an protected wilderness park with a collection of 10 connected
lakes surrounded by natural beauty consisting of rugged forests,
wetland marshes, grassland bogs, wildlife and snow capped mountain
peaks. First established in 1925 as a Game Reserve. It was in
1961 when the park officially became a provincial park.
Lakes Park encompasses over 149,207 hectares and is best viewed
from one of BC's best known canoe and kayak paddle routes. The
116.4 kilometre paddle route is connected by 10 lakes, a few rivers
and 6-7 portage routes creating a scenic circle route known as
the Bowron Lakes Paddle Route. In the middle of the circle route
is McCabe Ridge, McLeod & Tediko Peaks, Mowdish Range and
Needle Point Ridge dominating the skyline.
The canoe route begins at
the Registration Office on Bowron Lake. From Bowron Lake adventurers
paddle and portage to Kibbee, Indianpoint, Isaac, McLeary, Lanezi,
Sandy, Unna, Babcock, Skoi, Spectacle and Swan Lakes, thus completing
the loop route. A shorter paddle route is available from Bowron
Lake to Unna Lake. It is a 3-4 day return trip.
Along the Bowron Lakes Paddle
Route is a series of wilderness tenting sites, shelters, Ranger
Cabins, cooking shelters and emergency phone booths. The shelters
are not for camping but for cooking and drying equipment. Camping
is restricted to the cleared tenting sites on the route. The cabins
are used just for emergency use.
The entire canoe route takes,
anywhere, from 7 to 10 days to complete. This depends heavily
on the weather, the size and fitness level of the group. Many
individuals arrive in the park ready to paddle the route as part
of a guided tour. Each tour includes lessons, equipment and an
More experienced canoeists
and kayakers, simply, pre register at the park office before launching
from Bowron Lake. An experienced paddler is in good shape and
familiar with the "J" stroke, open water rescue and
wilderness survival camping techniques. Self guided canoeists
and kayakers should always paddle in groups.
The Bowron Lake Canoe Route
is also a great adventure for wildlife sightseeing opportunities.
The park is home to such wildlife as caribou herds, mountain goats,
black bears, grizzlies, beavers, moose, salmon and a wide selection
of birds. No trip is complete without a camera and binoculars.
A little further along the Heritage Highway (Highway
26), before the turn off to Bowron Lakes, is a historic heritage
village known as Barkerville. A
few kilometres before the heritage site is the small village of
Get to Bowron Lake: From the community of Quesnel
travel north (or travel south from the community of Prince George)
on Highway 97. Located just outside of Quesnel is Highway 26 (The
Heritage Highway) leading east to Wells, Bowron Lakes and Barkerville.
Continue down Highway 26 to the Bowron Lake Road turn off. Take
the turn and continue to the lake.
Contact information for
the local Wells community accommodations, tours, guides,
activities, campgrounds, attractions, etc. are posted under
the community links listed to your right. >>>