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Horseback riding in the Potato Range
(Albert Normandin photo)

Nimpo Lake

Geography

Nimpo Lake is located on Highway 20, on the western edge of the Chilcotin Plateau and set against a backdrop of the Coastal Mountains.

This location marks Nimpo Lake with an incredibly varied typography suited to a range of outdoor activities and scenic exploring.

Geographic Features

The western and southern skyline of the Nimpo Lake area is dominated by the snow-capped Coastal Mountains. To the east and north alpine grasslands cover ancient lava beds of the Anahim Volcanic Belt, and water fills depressions left from melting glaciers.

Geographic features include the Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, an eroded dome of lava and fragmented oxidized rock stained in a spectrum of vivid reds, oranges, yellows, and lavenders. The Rainbows are easily accessible by hiking. Mount Waddington, south of the park, rises to a height of 4019m/13,185ft.

Plants and Wildlife

Vast stretches of the Chilcotin Plateau are covered in lodgepole pine, alder, aspen, and buck brush. Swampy areas provide moisture for kinnikinnick, lichens and moss. At lower elevations, Douglas fir, trembling aspen, and lodgepole pine are interspersed with natural meadows. Higher up, the dense growth of Englemann spruce and sub-alpine fir recedes to treeless alpine tundra rising above 1,650m/5,413ft.

In the Nimpo Lake wilderness, moose feed in shallow waters and Caribou roam in herds. Deer graze on the shoreline willows, as well as on tender shoots and roots of young trees. Bears seek out wild berries and spawning salmon. Cougars, wolves, and coyotes are also locals.

Climate and Weather

Nimpo Lake rarely experiences summer temperatures above 27 to 30°C/80 to 85°F. Winter temperatures occasionally drop to -45°C to -50°C/-50°F to -60°F. Nimpo Lake rarely experiences heavy rainfall and snowfall.