Northern BC

Barkerville

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in British Columbia, Canada, Northern BC, Travel | 0 comments

To complete our Northern BC circle, we make the big swing south onto Highway 97 at Prince George, but only for a quick run to Quesnel, where a hard left leads into the mountains and our final stop on the heritage trail. We pull into Barkerville six days after the 150th anniversary of the gold strike Billy Barker registered on August 21, 1862. (more…)

BC Hwy 16: Prince Rupert | North Pacific Cannery | Ksan Heritage Village | Fort St. James

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in British Columbia, Canada, Northern BC, Travel | 0 comments

We reconnected with Highway 16 on the mainland, leaving the Haida behind to meet their neighbours and trading partners the Tsimshian, Gitxsan and Carrier peoples and to explore the beginnings of modern BC. The city of Prince Rupert was a huge surprise. From the activity of fishing boats in the harbour and the towering derricks of the container port (seen from the ferry), I had the idea this was purely a working town. I thought the only interesting tourist feature would be Cow Bay, where herds of day tripping Alaska cruise passengers crowd the cafes and shops on port day. But driving around, we found streets of attractive houses and downtown, the knockout art deco city hall decorated in unique aboriginal motifs. (more…)

Haida Gwaii

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in British Columbia, Canada, Haida Gwaii, Travel | 0 comments

Shadows cast by the mellow evening light sharply defined the ridges, rolls and peaks to the west of the ferry landing at Skidegate on Graham Island, the largest and most northerly of the 150 some islands that make up the Haida Gwaii archipelago, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Driving the few kilometers into the ambitiously named Queen Charlotte City, I was immediately struck by indicators of the region’s independent spirit—a selection of roadside signs that left no doubt about local attitudes toward a northern pipeline. (more…)