January 27th

Growing up on Northern Vancouver Island, I can only recall one year when Misty Lake froze solid and dozens of us went skating on the lake. What a difference up here! Living in Lakes District Bulkley-Nechako area a lake which is not frozen over appears to be a rarity. Unless…It is an area of a lake which remains unfrozen due to forced bubbles under water enabling ferries to continue to travel. Today my adventure was to transverse one of those “bubble” lines crossing Francois Lake to the “Southside” to visit a friend and colleague. This free ferry service runs year round from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every 50 to 60 minutes. It’s so easy and convenient to use–and it’s free!

I have travelled over to the southside several times now. There is much to explore in this beautiful area leading to Tweedsmuir National Park. Today I was visiting my friend Christine. Their lovely home is lakefront and has beautiful semi panoramic views.

I have met more and more people who have sold their homes in the lower mainland or cities, such as, Calgary and Edmonton and moved to the Lakes District area. For outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy snow and a more peaceful lifestyle, you can buy lovely homes and acreages with lake front access for a fraction of the price you would pay in urban areas. But be prepared to wear ice cleats, shovel your driveway often, and have a filthy vehicle for months on end! Choices. Choices 🙂

I snapped some photos of more frozen lakes during my trip back to my home base. I’m so fascinated with the beauty of the white winters up here.