There is a chain of marshes in the space between Stake Lake and the Coquihalla Highway that are fun to explore in winter. Access is via a cattleguard entrance off Lac le Jeune Road. A double track goes west and branches connect to the South Bush Lake area too. On this sunny winter day, I headed out onto the ponds and marshes, breaking trail all the way. The snow was up to my lower thigh so I kept the outing to 2 km of exploration. My tracks were the only ones on the marshes for most of the route.
A ridge sticks out into the middle of the marshes, probably a glacial moraine (ridge) from the last Ice Age. It had been harvested and replanted so progress was open, but the snow is deeper in the open areas.
I prefer to not reveal their locations so that they can stand for a few more years yet. Most of the roof was now caved in and drifts were accumulating on the old roof. The door was askew and ajar, but still there. I am assuming this was a trapper’s homestead.
I only visit the Butterfly Marshes on a fine day where I can snowshoe out in the open with the sun on my face as I stomp in an exploration track, far from the crowds in the nearby Stake Lake Trail system. .