In THIS STORY that The Province published about my experience with my 2014 Highlander Hybrid I was quoted as saying the thing is “a dream come true”. What I meant is that, yes, it’s crazy fuel efficient and comfortable and it fits my family to a tee but also that it takes me to places I physically couldn’t go in my last vehicle. Jones Lake outside of Chilliwack was previously a place that I often daydreamed about going to and would visit whenever I could borrow a vehicle with 4WD or All-Wheel-Drive. This summer I turned those daydreams into reality and visited the lake 7 times. SEVEN! Below is a photo that sums up why I consider it the best place to go camping in BC.
To get there you drive Highway 1 about 20 minutes past Chilliwack where you’ll take the Jones Lake exit. I’ve always thought that it strange that a lake that feels so remote has a gigantic sign alerting people to its existence off the highway, but there is a barrier to entry in that not just any vehicle can get there.
As I’ve been sharing a bunch of the photos of my trips to Jones on Instagram (@BobKronbauer), one of the questions I often get is “How good is the road? Do I need a 4×4?”. My answer is yes. Yes you do. I sometimes see people who have made the drive in small cars or mini vans and my opinion is that they either don’t care about their vehicles or they love the lake so much that they’re willing to sacrifice their muffler to the potholes, or their engine to the steep grade that the first 3km of the road offer. The proof is in the ditches as I usually see at least one rogue muffler during the trip up.