you're an amateur botanist, wildlife or scenic photographer,
an extreme hiker or a complete greenhorn on a horse,
there's something here for everyone! Your British
Columbia summer vacation destination!
Surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges, the West
Chilcotin comprises a wide variation in geological landscape
from rolling ranchland and high
alpine valleys and lakes, to glacial rivers and dense
rainforest. Each area
offers its own special cachet to the summer vacationer.
Aside from fishing, There is hiking,
trail rides and pack trips, canoeing, boating, photography,
bird watching, and more.
Most accommodations hosts will be happy to arrange any
of these activities for you.
Floatplanes are commonly used here and will allow you
the opportunity to access a great deal of country otherwise
inaccessible to man. The planes can take you into remote
mountain lakes where you can hike alpine valleys and
explore the incredible bounty of wild alpine flowers,
many not seen anywhere else in the world. They can also
help you access lakes such as the Turner Lake
chain where you can canoe the chain for several days
or hike the trailhead at Hunlen Falls.
Or just go flightseeing where you can look down on snow
- capped peaks and huge glaciers, plunging waterfalls,
and wild mountain lakes.
Local outfitters will take you trail riding into the
incredible Rainbow Range or Itcha
Ilgachuz Range where you'll likely
see an incredible variation of wildlife here. Moose,
caribou, mule deer, mountain goat, wolves, coyotes,
grizzly and black bear are plentiful, offering lots
of opportunity for wildlife photography.
The country is perfect for hiking high mountain
valleys full of wild flowers, glaciers and rainforest
while birdwatchers will be fascinated with the lonely
calls of loons on Nimpo Lake, the large population of
Trumpeter Swans brought back from extinction by Ralph
Edwards on Lonesome Lake and the antics of the Pelicans
on Anahim Lake. Hawks, Bald Eagles, Kingfishers and
a myriad of other species of birds are plentiful in
This is a year round vacation paradise
offering fishing, hiking, horseback riding, four-wheeling,
canoeing, and photography in summer, and cross-country
skiing and snowmobiling in winter.
Nimpo Lake is considered the 'Floatplane Capital' of
British Columbia so there's lots of opportunity to go
flightseeing. Since so much of this vast wilderness
is inaccessible to man, the best
way to see it is from a float plane!
Tweedsmuir Park forms the western and
northern boundary of the West Chilcotin. Here you will
find a wide variation from majestic mountain peaks and
high alpine valleys, sweeping mountains formed of age
old mineral deposits in glorious reds, oranges, and
yellows that gave the
Rainbow Mountains their name, to a rainforest type environment
near sea level supporting a whole new range of flora
and fauna. The park supports an extensive trail system,
offers Salmon fishing on
the Atnarko and Bella Coola River system,
and canoeing on the Turner Lake Chain.
It also has one of the largest grizzly bear populations
in British Columbia, so take your camera!
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