Summit Lake, BC

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Summit Lake is on the continental divide between the Pacific and Arctic watersheds. The area is well known for having more than 40 km of undeveloped public shores. With a range of recreation opportunities including fishing, swimming, boating as well as hiking trails. Nearby is the well known Teapot Mountain, and the historic Giscome Portage Trail which leads to the Huble Homestead on the Fraser River. There is also a Privately owned Campground and RV Park as well as many beautiful views.


Summit Lake BC is located at the head of the Crooked River. The unincorporated community is approx. 50km (40 miles) north of the City of Prince George on the John Hart Highway at the lake of the same name. 
Summit Lake is situated at the divide between the Fraser River and Peace River so it is at the continental divide between the Pacific and Arctic drainage's. It is also the location of the "Prominence Col"" for Mount Orizaba in relation to Denali, meaning that it is one of the lowest locations along the Continental Divide of North America north of Mexico its elevation is 710 m (2329 ft).

Outdoor enthusiasts come to enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping, fishing as well as nature viewing.
The area population increases significantly in the summer when people flock to their cabins, during winter a lone skier can often cross the lake without seeing another person.

However in the early part of the last century it served as an important transportation hub, being situated on the Arctic Divide. 
The place where the Crooked River flows north from Summit Lake to the Parsnip and Peace rivers and then to the Arctic Ocean, and where the 9 mile-long Giscome Portage trail connects the south flowing Fraser River to Summit Lake. This portage route was originally used by First Nations and early Europeans, especially during the gold rushes of the 1860s. The route was made into a wagon trail in 1871 to accommodate miners and fur-traders.

In the early 20th century Summit Lake was a small but bustling location. Unfortunately in 1919 the Hart Highway from Prince George to Summit lake was built, which steadily decreased the use of the portage route.   

The nearby Summit Lake Provincial Park allows visitors to canoe, fish or swim in the lake’s clear, refreshing mountain water.  A natural spectacle occurs each fall when thousands of toads emerge from the lake to hibernate in the local forest for winter. 


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