A blue and white floatplane on calm lake with mountains behind.
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Nimpo Lake


All roads except for Highway 20 are gravel. You should be sure to check on local conditions before embarking on your trip.

As there have been some changes to the "Discovery Coast Ferry Route "(Route # 40), the West Chilcotin Tourism Association recommends that you check the latest ferry schedules, type of ferry, and amenities, before embarking on your trip.

The community of Nimpo Lake is 185 miles or 296km west of Williams Lake and is popularly known as the 'Floatplane capital of BC' for the number of floatplanes that regularly use the lake. The tiny community itself consists of a general store that provides fuel, fishing licenses, gifts and souvenirs, groceries, propane, fishing tackle, and just about anything else you might need for your holiday here. There is also a bakery and carwash nearby.

There are several resorts on Nimpo Lake providing accommodation in cabins or rooms that range from rustic to luxurious, and a resort that provides fine dining and a lounge in summer, as well as a resort that provides in house gourmet meals included with your lodge plan. Three resorts provide RV sites or camping spaces with terrific views of Nimpo Lake and the Coast Mountain Range and all resorts rent boats and motors for fishing. Because Nimpo Lake is a relatively calm lake, it's a favorite for canoeing and kayaking.

Nimpo Lake is a very cold lake up to 90 feet in depth with lots of feed including freshwater shrimp for the native Rainbow Trout that makes their flesh very similar to Salmon in color. Because the lake is so cold the trout are firm and the fishing is excellent year round with average fish going to three pounds but fish over seven have been caught. The Rainbow trout can be caught on flies or lures and will provide quite a fight once they're on your line!

Nimpo Lake is the jumping off point for fly outs to remote lakes, streams or rivers where you can fish all day for Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden or Cutthroat trout. A local floatplane charter based at Nimpo Lake will be delighted to take you out to remote lakes for the day or overnight at an outpost camp. You can fly into the alpine for a day of hiking or go flightseeing over the spectacular Rainbow Mountains, Hunlen Falls which at over a 1000 feet is the third highest freefalling waterfall in Canada, or over the magnificent Monarch Icefields. The charter can also take you into the Turner Lake Chain where you can spend several days canoeing a string of beautiful lakes set among the Coast Mountains.

There are several fishing lodges and wilderness camps that are fly in only and they use Nimpo Lake as a base for taking in their visitors and for supplies. At these lodges you can enjoy premier fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, and hiking in the alpine where you will see swaths of wild flowers in summer, many of them very rare.

For those of you that may wish to fly your own plane into Nimpo Lake, there is aviation fuel available. Elevation is 3655 feet and coordinates are 52.20'13.54 N and 125.09'28.64 W.

Locally, there are quite a number of trails available for walking or biking. Simply inquire of your host where the trailheads can be found. Nimpo Lake is also a very popular recreational area in winter for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. In winters when an ice road is put on the lake, it's popular for sightseeing, skating, biking and skate skiing.

Nearby parks include Tweedsmuir Park, the largest in British Columbia and home to a large network of trails and myriad wildlife as well as the Itcha Ilgatchuz Park which is entirely inaccessible to any but hikers and trail riders. Guided hiking, horse assisted hiking, and pack trip trail riding can be arranged with your host and you will have an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife including the largest Woodland Caribou herd in BC. The Charlotte Alplands, another unroaded wilderness, is nearby and is home to a variety of wildlife including caribou, and an amazing variety of alpine wildflowers.

For more detailed information and images of Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake, please go to the Tour Nimpo Lake Region page where you will find.


Operators - Nimpo Lake

AJ B&B Cabin Rental
Nimpo Lake
Chilcotin's Waterfront Resort & Motel
Nimpo Lake
Nimpo Lake Resort
Nimpo Lake
Nimpo Lake General Store
Nimpo Lake
Retreat Wilderness Inn
Nimpo Lake
Stewart's Lodge & Camps
Nimpo Lake
Tweedsmuir Air Services
Nimpo Lake
 
Clouds and mountains reflected in flat water.
 
Fisherman on blue raft pontoon fishes along shore.
 
Colorful bushes reflected in lake with mountains behind.
 
Red and white DeHavilland Beaver flying.
 
Craggy peaks rear up behind Nimpo and a boat on the water.
 
Plane flies over a boat on the lake.
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