Canoe Trip at Bowron Lakes

Two people in canoe on a lake

My Mother Inlaw’s First Canoe Trip

A couple of years ago my mother-in-law read a story on the Nation Lakes canoe route in Beautiful BC and mentioned to us that we should take her on this paddling trip. My husband and I spend (almost) all our free time paddling and she always admired the places we explored.

Since she was 74 at the time and had never paddled a canoe, we thought that maybe we should do something a tad tamer. We convinced her to do the Bowron Lakes circuit. There are a lot of established sites and shelters along the way, and with the extra security of the park staff, we thought this would be the perfect solution.

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Family Canoe Trip at Bowron Lakes

We originally planned for a “family reunion” trip, as my husband has 9 siblings, but due to last minute cancellations, we were down to 4 boats which worked out perfect for easy travel.
We planned to do the loop in 8 days to keep the mileage per day down.

We had a bear wander into camp at Indianpoint, saw a moose on Issac Lake, and again on the Cariboo River, picked blueberries, raspberries and huckleberries  – and baked “berry” coffeecake in our “outback oven”. We had sun, we had rain. It was a trip of a lifetime…  My mother-in-law did incredible… She’s a natural for sure! She made it look easy.

Making dinner while camping

Baked Berry Coffee Cake

We still reminisce about this trip..so much in fact that my mother-in-law is ready to do it again! We have it all planned again for next year – only she’ll be turning 80 this time… can’t wait!

Written by: Annamarie Douglas, submitted as a contest entry.

Published: October 24th, 2014

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