Up the In-Shuck-Ch

This past weekend the kids and I did a bit more exploring, but rather than a simple day trip, we (meaning I) decided to go a littler further and do an overnighter. Fall on the West Coast usually means a ton of rain and this in turn means a potentially soggy tent, particularly when kids are involved. With my wife away on business, I figured the three of could have a nice dry night in the truck.

Heading up the road
Lizzie Bay
Up the In-Shuck-Ch FSR, Jason Landry, 2012

On Sunday we slowly made our way North through Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton before turning down the In-Shuck-Ch Forest Service Road that winds its way down Lillooet Lake and beyond to Port Douglas near the northern end of Harrison Lake. My wife and I have been down part of this road many years ago, but this time I planned on going a bit further.

The Narrows
The Narrows, Jason Landry, 2012

The valley that this road goes through is the traditional territory of the First Nations bands that make up the In-Shuck-Ch Nation and there are a few Indian Reserves along the route. The In-Shuck-Ch Nation appears to be working very hard to re-establish themselves permanently in the valley after economic conditions forced most to leave after the 1950s.

Road Signs
Billy Goat Creek
Near the Baptiste Smith IR, Jason Landry, 2012

We arrived with a bit of light left in the day and decided to look at our camping options before heading back into Pemberton for dinner and hot chocolate. I had a quick look at three different recreation sites and only saw a handful of campers at two of them. In the end, I settled on Lizzie Bay—only 16km down the road and with a nice spot near the edge of the lake. With cooler temperatures, rain wasn’t much of a worry, but we would probably see a bit of snow overnight.

After dinner we made our way back to camp in the dark, converted the truck and watched a movie on the iPad while snuggled under a down duvet. After the movie we moved into our down sleeping bags and quickly fell asleep, nice and warm, at 8:30PM.

Overnight snow
Warming up
Cool, calm morning, Jason Landry, 2012

In the cool morning, the kids weren’t too excited to leave the truck, so they stayed inside and played while I started a fire and enjoyed the peace and quiet. It was a fantastic morning. Eventually, we packed up and made our way further down the road while snacking on a bit of trail mix. In the back of my mind, I was hoping we would make it to the Tsek Hot Springs, but in reality I didn’t expect the kids to last that long. Sure enough, just past the Baptiste Smith Indian Reserve we turned around and headed back to Pemberton for breakfast.

Back in Pemberton, Jason Landry, 2012

For the rest of the day, we slowly made our way back to Vancouver. There was no rush and I didn’t want to leave the mountains.


  1. My favourite are the Sloquet Hot Springs. They’re a bit further, but so much nicer. Maybe once the kids are a bit older.

    Comment by Shawna on November 14, 2012 at 11:37 am
  2. Sloquet would have been my choice as well, but I didn’t think there was any chance of getting there without a mutiny. Next time we’ll try to go a little earlier in the season so that the kids can play outside without getting so cold.

    Comment by Jason Landry on November 14, 2012 at 11:52 am
  3. Great outing!

    Comment by ryan on November 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm
  4. Glad to hear that you and the Chicklets enjoyed yourselves
    . Beautiful surroundings to enjoy. Thanks for sharing

    Comment by Pops on November 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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