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Wilderness Adventures - May Week Two

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!
20/05/2005 10:44 PM

Showcasing Stewart's Lodge and Camps

Stewart's Lodge is located on Nimpo Lake and operates a floatplane charter service. Tweedsmuir Air is invaluable to the area since many of the remote resorts and lodges can only be accessed by floatplane. In spring, the fly-in lodges rely on floatplanes for all their supplies, and then as a means for ferrying their clients back and forth. Duncan and Rhonda Stewart have operated Stewart's for many years, taking over for Bob Stewart who was one of the first to build a fishing resort on Nimpo Lake. The Stewarts can provide very nice cabin accommodations with or without meals at Nimpo or can fly you into other lakes. They have boats and motors at over 25 locations where you can choose to lake, stream, or river fish for rainbow trout, Cutthroat and Dolly Varden. As they state, the stillwaters, rivers and creeks are so numerous in the West Chilcotin that anglers can fish to their heart's content and never have to cast over the same water twice! If you would like to know more about Stewart's and Tweedsmuir Air, go to their web site at Stewart's Lodge .
19/05/2005 2:02 PM

Canoeing, Bike Riding, Four Wheeling, and Hiking

Activities available besides fishing in the Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake area of British Columbia. British Columbia is the top rated destination for mountain bike riding in North America. We're blessed with the ideal country from rough and rugged to endless backcountry trails for bikes. If you like your trail riding to be motorized, this is also a popular locale for four wheeling. We would ask people to stick to trails if possible, however, because the soil in the region is so delicate, and fourwheeler tracks will stay imbedded for years. Canoeing is very popular in the region because of the numerous lakes, rivers and streams, many of which interconnect. The Turner Lake chain is a favorite, and you can spend days camping and canoeing, and getting some great photographs of the wildlife and magnificent country! Check out the other pages, particularly the Photo Gallery to see what a treat you're in for. Just click on your subject of interest in the photo gallery to go to that page and rollover the images to get informaion on each.
05/18/2005 1:57 PM

Provincial Election in British Columbia

Well, we had our provincial election last night. Woop-de-doo. I shouldn't say that, because having a democratic government, and the right to vote for it is very important. I guess it's just kind of boring when you already know who is going to get in, and that they're going to get in with a majority government for the next four years. If I was in favor of Cambell's Liberal government, I would probably be very happy with the consistency and stability that eight years of the same government in Parliament can provide. And I have been happy with some of what the provincial Liberals have done. But for the most part, I have been very unhappy with the broken promises, of which there have been many, and the direction that the government has taken on many issues. Apparently I'm not the only unhappy one. The NDP is up from two seats last election where they were nearly shut out as an opposition party, to 33 seats last I saw last night. And I'm definitely not an NDP'er. In fact, I'm not Liberal either. It seems ironic that BC doesn't even have a 'Conservative' party in the running. We go from left with the Liberals, to further left with the NDP, and further left yet with the Green Party, God forbid. Anyway, now we get to listen to that egotistical, phony smiling Cambell for another 4 years. And if you thought he had a mega ego before, just see what the next few years bring! Not that NDP is much better. They usually swing to the opposite extreme. It's worthy to note that most people in British Columbia don't vote government in. They usually vote it out. This is the exception, but hey, people have very tiny little brains and very, very short memories, which is exactly what Cambell was hoping for. Take away for the first three years, then lambast all the voters with lots of goodies and handouts the last year before election. Every crafty politician knows this, and the sheep still haven't figured it out!
5/17/2005 10:05 AM

Hiking in The West Chilcotin

You may be here for the fantastic fishing, but there's lots of other things to do too! Hiking is something that might interest many just because this is the perfect country for it. You have such a tremendous variety here, from comfortable walking trails in Tweedsmuir Park kept up by park officials and volunteers, to high rolling alpine and vigorous mountain walks that can take days to accomplish. Hike the Rainbow, Octopus, Capoose or Crystal Lake Trails. Or for the conditioned hiker, take on the 480 km Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail, an ancient trade route followed by natives from the Pacific Ocean to the inland Plateau who carried trade goods to the coast and returned with Ooligans, a small oily fish. The fish was used extensively by the natives for food, lamp oil and softening hides and is extremely greasy. Hence the nicknames Ooligan and Grease Trail for the Alexander Mackenzie Trail. For those who would just like a short day hike, there's the Kettle Pond and Burnt Bridge trails.
Hunlen Falls is named for the Indian Trapper, Hana-Lin is at the northern end of the Turner Lake chain and can be reached by hiking 10 miles on the Hunlen Trail. It starts at the bottom of the Bella Coola hill at the Atnarko 'tote' road and climbs over 6000 feet. If you would like to hike glaciers or snow fields, we have them, or check out the incredible array of rare alpine flowers found at altitudes of 6000 feet and up. If you would just like to go for a nice, scenic walk after supper, there are numerous trails near every accommodation in the Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake area. Many of these are actually old roads or horseback trails used by natives, and later the settlers in the area. If you'd like to see lots more pictures of the country for hiking go to the Hiking photo gallery.

5/16/05 6:57 PM

Fly-fishing on Remote Lakes in British Columbia

Trolling and fly-fishing aren't just popular on local lakes in the West Chilcotin of BC. Remote wilderness lakes are also favorites to fly into for some great fly fishing or trolling gear behind a boat that has been taken into the lakes by floatplane in the spring. While Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake offer great rainbow trout fishing up to 6 pounds, other lakes and streams offer a variety of species besides trout, such as Cutthroat, Bull trout and Dolly Varden. And if you're really lucky, you have to fly in by floatplane to get to them! Nimpo Lake is considered the 'Floatplane Capital of BC' so companies based on the lake offer charter flights out for day fishing, overnight camping and fishing, sightseeing, or the whole package. Your hosts at any resort, lodge, B&B or other accommodation in the area can make arrangements with the charter service for you. In addition, many of your hosts can provide a guide or information about the best gear to use on any particular lake. And get this, whether you fly out or fish locally, lakes and streams in the region are so numerous that you'll never have to fish the same waterway twice! If you do choose to fly in to a lake for some fishing, even if just for the day, maybe throw a little more money into the kitty and ask for an extended sightseeing tour along the way. There's so much to see, and best seen from the air are the Monarch Icefields, Rainbow Mountains and Hunlen Falls, the third longest fall in Canada. If there are several of you going out, the fee is minimal as it's shared between passengers on the floatplane. If you think you'd be interested in seeing a little more from the air go to the Flightseeing page or to the Flying photo gallery.

5/15/05 7:38 PM

Fly Fishing in the Anahim and Nimpo Lake Region of British Columbia

Fly fishing is a popular pastime in Nimpo Lake as well as the Anahim Lake area, especially on the Dean River. Nimpo Lake was chosen to host the Commonwealth Fly-Fishing Championships in 1993, which included John Denver as the celebrity angler. Local lakes and streams teem with our wild native rainbow trout, known for the ferocious fight they'll give any angler trying to land them. Nearby streams and lakes also offer cutthroat and Dolly Varden. Much of the water in the area is deep and cold so fish are fat and firm should you want a few for the frying pan. The Dean River starts out from Nimpo Lake as a placid stream, deep in places where it narrows up between grassy banks. Once past Anahim Lake, it turns into quite the river. In some spots it widens out and shallows out enough to stand in the middle with fly fishing gear and do some casting into some of the sheltered pools for trout. But there are many spots where the country gets steeper and the river gets narrow and rugged. You can fish for steelhead further down river, or drop down to the 'Valley' and get in some of the best fly fishing in the world. The Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers offer Coho, Chinook, Chum and Pink Salmon runs at different times of the year. You can choose to use heavy salmon gear or flyfishing gear, but the latter can be a real challenge because some of those fish are big! A few years ago, probably about '89 or early '90s a young fellow got an 87 pound salmon on an 8 pound leader. It took him the whole day of running up and down the river to keep that fish on and not break his light line but he did it! I hear he was pretty exhausted but I think he held a world record for a short time, until someone else did the same thing up in Alaska. If you would like to know more about freshwater fishing in the area, go to the Fishing page. I'll get back to the wildlife in the area with more pictures soon.
5/14/05 1:01 PM

More Big Game Animals in The West Chilcotin

Aside from Alaska, British Columbia is blessed with the largest Grizzly bear population in North America. The majority of BC is wilderness and inaccessible by the general population, which suits the grizzly just fine. Much of central and northern BC consists of mountains, alpine, dense forest, and rivers teeming with fish, exactly the type of habitat preferred by this species. Grizzly like feeding on salmon and trout, berries, meadow plants, grubs, ants and small mammals. They're also quick to scavenge dead carcasses such as deer, moose, caribou and elk from other predators. The grizzly's size and weight usually precludes him from being able to take down the large game himself, but he will go after their young, including a rancher's calves. Again because of their size and weight, and the length of their enormous claws, this species can't climb trees the way Black bears can. After fattening up in the lowlands, their preferred place to hibernate for the winter is high alpine. I've never read any evidence for it, but I personally believe that denning at higher altitudes makes it less likely for them to wake up in the dead of winter when there is no food or water. It is far more common for a grizzly to be seen in the middle of winter during a warm spell than a black bear, and I think on those occasions, the animal has denned at too low an altitude. Scientists do say that Grizzlys don't 'sleep' as hard and are more likely to wake up in winter than Blacks. So there you go, unproven, but my theory nonetheless. Bella Coola, on the coast of BC and just west of Anahim Lake has one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bear in the world. The reason? The Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers are teeming with spawning salmon for over half the year. The Bella Coola region is mostly dense rainforest at the lower levels, rich with berries and other food for the bears and providing excellent cover. The Tweedsmuir Park officials do an excellent job of protecting both the safety of the bears as well as the people who like to camp, hike and fish there. If you would like to photograph Grizzly bears, there are bear watching guides available.
5/13/05 5:23 PM

The Remarkable Wildlife in the West Chilcotin

Big game abounds in the West Chilcotin, and the area is a treasure trove for photo enthusiasts. Spring is an especially good time to get pictures of animal moms, and their offspring. Use caution, however, as the ladies are generally very protective.
One of the oddest big game animals we have in the region are moose. Much larger than a saddle horse, they have a long head, ears, and jaw, and tremendously long legs. Moose in British Columbia are generally a rich dark brown or black with beige or grey markings and a hump between their shoulder blades. Their long legs are invaluable for wading deep water where they like to feed on water plants. It's probably also why they evolved with such long ears. One assumes that they like to keep those above water to hear predators. The long legs are also very useful in winter in deep snow. Although an extremely ungainly looking creature that I have never seen run, they have an unbelievable ground eating trot and can lunge over fences and banks with ease. Moose have really poor eyesight but make up for it with extraordinary hearing and although a curious animal, they are very wary of anything out of place in their surroundings. The only time they are really, really dumb, is during mating season. The bulls will stop at nothing to find a cow, and are easily called in during hunting season as a result.
Cows usually only have one calf per year, but twins are seen on occasion and it isn't unknown for the cow to have triplets. The third calf rarely survives, however. The cows are generally expected to have between eleven and twelve calf producing years, but can live much longer after they have stopped reproducing.




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!
Hiking in the mountains above Nimpo Lake
 
Going fly in fishing
 
Pulling in the fish
 
Cow moose and her calf drinking. Photo courtesy of Lise St. Gelais
 
Grizzly sow and her cub digging for roots. Photo courtesy of Ken Stranaghan
 
 
 
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