By Eyal Kaplan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Arctic, Antarctica, and Alaska adventure and outdoors travel stories and tips, reviews, recommendations, and photos I have taken. All based on my own extensive travel in the Arctic and Antarctica by kayak, canoe, and hiking.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Canoe Season Starting on Bowron Lakes!
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While it's a bit too early to paddle up in the Arctic, British Columbia's Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit offers a great opportunity to experience spring and summer. Situated in the middle of the province, below Caribou Mountains, Bowron Lakes is one of the most known canoe circuits in north America. The beauty of a circuit is that you can set on your canoe, and make an entire loop, returning to where you started. How is it possible? Well - British Columbia is known for all rivers going downstream, all the time!
Kidding. The trick of course is to schlepp your canoe on occasion up hill, getting to the next downstream- flowing river or lake. We professionals call it portage, but it really means "Isn't the canoe supposed to carry me instead of the other way around?"
But, that's a small price to pay for the beauty of the trip, which usually take from 4-9 days in a complete circle:
Canoeing is nice because there's plenty of space for all your belongings, including the dog. But enough about that. Let's see some pics:
There's also of course lots of wildlife, especially moose and many birds, but also the occasional brown bear and fox. Moose loves water!
There are also many opportunities to be artistic and take nice pictures.
There are a few tour operators running canoe trips at Bowron. I recommend Pathways , a great company with wonderful guides and lots of experience.