July 09, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Tumbler Ridge, Camping
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Just off the wide curves and rollercoaster dips of Highway 29, north of Tumbler Ridge rests peaceful Gwillim Lake. Set amongst the treed foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the ploughed landscapes of the Peace River Country, Gwillim offers family and friends alike a list of amenities including kid’s playground, day-use area, boat launch, fishing, great swimming and snorkeling, hiking and a scenic lookout with excellent mountain views. Other activities like horseback riding and winter recreation often takes place on nearby Elephant Ridge.
The lake lies just north of the continental divide, making it part of the Arctic drainage basin, with populations of grayling, whitefish, trout and burbot swimming beneath the blue waters. Gwillim Lake is great for even a short weekend stay, the campground is open from May 1st- September 28th and campsites are available at a first-come first-served basis. Although the sites are gravel and well-drained, there are grass sections easier for both pegging and sleeping on most sites. Bring your fishing rod, bathing suit and towel and look forward to a relaxing change from the busier campgrounds in the area as there are only 49 sites to choose from!