District of Wells

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Bowron Lake

Bowron Lake Provincial Park, 32 km east of Wells, provides one of the world’s best canoeing opportunities and some of British Columbia finest wildlife viewing. Here, you can see bald eagles, osprey, moose, mink, beaver, bears and a wide variety of bird life from your canoe.

The full “Bowron Chain of Lakes” circuit is 116 kilometers of lakes, rivers and short portages.  Typically the full chain takes about a week; shorter trips of the “west side” or of just Bowron Lake are options for those on tighter schedules. Reservations with BC Parks are necessary for most overnight canoe trips, although limited drop - ins are available.

Although many people come for the canoeing, there is also a variety of trails that provide summer hiking opportunities into spectacular alpine meadows with fabulous views. Winter touring is more challenging, but equally rewarding. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway, you can stay overnight at one of the lodges or campgrounds or just relax by the lake for the day.  For evening fare, BBQ over an open fire or eat in one of the fine local restaurants.

Visitors can bring their own gear when they visit Bowron Lakes, or they can stop at their choice of two stores that provide groceries, camping supplies, fishing tackle and souvenirs.

If you are looking for a guided experience, trips of the canoe circuit are available from a number of local providers, as well as horse back trips in the surrounding mountains or guided hiking and mountain bike tours. For more information on guiding and touring providers in the Wells, Barkerville and Bowron Lakes area you can phone the Wells, Barkerville, Bowron Lakes visitor information line Toll Free 1-877-451-9355.

In addition to the Provincial Park & Campgound, he Bowron Lake area has serveral businesses to serve visitors.

Information on Bowron Lake is also available through the Bowron Lake Enhancement Society.