Nicola country and Lillooet revisited

A fisherman casts his line in Lower Joffre Lake in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. The park is east of Pemberton, B.C.

I returned to Squamish to pick up my car nearly a week after breaking the oil pan and got it back on the road. I was determined to pick up where I left off, exploring the mountainous country between Pemberton and Lillooet and continuing on through Cache Creek and finally back to Merritt. The trip took me through the upper Fraser River and Thompson River country, as well as up narrow valleys of smaller rivers. This time I stuck to the paved roads. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A glacier covers a peak beyond Joffre Lakes Provincial Park east of Pemberton, B.C.

Trees cling to a sheer rock face on mountains west of Lillooet, B.C.

Lillooet on the upper Fraser River boasts of being “guaranteed rugged.” The rocky and mountainous landscape certainly meets that description.

Morning sunlight catches the vegetation at the east end of Seton Lake just west of Lillooet, B.C.

Trees are reflected in the still waters of Pavilion Lake on the road between Lillooet and Cache Creek, B.C.

An old log building sits in a field on a ranch next to the road between Lillooet and Cache Creek, B.C.

A long train loaded with containers snakes through tunnels next to the Thompson River in the arid countryside near Ashcroft, B.C.

Horses graze on open land near Merritt, B.C.