Soda Lake

Lac La Hache, British Columbia

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Our destination is the rancher's shelter on the east shore of Soda Lake. The lake itself is fairly shallow, alkaline and not all that attractive, but the surroundings are quite beautiful. While this is ranchland and fraught with cows, there is a surprising variety of wildlife. There must be food enough in the lake that it doesn't deter the duck population, and nearby (freshwater) ponds support large numbers of Canada geese. The unmistakable, primitive-sounding croak of sandhill cranes is often heard as you near the cabin, their sensitive hearing detecting intruders a long way off. For some reason, the eastern bluebird is especially attracted to this area, and in spring large flocks of them appear to favour the aspen stands at the south end of the lake. Coyotes and foxes are around, and black bear too in the less open areas.
Trails of the Southern Cariboo

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Trails of the Southern Cariboo

by Colin Campbell (Rocky Mountain Books)

Our destination is the rancher's shelter on the east shore of Soda Lake. The lake itself is fairly shallow, alkaline and not all that attractive, but the surroundings are quite beautiful. While this is ranchland and fraught with cows, there is a surprising variety of wildlife. There must be food enough in the lake that it doesn't deter the duck population, and nearby (freshwater) ponds support large numbers of Canada geese.

The unmistakable, primitive-sounding croak of sandhill cranes is often heard as you near the cabin, their sensitive hearing detecting intruders a long way off. For some reason, the eastern bluebird is especially attracted to this area, and in spring large flocks of them appear to favour the aspen stands at the south end of the lake. Coyotes and foxes are around, and black bear too in the less open areas.

©  Colin Campbell/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Lac La Hache
Distance: 3.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Additional Use: Mountain Biking
Local Maps: 92 P/11 100 Mile House & 92 P/14 Lac la Hache
Driving Directions: Directions to Soda Lake

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May 2018