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Smithers Road Trip in the big smoke
Timestamp Free: 2017.10.17 - 06:20:06
Ranges: North America Ranges / BC Interior Plateau / Chilcotin Plateau
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
A car camping trip to explore various towns and do backcountry trips.
For the past few summers, we have set out on multi week exploration trips in various parts of BC. These trips involve both car camping and mountaineering. This year the target area was around Smithers, BC. Smithers is known as being an outdoor recreation hub, and so I had researched a few alpine rambling areas in the area. The concept is to enjoy both the backcountry hiking and also swimming, camping and town exploration along the way. Thus we drive slowly, and explore various things as we drive. An important part of these trips is finding nice places to camp between backcountry trips. I had spent a week or two putting car camping areas into Bivouac, so I was able to use the raster maps to plan out possible campsites on our route. So the objective of this report is to tell you about a few of those campsites, towns and attractions, and then link to separate reports for the backcountry trips.
I marked out the route on GMap. Most of the route is digitized fairly roughly, but I did it in much more detail for the various campsites and picnic stop areas. So you can click on GMap and zoom in and see how to get there.
Monday July 31 - Vancouver to Williams Lake
Forest fires had been burning in British Columbia all of July and various towns such as Williams Lake and Quesnel had been evacuated. The normal route to Smithers would be to drive up Highway 97 to Prince George, but that road was closed. Situation was changing hourly so we were unsure of our route.
We left Vancouver at about 9:30 AM and headed east on Highway 1. Air was still clear in Vancouver. We stopped at Kawkawa Lake Park near Hope for lunch and a swim. As we approached the lake, I saw someone who looked a lot like Klaus Haring sitting at the picnic table. Sure enough, it WAS Klaus...
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