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Masters of the Mountain
In the 1920's, legendary mountaineers Don and Phyllis Munday were the first to climb 4,016-metre-high Mount Waddington, the highest peak in British Columbia's Coast Mountains.
Fishy Facts
Euchalon Estuary
While the Klinaklini is a salmon river, its estuary is also a major spawning site for euchalon, the smelt-like fish that is harvested for its oil.
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Take some of British Columbia's highest mountains, largest icefields, bluest lakes, loveliest meadows, richest wetlands, and most luxurious forests. Squeeze through an impossibly narrow canyon, and release into a long, deep coastal fjord. Mix in mountain goats, big horn sheep, bald eagles, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, cougars, wolverines, weasels, coyote and lynx. Feed it all with salmon, and the web of life that springs from the Pacific's fundamental fish. At just 195 kilometres in length, with a watershed of 5,780 square kilometres, the Klinaklini River packs a gigantic wallop of biodiversity and ecological variation. From its beginnings in a small lake in the high, dry Chilcotin Plateau, through its descent past the Silverthrone glaciers and soaring Mount Waddington, to its saltwater meeting with the Knight Inlet waterway, the Klinaklini crosses not only the Coast Mountains, but a cascade of landscapes and eco-regions. It is a river known mostly by its ends - by the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation and eco-tourists of its coastal reaches and by the Tsilhqot'in Nation, ranchers, and rugged adventurers of its Chilcotin headwaters. Even in the 21st century, the Klinaklini's middle remains wild and mysterious; except for a handful of heli-rafters and heli-fishers, few people have laid eyes on the river's inner sanctum. Thanks to landmark forestry agreements that have put an end to logging of its verdant valley, there's a good chance that the Klinaklini's river refuge will remain.