: Road Trip/Hunting Trip! British Columbia, Canada. (Lots and lots of pics)



eldorado99
12-06-09, 06:35 PM
I got back from this trip a couple of weeks ago or so and didn't have time to post pics until now. We went deer hunting in the Loon Lake area in BC, Canada. It is just past Cache Creek and before Clinton. The convoy consisted of 2 Fords, a 1986 F-350 Diesel (Red) that drives like a bucket of bolts with 380,000 KMs on it but still pulls loads of amazing weight with no problems and a 2007 Ranger FX4 Level II which I was riding in. I'll post some of the more interesting pics for you guys.

About halfway there (2 hours in) I realized I should start taking pictures. Here is us on the road following my dad in the F-350. Very dry country compared to what it is like where I live.
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The Thompson River is a major artery around here and it eventually flows into the Fraser River and out into the Pacific:
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Rail is another major artery around here:
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Lots of dynamite to make this highway!:
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My current desktop background:
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Lots of people ranch up here for a living, land is dirt cheap and there is lots of it... COWS!
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This is the first time I have seen an International Lonestar in person, it was just pulling out of the truck stop and I couldn't whip out my camera fast enough for a good angle unfortunately. This is definitely trucker country...:
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Scary place to have a house, but would be one hell of a view from that patio (up on the hill in case you missed it):
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Closer view of said house:
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Arrived at Loon Lake. This place has a few run down resorts, a couple very nice ones with nice cabins with satellite TV even! Lots of private cabins line the lake as well. It is a small-medium sized lake with decent fishing, and is only about 3-4 hours from Vancouver:
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Abandoned MACK truck in the ranch on the other end of the lake, 2 wheels were removed and it was sitting there rusting away:
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Hello Mr. Cow, Ambassador from Loon Lake:
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View from the other end of the lake as we drove past it:
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Another 45 minutes of driving on the gravel road back on to crown land and we find ourselves at our campsite which is just a small slough. We walked out onto the ice and broke it with an axe to get ourselves a water supply for dishwater, that is some pretty thick ice, about 3-4 inches in the middle. The temperature was about -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F most of the time:
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We quickly set up a target at about 150 yards and a place to shoot from to sight in our guns:
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I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-06-09, 06:36 PM
Man, the scenery up there is fantastic!

eldorado99
12-06-09, 06:40 PM
The (small) convoy at camp:
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The driving was fine, no chains needed, but we had them along anyway just in case we got a big dump of snow during the night:
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This is where my camera died and I had to wait until we got back to civilization to get batteries. We hit this restaurant both on our way there and on our way back. Anyone heading through Cache Creek must eat here, some of the best burgers around:
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I didn't bring my camera in the restaurant so please forgive the cell phone pics. I also forgot to take a picture of the other time I ate here when I had a famous Herbie burger. Bacon and eggs from a restaurant tastes pretty good after 6 days of hunting anyway:
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And here is the inside of the restaurant, very retro looking:
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On our way home still in Cache Creek... Pretty much all of the towns along the Caribou Highway look like this and are about this size:
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I just thought this was a cool picture:
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Trains are long...
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The mighty "Circle J Motel and Pub" in Spences Bridge, BC. I can only imagine what names the locals must have for it. While in Spences bridge we also saw a herd of about 30 Rams just outside the town which I missed a picture of.
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Racing a train:
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This rock is always neat to look at because the river level varies so much. I have been through here before when that big rock in the middle is completely covered and the highway is starting to flood through the medians. Neat stuff.
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SCOTTY! (it was bright neon pink, the picture doesn't really do this wonderful work of art justice).
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In the middle of Boston Bar, BC:
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Just outside Boston Bar, this place is famous for its whitewater rafting excursions, not really my thing but I bet its fun.
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Gluing the mountainside back together to keep it off the road; mountain superglue.
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eldorado99
12-06-09, 06:41 PM
Lots of these on this highway as you can imagine:
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Coming around a sharp bend with no warning signs coming up to another tunnel we were met with this and had to slam on the brakes. Poor Honda almost got a trunk full of F-350!
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This lake just before Hope, BC is called "Lake of the Woods" and you can see why:
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The last pic before we start to get close to home so I stopped here.
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All in all it was a very fun trip. We saw about 20-30 deer between us. Unfortunately we went too late in the season this year and none of them were legal to shoot. We did see five 3-point bucks, this time of year though it is 4-point only season. Oh well, maybe next year we will have some venison in the freezer. The weather held out pretty well too. Every morning we had a light dusting of snow to make it easy to track, but not too much snow that it was hard to get through with regular hiking boots on. I spent most of the time following an oil pipeline that ran through the area.

creeker
12-06-09, 09:23 PM
I lived in manning park for quite a few years and would go to hope once in awhile,I was always intrigued by that lake of the woods spot,Hopefully someday I will book a few nights in one of the cabins, there's good hunting around manning park too, not in the park of course,yes I would say you are a little late in the season, oh well theres always next year,
where abouts do you live?.

Rolex
12-06-09, 10:12 PM
Pretty country. You wouldn't get drunk and fall off the porch of that house more then once. :D. You guys sight in your rifles at 150 yards? Any particular reason you use 150?

Jesda
12-06-09, 10:29 PM
Scenery + Travel + Food

Thread delivers!

dkozloski
12-06-09, 10:47 PM
The first time I ever drove through there over fifty years ago the roadway through the Fraser River canyon was made out of wood like a bridge and hung from the side of the canyon on cables like scaffolding for window washers. This is not BS. Ask an oldtimer.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-06-09, 11:02 PM
Looking through this thread is like watching an episode of Northern Exposure.

Stingroo
12-06-09, 11:22 PM
The first time I ever drove through there over fifty years ago the roadway through the Fraser River canyon was made out of wood like a bridge and hung from the side of the canyon on cables like scaffolding for window washers. This is not BS. Ask an oldtimer.

Pardon my French, but that is abso-****ing-lutely TERRIFYING.

eldorado99
12-06-09, 11:46 PM
where abouts do you live?.

Lower mainland, south side of the river.


Any particular reason you use 150?

Around where we were hunting you'd be hard pressed to find a shot that's likely to be any more than 150. In fact in this area you can easily get away with a 3 inch slug on a 12 gauge as long as you're reasonably good with shotgun. Then you get to carry some bird shot and go grouse hunting at the same time. Lots of fairly flat country that doesn't stay open very long before it hits a treeline. Normally we do sight in for 300 at the range, that is where they normally stay sighted for most trips.


This is not BS. Ask an oldtimer.

I believe you. My dad has told me a few interesting stories about the cable ferry as well. (One vehicle cage suspended by a cable that hauls you 50 feet overhead the river to the other side)

93DevilleUSMC
12-07-09, 02:36 PM
My dad is from Newfoundland. Overall, Canada is a very rugged country, with the western part being the perfect place to get away from big city noise.

To the OP: my favorite shot had to be the one you took inside the tunnel.

dkozloski
12-07-09, 02:52 PM
Lower mainland, south side of the river.



Around where we were hunting you'd be hard pressed to find a shot that's likely to be any more than 150. In fact in this area you can easily get away with a 3 inch slug on a 12 gauge as long as you're reasonably good with shotgun. Then you get to carry some bird shot and go grouse hunting at the same time. Lots of fairly flat country that doesn't stay open very long before it hits a treeline. Normally we do sight in for 300 at the range, that is where they normally stay sighted for most trips.



I believe you. My dad has told me a few interesting stories about the cable ferry as well. (One vehicle cage suspended by a cable that hauls you 50 feet overhead the river to the other side)
You could feel the structure bounce as somebody went by.