| Summer Activities
"When we reached the cairn at the
top of the mountain, we turned full circle to see this stunning
360 degree view. ”
Relaxation: Although that may not be strictly termed
as an activity, it's actually one of the favorite things to
do for visitors on summer holidays to the West Chilcotin.
Simply relax. It's not hard to sit on the lake shore, or at
a campfire, stare at a stunning array of mountain peaks, and
listen to the call of the loons. Our vistas will wash your
Mountain biking: An entire page was dedicated to hiking
with little mention of mountain biking, which is becoming
quite popular in the Chilcotin, especially long treks. Some
people doing a cross country tour often start with the Discovery
Coast Circle Tour. For shorter tours, many of the trails appropriate
for hiking will also work for mountain biking, especially
if you're fit and experienced.
Quadding: In just the past few years discovering country
via ATV has become very popular and it's definitely easier
on the feet than hiking. Just keep in mind that not all areas
in the Chilcotin allow ATV use and many Parks forbid them
within Park boundaries. Also, please keep in mind that the
soil on the Chilcotin Plateau is very thin, and very prone
to erosion. Even minor disturbance will often destroy the
alpine and mark it for many, many years. Please be conscious
of any damage you may be doing to the ecosystem.
Swimming: Most of the lakes in the West Chilcotin
are wonderful for swimming and less prone to the problems
warmer or shallow lakes may have in other parts of BC. But,
many of the lakes here are high elevation lakes and may take
until late July or August to warm up enough for comfortable
swimming. So if you want to jump in sooner, take a deep breath!
Camping: Many lakes in the West Chilcotin have camping
spots, pit toilets, garbage bins and sometimes picnic tables
and fire rings. For many, there is no charge for an overnight
stay and for others, the charge is minimal.
If you come prepared to camp in the back country, you can
do that pretty much anywhere except on marked private property
where you'll need to ask permission. Please bring out all
of your garbage.
IMPORTANT: Please keep
a close eye on your campfire, don't leave it unattended, and
make sure it's out completely before leaving your camp. The
biggest danger to the West Chilcotin is forest fire.
Flightseeing: You don't need to own a plane to get
a bird's eye view of the West Chilcotin. Hire a charter floatplane,
wheeled plane or helicopter to see the country in its vast
magnificence. You'll see landmarks and wildlife you would
normally never see any other way!