probably at its registration. Flying conditions
seem to have been pretty nice the last few days with a
high ceiling and good visibility because there have been
a few pilots with planes on skiis out playing around.
A large work party of local people and business
owners got together today to do some brushing and cleanup
along the highway into Nimpo Lake. This is the
second Sunday in a row and the turn-out just gets better
and better. It's an excellent time of year for this because
with lots of snow on the ground, small brush piles can
be burned with little danger.
The first Robins have arrived, so in their opinion, it
must be spring. Except that I don't know what they plan
on eating. It's gotta be pretty tough to pull a
worm out of frozen ground. And although the pictures
might not show it, there's a a nice, bright white, fresh
layer of snow on all the surrounding mountains.
Picked up the pictures from our friends in Quesnel this
afternoon, but haven't had a chance to take a look at
them yet. I look forward to seeing what they sent us.
I might have to separate these articles by the day rather
than the week if it's too hard to choose between pictures!
I'm still trying to find out the dates for some of the
events that will be going on this spring. We should
have the waterskipping races sometime in the next
month or two. (For anyone that doesn't know what that
is about, it's racing snowmobiles on open water! Check
out the Events
page) The canoe races happen shortly
after that. That involves canoeing down the Dean
River from the outlet at Nimpo Lake to the Stampede grounds
in Anahim Lake, and it ain't as easy as it sounds!!
first day of April and welcome to a new week!
This is going to be very short and sweet because we're
having dinner guests tonite.
It must have been a great day for flying because both
Duke and Terry were up with their ski planes today.
The owner of The Country Inn in Nimpo Lake sent
me a picture of his Dodge Stealth parked out on the ice
road on Nimpo Lake. He thought, correctly, that
we really do have a unique situation here for this far
south with our ice road. Ice roads are far more common
further north and some communities depend entirely on
them for hauling all their materials, fuel, and freight
for the entire year in the few short months that their
ice roads are viable.
Our ice road exists largely in thanks to Terry B. who
tests, then plows the ice roads on Nimpo Lake as
soon as the ice is thick enough. Sometimes I think
he pushes the limit a little there, but...
He usually is also responsible for maintaining the roads
through snow fall and drifting. He does this entirely
free of charge without thanks from any of us. I really
think we need to rectify that.
From the main ice roads Terry or the owner of properties
will then plow ice rinks and 'driveways' to the ice road
so that the whole lake ends up being this network of 'suburbia'
all winter. Well, not really but with a little imagination....
Because of the ice road, especially this year when there
was quite a bit more snow and it was hard to negotiate,
more areas on the lake are accessible, both to people
ice fishing as well as walking and for bikers and cross
country skiers. And of course, how many people
get to drive a high performance sports car over a large
lake to go home every night from work, or maybe just for
a little ice fishing!
Our ice road from here to the Nimpo boat ramp has deteriorated
mightily and we're about done driving on it, although
it didn't stop our company who were coming down from the
other end of the lake at all. I like driving the gravel
road this time of year though. The bird life is really
starting to pick up now and today the ice sheets
on the Dean River, the outlet of Nimpo Lake, were loaded
with Canada Geese and ducks. Unusual as it is
for this late in the year, the water off the point is
not yet opened up, so the birds are very limited on where
they can go. I sure wish I'd had my camera with me, because
it would have made a delightful picture.
Explain to me how two totally different species, ducks
and geese, can be so crowded in together you would hardly
know they weren't all the same if there wasn't such a
vast size difference, and getting along just fine.
Then explain to me how the same species, Americans and
Iraqis, can't get along, much less share the same chunk
of ice. Oh well, enough philosophy for the day. Gotta
Last week's stories, including the excellent 'stuck' Randy
are at March
Week Three Wilderness Adventures and
I understand that there are some great pics from Bill
and Anita sitting over at the restaurant that I want to
get tomorrow and post here.
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!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!