On the Lake

Reflection, photograph by Jerry Pavia

Muskwa-Kechika Artist Camp
by Donna Kane

I think most, if not all, artists would say that at the very heart of creating is a sense of the wild, of traveling unfamiliar territory, of a journey where the spirit feels at home. For many artists, as well as naturalists, hikers, guides, and hunters, no place captures that feeling of wonder and spiritual fulfillment more profoundly than the wilderness area of the Muskwa-Kechika.

Located in north-eastern British Columbia where the boreal plains and muskeg regions of the east meet the rugged Northern Rocky Mountains and Cascades of the west, the Muskwa-Kechika (pronounced musk-quah-ke-chee-ka) is often described as Canada’s Serengeti of the North. At 6.4 million hectares, it is approximately the size of Ireland and includes four biogeoclimatic zones. Home to moose, caribou, mountain goat, Stone’s Sheep, wolves, and black and grizzly bears, the Muskwa-Kechika supports the largest predator-prey system in North America.

It is also an area of land that serves as a model for the future, enabling economic development while protecting an intact, and predominantly unroaded, wilderness.

Wayne Sawchuk, a widely experienced backcountry horseman and nature photographer, has been actively involved in the Land and Resource Management Plan and other planning processes that led to the creation of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. Today, the management area includes Parks and Protected Areas where resource extraction is prohibited, and management zones where resource extraction may occur, but according to higher standards than elsewhere in the province...


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