- FIRST DAY
Our trip starts with a portage to Kibbee Lake, named after Frank Kibbee who
guided hunting parties and became the first long-term game warden in the early
1900's. He was also instrumental in having the interior of the lake chain set
aside as a game reserve in 1925. We pass pretty Thompson Lake, on our way to
our first night at the start of the portage to Indian Point Lake.
This tour starts in Wells, BC where we pick up our canoes at Bear River Mercantile - a restaurant and general
store run by Dick & Sandy Phillips. (They also have some cabins. Fax:
250 994-2355). Then on to the Park Registration Centre where canoeists register.
There is also a park campground for RV's and a parking lot for canoeists arriving
- SECOND DAY
We canoe Indianpoint Lake, the site of the ruins of Thomas and Eleanor McCabe's
log home. From this lake, there is a portage to Isaac Lake. Our second night
campsite is at Nigoo Creek in Wolverine Bay, a good place to fish.
- THIRD DAY
The whole day is spent paddling on to Isaac Lake,the largest lake on the circuit
(38 km) named after George Isaac, a logger and sawyer. Our third night is
at a nice, sandy beach directly opposite Betty Wendle Creek, named for wife
of Joe Wendle. Together, they spent 20 years as guides in the area and were
instrumental in having the interior of the lake chain set aside as a game
reserve in 1925.
- FOURTH DAY
We paddle the rest of Isaac Lake and spend our fourth night at The Chute,
where Isaac Lake empties into the Isaac River.
- FIFTH DAY
Isaac River and the chute: Here there is a stretch of white water
(about 8km) which can be canoed or portaged. For those who choose to run it,
we go over all the strokes you will need and teach you how to read moving
water, followed by some practise runs. From the chute to McLeary Lake there
are two short portages and two short stretches of river. Just before McLeary
Lake, there is a side trail leading to Isaac Falls. McLeary Lake is a beautiful,
small lake with a great view of the mountains and the Cariboo glacier. It
is also the site of Freddie Becker's first cabin, built in 1935. We pass the
swift-moving Cariboo River, whose source is the Cariboo glacier and which
leads us to Lanezi Lake, the second largest on the circuit with spectacular
mountain peaks towering over it. Here we may encounter a number of log jams
but we know all the right channels and will see you through with no problem.
We spend our fifth night at the Turner Creek camp site on Lanezi Lake.
- SIXTH DAY
Today we pass along Sandy Lake, fringed with aspen trees and beautiful beaches
all along one shore. Our sixth night camp site is at Rum Lake which has the
warmest water - and best for swimming - on the circuit. It is connected to
Unna Lake by a channel. From Unna Lake here there is a lovely, 1.2 km. hiking
trail leading to the impressive 24-metre-high Cariboo Falls.
- SEVENTH DAY
Next, via a portage, is Babcock Lake, named for J.P.Babcock, a B.C. Fish Commissioner,
who was instrumental in having the interior of the lake chain set aside as
a game reserve in 1925. Then a short portage to Skoi Lake, the smallest on
the circuit, and another equally short portage to Spectacle Lake. We have
left the mountains now and are into more open, marsh type country where, if
you're watchful, you may see a mooose. Our seventh night camp site is on the
Bowron River, by the oldest cabin on the lakes, built by Joe Wendle in 1926
right above his favorite fishing hole. The camp site offers a great view of
the mountains in the middle of the lake chain.
- EIGHTH DAY
We enter the Bowron Marsh, teeming with bird- and wildlife and where you are
likely to see moose, beaver, muskrat and marten. Wolves can be heard and salmon
spawn in the river. Finally we are on Bowron Lake, formerly known as Bear
Lake. It was named for John Bowron, one of Barkerville's residents in the
1860's. He held positions such as postmaster, fire warden, government agent
and gold commissioner. Our trip ends on the morning of the eighth day, enjoying
a breakfast, compliments of Bear River Mercantile.