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Wilderness Adventures

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!
21/06/2005 1:54 PM

Plane over Mountains

A pretty picture of a floatplane over the Coastal Mountains was sent to me by a member of the British Columbia Floatplane Association to go on their annual calendar. I think I'll use this photo for the back part of the calendar just because it's so expressive of the usefulness of the floatplane. For high altitude bush and mountain flying, the floatplane is probably one of the safest planes going because if you do have to put the plane down, it can land on a tiny, high mountain lake or on snow. It may not be able to take off again, but it doesn't matter if you land safely and are alive. That's what they make helicopters for. The picture in the right upper corner is of a floatplane coming from Vancouver, over the Coastal Range to the Nimpo Lake Fly-In of July 2004. If you would like to see more on flying in the Chilcotin take a look at the Flightseeing page and at the Flying Gallery . The BCFA was initially created by pilots in the Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake area to lobby for the right to land on lakes in the parks of British Columbia, and specifically, Tweedsmuir Park. The planes do no damage to the delicate alpine or tundra by landing on water, and generally pilots and their passengers stick close to the lake they landed on, usually for fishing. They are very conscientious about garbage in, garbage out and leave the area as pristine when they leave it as when they arrived. But it was a long, hardwon fight to convice the Parks of the that. They succeeded in hammering out an agreement last year.
20/06/2005 1:44 PM

Happy Birthday to Me

I just got a new camera for my birthday, so expect to see better photos on the site. I received a new Canon Power Shot A510. Small, compact, light but powerful enough to take some pretty good shots of wildlife, even at some distance. I can also add a larger lens accessory, which will be a real advantage for shooting animals and birds at a distance. I'm really excited about trying it out and seeing just how close I can bring animals in on my software after downloading to the computer. The old digital just didn't have much capability so I was usually forced to use the big 35mm with telephoto which takes pretty good shots at a distance, that you can bring in on the computer, as long as they're in focus. Something I have a real problem with. So off I go to work tonite with my little instruction booklet, dreaming of having the time to play with my new gift. But for now, I'm going to eat cake!
19/06/2005 11:13 AM

New Property For Sale Page

I will be launching an additional page to go with this site listing properties for sale. Although there aren't very many properties for sale in this area, I do get a lot of inquiries from people about real estate. Especially people who would like lakefront property on Nimpo Lake, Anahim Lake and Charlotte Lake or people who are looking for acreages or ranches in the West Chilcotin. Some property in the area can be quite reasonably priced, but much of the lakefront property is pricy. Or at least I would call it pricy, but then I've been out of touch with the Real Estate market for a number of years. I do know that property prices have jumped markedly in British Columbia in the past five years. In any case, I'm hoping this page can showcase some of the properties and help out locals attempting to sell. In addition to a couple of waterfront homes and resorts, there is also at least one business (general store) and possibly two, for sale in both Anahim and Nimpo Lake.
18/06/2005 12:55 PM

Mix and Match Saturday

No one subject today, just a little of everything. The neighbour just told me there was a moose in our yard wednesday night. He also said it looks like the eagles got the loon baby in the back bay last night. Unfortunately, the eagles dive bomb the babies until they drown. Got some photos back from town. These are from a different camera, so there's a little bit of everything on them. A picture of the Lonesome Lake burn on the backside of Trumpeter mountain overlooking the Atnarko River. Pictures of the Trumpeter swans that came in this spring and settled on the Dean River for awhile until other waterways opened up. And the Ptarmigans we saw while snowmobiling this winter. Although they blend in so well with the snow that I don't know if they'll show up or not. Mixture of sun and cloud today with warmer temperatures, so the mosquitoes are pretty bad. We need either hot dry weather or cold to get rid of them. Terrible flooding over in Alberta again and Melville, Saskatchewan ended up with 4 inches of rain in less than an hour! I wouldn't have wanted to be in that rainstorm. So I guess we're pretty lucky. We've gotten a lot of rain, but nothing like that. The same with the wind. We really haven't gotten much but the wind was so strong in Maple Creek, SK that it blew three recreational vehicles and two semi trucks off the road.
17/06/2005 7:25 PM

Golfing Wild West Style in the West Chilcotin

Went golfing today at Nester's Golf and Country Club. Wow Wee! Now that was some ride! Nester Malinsky and his wife Phil have a really sweet little setup on the Dean River. It's a beautiful place where lots of woodworking and wood carving skills are apparent. Nester has lots of balls, left and right handed clubs and tees available to anyone that wants to play. Their son, Rick, and Nester were going to show me how to play. They didn't realize that they were trying to teach a losing cause, but they tried. The 9 hole course is extremely challenging. They say if you can play that course well, you can play anywhere very well, and I believe it! Second hole is on top of a very high, steep bank so you have to somehow lob your ball straight up and down onto the green. Go too far, and you'll end up over in a gravel pit and have to beat your iron to death to get it back onto the green. Or at least I beat my iron to death on the gravel. The high surrounding pine trees are quite a challenge as well. On one hole you are up high already, and have to lob the ball into the top of the trees, and let the branches slow the ball on the way down. Did I say challenging? The greens are sand, fast and really tricky. They all slope toward the water, as Rick pointed out, and there's water all around. From what I could see, the greens sloped every which way and the odd depression, rock and pine needles caused split second changes of direction. In any case, the course is fun, challenging and total cost to play is only .25 cents. Beats the big fancy courses, doesn't it? The course is just a short distance out of Anahim Lake on Dorsey, and then Ayres road on the Dean River. Check it out. You wont' be sorry. Just don't bring your own clubs.
16/06/2005 2:10 PM

Fresh Snow

Fresh snow on the mountains last night after the clouds cleared away. It's been quite cool the last three days, and apparently it's been really cool up on Trumpeter, Kappan and the Rainbow mountains. Once the clouds cleared away yesterday afternoon, and we saw the sun for the first time in a few days, you could see that quite a bit of snow had dropped on surrounding mountains and hills to a fairly low elevation. We received another two inches of rain night before last. We're going to start looking like Bella Coola pretty soon. As one person commented yesterday, we'll be fishing for halibut right from our front door pretty soon. This is extremely unusual weather for this area. This kind of rain over such a long period of time is virtually unheard of, but I don't mind. We were in the fourth year of a seven year drying trend that was looking extremely dangerous for forest fires in this region and Cariboo Fire Centre out of Williams Lake was really, really concerned about losing Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake to fire. Especially with all the beetle kill making the forests pretty explosive. But it sure looks good now! Everything is really green, and the forest floor is fairly saturated. If we can make it well into July with cooler, wetter weather, we may get through the summer with no fires at all. Besides, as I've said before, this weather makes for great fishing!
15/06/2005 1:09 PM

More On Spotting Wildlife

Pictures of black bears show that even they can blend in with surrounding bush. Coming back from town a couple of weeks ago we saw a sow black bear and her cubs on the highway near Clearwater Lake. Unfortunately, I'm never much good at getting a camera focused in time or these pictures would be much better. Interestingly enough, the sow had one black cub and one red and they were pretty fat and sassy. They took off like crazy to get off the road and back into the bush, but once there, like all animals, they slowed down and looked back. All three were hidden behind a couple of trees and would be much harder to see had I not cropped and enlarged the photo substantially. The final picture is of the mother black bear standing watch after she sent her cubs the rest of the way into the bush. The forest in this particular area has very little ground cover, and is almost park like between the trees, or you would not have been able to see the bears at all. If you are interested in more 'spot the wildlife' challenges, go to last week's page at June Week Two . This page is starting a new week of stories so you'll have to go to archives for more on wildlife with some great photos and other subjects.


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!
Flying over the Coastal Mountains courtesy of BCFA member
 
Lonesome Lake burn on the back side of Trumpeter range overlooking the Atnarko River
 
A ptarmigan blends in so well in winter that you'll go right past and never see it.
 
Trumpeter Swans sitting on ice on the Dean River
 
Three black bears just going onto the highway
 
Sow and cubs run for the bush
 
The sow had one black cub and one red cub
 
Once behind the bushes all three  stop and look back
 
Momma black bear stands guard while her cubs scamper to safety
 
 
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