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Muncho Lake

Holidays to Muncho Lake

Muncho Lake is over 11 kilometres in length and some parts are over six kilometres wide; the word “muncho” comes from the language of the Kaska Indians and means ‘big water’. The lake sits within the Muncho Lake Provincial Park and is surrounded by mountains of the Terminal Range to the west, and the Sentinel Range to the east – both part of the Canadian Rockies. The park can be reached from the Alaska Highway, and sits at the northern end of the province of British Columbia. The water in the lake has a distinctive jade green colour caused by copper oxide escaping from the rocks beneath.

The scenery is what draws people to the area, and excellent camping facilities make holidays to Muncho Lake an attractive alternative to the better known Canadian resorts. The lake itself is an ideal location for swimming, canoeing, scuba diving, and water-skiing, while the surrounding area provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, rock-climbing, cycling, hunting, and wildlife watching. Several easily accessible viewpoints have been created alongside the Alaska Highway specifically for the purpose of observing wildlife. Fishermen are catered for as well with lake trout, bull trout, mountain whitefish, and Arctic grayling among the species found in the lake.

Visitors can take advantage of two campsites, Strawberry Flats and MacDonald, which are accessible by car, and various amenities are available in including picnic areas, campfire rings, hand pumps for drawing drinking water, pit toilets, and garbage collection; there is also a boat launch at MacDonald. Conservation is a key part of the ethos here and those taking holidays to Muncho Lake are expected to respect the environment. Firewood can be purchased in the park, for example, but gathering wood or cutting down trees in the area is prohibited. A licence is required for hunting and fishing.

As camping is not to the taste of everyone planning holidays to Muncho Lake, lakeside chalets offer a more comfortable option and there are a large number available, as well as lodges and log cabins. The summer months are the most popular for holidays to Muncho Lake, although there are some accommodation options still available in winter.

Holidays to Muncho Lake offer much for the more adventurous traveller, but they also offer serenity and the chance to experience an unspoilt natural habitat. It is thought that the Kaska Indians camped here regularly, while fur trappers and traders were the first Europeans to discover the area in the late 1800s, and little has changed since then. Visitors can expect to see vividly coloured wildflowers and plants similar to those in an alpine meadow, and many species of mammals including moose, caribou, stone sheep, and mountain goats roaming free throughout the area.

 
 
 
 
 

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