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We are planning to paddle the Nation Lakes Canoe Route in late August. We have already been in contact with Nation Lakes Lodge to arrange shuttle transportation. Just wondering if anyone here has done this route and if you have any suggestions or tips. Thanks.
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Thanks Dru. I too had found those pictures on my google searches.

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I was able to recommend that Graham go there based on some info Eryne gave me. I hope you have as good a time as Graham and Bev did.
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Looks awesome. This is on our list. Just starting to make our plans - we might be doing it as well this year. From our sleuthing I would think that the Nation Lakes Lodge shuttle is the way to go.

I'm pretty certain that some of the members of the Beaver Canoe Club have done this. I am going to their meeting on Wed. I'll see what info I can dig up.
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Pathfinder, any additional info you gather and would like to share would be great. From everything I've read it looks like a pretty nice wilderness paddle trip. When do you think you will be going? We have booked our shuttle as well as a nights stay at the lodge when we finish the trip. A night in a real bed and a hot shower will be nice before we head to Tweedsmuir for a few nights backpacking.

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Yes route is especially nice given there are no portages. I will send you an email with my phone number. Give me a call Thursday and tell you what I find out.
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Bump!
We are considering this trip starting the Labour Day weekend. If anyone else is interested in sharing the shuttle costs or doing a key exchange (assuming it is also feasible the other direction, not sure yet what kind of current there is in the river portion) we can talk. Post here or PM.
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BC, sent you a pm earlier, assume you got it.

found some more info on Nation Lakes:


http://www.myccr.com/canoedb/routeDe...hp?routeid=378

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9450693...7622317029516/

http://www.wacweb.org/Trips/TripRepo...ails&RowId=474

For this year, we have decided to do Turner Lakes in Tweedsmuir instead as this is a trip we had to abandon 2 years ago due to the forest fires.
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We are considering this trip starting the Labour Day weekend. If anyone else is interested in sharing the shuttle costs or doing a key exchange (assuming it is also feasible the other direction, not sure yet what kind of current there is in the river portion) we can talk. Post here or PM.
Too bad you're not starting earlier otherwise we would definitely be interested in sharing shuttle costs (I don't think a key exchange would work). We are starting August 21st and ending August 28th.

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BC, sent you a pm earlier, assume you got it.

found some more info on Nation Lakes:


http://www.myccr.com/canoedb/routeDe...hp?routeid=378

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9450693...7622317029516/

http://www.wacweb.org/Trips/TripRepo...ails&RowId=474

For this year, we have decided to do Turner Lakes in Tweedsmuir instead as this is a trip we had to abandon 2 years ago due to the forest fires.
Yes, I did get your PM but haven't gotten around to calling you. I'll try to call in the next week or so. Thanks for the links, I found those too as well as a few others. Hopefully there are no forest fire issues this year at Nation or Turner Lakes. Are you flying into Turner or portaging in? I will be interested in hearing about your trip. We'll be heading to Tweedsmuir to backpack in the Rainbow Range area for a few days after the paddle. Tried to go there a 2 years ago but couldn't due to fires.

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You have to pass through my home town to get there. If you do that on a Friday, there is an excellent Farmer's Market. My mom sells her bread, veggies, and pie there. If you get a chance I recommend the pie! Also, there is a pretty cool historic park in the Fort that is worthwhile checking out when you pass through.

I am so glad you are doing this. It is an incomparable part of BC that few people get to see. The water is so clear that you can see the gravel bottoms of the lakes (and the fishes!)

Have fun while you are there.

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You have to pass through my home town to get there. If you do that on a Friday, there is an excellent Farmer's Market. My mom sells her bread, veggies, and pie there. If you get a chance I recommend the pie! Also, there is a pretty cool historic park in the Fort that is worthwhile checking out when you pass through.

I am so glad you are doing this. It is an incomparable part of BC that few people get to see. The water is so clear that you can see the gravel bottoms of the lakes (and the fishes!)

Have fun while you are there.

Which town? Fort St. James? Unfortunately we won't be in the town on either Friday I love home made pie and bread! We'll staying in either Vanderhoof or Fort. St. James on the Saturday night. Can you recommend a place in case we decide not to car camp?

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I can - stay at one of the lodges on the north side of Stuart Lake. There is Stuart Lodge, with cabins, or you can stay right in town. I think if you are staying in town at the New Caledonia Hotel, you might need reservations.

Don't stay in Vanderhoof. The hotels there are party places.

My home town is Ft St James!
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I can - stay at one of the lodges on the north side of Stuart Lake. There is Stuart Lodge, with cabins, or you can stay right in town. I think if you are staying in town at the New Caledonia Hotel, you might need reservations.

Don't stay in Vanderhoof. The hotels there are party places.

My home town is Ft St James!
Thanks Eryne....perhaps your mom will make a special delivery or pick up?? (I love fresh pie and bread....oh wait, I already told you that!)
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