We’re a week away from our yearly western Canada canoe trip, and are still undecided on where to go!
Until this morning we were sure we knew, but the heat wave broke and the rains and cooler air washed over us, and our minds wandered to hot places like Nevada. That’s a bit of a stretch though! We’d like to stay within a day’s drive of Vancouver.
We discussed Murtle Lake in Wells Grey Park, something we already did two years ago and loved, but decided we should be adventurous and explore new things.
The first overnight canoe trip of the year is always a much anticipated adventure for the whole family.
The southwest corner of British Columbia probably has the least amount of ideal canoeing accessible lakes in all of Canada. Ontario and Quebec get the lion’s share of calm lakes, and while we get the salmon and giant mountains and Pacific Ocean and discount real estate, we’re quite limited in placid paddling places.
Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park, just about an hour East of Vancouver, isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s downright spectacular!
Peace and quiet can be hard to find during the day, the powerboats cruise up and down the entire length and often blare their rear-facing speakers at full volume from dawn to dusk. This weekend we were treated to a float plane practicing takeoffs and landings over and over and over, now THAT was loud!
Rule #1: When you wake up and it isn’t cold and rainy and your schedule isn’t full, go canoeing.
We were surprised to see that once again Buntzen Lake was flooded high. It is a BC Hydro managed power producing lake that’s part of the chain of hydro power that starts at the pristine, untouched Coquitlam Lake and ends in Indian Arm. I guess they’re working on the downstream station and shut off the exit tubes for now. Regardless, this makes paddling the shore a lot of fun as you’re often canoeing above the hiking trail that circumnavigates it.
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Jens and Anita