March 20, 2018
Sometimes in life, we just need a new perspective. That’s exactly what you’ll get exploring BC’s scenery and wildlife from the water—not to mention some…
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Here, over 100,000 square kilometers of land stretch from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Cariboo Mountain foothills in the east. It’s a land of lakes, rivers and forests, craggy peaks and rolling ranges. Think wide-open spaces with plenty of room for adventure.
Photographers venture to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast for the varied landscape opportunities. But the people are also a big draw. Settled by entrepreneurs, outdoor enthusiasts, artists, and explorers, they are living life on their terms.
Here’s what inspired @grantharder.
“Ptarmigan Lake, a gorgeous 20-minute floatplane flight from Nimpo Lake, is a fantastic place to camp for a night or two and access the surrounding region. We were dropped off at Ptarmigan Lake and picked up three days later at Turner Lake, near Hunlen Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada (401 metres/1,316 feet).”
“Nimpo Lake is a 4.5-hour drive west of Williams Lake and is located right off of Highway 20. It’s an amazing gateway to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, especially via floatplane. Talk to Duncan at Tweedsmuir Air for a flight in the legendary De Havilland Beaver.”
“Terra Nostra Ranch, just off of Highway 20 near Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, has the nicest looking pile of firewood. It covers the entire side of the main lodge. The owner, Christoph, probably won’t make you chop any wood to keep warm at night.”
“This majestic beauty lives at Terra Nostra Ranch. While staying here, you can paddle on Lake Clearwater or tour around through the forests and mountains on horseback.”
“The throne of Ptarmigan Lake provides a surprising amount of comfort in the backcountry, but not a lot of privacy from the bears.”
“Marlin in the chill zone. After breaking camp at Ptarmigan Lake, we spent the day hiking up, over and through the mountains to reach Turner Lake and Hunlen Falls, where we were to be picked up by floatplane.”
“The closest we came to the homesteading lifestyle was borrowing a hat from the Bracewell’s Lodge near the south end of Tatlayoko Lake.”
“Ptarmigan Lake has a designated camp zone complete with a food cache. We camped near the shore which allowed for us to get up for the beautiful morning light.”
Grant was born in the north central BC town of Prince George and now lives in Vancouver. When not working for magazines and agencies, he can be found running around in the mountains or cycling through the city en route to a bakery or yoga. Recent clients include Dwell, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and Outside.
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British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
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