June 11, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
Fort St. James, Historic & Heritage Sites
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Tucked 53km off of highway 16 west, what was once a buzzing hub of trading activity, is the Fort St. James National Historic Site. This wild land is the home of the Nak'azdli First Nations and the Stuart Lake Outpost which in 1821 became Fort St. James with the amalgamation of the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company. This trading post was alive and active until 1952 and is now authentically maintained.
My friends and I expected to check out the site very quickly on our way to Smithers. However the people there were so knowledgeable and friendly that we ended up staying for four hours. We learned so much, ate traditional food, tried our hand at measuring fur quality and played at ladel a traditional archery like sport, but much better! We also enjoyed a picnic on the shores of beautiful Stuart Lake. This is a stop you will not forget and will not want to miss.
June 01, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
Prince George, Museums
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Here at the junction of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers is Prince George, the capital of Northern BC. The city received this name when the forestry boom of the early 1900s spurred the arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913. The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum commemorates this event and the story of what follows in a fun, interactive and informative display. When visiting the museum you will be able to walk through the diner of the 1920 Endeavour which became part of the American Freedom train, sit in the drivers seat of a Electric Locomotive, climb through a 1902 wooded plow used by the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, walk through the home of workers at Penny station and much more. This is one of the most enjoyable museums I have ever visited.