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Bowron Lakes Canoe Trip

August 28th, 2008  · stk

Bowron Lakes Canoe Trip: Listed as one of the World's top 10 best wilderness canoe trips, we thought we'd give it a whirl. We dropped Alex off with grandparents in Vancouver and made the 9-hour drive to get to the renown park in central British Columbia. Follow along by reading the journal of our 6-day wilderness experience! (Pics, maps, video, a slide-show and resource section all - eventually - included).

A 6-Day Canoe Adventure in the wild Cariboo Mountains

The Bowron Lake Provincial Park, in central British Columbia, is a wilderness park that encompasses over three hundred thousand acres and contains a world-famous canoe circuit. The circuit includes six major lakes (Indianpoint, Isaac, Lanezi, Sandy, Spectacle and Bowron) and together with several other smaller lakes, streams, rivers and portages, makes up a unique, circular wilderness wetlands route. The circuit is 116 kilometers long (72 mi) and includes a total of 10 kilometers of portages. Most visitors take six or seven days to complete the circuit, though many linger - fishing, relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking beauty of this unique wilderness.

Bowron Lakes - one of the ten best wilderness canoe trips in the World.

- Outside Magazine

The area was classified as a game reserve in 1926, by the British Columbia government, thanks to efforts by Frank Kibbee and Thomas & Eleanor McCabe. In 1961, it was reclassified as a Provincial Park and named after John Bowron, a gold rush pioneer who later became the Commissioner at nearby Barkerville About Barkerville Barkerville is the largest historic site in British Columbia. Founded in 1862, Barkervilles was the "gold capital of BC". Burned down, it was rebuilt, but became a ghost town. It was restored in 1958 for the Provincial centennial and today, remains a town of discovery - a unique streetscape with over 125 heritage buildings, Royal Theater shows, exhibits, stage coach rides, street theater in the summer and unique shops, filled with Victorian-era merchandise. Open all year, the town springs to life in the summer months. Thousands of visitors come from all over the world to travel to this unique attraction. There are mining demonstrations, street interpreters, restaurants, gold panning and other displays. Click the green-shaded word to visit the Barkerville website (should open in a new window).  B.C.'s famous restored gold-rush town.

Both are located in the Cariboo Mountains in central British Columbia and accessed via Highway 26 from Quesnel, to Wells (90 km, or 55.8 mi, via a paved road). The Park can be reached by a secondary road (at this writing, a dirt road) that is another 30 kilometers (18.6 miles). Bowron Lake Provincial Park is - quite literally - at the end of the road.

Join us on our 6-day adventure. The journal is rich in detail and includes many photographs and a short video of a moose grazing. If you're planning your own trip, the slideshow will whet your appetite and the journal will provide some insight about what to expect. We've also included a useful "Resources" section at the end, which may aid in your planning. It includes a detailed contour map, which you can download and use.

For us, the Bowron Lake Canoe adventure is our first canoeing trip, though hardly our first adventure trip. It is also our only adventure trip of the year, without our four-year-old daughter - thanks Gran & Grandpa, for hosting Alex! - and we had an excellent time! Wildlife, scenery, people, paddling and the weather were all outstanding.

Enough preamble ... on with the adventure.

Note: Getting the journal online is a huge effort and will require a bit of time to complete. Here's the status:

Everything is complete, except the resource section.

-stk
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1.flag Gary Comment
09/02/08
Nice one, I shall have a read of this detailed packed, multi paged post in the next few days, had a skim through whilst I had a brew at work today, glad you got the Simple Gallery working, I love it :)


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2.flag stk Comment
09/02/08
Yeah, the photo gallery is pretty sweet, isn't it?

(Shhhh ... Don't tell Yabba, as it'll just go to his head. Instead complain about something and hopefully the user interface will improve) :D

3.flag Aunt Karen Comment
09/07/08
You surely had a great adventure. You guys are really good at this "roughin it" thing.
4.flag stk Comment
09/09/08
It takes a certain person to enjoy sleeping in the dirt! :p
5.flag Rachel Comment
09/09/08
Nice job on the photo gallery. Thank you, Yabba, for designing it.

Thank You Scott for doing such a great job of posting the photos in the gallery, and getting pictures imbedded in the journal. I know both things were a lot of work, but definately worthwhile. Thanks.
6.flag Sieg Comment
09/22/08
Wow great story. Tina and I just got done reading the post and looking at Scotts blurry animal photos, lol "Tina told me to say that" Ha must be a woman thing.
7.flag stk Comment
09/23/08
Glenn (& Tina) - Glad you liked the story. :D

LOL @ blurry animal photos. Hopefully, if you take enough blurry photos, one is bound to turn out sharp!
8.flag Charis Comment
02/14/09
I'm one of the kayakers - completely enjoying your account of the trip. I don't recall the "mouse in the tent" story - too funny! We were far enough away from your tent and the wind was so loud that we didn't hear it. It was great to meet you both!! Thanks for the wonderful blog! Here's my report: http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=28145&SearchTerms=bowron