July 12, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Fort St. John, Parks
One of my favourite places to explore the wilderness without venturing too far from my home in Fort St. John, is Charlie Lake Provincial park. Located about 12 km north of Fort St. John on the Alaska Highway it makes for a quick weekend getaway of camping or even just an evening campfire.
Of the many provincial parks I have been to in northern BC this one is the best for a multitude of reasons. I love that there are so many tall trees, it blocks out the noise from the Alaska highway so the sound is truly that of a truly serene wilderness. There are birds sweetly chirping, butterflies dancing and little chipmunks quickly darting around the tall trees.
I also love that the sites are NOT pushed right next to each other, don’t get me wrong I enjoy getting to know the other people in the campsite, but when it feels like you are in a parking lot, it certainly lessens the experience. Each site is a good distance from the neighbours for definite privacy.
The park itself is quite large with numerous site, but one of my favourite things about the park is in the centre of park there is a great picnic and play area that is perfect if you just want to spend the day. There is a really fun playground for children and youth and a large open field for things like Frisbee, soccer or even a fun round of touch or tackle football.
Check out Charlie Lake Provincial Park, it is fun for the whole family.