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Old 02-26-2017, 12:50 PM   #1
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We're planning to tow our 16' Scamp from the Seattle area to Bella Coola, BC in June-July this year. We've been looking at this trip for a couple years now, and it's finally time to launch. Ferries are not an option because of cost. I know there is an interesting stretch of highway between Anahim Lake and Bella Coola - we've had our trailer over similar terrain, so I'm fairly confident we'll survive.

But does anybody have any current (Spring 2017) recommendations/suggestions about campgrounds and sights-to-see on the way from Seattle, particularly around Cache Creek, Williams Lake, Anahim Lake and Bella Coola proper?

How about boondocking? We love to get away from the developed campgrounds.

I see the Williams Lake Stampede is end of June-early July, so that's already on the list.

Thanks for any info!

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Sorry you will not be able to join our meet-up at the beginning of June on the Island, but there is one in Vancouver - BC Glass Eggs trailer meet Fort Langley June 1-4. Might be a great place to get travel advice.

We tend to stay to the BC parks for camping and enjoy the one at Lac La Hache. Going off the highway around 100 mile into Green Lake is beautiful. Most of the campsites along the Fraser Canyon have highway on one side and train tracks either behind or across the river from them. Be careful about some of the rest stops on the right side of the highway when the river is also on that side. They are very tight and turning around could be a problem.

If you can pick up a copy of the BC backroads books for that area, http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/back...-backroad-maps It will help you find places to boondock. Be warned that these are gravel roads and some are active logging roads.

As this is one of the ways to get to the Yukon, the Fraser Canyon is in the Milepost. I am sure others will chime in with more details. Have a great trip.
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Claire!

The BC Backroads map books look perfect! And I have booked nights at Sasquatch (solely because of the name!) and at Lac La Hache. As the 4 month reservation window moves in, I'll be booking more. We're already getting excited!

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If you like boondocking check out this website. On our 90 day trip we spent more than half of them in the BC Recreation sites. Enjoy, but check the clearance on both your tow and trailer as some of the roads to access these sites are one way, gravel, etc.

Free Campsites at Recreation sites in Canada
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Here's the BC Recreation Site. The Backroads mapbooks were invaluable even though we had a GPS that was quite often wrong! Make sure you get the latest edition of the backroads mapbooks as things change - we found out the hard way.

http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/searc...rior-west.aspx
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Thanks for sharing those grand links to some of BC's hidden gems..
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So how busy are these campsites that are close to Hiway 20 likely to be on the first week in July?
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