British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Cariboo Region (Quesnel Viewing Sites)
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Within the Quesnel area of the Cariboo Region, the following 7 viewing sites are identified.

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   Bowron Lake Provincial Park (Bowron Slough)

Bowron Lake Provincial Park is a large wilderness area situated on the western slopes of the Cariboo Mountain Range. Bowron Slough is located at the south end of Bowron Lake. The world-renowned Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit encompasses a 116 km chain of lakes, waterways and connecting portages. This wilderness canoe trip takes from 6 to 10 days to complete, depending on your time frame and skill level. For those looking for a shorter trip, the west side of the circuit can be paddled in 2 to 4 days. It is recommended that those who attempt the circuit have some wilderness canoeing experience.

Viewing Highlights - A long list of birds have been recorded in the slough. Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcraker, American Crow and Common Raven are year round residents. The period from late April to mid September is good for more than 20 species of waterfowl, including Red-necked Grebe, Wood Duck, Green-winged, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teals, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Hooded, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers and Ruddy Duck. Late spring and summer are best for songbirds, including Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Horned Lark, kinglets, Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, warblers, sparrows,and Red-winged, Yellow-headed, Rusty and Brewer's Blackbirds. Also watch for 5 species of swallows, Calliope Hummimgbird, Rufous Hummingbird, American Bittern, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Sora, and woodpeckers.

American Beaver and Muskrat are visible from late April to mid September. Black Bear are occasionnaly observed. Moose reside in the park year round.

Directions - Bowron Lake Provincial Park is located about 120 km east of Quesnel. To get there, drive north on Highway 97 through Quesnel, then follow signs onto Highway 26, which leads through Wells to the Barkerville Historic Town. From there itís another 27 km to the park entrance on a wide, well-graded dirt road. Bowron Slough is an easy canoe ride down Bownron Lake.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Cariboo District
281 - 1st Avenue North, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 1Y7
phone: (250) 398-4414
fax: (250) 398-4686
e-mail

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   Bowron Lake Provincial Park (Canoe Circuit)

Bowron Lake Provincial Park is a large wilderness area situated on the western slopes of the Cariboo Mountain Range. The world-renowned Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit encompasses a 116 km chain of lakes, waterways and connecting portages. This wilderness canoe trip takes from 6 to 10 days to complete, depending on your time frame and skill level. For those looking for a shorter trip, the west side of the circuit can be paddled in 2 to 4 days. It is recommended that those who attempt the circuit have some wilderness canoeing experience.

Viewing Highlights - Many bird species have been observed throughout the canoe route in the park. Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcraker, American Crow and Common Raven are year round residents. Waterfowl, woodpeckers and songbirds are plentiful. Watch for Osprey and Bald Eagle.

American Beaver and Muskrat are visible from late April to mid September. Black Bears are occasionally observed. Moose reside in the park year round. Woodland Caribou are infrequntly seen is spring and fall.

Directions - Bowron Lake Provincial Park is located about 120 km east of Quesnel. To get there, drive north on Highway 97 through Quesnel, then follow signs onto Highway 26, which leads through Wells to the Barkerville Historic Town. From there itís another 27 km to the park entrance on a wide, well-graded dirt road.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Cariboo District
281 - 1st Avenue North, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 1Y7
phone: (250) 398-4414
fax: (250) 398-4686
e-mail

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   Cariboo Highway

This highway corridor should be driven with care in twilight hours and at night to avoid colliding with wildlife on the road.

Viewing Highlights - In March and April watch for Mule Deer along the highway. Early morning and evening are best.

Directions - Located along Highway 97 from Macalister northward to about 10 km south of Quesnel.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Dragon Lake

Dragon Lake is a large body of water that is popular for recreation.

Viewing Highlights - Sandhill Cranes may be observed in spring and fall migration. Summer months bringsome waterfowl and sandpipers to the lake. Look for Belted Kingfisher, Marsh Wren, woodpeckers, warblers and Yellow-headed Blackbird. Long-billed Curlew may be seen from May to mid September.

From late April through September watch for Muskrat and American Beaver.

Directions - Located just southeast of Quesnel.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Highway 26

Highway 26 connects Quesnel and Barkerville.

Viewing Highlights - From Cottonwood to Stanley on Highway 26 watch for Moose year round. Woodland Caribou are occasionally observed in spring and fall.

Directions - From just north of Quesnel turn east onto Highway 26.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Quesnel River Waterfront Trail

The waterfront trail is well used by local residents.

Viewing Highlights - Look for Ring-billed Gills from April through September.

Directions - A trail along the Quesnel River in Quesnel. The paved trail starts at the Fraser River footbridge (Carson Street and Front Street).

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park

Ten Mile Lake is a very popular recreational destination for local residents and visitors. A 2 km nature trail to a large beaver pond, through forest and along an abandoned rail grade is very rewarding to hike.

Viewing Highlights - American Beaver lodges and dams are easily visible. The beaver are visible from May through early September.

Directions - Located along Highway 97 about 11 km north of Quesnel.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Cariboo District
281 - 1st Avenue North, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 1Y7
phone: (250) 398-4414
fax: (250) 398-4686
e-mail