When a high pressure zone sits over the Interior of the Province, smoke is forced into the river valleys. If we drive up the high country to hike or paddle, we can get above most of the smoke. From our experiences over the last weeks, if we can get over 4000 feet, the air is much cleaner.
Two of the best places to drive to this elevation are Lac le Jeune (inc. Stake Lake) and Sun Peaks (take the chairlift up the mountain). For paddlers, try Stake Lake, McConnell Lake, Lac le Jeune, Walloper Lake, and Paska Lake.