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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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| (July 2nd: Note: For some reason I managed to forget to upload the blog below before we left on a two week trip in June. I will try to write another here soon, but I'm playing catchup on chores first and waiting for a rainy day.)
the last blog I mentioned that we had taken an interesting
route home from our vintage trailer meet down on the Lower
Mainland and its one that I would highly recommend
if you are coming up from the Vancouver area, States,
or Vancouver Island to the Cariboo or the Chilcotin. Or
going to Alaska for that matter.
I have heard about the Dusty Lake road by way of
Pemberton for many years and I had always wanted to go
on it, but it definitely did NOT come highly recommended
years ago. It was a long, dusty back road or basically
a logging road for the longest time but has been paved
for some while now, and I understood from asking people
over time that it was drastically improved. Probably the
only downside is that there is a long, long, fairly steep
climb coming out of Pemberton and it doesnt surprise
me that the road had gained a bad reputation years ago
for loss of brakes going down the one way and overheating
radiators going up the other. With most vehicles nowadays
including trailers and RVs, it shouldnt be
a problem but if you think overheating might be, you might
want to go up it in the evening if you are travelling
on a very hot day, although at that elevation, I dont
expect it gets all that hot all that often. The same goes
for going back downhill toward Lillooet if you are coming
up the hill from that direction, and of course brakes
are a consideration in both directions. I recommend
using lower gears to go down the hills or youll
have the same problems a lot of folks have on the Bella
Coola Hill if they go down too fast. Your brakes
are going to smoke. Now that Ive done my duty and
warned you of the downside to this route, Ill let
you in on the upside.
We left our vintage trailer meet at Mission on a Sunday
which I highly recommend simply because pulling a trailer
through the city of Vancouver, even on a highway, is no
good any day of the week except on Sunday when it was
actually a reasonably pleasant drive.
We arrived at Porteau Cove heading up the Sea to Sky highway
early in the day so that we could drop the trailer and
drive up to Britannia Mine Museum ten minutes up the road.
Porteau Cove is a Provincial campground on the
edge of Howe Sound and is really gorgeous with lots of
huge trees, private camping spots and the ocean right
at your feet. Other than in Alaska, weve
never camped along the ocean before and this was a protected
inlet, so it was really, really pretty.
I have to suggest stopping at Brittania Mine museum and
giving it a couple of hours of your time. Particularly
fascinating to me was getting to ride a rail car several
hundred feet into the mine and listening to the guide
run the drills used in the mine while it worked for a
100 years right up until 1974.
We drove around Squamish a bit but mostly just admired
the incredible geology there that included monstrous smooth
rocks including the Stawamus Chief that overshadows the
town. It has become famous for rock climbing and
is an amazing testament to what glacial action can do.
Right near Squamish is a spectacular waterfall that steps
down the side of the mountain called Shannon Falls. While
our Hunlen Falls claims to be the third highest freefalling
waterfall in Canada, supposedly these falls are the third
highest stepped falls in Canada and much easier to reach!
In fact, you can see them from the highway and stopping
to take a closer look is worthwhile.
North of Squamish and south of Whistler is another
breathtaking waterfall called Brandywine Falls that requires
a nice but short walk into a viewing platform.
If you're afraid of heights as I am, don't even bother
to go out on it. You have to lean over the railing to
see the huge hole that the rainbow lit waterfall pours
into and that was impossible for me. Fortunately, Andy
took photos on both our cameras so I could enjoy the spectacular
sight through my photo browser at home.
Whistler is next on the Sea to Sky highway but I actually
had no interest in touring it mainly because of its reputation
as an expensive tourist stop and numerous people. I was
more interested in getting on with the drive and seeing
what was over the next hill. Which is exactly how we miss
a lot of stuff because we're both bad for that.
We saw lots of nice country as the road climbed steadily
and stopped at a really pretty lake to give the dogs a
After you climb up, you drop back down on a long winding
highway with pretty views. Theres lots to
see right to Lillooet where you hit totally different
desert like country. It regularly holds temperature
records for being the hottest place in the province and
was easily 15 degrees warmer at 30C or 86F compared to
earlier when we were much higher. We stopped long enough
to grab a burger and get out of there because we had the
dogs in the truck and it was way too hot for them.
I guess I had always been under the impression that it
was quite a long highway and would take a couple of days
to traverse rather than mere hours. I would definitely
suggest taking a little more time than we did to enjoy
the area and check out a few side trips including to Hat
Creek Ranch but if not, it was a long day but we made
it to Williams Lake in the early evening so you can certainly
do the trip over from where the Sea to Sky highway starts
to the Cariboo highway in a day if you like.
month's blog is at June
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!