Bowron circuit & more!

Trip Start May 22, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2010

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Bowron Lakes Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, June 27, 2010

We made it into Canada! Not without problems, but no worries now.  We need to have a little talk with our dentist.  That's as much as we can say about the matter at this time.  We arrived at Cultus Lake, BC in the early evening.  The lake is beautiful!  Huge.  We weren’t able to see our surroundings well as the clouds were a bit low, hugging the mountainsides surrounding us.  In the morning, voila!  What a beautiful area.   Happy Summer Solstice!

We KTM’d to Harrison Hot Springs and loved it.  It is a gorgeous little pearl of a town encircled by majestic mountains. Surprise, we found a great little pub and learned lots about the town.  We have found that the Canadian people are amazingly friendly and incredibly helpful.

Off to Bridal Falls just outside of Chilliwack.  It’s the 6th highest falls in all of Canada, 400 ft.,  that flows into the Fraser River.  We have seen a bazillion waterfalls, but this was so impressive.  It was a nice little hike.  Then off to Hell’s Gate (pic), a very touristy attraction, but had us in awe with the power it possessed and the stories it has created.  We took the tram down (a real one) & were able to walk across the suspension bridge over the gate.   

We took a beautiful hike to Tea Pot Overlook.  We could see our campsite at Cultus Lake (pic).  After our hike, we were stopped by the police; Allan was speeding as usual. (Allan only has 2 speeds, really fast or really slow!)  He got off with a warning ticket. He deserved the real deal!!!  We were actually elated as well as shocked and couldn’t believe how nice Office Miller was.  We were essentially going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Before the day ended we headed to Safeway, and just before going in, Carol got bit!  She thought it was a bee sting at first and couldn’t believe it when we found the ladybug laying there dazed from being whipped off her shoulder! (Carol’s allergic to bee stings & we’ve spent some time at the ER with this problem in the past.)

We finally headed out for the Bowron Lake circuit.  We pulled in on a Sunday night after 9 pm.  This was a long trip for us.  We’ve been Thousand Trails hopping, again enjoying the luxury of full everything, all of the amenities.  We drove 430 miles.  But we’re here.  And the campsite has no amenities, not even a water hookup.  Now we’re roughing it!  We had to go to a mandatory orientation meeting in order to do our long anticipated kayak trip.  It is very organized.  Okay, now we are a little apprehensive, okay, gun shy (really only Carol was….Allan a wee bit in regards to the river kayaking).  However, we did happen onto a really good time to do this run.  Evidently full season starts this coming Thursday, Canada Day, July 1.  The kick off.  It is supposed to be full every day for entry which is about 50 people per day.  This is supposed to take between 7 to 10 days.

Wow!  We did it!  We had many guffaws, but we made it.  I only wanted to be helicoptered out twice. The weather was pitiful at least of the time. There was about seventy miles of kayaking on about 10 different lakes and several rivers with several miles of portaging in between.  We started out pretty early Tuesday morning, June 28.  It started with about 1-1/2 miles of portaging.  When we arrived at our first lake, Kibbee, we were greeted with a huge bald eagle that soared right in front of us.  A good sign.  It was swampy and housed a variety of birds everywhere.  The snow capped mountains loomed in the distance in the direction we were heading for.  We were in awe of the show. 

(Allan) OK, it’s my turn to write a little. Disregard spelling & grammer errors. Our first day on the Bowron circuit was stunning while on our kayaks. We pushed a bit hard & found our first campsite around 7:00 P.M. It then greeted us with rain,rain,rain!! I didn’t have a dry bag & all my clothes are now wet. It finally stopped around noon the next day. We packed up & set out around 1:30 P.M. The skies remained threatening but another beautiful day of Kayaking. We managed to drown Carol’s dry bag so now neither of us have any dry clothes except what is on our back. Great outdoor experience!! One set of clothes, no showers, & dehydrated food for 5 days. There was no going back so we made the best of it & learned lots about what to do next time (like bring an extra wheel for portaging as one of ours died halfway through so we had to portage one boat at a time). This is truly a Beautiful circuit & again, while on our Kayaks we were in awe of our surroundings. We weathered calm, rough, & everything in between water. The weather was dynamic & continually amazed us. We saw several Moose & it was great fun watching my wife when she thought a big Bull was after her. I was amazed at how fast she could paddle. I also couldn’t believe how fast a Moose can swim. I don’t want to bore everyone about details of our Bowron experience but visit the pic’s & enjoy. We did!

Okay, I just have to add that when we finally made it back to the toy hauler late Saturday night, I felt like we were staying in a huge palace!  It was only four nights in our little 2-man-tent, but since it rained three out of the four nights, we spent quite a bit of time in there in the evenings.  On day two it didn’t stop raining until after noon.  Then the hustle began of packing up our wet stuff.  We definitely appreciate our little palace on wheels even more than we did before!  And it rained & rained & rained that night and well into Sunday morning.  We were so happy just to be able to walk around and have a bathroom to use and sinks and a refrigerator.  Simple isn’t it. The moral of the story:  If you feel like your house is just too small, just pitch a tent & experience what small really is.  

We’ve landed in Prince George, BC  & will spend a couple of days recuperating, & drying everything out, then on to the Cassiar Highway.   The noseeums were happy to see Carol and have been making a great meal out of her.  And we thought the mosquitoes were the big problem.

Allan surprised the heck out of me…..he shaved his mustache off!  Then he went to get a trim and came back with a buzz!!!!!!!  I love it! 

We are on our way to Stewart BC & Hyder Alaska! They are right across the border from each other.  It’s about an 8-hour ride so we’ll see if we’re able to make it in one day. 

We are on highway 16 and it is THE most beautiful road ever.  There are trillions of lakes and breath taking mountainous areas and peaks.  It’s 80 out with blue skies….heaven…..until one of the trailer tires separates.  What destruction.  It actually tore up part of the trailer siding as well as the floor under the kitchen sink.  It blew a water pipe.  We just cannot believe how much damage happened.  After changing the tire, we pulled into an RV repair place in Smithers, however, he is unable to fix the damage.  He sent us to a reputable tire place where we ended getting all four tires replaced.  We had to detour to Terrace where there was an RV repair shop.  And another $350 for all of the band aide repairs.  The real deal will have to wait until we get back to California.  Hyder BC & Stewart Alaska here we come!
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Karen on

I am still curious about the dentist!! The beauty of Canada looks stunning!! Sounds like quite the adventure...good and some not so good. Have fun in Alaska!! Miss you guys.


sheila heinrich on

WOW....What a wonderful trip. And you've encountered such beautiful animals along the way.....Allan for instance!!
So many exciting adventures and that's just the way it should be.

We remember, only too well, the noseeums when we lived in Canada....they can drive you crazy.

We've been skyping with the kids for's such a GREAT way to keep in touch (and to watch our little darlins in action).

We're both off, in different directions, this week. I leave for Chicago for three weeks and Jim's off to MA for a month. But I'll track your journey while I'm gone.

Mary Margaret

Margaret on

Oh man! the trailer incident is a bummer.....want to hear about the dentist does look beautiful....hope the rain is gone for awhile....keep is very cool to hear from you.

John on

WOW! First off thank you guys so much for posting all these great pictures and Carol your narrative is outstanding. I wish we could have talked prior to Bowron but it sounds like you had fun. It always rains there, I think thats why its so green....LOL. I have finally caught up on all your posts and pictures. I look foward to reading the next adventure. Take care, John

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