Saturday, February 22, 2014

Snowshoeing with the Ramblers - The Grand Canyon of the Fraser

On January 26,  I went with the Ramblers on a very foggy day out to the Grand Canyon of the Fraser which is located in the Sugarbowl/Grizzly Den Provincial Park.  It's a bit of a distance to snowshoe in, but it is mostly flat.

We followed a road for a bit, then went off into the bush.  We walked over an area that is swampy in the Summer.  If the sky is clear, you can see Sugarbowl Mountain nearby.
We then made our way to the Fraser River, which as expected, was mostly frozen over.

We encountered many wolf tracks which was cool, but we saw no wolves.  Amazingly, at the beginning of the trip, we saw some Grizzly tracks!  It had been a pretty warm winter so far, so that's one reason why they may be out sometimes, though it isn't unheard of for them to go outside for a bit in the winter.

Eventally, we made it to the Canyon where there was wild rapids.  In the past many stern wheelers went through here and many lives were lost trying to go through the canyon.

We made our way to a nice quiet spot where we couldn't go further and had our lunch.

During lunch, Mike Nash talked a bit about the history of the area, and it was quite fascinating.  There are lots of neat stories to be told.

After lunch, we made our way back out to our vehicles.  We snowshoed about 14 km this day in about , which wasn't too bad.  Last year, because of the ice, we couldn't snowshoe as far.

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