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June 3 / Places to Visit
“They enjoyed the beauty of their Canadian surroundings and didn’t see another soul”

Vancouver, BC: Fortress Lake

Words by Jessica Comingore Photographs by Zachary Ayote

In a remote valley of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is the spectacularly beautiful Fortress Lake, home to some of the largest brook trout in the world.

This past summer, five friends went on a back country trip to Fortress Lake at the base of Fortress Mountain in British Columbia. They traveled 15km on bike and 9km hiking (including crossing a big river). They brought all of their food in with them, and came up with a meal plan ahead of time (which required catching fish, and they did) and distributed everything among the bunch. They camped on the beach, cooked on the fire and for a brief half hour in the afternoon, they swam in the ice cold water. For three days, they enjoyed the beauty of their Canadian surroundings and didn’t see another soul.

 

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