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!
Wilderness Adventures - May Week Three
Blessed Be The Rain
be a song or something, but boy, it's true! We've been
getting a faint drizzle in Nimpo Lake since
this morning. It's been raining in Anahim Lake
as well. Apparently the cooler temps, overcast and showers
have prevalent all over British Columbia
which has really helped the forest fire indices. The danger
is still extreme in many areas but lower temperatures
and higher humidity at least give the fire fighters a
little breathing room for now. Quite a few people were
out fishing in the drizzle today on Nimpo,
but I wasn't around enough to see how they were doing.
Went to Anahim Lake on business, still selling listings
on this site. some of the business owners and resorts
are very busy right now and others are starting out with
a slow spring. Tabby Reid over at Wilderness Rim
has said it's her busiest May yet, while Duncan over at
Stewart's Lodge is a little slow with fly
outs but expecting it to pick up substantially within
a week. Hopefully it'll be a great summer for everyone,
even with higher fuel prices.
fishing for rainbow trout yesterday evening. Picked
up a few nibbles and then around 5:30, started getting
some hard hits but losing them off our lines. Finally,
I got a hard hitting beauty that really wanted to take
my line out. Then it jumped straight up, flashed silver
in the sun and was gone...broken line, fly and all. It
was a nice one! That was it. A couple more hits but couldn't
land anything and when I finally pulled my line in after
a few minutes of no action at all, I found weed on my
hook. Time to give up and go in for supper. I could
see that everyone else fishing yesterday on Nimpo Lake
in front of the house was getting a lot of action,
but only seeing a few pulled into the boat. I can't see
the trout having soft mouths right now, unless there's
a lot of spawners out there right now, because the water
is cold. There's lots and lots of food for those fish.
Major mayfly hatch, flying ants, a brown moth
that hangs around the water but I don't know it's name,
and of course the ever present mosquito. I wonder if that
isn't part of the reason the fish are shaking
or taking the hooks. They're just plain big and strong
from all the feed!
Skies Are Hazy With Forest Fires
on the mountains looks yellow through the surrounding
haze and the reports of new fires reported by the Bird
dogs (smoke spotters) have been coming in steady on the
radio. There's been lightning strikes to the west of the
Fraser River with more lightning and 30 mph winds expected
this afternoon. There was a bomber over our little forest
fire yesterday but he was called to a much bigger fire
in the Prince George area before he could drop his load.
It doesn't sound like the Cariboo Fire Centre has enough
crews on standby, either attack crews or helicopters.
Probably weren't expecting conditions to be this bad this
quickly in May. There was a fire reported in the Palmer
Lake, Raven Lake road area yesterday evening and it sounds
like they're still fighting it today, so it must be good
sized. As long as this heat doesn't create thunder heads
and a lightning hazard, we might be ok. It's pretty early
in the year for lightning in this part of the country,
but that could change too.
Forest Fires Already...Unbelievable
the unique surprise of a forest fire very close today.
Less than a mile away from our home on Nimpo Lake, some
of the neighbour's land went up in smoke as well as crown
land because the fire jumped the road. I had no clue conditions
were that dry. There's lots of standing water and the
mosquitoes are vicious, and that is usually the best indication
of wet ground. Not so. Get a little away from the depressions
with standing water and you'll find tinder dry woods with
dust two inches thick. It's a little embarrassing because
my sister, a head dispatcher at the fire centre in Williams
Lake only called me a couple of days ago about a fire
just on the other side of Anahim Lake asking about conditions
out here. I said "Ah, don't worry about it, it's
pretty wet here so a fire won't go far." Oh boy,
was I wrong. Right now, any fire is travelling hot and
fast. Time to be really careful about sparks of any kind.
I was collecting a pickup load of rock today and using
a maddock to dig it out, chipping stone and creating sparks...not
thinking at all about how tinder dry things might be out
there. Oh well, might be another one like last year folks.
Grab a seat and hang on because we could be in for a wild
Hot and Dry
weather has finally turned and gone to the other extreme.
It's been extremely hot the last two days, and temperature
records have been broken all over British Columbia. This
is unusual weather for the end of May, but we'll take
it. Other than not being used to the heat, at least I
can finally get things done outside and everyone's mood
locally has improved substantially. The only problem with
the weather is the mosquitoes like it even more than they
liked the cool, moist weather we had. Not to discourage
anyone from visiting this summer, but bring bug repellent
with you when you come. Snow is fast melting off the mountains,
and water levels are still way up. Forest fire danger
may rise though if this warm spell continues to dry out
the woods. Supposed to be cooling trend toward the middle
of next week. At least we're way better off than Nova
Scotia. Those poor buggers have been getting hit with
everything since last winter. They're flooded out now.
No worries of that happening here. Hope to go fishing
tomorrow in Nimpo Lake for some rainbow trout to go in
the frying pan. Fishing looks like it would be pretty
good right now.
Changing Computers is Such a Pain
Changing over to a new computer is a huge pain and one
I try to only do about once every five years. Since I
have my computers built especially to suit the needs of
my businesses, they last a long time before they become
so outdated and slow, and full that no matter how good
your habits might be with defrag, scan disk, keeping files
cleaned up and backing them onto disk, eventually the
old girl just says it's time. She's been hinting to me
quite a bit. Locking up is common for me because I was
running Windows 98, but locking up in DOS mode on restart
was beginning to look like it might be bad, and if I didn't
change over soon, I was going to lose everything. I had
over 500 MB of RAM in the old computer, which was considered
a lot 5 years ago but with all the programs I run at a
time, it just wasn't enough. So, I not only needed a bigger
hard drive, I needed more RAM. So, bigger everything except
monitor. I went to a high priced flat screen, which is
absolutely marvelous because the quality is stunning,
but stayed with 17 inches, mainly because that is the
size of screen the majority of my clients and Internet
using public use. For right now, anyway. It's too hard
for me to judge what a web site is going to look like
on a 17 inch monitor when I've built it on a 19 inch.
I've already gotten a few surprises. I had been eagerly
awaiting getting an updated operating system, (no, I didn't
go overboard, just to 2000 Professional) so that I could
run the new Firefox Browser. Web pages that had looked
perfect in Explorer didn't look quite so perfect in Firefox.
A few 'oops' showed up. So you go looking in your code
and find out that no matter how picky you were or how
careful, you've still managed to put a p in the html where
you shouldn't have, and so on. So besides spending over
a week moving programs and data over to the new computer,
I've been spending some time fixing up oopsies on web
sites that show up on the Firefox browser. And at least
another few days to go....
The Timber Guest House
finished a header banner for a local Bed and Breakfast
on Nimpo Lake. Steve and Lise James have
a newly built post and timber house on a peninsula jutting
out into the lake with a full circle view of the mountains
and surrounded on three sides by water. They have a brand
new suite over their garage that is just a beauty. It
features a private entrance with a little deck to sit
on with a view overlooking a private bay at the back,
and large windows on the other two sides that overlook
the magnificent mountain ranges and a bird's eye view
of Nimpo Lake. Ranges surrounding the lake include
the Coastal Mountains, Rainbows, Itchas, and Ilgatchuz.
The suite includes a full kitchen, dining area, large
bathroom and living/sleeping area. Tile and hardwood floors,
and cedar and pine tongue and groove walls and ceiling
throughout. The window seat, storage counter in the kitchen
and the large vanity in the bathroom were built by the
homeowner and are unique and beautiful. You can cook your
own meals or take meals with your hosts, or have them
cooked and brought to your door. Activities include hiking,
canoeing, fishing, wildlife photography, birdwatching
and mountain biking in summer or you can bring
your cross country skiis or snowmobile for
winter fun. Other activities can be arranged for you and
include trailriding, longer horseback packtrips and flightseeing
in a chartered floatplane..
If you'd like to know more, check out the
Victoria Day Long Weekend
it's the long weekend in May and the weather just isn't
great. For those of you in other countries, we celebrate
an English Queen's birthday here in Canada. Don't ask...
Traditionally in Canada, this has been the
spring planting day. One hopes that all the frosts are
past no matter what province you are in, and you plants
your annuals and your veggies out today. I never did because
I don't like buying the same plant twice. But for those
that get eager to get on with their gardens, the greenhouses
thank you. They're the first to admit that they do a whopping
business about a week after the May long weekend when
everyone comes in to replace the plants they lost to frost
the weekend before.
On the BC news the weather man has indicated
that the last 9 out of 15 May long weekends have had showers
to heavy rains, but that's down on the coast. Here, you
can usually rely on it being pretty darn nice. Usually.
I'm really beginning to wonder about the global warming
theory. We ended up with spring in Nimpo Lake
in the middle of winter, and now when it should be spring?
It's periodically sunny, cloudy, overcast, spitting rain
and breezy. Not the ingredients for a really memorable
May long weekend that is generally the first vacation
weekend of the summer. It's especially disappointing to
those that return here year after year on this weekend
expecting it to be nice as usual. The big plus, however,
is the cooler and moister it stays now, the less risk
of forest fires in mid summer. Which is actually a huge
plus considering we are still in the middle of a seven
year drying trend according to the Forestry Ministry.
The fishing in Nimpo Lake is excellent right
now, as are the fish. Had a couple of nice rainbow
trout off the Bar-B-Que last night and it just
doesn't get any better than that!
Welcoming Escott Bay Resort
Bay Resort on Anahim Lake has signed up for a
listing on Resorts BC. Escott
Bay has been around for a long, long time, and Bill and
Darlene Van Es are your hosts. Their lodge is located
on Anahim Lake and has a little bit of everything.
They have full service cabins as well as a couple cabins
where you use central facilities. There is a large chalet
with several separate bedrooms and there are several 'sleeping'
rooms in the lodge itself as well as a fully serviced
campground. They also have a huge covered and screened
gazebo with an awesome stone firepit/Bar-B-Que for those
evenings around the campfire where you don't feel like
being carted off by the mosquitoes. Bill Van Es will take
you out horseback riding for a day or for
a longer pack trip that can last several
days, where the cooking is done for you over a campfire
and you roll up in a sleeping bag at night. You'll see
some incredible country from the back of a horse, and
lots of wildlife. Go fishing, hiking,
birdwatching or canoeing, or come for the winter
season. Bring your snow machine or your hosts will provide
you with cross country skis and show you their groomed
trails. Meals are available by reservation in the fully
licensed "Corral" and great hospitality guaranteed!
you would like to know more about this Resort you can
check out their listing on the Resorts
page or go directly to Escott
can't begin to describe the mountains in this region of
the West Chilcotin. The Chilcotin is a high
plateau surrounded by mountain ranges. The Coastals
to the west and south, the Rainbows to the
north, and the Itcha/Ilgachuz ranges to
the north and east among many more ranges. Mt. Waddington,
or Mystery Mountain as it was once called, is
the highest mountain in British Columbia entirely
within her borders at 13,704 ft.
The mountains, covered in a mantle of snow in clear, magnifying
winter air makes you feel as though you can reach out
and touch them. In summer, the alpine abounds with wildlife
both big and small. In any season, they enhance
the view no matter what direction you look and give endless
pleasure to hikers, photographers, snowmobilers,
Unfortunately, we so take them for granted that I don't
have enough pictures that could begin to describe their
beauty and diversity.
On another matter, you will probably notice that I have
reverted back to an arial font for this feed. Although
the serif font has traditionally been considered the most
readable on printed matter, personally, I don't think
it is as readable on a computer screen. I prefer the sans
serif fonts for lots of text, and I think bolded and italicized
text is far more readable in an Arial type font. If you
don't agree, you can always let me know.
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!