Local back-country canoers can get a head start on planning next year’s trips as the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit opens for reservations Oct. 1, 2018.
Paddlers can reserve a spot on the circuit for the 2019 season from 7 a.m. on Oct. 1. The canoe circuit can be reserved from May 15 to Sept. 23, and is located in Bowron Lake Provincial Park, not far from Wells, B.C.
The Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit involves 116 kilometres of paddling across 10 lakes with several portages that are relatively flat. The entire trip takes six to 10 days to complete, depending on skill level. Those looking for a shorter trip can paddle the west side of the circuit, which takes two to four days to complete.
Also taking reservations from Oct. 1 is the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park, on the B.C. and Alberta border.
Gaining 800 metres of elevation in 23 kilometres, the Berg Lake Trail boasts views of waterfalls, turquoise-coloured lakes and massive glaciers. The trail is open year-round and can be reserved from June 12 to Sept. 30.
A news release from the Ministry of Environment says reservations for long weekends on these adventures fill up fast. “Visitors need to be well prepared and self-sufficient due to the limited facilities in wilderness areas,” it says.
To book a trip along the Berg Lake Trail or the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, visit discovercamping.ca.
For more information about the Berg Lake Trail, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mt_robson/berg.html
For more information about the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/bowron_lk/#Canoeing