Bowron Lake Provincial Park

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Bowron Lake Provincial Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Bowron Lake Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Bowron Lake Provincial Park
Nearest cityQuesnel
Coordinates53°10′N 121°05′W / 53.167°N 121.083°W / 53.167; -121.083Coordinates: 53°10′N 121°05′W / 53.167°N 121.083°W / 53.167; -121.083
Area368,700 acres (1,492 km2)
Visitors5,000 (in 2006)
Governing bodyBC Parks

Bowron Lake Provincial Park is a provincial park located in northern British Columbia, Canada, about 117 kilometres east of the city of Quesnel. Other nearby towns include Wells and the historic destination of Barkerville. The park is known for its rugged glaciated mountains, cold deep lakes, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. The main attraction is the 116 km (72 mi) canoe circuit through the Cariboo Mountains, which follows lakes, rivers, and short portages between waterways. This trip takes about a week to complete. An alternative to this trip is the shorter Westside route, which traverses Bowron, Swan, Spectacle, Skoi, Babcock, Unna and Rum lakes. This circuit takes two to four days.

The park is open to a limited number of canoes and kayaks from May 15 to the end of September.


Bowron Lakes was named after John Bowron, the Gold Commissioner in Barkerville.[1] Frank Kibbee began to set up trap lines and built a home on the shores of Bowron Lake in 1907.[2] In 1925, the Bowron Lakes area was classified as a game reserve by the Canadian Ministry of Environment.[3][4] In 1961, the Ministry of Environment classified the area as a provincial park.[5]

Cariboo Mountains from Isaac Lake.
Ishpa Mountain side from Lanezi Lake

Lakes and rivers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wright (1985) pp. 35-36
  2. ^ Wright (1985) p. 39
  3. ^ Wright (1985) p. 46
  4. ^ Bowron Lake Provincial Park history, British Columbia Ministry of the Environment
  5. ^ "Bowron Lake Park". BC Geographical Names.
  • Harris, 1991. British Columbia's Wilderness Canoe Circuit. Gordon Soules Book Publishers
  • Wright, 1997. Bowron Lake Provincial Park: Canoe Country British Columbia, Heritage House Pub Co Ltd. 128p
  • Wright, Richard Thomas (1985). The Bowron Lakes, a year-round guide. Maclean Hunter, Vancouver. ISBN 0-88896-148-0.

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