The expanse and immensity of the Cariboo and Chilcotin Coast leaves you in pure bewilderment. To also know, that this area contains a refuge for one of the most biodiverse environments on earrth, continues to add to an ever increasing spectacle. The contents of this magical place always suprise the beholder and will do so until the end of days.
This area spreads from the mid- Fraser River to the Coast Mountains. The traditional inhabitants of this land are the Tsilhqot'in, Secwepemc and Dakelh natives. As stated before, it is also a great drainage basin for many of the great rivers meandering throughout the area. The area also has a whopping ten major geoclimatic zones of fourteen in North America! What does this mean? It means that the area has 10 different areas of habitat and environment due to the effects of similar, yet isolated climates.
Chris Harris says of the Chilcotins that,“....the balance, of natural and social understandings stretches back unbroken to the first footstep of the first human in North America”. This statement could not be truer. People, more and more, are understanding the value the Chilcotin area holds now and as well as the foot path it has left us as a link to the past. From this, knowledge can be gained and lessons are ready to be learnt which will be valuable for our future, not only for the Chilcotin area, but the world.
My time in the Chilcotin has been enlightening. I've had a great experience in the Chilcotin's and my respect for it continues to cascade into a flooded pool. And that's how it should be. We sit on an area which presents us with a opportunity to be pioneers for future preservation and conservation. It allows us to be teachers to others so they may understand the importance of this region. The Chilcotin's are a special place. It is an Ark, a home and a place worth protecting. All this gives a greater reason to continue a tradition of untouched, Canadian wilderness.