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Paradise...wild and wonderful Chilcotin

The Chilcotin is a very large area in west-central British Columbia, due west of the Fraser River and the town of Williams Lake. It stretches nearly 500 kilometers to the west and includes a variety of landscapes including the highest mountains in the Coast Range. Magnificent Chilko Lake is right in the middle.
This picture says it all...
Chilko Lake and Duff Island

This picture says it all...

The Disney movie The Bear was filmed on this site.  The campsite here can accomodate about 30 vehicles and there's a boat lauching area.  A nature trail follows the edge of the lake and give a wonderful panorama from the bluffs about 150 feet above the lake.
Bear site.JPG

The Disney movie "The Bear" was filmed on this site. The campsite here can accomodate about 30 vehicles and there's a boat lauching area. A nature trail follows the edge of the lake and give a wonderful panorama from the bluffs about 150 feet above the lake.

Calm Lake.JPG
Calm Lake.JPG
Chilko3.JPG
Chilko3.JPG
Choelquoit sandbar.JPG
Choelquoit sandbar.JPG
Fir2.JPG
Fir2.JPG
Tsylos sign.JPG
Tsylos sign.JPG
Chilko Lodge entrance.JPG
Chilko Lodge entrance.JPG
Indian Paintbrush.JPG
Indian Paintbrush.JPG
There are 6 different species of junipers growing on the bluff.  This shows some of the heavy crop of berries on one of the bigger specimens.  Some of the junipers are more than 500 years old.
Juniper berries

There are 6 different species of junipers growing on the bluff. This shows some of the heavy crop of berries on one of the bigger specimens. Some of the junipers are more than 500 years old.

Red squirrel.JPG
Red squirrel.JPG
Chilanko river.jpg
Chilanko river.jpg
That's me trying unsuccessfully to hold up that big branch!

I measured the tree with my tape and the girth at the base was 15 feet.

This is one of the oldest trees in the area, about 700 years old.
Ancient fir 2 Dave.jpg

That's me trying unsuccessfully to hold up that big branch!

I measured the tree with my tape and the girth at the base was 15 feet.

This is one of the oldest trees in the area, about 700 years old.

Ancient fir V.jpg
Ancient fir V.jpg
Kleena Kleene horses
Kleena Kleene horses
This one is about 19 long and fought like a Coho salmon during a fabulous mayfly hatch.
Cochin Lake Rainbow trout

This one is about 19" long and fought like a Coho salmon during a fabulous mayfly hatch.

Bluff lake.jpg
Bluff lake.jpg
Davidson bridge.jpg
Davidson bridge.jpg
Farwell canyon switchbacks
Farwell canyon switchbacks
Choelquoit beach 1.jpg
Choelquoit beach 1.jpg
Shells, Choelquoit lake
Shells, Choelquoit lake
Farwell 2.jpg
Farwell 2.jpg
Farwell canyon 2.jpg
Farwell canyon 2.jpg
Farwell homestead.jpg
Farwell homestead.jpg
Hoodoos.jpg
Hoodoos.jpg
Hoodoos 2.jpg
Hoodoos 2.jpg
Dean headwaters.jpg
Dean headwaters.jpg
Whitesadddle.jpg
Whitesadddle.jpg
This is the Elkin Lake Guest Ranch at the south end of Vedan Lake.  Mount Tatlow rises in the background.
Vedan ranch.jpg

This is the Elkin Lake Guest Ranch at the south end of Vedan Lake. Mount Tatlow rises in the background.

Log fence.jpg
Log fence.jpg
Sandbar 2.jpg
Sandbar 2.jpg
Bluff lake.jpg
Bluff lake.jpg
Towydkin1.jpg
Towydkin1.jpg
Aspens twisted.jpg
Aspens twisted.jpg
Waterfowl mist.jpg
Waterfowl mist.jpg
Tsuniah sunrise.jpg
Tsuniah sunrise.jpg
This panorama of Choelquoit Lake looks westward toward the mountains of the Chilko Range.  The lake has sandy, marl shorelines and there's a nice campsite in the open fields.  Warning, do not attempt to drive down to the beaches, the sand is very unstable.
Choelquoit Lake panorama

This panorama of Choelquoit Lake looks westward toward the mountains of the Chilko Range. The lake has sandy, marl shorelines and there's a nice campsite in the open fields. Warning, do not attempt to drive down to the beaches, the sand is very unstable.

This shows a cloud of pine pollen being blown off the trees on the far shore and also shows how transparent the water is.
Chilko2.jpg

This shows a cloud of pine pollen being blown off the trees on the far shore and also shows how transparent the water is.

this is the Chilko Range from Konni Lake
Chilko3.jpg

this is the Chilko Range from Konni Lake

Towydkin litter.jpg
Towydkin litter.jpg
Driftwood face.jpg
Driftwood face.jpg
Ancient cemetery.jpg
Ancient cemetery.jpg
Cochin Lk.jpg
Cochin Lk.jpg
Hundreds of wild horses roam the Chilcotin plateau, particularly around the Brittany Triangle northeast of Chilko Lake.
Wild horses

Hundreds of wild horses roam the Chilcotin plateau, particularly around the Brittany Triangle northeast of Chilko Lake.

Tsuniah mud.jpg
Tsuniah mud.jpg
Tatlow2.jpg
Tatlow2.jpg
Old growth firs.jpg
Old growth firs.jpg
This panorama was composed with HP  stitch software from 5 images.  Photo taken at Nemiah with my Jeep and canoe on the left.
Panorama

This panorama was composed with HP stitch software from 5 images. Photo taken at Nemiah with my Jeep and canoe on the left.

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P1060924-Panorama3.jpg