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Bowron Lakes Canoe Trip

August 28th, 2008  · stk

Resources: Planning A Bowron Lakes Canoe Trip

Getting There

Bowron Lakes Provincial Park is nearly in the middle of British Columbia - in a north-south sense - though it is close to the western border of Alberta. Still, it's a good day's drive from Vancouver (about 9-10 hours, depending on traffic and how many stops you make along the way).

There are two driving routes. We took one up and the other back, so we have a fairly decent understanding of each.

(1) Trans-Canada Highway | Fraser Canyon: This route follows the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) out of Vancouver, through Chilliwack to Hope. At Hope, the Highway turns north, winding through the Fraser Canyon. This section is very scenic, passing through seven tunnels, built in the 1950's to mid 60's, as part of the Trans-Canada project.

The terrain turns into a high, dry desert as you pass through Lytton and head to Cache Creek.

At Cache Creek, you leave the Trans-Canada Highway and head north on Highway 97, passing through 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, before arriving at Quesnel, the last major town before Bowron Lakes.

Just north of Quesnel, take the Highway 26 turn-off to Barkerville. It's about 80 kilometers along Highway 26 and you'll pass through the small town of Wells, B.C. about 75-kilometers in (gas and a small convenience store). Turn left and leave the pavement at about 80-kilometers, following a well-graded gravel and dirt road to Bowron Lake. It's approximately 30-kilometers to the lake and the Provincial Park registration office and campground is (literally) at the end of the road.

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