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Wilderness Adventures - May Week One

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!
5/13/05 4:17 PM

West Chilcotin Tourism Association Meeting

Friday, the 13th seems like a good day to have a meeting for local tourism. The West Chilcotin Tourism Association is having their Annual General Meeting down at White Saddle in West Branh. That's down the Tatlayoko road. Items to be covered are possible closure of Anahim Airport (highly unlikely because everyone is working very hard to prevent it), and update and input on a new information sign at Anahim (which is in a really sorry state of disrepair). Dave Neads, director on The Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Committee is to give an update on the Mountain Pine Beetle situation. Karl Osmers of Bella Coola Valley Tourism is to present the new 100 things to do on the Highway 20 advertising magazine. Dave and Petrus to give updates on the Tsi Del Del/Tatla Agreement (The West Chilcotin Demonstration Project) which was signed on April 6/05 in Redstone. Now that is a fascinating piece of work! Based loosely on the structure of the Round Table of Anahim and Nimpo Lake region, it brings together multiple users of the natural resources to discuss and agree on how those resources are to be used. In this case, tourist users such as resorts and lodges, guide outfitters, logging interests and the Tatla community came together to agree on land use in the region. The document is a historical one, and just shows what a powerful tool good communication can be.
The West Chilcotin Tourism association has an online dirctory of members at Visit The West Chilcotin. If you would like to check out some of the accommodations and activities available in the West Chilcotin, this is an excellent resource.
5/12/05 7:26 PM

The Freedom Highway

The Freedom Highway from Anahim Lake to Bella Coola was an engineering feat accomplished by locals that the Canadian government refused to tackle. "The Freedom Highway" was so named to commemorate Bella Coola's inclusion with the rest of British Columbia by road - or by two ruts - as most described it. The government refused to help build an overland route from Bella Coola to Anahim Lake where Highway 20 continued to Williams Lake. Locals got together with $250, dynamite, equipment and two years of sheer determination and backbreaking work to build a road up the rock face of the mountains in the Coast Range.
On September 26, 1953, the catskinner from Bella Coola touched the blade of his cat to that of the cat driver moving the
last of the boulders out of the way from Anahim Lake above. It still took 10 hours to drive the 90 miles from the port of
Bella Coola to Anahim Lake but it was enough to convince the government that it could be done, and they took over road improvements in 1955. It is still an 'interesting' drive and the steepest highway in Canada with an 18% grade. However, the route now only takes less than two hours to accomplish from Bella Coola to Anahim Lake. I was fortunate to see a video put together recently by Jerry Bracewell, a longstanding resident of the Chilcotin. At a very young age, she rode 40 miles on horseback crossing streams and rivers following the newly torn cat trail through the bush with her two young children from Anahim Lake to where the cats were to meet. She stayed in camp with her husband, Alf Bracewell, who was the cat driver from the Anahim Lake side. She had an 8mm camera with her and was the only person to get live footage of the dynamiting of rocks, and blazing of the trail. Jerry was also the only person to get footage of the famous touching of cat blades and handshakes over the the blades by the catskinners when they met that day. The film covers the history of the road and interviews with many of the people involved then, as well as more recent footage of the 50th anniversary of the building of the road. Once offered to the public, I would advise everyone to watch the movie. It's short, and to the point, as everything is in this country. But it is awe inspiring, and a tribute to the guts and determination of the people here. The picture at top right shows the type of country locals were trying to build a road through. The top of the pass is blanketed by clouds.
5/11/05 7:59 PM

Showcasing Vagabond RV Park & Resort

This accommodation is located at the end of the 'Short Arm' and the sites are right on Nimpo Lake. Two cabins offer all the amenities and a wonderful view of sunset over the magnificent Coastal Mountains. If you're driving an RV, you'll find sunny sites on grass overlooking the lake and that's great for some amiable evening visiting round the campfire or over a game of horseshoes. There are also shady, private sites if you prefer, as well as wonderful tenting sites. If you would like, your hosts, Floyd and Lora Vaughan, can arrange a flightseeing trip for you to see more of this spectacular country or fly out for some premium rainbow trout fishing on a remote lake that is floatplane accessible only. On Nimpo Lake itself, you can troll or fly fish for some fighting Rainbow Trout, go canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, hiking, photographing wildlife, or mountain biking around the lake, or just enjoy relaxing at your fire taking in the view. If you would like to know more about this RV Park and Resort, go to their site at Vagabond RV Park & Resort. where they have lots more information and an extensive photo gallery.
5/10/05 7:24 PM

Remember The Three Stooges?

Finally got the pictures developed and back from town of the three moose on Nimpo Lake. Unfortunately, they were very disappointing because of the distance. Pretty tough to see that they are three young moose hilariously trying to cross the ice on Nimpo Lake. If you want to read more about the story from earlier this winter, just go to Three Scrooges . The same happened with the pictures of the swans and eagles on the point from Mexican Standoff on Ice. On the good side, the pictures of the redwinged blackbirds that invaded the feeder this spring came out fairly well for those of you that are birdwatchers. Right now we've been invaded by a large number of hummingbirds at the two feeders, and they're beautiful as usual. There are also a number of tree swallows arguing over the single birdhouse, and the male loons are chasing one another all over the lake. Must be nesting time! There was a lot of fresh bear scat on the road going out to the highway so the bears must be out of their dens all over due to the early spring.
5/9/05 10:08 PM

Still Catching Up!

Going away for any length of time just doesn't pay. Sometimes it just has to be done ... holidays, or business, but you play hob catching up with everything. I bought a new computer for my business while away, but can't begin setting it up until I've re- organized my office space, and can't do that until I unpack office supplies picked up on the trip. Can't unpack until I get all that meat organized, etc. You know how it goes. In the meanwhile, I'm up to my neck playing catch up for my businesses and I don't even want to count how many emails I have to address.
On the positive side, coming home just reminds you how great it is to live where we do. The leaves are out on the aspens and willows about three weeks earlier than usual, the grass has really greened up and there are already fishermen on Nimpo Lake. There was lots of wildlife on the way home. Mule deer all over and passed a beautiful black sow with one young black cub and one brown bear cub. She even hung around long enough for me to snap some pictures that I really, really, hope are in focus!

5/9/05 12:38 AM

Holiday? What Holiday?

If you've noticed an absence of news from the Wilderness Adventure front lately, it's because of 'so-called' holidays. And I use that term very loosely! I was gone for the last two weeks on various and sundry business which started with dentist app. in Williams Lake, on to other annual doctors apps. in the Okanagan and more business, then to Calgary, then a town north of Saskatoon, the city itself for business, and finally back home. Along the way we visited friends, checked on my whitetail deer business in Saskatchewan, picked up a beef from my old neighbours and good friends as well as the best roasting chickens in the world, on to a little store one town over that sells the best little frying chickens and hams ever, then on to the butcher of the beef. Aside from the beef I had ordered 20 pounds of side pork, (if you don't know what that is, you've never tasted heaven) and some pork roasts for 'little porkers' for the Bar-B-Que and last but not least, a mess of double smoked Farmer Sausage from Yorkton that you can only buy at Costco in Saskatchewan as far as I know. Needless to say, it wasn't much of a holiday, but rather a giant shopping trip for groceries. But I got to visit with great friends, and nothing beats that! Just got back tonite, so I'll write tomorrow.




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!
The type of country locals had to build a road through from Anahim Lake to Bella Coola
 
Mountain range surrounding the route to Bella Coola harbour
 
Three moose crossing Nimpo Lake on ice
 
The three stooges
 
Close up of red winged blackbird
 
Wide variation in the bars on red winged blackbirds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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