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We are planning to spend a few weeks in BC in July on our way to Alaska. We'll cross the border at Nelway or Frontier, and eventually get to Kootenay Lake. At this point, we are looking at two options. One would take us northwest and west, passing through Kamloops and Pemberton. We'd do an overland loop described here: Cariboo-Chilcotin Backcountry Trail (segment 1) before turning back north towards Prince George. The other option would take us east and then northwest up through the Canadian Rockies (Banff, Jasper, etc...). We want our trip to be more of an adventure than simply a chance to hit the typical tourists spots - while I am sure those areas are popular for a reason, we'd like to avoid the overcrowded destinations. Our rigs are capable, and we have overland experience. Ideal campsites would be dispersed (bush) sites or uncrowded developed sites near lakes or streams for fishing. We bring an inflatable boat with an electric motor. On our return from Alaska, we plan to catch the ferry out of Skagway, down the Inside Passage to Bellingham, WA. Thanks in advance for any insight and advice. We have the full BRMB set for BC, as well as the Milepost book.