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Author:  Ramtin K [ February 26th, 2014, 8:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Your favorite provincial BC park for backcountry?

Hi guys!

I'm a resident of Ontario. been doing a lot of Algonquin canoe trips but i wanna experience it in BC this summer...

I'm looking for a park within 300km or so from Cawston, BC...

I've already been to BC but didn't get a chance to hit a backcountry campsite and canoe in a provincial park so what is YOUR fav. provincial park near that area?

looking for: PEACE & QUIET, DARK SKY & hopefully lots of wildlife (I do a lot of photography) :clap:

please list as much info as possible

thanks in advance for your time!


CHEERS :o :lol:

Author:  Ramtin K [ March 3rd, 2014, 3:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Your favorite provincial BC park for backcountry?

really? NO one willing to help me out? lol

Author:  Ralph [ March 3rd, 2014, 6:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Your favorite provincial BC park for backcountry?

I have very limited knowledge of paddling in BC. I have paddled in Wells Gray Park at Murtle Lake and know that you can paddle Clearwater and Azure Lakes. For Murtle Lake look at:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explor ... s/wg_murt/

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explor ... ochure.pdf

For Clearwater/Azure lake:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explor ... /wg_clear/

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explor ... /azure.pdf

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explor ... ochure.pdf

Ralph

Author:  Ramtin K [ March 3rd, 2014, 6:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Your favorite provincial BC park for backcountry?

thanks Ralph :)

Author:  yarnellboat [ March 5th, 2014, 2:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Your favorite provincial BC park for backcountry?

Sorry Ramtin, Not much wilderness in southern BC.

The Okanagan has its own beauty, but it's not well suited to canoe camping in the wilderness. Most opportunities people mention for peace, quiet & dark will be much farther north than 300km.

The Similkameen is a very nice whitewater run though!! The lakes at Manning Park might be worth a visit, but not an extended trip or probably that peaceful. The Okanagan lakes themselves must offer some tripping/camping opportunities, but not really peaceful wilderness.

Maybe you just need to get into whitewater!

Cheers, Pat.

Author:  pawistik [ March 5th, 2014, 3:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Your favorite provincial BC park for backcountry?

Mention canoeing in BC and Wells Gray, the Bowrons & coastal paddling are what spring to mind, all more than the 300 km distance specified.

What about Harrison Lake & Saskquatch Provincial Park? Never been there and not sure if it is what you are looking for in terms of wildlife, dark skies, backcountry, etc.

Might find some inspirational information here: http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/html/locations.htm

My BC paddling experience is limited to coastal canoeing & kayaking, and up in the hills somewhere near Vernon some 27 or so years ago.

Cheers,
Bryan

Author:  erich [ March 11th, 2014, 12:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Your favorite provincial BC park for backcountry?

I just happened to see this. There is one place that would get you to a fairly remote area. Bryan had mentioned Wells Gray. I have paddled both Murtle Lake and the Clearwater Azure Route. Both can be very busy in summer. However, if you are willing to work and your river skills are decent, it is possible to paddle and track up the Azure River at the east end of Azure Lake. No one goes up that way...they generally stay at Rainbow Falls and turn around. Lots of bears, small fur bearers. I have only been a few km up it. As Pat says, the southern part of BC is pretty tame. Most folks head north to the Spatsizi and other areas that may not be parks, but are less traveled.

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