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 - August, Week 4/2012
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The End of the Hot
Sadly, we seem to have hit the end of our hot summer this
past week. I think it was still nice while I was gone
last week and it was certainly blistering down in Kamloops
the first day. Fortunately it cooled off considerably
for bringing vegetables and peaches back from the Kamloops
Farmers Market and from Desert Hills at Ashcroft. Even
so one 25 pound box of under ripe tomatoes went a long
way towards ripening in the sun in the back of my sister's
pickup. I hit a few rain squalls coming home the next
day but this time with the canopy on the truck, it didn't
Since then it really hasn't been that warm with
one notable exception. Last Saturday was a stunning
day for a friend's outdoor barbecue and birthday party,
which was a great do and loads of fun. The next day was
the outdoor barbecue and birthday of another friend and
while not the glorious hot day of Saturday, it was passable,
but you needed to get a little closer to the fire in the
evening when nearly everyone had gone. We hadn't been
home long when we heard thunder and then it poured the
rain down. Thank heavens it held off until our friends'
party was over or we would all have gotten a good dousing.
I'm thankful there were only two parties. With all the
amazing food over the weekend, we should have quit eating
entirely this week.
Sadly, I didn't get photos of the second birthday party
because I forgot the camera, so there are only pics of
Since then we've both been so busy with canning
all the fruit and vegetables I brought back that
we haven't really had time to put our noses outside, myself
even less so than Andy, since there's so much of the cutting
and canning that you don't need two for. But it hasn't
been too bad until the past three days when the weather
has definitely turned. We've been getting sun but also
cloud and quick rain squalls passing through and it is
not warm! We finally broke down and started
a fire last night because we were freezing our heinies
off in the house. It's not that it was that cold, it's
that we've gotten so used to the heat all summer, particularly
in the house.
Today I had hoped to take our guests in the cabin for
a quad ride on the back trails but you can't tell
from one minute to the next what the weather is going
to do. First the sun is shining and then it rains.
Then the sun again, then rain. It just seemed easier to
work on the computer today since my canning partner is
helping out down at the other end of the lake today.
It looks like we should have a decent Labour Day weekend,
though, and I certainly hope that's the case, not only
for the sake of our guests but for everyone else that
goes camping or on vacation on the last warm weekend of
Leigh McAdam, whom I've referred to before, has written
another post about 20 things to do along Highway
20 from which I've drawn excerpts below. How I
wish she was with us on a permanent basis because she
does a wonderful job of writing about our area and pointing
out the neat places we have here. While I'm more than
proud of our Chilcotin region, those of us that live here
year round tend to take it a bit for granted at times
I think, and it's nice to see a refreshing account of
the area through a new set of eyes.
From Leigh's blog:
it on is what I say.
Those are the roads where the traffic is almost nonexistent
and the communities along the way are delighted to see
a tourist. And where the only thing you have to stop for
on the road is a horse or a cow never a stop light.
Highway 20 takes you from Williams Lake in the South Cariboo
over the Chilcotin Plateau to Bella Coola on the coast
of British Columbia. Along the way there is only a smattering
of small communities but plenty of places worth stopping.
Here are 20 things you can do and see along Highway 20
starting in Williams Lake.
Check out the Fraser River by car or via Jetboat.
The river starts at Mount Robson and 860 miles later empties
into the Strait of Georgia.
Take a short detour and visit Junction Sheep Range Provincial
Park and in particular Farwell Canyon. Theres
a hiking trail that leads to the top of the hoodoos and
if youre lucky you might spot a herd of Big Horn
Raft the Chilcotin River as it races through Farwell Canyon.
Go fishing for rainbow trout in one of the lakes that
dot the Chilcotin Plateau Eagle Lake, Puntzi Lake
and Tatlayoko Lake as examples.
Go grizzly bear watching during the salmon run. You can
do this around Chilko Lake, out of Bella Coola or by drifting
in a boat along the Atnarko River. And the start of the
season is just days away.
Hike into the Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
The 16 kilometer hike was one of my best one day hikes
Take a pack horse trip into the Rainbow or Chilcotin Mountains.
Stop for a piece of pie and a look at the murals on the
walls and ceiling at Lees Corner in Hanceville.
Stop in Anahim Lake and arrange a floatplane tour over
Better yet, plan a multi day canoe trip on the Turner
Lake circuit. You can hike in off of Highway 20 though
thats a slog or you can get dropped off and rent
canoes on Turner Lake.
Pay your respects at the Native Cemetery on the south
side of the highway near Redstone.
Head for Charlotte Lake, just 20 kilometers off the highway
and relax for a few days at the Atnarko Retreat. Read,
bird-watch, fish, kayak and swim or do nothing at all.
Drive Highway 20 all the way down to Bella Coola. That
would include the eleven kilometers of steep, winding,
dirt road with serious drop offs. (See
Leigh's wonderful story about this drive at
11 Kilometers of Terror on Highway 20.)
Walk the Eagles Nest Marsh Trail on the southwest
side of Anahim Lake. Look out for the bald eagles, white
pelicans, trumpeter swans, ospreys and great grey and
Head to Nimpo Lake, a major float plane center, to arrange
a fishing trip to remote areas like the Dean and Blackwater
In Bella Coola area choose from a variety of hikes including
Schoolhouse Mountain Falls, Snootli Creek Regional Park
and the trails to Blue Jay Lake and McGurr Lake in the
Drive the streets of Bella Coola and admire the native
art totems on front lawns and murals on the grocery
Head to Clayton Falls Park just past the ferry terminal
in Bella Coola. Take a picnic lunch and watch the world
go by. And take a few minutes to check out Clayton Falls
posted a picture of the pretty park on Picture
of the Day.)
Look for the petroglyphs at Thorsen Creek in Bella Coola.
Hundreds have fallen from a cliff face and lie strewn
in the forest. The site is estimated to be 3500 years
old. You can arrange for a tour with Nuxalk guides."
Thank you Leigh!
I must tell you all that all of Leigh's points above are
accompanied by some truly stunning photographs and it
makes so much more sense if you see everything in context
with her writing. Please... do go to her blog at Hike,
You absolutely will not be sorry!
Oh, and just to add this.... there are lots more than
20 things to do along Highway 20!
Our summer residents have begun to arrive back on the
lake much to our delight. Our neighbourhood is finally
peopled by people, again. Our friends from Kelowna
arrived on Monday and are already going quading with their
new side by side and they too will be receiving guests
for the next few weeks. I expect it to be busy now with
rounds of suppers and evening campfires, my very favorite
time of year. We have new residents on the lake here and
there, and some of them will be staying through the winter
so that's kind of nice.
Fishing has picked up considerably from what I understand,
at least at the north end of the lake. Our two baby
loons in the back bay still seem to be surviving and growing
fast! Soon their parents will leave and they'll
be on their own until big and strong enough to fly out
themselves later in the fall.
Now if the weather would just shift and bring us our glorious
September weather that we often get, life will be good.
is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's
blog at August
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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!