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A Brisk Awakening at Bowron Lake Provincial Park

A week or so before the official opening of Bowron Lake Provincial Park, home to the infamous Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit, we found ourselves cold, wet, and overwhelmed by this vast, still winter wonderland. With only secondhand stories and photos to form our preconceived notions of the park, we jumped at the opportunity to stray from our planned route and see what all the fuss was about.Leaving Wells and traveling towards Barkerville, we turned off towards Bowron traveling less than 30 kilometers down a decent gravel road, entering the Park from the northwest. Although the remaining snowpack, variable weather and our own lack of preparedness limited our visit to a chilly lunch on the beach and a short exploration of the launch site and nearby infrastructure, the detour nonetheless proved worthwhile. Isolated from most modern signs of civilization by its remoteness, seasonality and the scale of its landscape, Bowron provided a truly serene backdrop that reminds us of why so many fall in love with this beautiful country and why we are proud to call British Columbia home. Even still, the challenges and rewards of the Circuit preoccupy my mind and I can only hope to be lucky enough to return at a later, warmer date to explore further.

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Taken on May 8, 2009