In the Lower Grassland near Farwell Canyon lies the largest sand dune in BC. You can reach this sand dune by driving westward from Williams Lake along highway 20. It is known as the Freedom Highway and it takes you across the Fraser River, up onto the Chilcotin Plateau, and then on to Riske Creek where you turn left to Farwell Canyon. A 25 kilometre (15 mile) drive along a gravel road will bring you to the Chilcotin River bridge. Three hundred metres (984 feet) beyond the bridge there is a parking lot on your right. From there you can look up the canyon walls and see the sand dune against a usually bright blue sky.
As the sun crosses the sky, the shadow of the dune reverses direction. The effect is as if the dune is holding the sun on a line of energy: gentle, silent, and eternal.
The sand dune moves continuously, often claiming the life of trees and shrubs as shown in the above image.
The colour of the dune constantly changes depending upon the light and time of day. In the above photograph, the texture and rippled sand is revealed by a warm evening light from just above the horizon.
The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of BC
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