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Bugs in British Columbia

By Linda Tancs

Known by many as “the Bugs,” the Bugaboos are a mountain range in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Touted as North America’s answer to the French Alps, they’re prized for their granite spires. Not surprisingly, the region is a magnet for mountaineers. In fact, some refer to it as one of the world’s great alpine rock climbing centers. That doesn’t sound like much of a bugaboo, as North Americans understand the term. Apparently, the moniker was coined by disappointed prospectors following a failed gold rush. If you drive there, be prepared to surround the base of your vehicle with wire, logs and rocks (provided on site) to protect its underside from porcupines with an affinity for brake lines. The Bugs are located within Bugaboo Provincial Park.


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