The spring season brings to mind many different visuals to those living in various parts of British Columbia. I’d like to share three visuals from the Cariboo that were made during the months of February, March, and April; the months that lead us into a Cariboo summer. The images you see here were all made in the Mid-Fraser River Canyon, the dividing line that separates the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions of central BC.
In the later part of February, massive sheets and chucks of ice will begin the spring ‘break-up’. The result brings about two startling events; one is the sight of arctic-like ice flows heading southward toward Lillooet where they will melt in the summer heat. The other is the symphonic sound of crunching ice crystals as they bump into one another and scrap along the frozen shoreline.
In March, there is little ice left on the Fraser River. The land also becomes quieter as the sun brings warmth and life to the surrounding grasslands.
By April, the grasslands are turning green and it is a wonderful time to walk or ride your horse; overlooking one of the most stunning and unusual landscapes in BC.
The sights and sounds along the Mid-Fraser River Canyon during this “Entrance to a Cariboo Summer” time period, are well worth a visit. A good place to witness all of this is in the Churn Creek Protected Area near the Gang Ranch. That’s about a two hour drive south of Williams Lake along the Dog Creek Road, or west along Meadow Lake Road, just south of 70 Mile House.
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of BC