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BOWRON LAKES ITINERARY
A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will
be issued upon registration.
Transportation from the point
of origin and return, Bowron Park user fees, accommodation in Williams
Lake, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations,
canoes, canoe carts, paddles, life jackets, canoe dry bags, meals/snacks/beverages
on the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or
satellite phone, and professional guides.
: Transportation to point of origin, transfers, accommodation
and food other than included in the itinerary, gratuities, and personal
: All food while on the canoeing portion of the trip.
Arrival in Vancouver.
- Transportation from Vancouver to Bowron Lakes, by arrangement.
Our campsite is at Bear River Mercantile. We will use the evening [dependent
on our arrival time] to prepare for the next morning.
- You'll be wondering whether this is indeed a canoeing expedition
as the two longest portages along the circuit are today. The portages
are made easier by the use of specially designed carts which allow canoes
and a some equipment to be wheeled between lakes. The first portage is
to Kibbee Lake. Kibbee Lake is a short lake, only 2.4 km long. Just the
ideal length to begin to work on technique and acclimatizing muscles.
Our second portage (2 km) will take us to Indianpoint Lake. A short paddle
will bring us to our campsite at Kruger Bay.
- From Kruger Bay, Indianpoint Lake narrows and our route
wanders through a small marsh. Beaver dams and lodges dot the area. The
Isaac Lake portage (1.6 km) brings us to Isaac Lake, the longest lake
on the circuit. Some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery is located
along Isaac and Lanezi lakes. Our campsite is Wolverine Bay .
- Isaac Lake is notorious for its winds and sudden squalls.
We will get an early start to take advantage of the morning calm. This
will be a day to enjoy the surrounding grandeur and absence of any portages.
We will stop to see the cabin at Moxley Creek and take in some of the
earlier “artwork” of circuit paddlers. We will camp along Isaac.
- Once again we will get an early start to take advantage
of the calm. Our paddle continues amidst the surrounding peaks and ridges
to our destination at the end of Isaac Lake. This will be a short day.
Weather and conditions cooperating, we will have time to play in the fast
water of Isaac River.
- It's portage time again. The Isaac River connects Isaac
Lake with McLeary Lake. After about a 1.6 km portage we will put in on
Isaac River and cross over to the other side and continue portaging (1.2
km) to McLeary Lake. Along this stretch we will hike off the path to view
Isaac Falls. McLeary Lake is but a backwater formed by the confluence
of the Isaac and Cariboo rivers. Having paddled McLeary we will enter
the Cariboo River for a winding (5.2 km) ride into Lanezi Lake. Our campsite
is at Turner Creek.
- Our paddle on Lanezi Lake takes us past imposing Ishpa
Mountain (2530 m). We enter a short section of the Cariboo River at the
end of Lanezi. This 1.2 km stretch of river brings us to Sandy Lake. Just
before Sandy Lake are mineral deposits which attract animals. Sandy Lake
is as the name implies. Shallow water and sandy beaches make it an ideal
spot to take a dip. At the end of Sandy Lake we once again enter the Cariboo
River for 4 km. Our campsite is Unna Lake. The vegetation is unique here,
as it lies in a rain-shadow area, and as a result, is much drier than
surrounding areas. After setting up camp, we will paddle to the south
end of the lake and then hike 1.5 km to spectacular Cariboo Falls.
- You will have become aware of the change from the high
mountains and ridges of Isaac and Lanezi to a more undulating topography.
We have to portage our canoes to Babcock Lake. Babcock Lake is an ideal
location to observe moose, who enjoy the lush vegetation along its shoreline.
A short (very) portage (400 m) will bring us to Skoi Lake. No sooner do
we put in, than we begin another short (very) and final portage (400 m)
to Spectacle Lake. Our campsite is Pat Point.
- This is our last day on the circuit. We will leave early
in the morning in the hopes of completing our paddle by mid-afternoon.
Our paddle will take us past Pavich Island, once named Deadman's Island,
as it was believed that many Takullis died here from small pox. At the
end of Swan Lake we will enter the Bowron River for 4 km. The Bowron River
estuary is a prime bird area. There is an immense variety of bird life
found here. The Bowron River empties into Bowron Lake and the last lake
in the circuit. Our hope is that we will have sufficient time to visit
Barkerville, restored historical center of the Cariboo Gold Rush. We will
stay in Williams Lake for the evening.
- We will return you to Vancouver, arriving in the late afternoon
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