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
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I finally did it. I added a contact page to this
site. Yesterday morning a gentleman from Vernon
called with inquiries about the area and the accessibility
of a plane on skiis. Apparently he's expecting to be up
here in February or March and I'm really hoping he'll
stop by and I'll get to meet him.
More to the point, the fact that he had to phone
made me realize that I really needed to give folks access
to a contact page. It's a lot easier and less
expensive for people to drop a note in an email than to
The contact page is a form rather than just an email address.
There is a critical reason for this. It
gives me the opportunity to hide the actual address from
Spammers and forward it on to my personal or business
inbox. This way I won't have to constantly be changing
the email address because it's being spammed to death.
Unfortunately, the email form isn't the most attractive
thing going but it is the holidays and I decided I wanted
to get something up quickly. Hopefully, I'll get a chance
sometime in the next few months to spruce it up a bit.
I realize that the form does require entering in some
information before you can submit it, but it's absolutely
necessary to block spammers and none of that information
will be used except to return emails or phone calls if
I look forward to hearing from people. Hopefully I can
answer any questions posed off the top, but I can always
get the info if necessary. I also look forward to
comments, whether positive or negative about this blog.
Positive is uplifting for all of us, and I can always
learn from negative feedback. The link isn't on all of
the pages of the site yet, but it will be eventually.
So here's your opportunity folks! Good or bad, all comments
are welcome. This site has been a great opportunity
to meet new people, including those who have visited
the area, and to the fine couple from Texas that hopefully
will be moving here soon.
Just to let you know, it's actually raining here! We enjoyed
a great snow fall of big, fat, furry snowflakes last night
that built up to several inches. Unfortunately, the highly
unusual rain that we're seeing today is taking that down
pretty fast, and poor Terry has spent the day pushing
slush off the ice road on Nimpo Lake before it freezes.
To look on the bright side, I guess we'll have a 7 mile
long ice skating rink. Oh well, something else to blame
on global warming.
Merry Christmas everyone! And to my new
friends in Bavaria, thank you so much for the wonderful
Thursday Before Christmas
is just starting to take a big breath...and relax. Almost.
There's still a few last minute things to be done. In
our case, finish making presents, baking for baskets and
Christmas dinners and a few more lights to go up, but
the wrapping is done and most of the big stuff.
I was going out for a ski on the lake today
but it started snowing hard making for poor visibility
and light. I got started on other chores but once the
snow let up, kids and parents appeared on the ice
of Nimpo Lake like magic. Next thing you know,
there were vehicles idling next to each other as people
visited through their windows, the fourwheelers
pulling little kids around the lake on sleds and the older
kids on cross country skiis.
Lots of kids were skating on the ice rink by the boat
ramp while more played hockey up and down the ice
roads. Our neighbour will be delighted. He's commented
the last couple of years that there just hasn't been the
activity on the lake through winter that there used to
be in the past. But I think that there was a bit of a
lull there between generations. There just haven't been
many kids around but suddenly a bunch of babies have grown
old enough to be on the ice now. It's nice to see.
The blogs are probably going to become pretty irregular
for the next few days with Christmas. You most likely
won't see much now for articles until after Boxing Day.
If I don't get the chance tomorrow or the next day, I
would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! And
don't forget, it's not too late to book some vacation
time between Christmas and New Year for a little winter
recreation! Hope to see you up here for a little
snowmachining, cross country skiing, winter hiking, or
just sipping hot chocolate around a bonfire on the lake
enjoying good company.
is silent, not even a mouse...until the ice road goes
in. It seems as though everyone waits with bated
breath until the ice road goes in and then it's winter
Terry B from the other end of the lake plowed the
ice road on Nimpo Lake today accompanied by two
guys on snowmobiles with ropes and long sticks just in
case the truck goes through the ice. Probably not much
danger of that this year. The least amount of ice on the
Main Arm is six and half inches thick. Since he plowed
out a road to our boat launch as well, I got to
be the first on the ice with a vehicle this year,
besides him of course, when I drove over to get the mail.
Not that I was the only one for long.
My mother came whipping down from her end of the lake
not an hour after and Trudy was parked down on the ice
with her children. They had plowed out a skating
rink next to shore with their fourwheeler and were happily
skating and playing hockey by the time I got back
down on the ice. By dusk there were a number of people
over there skating and drinking hot chocolate.
By this afternoon Terry had plowed out roads to all the
bays and of course his runway was plowed out a week ago.
Snowmobiles only need to accompany the plow truck the
first day. After that, the road ice will grow to be the
deepest on the lake because it has no snow to insulate
it from the cold and keep it from growing.
People are starting to travel in for the holidays and
their first question when they hit the country is usually
"Is the ice road on yet?". I know my
fuel usage in my pickup will halve for the rest of the
winter because you can cut off so much distance using
the ice road. And it cuts down on rocks in the windshield
that you get travelling the highway.
Winter has officially arrived!
Winter Mix and Match
still a busy time of year and didn't even get out of the
house today but at least we got a tree up and decorated
today. One more chore done for the holidays. Yes,
I know, most of you don't consider decorating a Christmas
Tree a chore but when you feel like you're already
slipping backwards under a pile of things that need doing,
what should be fun becomes something you try to do as
quickly as possible. Not that it meant I got anything
else accomplished today. I didn't.
I had hoped to get out for a ski today since our
temperatures have warmed up considerably. It's
hardly below freezing now and supposed to continue warming
for the next six days. As you can see from the picture
on the right though, someone else got out. The neighbour
boys got out on Nimpo Lake today, one pulling the other
on a snowboard with their fourwheeler. I didn't
know it was possible to snowboard in just a few inches
of snow on ice but they did a pretty respectable job of
it. Looked quite flashy out there doing some fancy turns,
until he fell down, anyway. That must have hurt, but up
he bounced again calling for his brother to come back
for another round.
The chickadees are not feeding quite so frantically
now that temperatures have warmed up a bit and
it's nice to see people out walking and riding again.
The one picture on the right shows trees plastered with
snow around 100 Mile House on our way home from the Okanagan
the other day. I put it in because believe it or not,
much of that white build up is not snow, but frost repeatedly
building up on the trees and powerlines. Over a
period of a week that heavy cold air held down moist air
in the valleys all over British Columbia and coated everything
in layer after layer of frost. What was different
from the usual was seeing white on the trees from frost
down low, and nothing up high because the sun was hitting
at higher elevations and melting any frost. That is opposite
of what you would normally see this time of year.
Today was a bit disasterous around the province. A lot
of freezing rain causing accidents. We missed the bullet
again. It was a very pleasant day here but I'm glad we
weren't travelling today.
Weird. Oh well, blame it on global warming. Isn't that
what we all do nowdays? I'm counting my blessings
today because I'm not trying to get back and forth to
work and do my Christmas shopping in New York city with
a transit strike on. Ain't life wonderful?
Shopping Outside of Nimpo Lake
that's a must. Hello folks. Sorry about the long absence,
but it's a sad necessity this time of year. Although
I dearly love this country, it does have the odd downside
and Christmas shopping is one of them. We're a
little limited on the ability to purchase gifts for friends
and family here. Actually, we're a lot limited. Although
Anahim Lake has three grocery/general stores
or trading posts including the Native Band store, and
Nimpo Lake has one, they're more
for day to day survival. It can actually be a
bit tough to find a birthday card much less that 'perfect'
gift for your loved one. As you've probably guessed by
now, residents of both Nimpo and Anahim do their shopping
by catalogue, driving out to 'town' or lately, by Internet.
Since we have a place down in the Okanagan, we chose to
go there to do our Christmas shopping. That of course
means a nine hour drive and since you've spent
the time and fuel to get there, it's also an opportunity
to pick up hardware and house stuff and visit a few friends.
Coming back last Friday night brought home just how isolated
this region is and dependent on nearby town centers for
the shopping goods. I have never seen so many vehicles
on the 200 mile stretch from Nimpo Lake to Williams Lake
in all the years I have been on that road. It
seemed everyone in the country was making a beeline east
on Highway 20. It finally occurred to us that it was the
last full shopping weekend before Christmas and everyone
was headed out to civilization to do their thing. Of course
I consider passing 40 or 50 vehicles on a three and half
hour drive to be quite a line of traffic but in reality,
I suppose anyone from the city would laugh at that number.
The weather has been extremely cold province wide and
in the last three days here it's dropped to -23C or -10F
below and chillier at night. Nimpo Lake is freezing up
nicely and the ice road will be built soon, I'm sure.
Our resident road builder wanted to do that Sunday
after drilling ice the length of Nimpo but since
he ran into a spot that had only 4.5 inches on the Main
Arm in one area, he chose to hold off. 4.5 inches is enough
to hold a light vehicle easily, but it also means there
could be spots with less ice yet, and that's courting
The weather is supposed to warm up drastically tonite
or tomorrow and bring snow which could cause overflow
and slow down the building of the ice road but hopefully
our excellent cold temps will have given us enough good
quality ice for the winter.
Sun shining on cold ice during the day and cold temps
at night have really set the lake to muttering and singing.
The ice is snapping into a myriad of cracks that quickly
fill with water. There is the odd fourwheeler, one
snow machine, a plane and my ski tracks on the lake so
far, but it'll pick up in a hurry.
I do have some pictures to post but not enough time tonite
so I'll do it when I can.
I hope those of you who've been faithfully reading haven't
abondoned me! I've tried to keep this a pretty regular
article since starting the site this spring but it's funny
how fall and Christmas and all that entails sneaks up
on you. Cheers! Hear's hoping I can write tomorrow.
auction at the Nimpo Lake Community Hall last night was
a roaring success! We raised money to pay for
next year's insurance and finish the addition. The potluck
was terrific and Logan, our auctioneer was hilarious.
I would love to write more but I just spent an hour writing
this article and wiped it out by accident. Since I don't
have another spare hour, this will be short and sweet.
The next party at the Hall will be at New Year's Eve and
should be great fun.
Things are gearing up to be quite busy for the next few
days with Christmas and all, so I probably won't be writing
much. But I'll write when I can. Oh, and the lake is really
starting to sing again!
those of you that don't know, or particularly care, Canada
has a federal election coming up and the election promises
from all parties are flying. Although we're hard-core
conservative, the new Conservative leader is so radical
and so scary that we were actually looking at voting Liberal
this time. At least until the Conservatives had
the good sense to find a different leader.
Paul Martin, the Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal
party has a really good track record as Finance Minister
for the past Liberal government, and although he's got
the nickname of Mr. Dithers for a reason, he seems
fairly level headed and reasonable for the most
The idiot declared a ban on all handguns in Canada. We
already have a ban on handguns. They are a restricted
weapon and have had stringent restrictions on them since
1930 and those restrictions got even tougher in the 90's.
You have to jump through a lot of hoops and go
through a lot of licensing details, including background
checks by the RCMP to be licensed to own a handgun.
You then need to go get a carrying permit from the police
in order to transport the gun. That includes from your
house to the gun range and back, if you are a target shooter.
Big cities like Toronto and Vancouver are having crime
and gang problems with homicides and other crimes committed
with handguns. However, more than 84% of homicides
are committed with illegal or unregistered handguns.
The rest with stolen guns that may have been registered
with the legitimate owner. Why would these idiots in government
think that the criminal element is going to be the least
bit affected by a ban on handguns. Does Martin think
they're just going to run out and register their guns
right away? No, instead, the value of blackmarket
guns has just gone up by ten times and the marketeers
are laughing all the way to the bank at the announcement.
Martin's knee jerk reaction to vow to ban all handguns
if he gets into power is strictly a political ploy
for the idiots and ignorant that live in their insulated
little urban homes and don't have a clue about the real
world. They think that if all handguns are banned
then they won't have anymore crime. I can't stress the
word idiot enough. They are already banned.
Where the government falls down is in law enforcement
and immigration enforcement. Most repeat offenders are
let back out onto the streets because there is no space
in the jails for them. Many of the convicted are aliens
or landed immigrants that have deportation orders and
ignore them. Not to be racist but a huge number
of our worst criminal element are from other countries
either under refugee status or illegally. The
answer to a lot of our problems lies in showing this unsavory
element the door out of the country and forbidding them
re-entry. Ever. However, as most people the world over
know, Canada is the home of the bleeding hearts
club and all any of the criminal trash have to
do is claim that they will be treated poorly if they go
back to their own country, and Canada hands them the keys
to continue doing whatever they want to in this country.
I find it disturbing and telling that time, after time,
after time, when you see the pictures of criminals and
gang members on tv smirking as they walk out of a courthouse
just after beating a homicide rap, or getting conditional
sentencing, or being able to serve their sentence at home,
you will rarely see a white face. No caucasians. Everything
but. They have connections to other countries and gangs
in other countries, providing pipelines for drugs, guns,
etc. And the best that Paul Martin can come up with
to buy votes is to ban handguns. Oh yeah, and
they're going to up the number of immigrants allowed in
the country to 250,000 annually to increase to 500,000
annually by 2010 and relax the requirements. I wouldn't
have a problem with that if the people entering the country
were the legitimate, hardworking immigrants that made
this country and the US great to begin with. But that
isn't what we're getting. If the Canadian government
thinks they're getting an increase in hard working, tax
paying citizens, they are sadly mistaken. The
past 20 years should have shown us that. Or the huge influx
of Asians we got in Vancouver when Hong Kong was being
passed back. The Canadian government opened the
doors wide more for self interest than sympathy
because they invisioned a lot of money coming from Asia
with those people. Unfortunately, a huge percentage of
Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean gang members
came along with them. And of course they don't get along
with each other much less with the East Indians that already
existed here and the Hispanic gangs that have moved in
from the south. Fortunately for BC, most Russian Mafia,
Italian Mafia, Hell's Angels and other bike clubs operate
mostly in the East or it wouldn't be safe to walk in any
BC city at night.
I feel strongly that the only thing that keeps this element
in check, as well as the drug using B&E artists, is
that they really don't know who in this country is ready
and willing to defend their home and their business with
a firearm. Take the firearms away from the law
abiding citizens, because they are the only ones that
will register their guns in order to keep from being labelled
a criminal, and you have just taken all restrictions off
the criminals. Why no one can see that is beyond
can find last week's articles at December
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!
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