One of my favourite winter drives in BC is to head west along the Meadow Lake Road just a few kilometers south of 70 Mile House. This is a well maintained gravel road that takes you through beautiful open ranchlands dotted with calcareous lakes and pocket forests.
After approximately an hour’s drive, the country will open up with spectacular vistas of terraced ranch and grasslands. Within this canyon landscape flows the Fraser River, a thousand feet below the road I am driving.
Looking west across the canyon, are the grasslands which lie within Churn Creek Protected Area. The steep walls have been carved by water draining downwards toward the Fraser River from the grass plateau above.
Eventually you will have the option of continuing your drive along what becomes Dog Creek Road to Williams Lake, or, you can turn westward and cross the Fraser River via the Gang Ranch Bridge. This takes you into the Churn Creek Protected Area.
Because there is almost no traffic here, I took the liberty to stop in the middle of the bridge and photograph. You can see the bridge and my truck’s shadow in the above image. Few people in BC have ever seen the Fraser River looking like this!