June 24, 2012 | Tips from Travellers >
Smithers, Sightseeing Tours
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During our local Fam Tour on June 6, we enjoyed the road less traveled. The Telkwa High road is a back road with amazing views; it was once our area's old wagon road, and it stretches from Moricetown to Telkwa. We started our back road adventure in Moricetown, the site of the oldest Wet'suwet'en settlement in the Bulkley Valley. As we passed the Moricetown Canyon I watched the roaring river flow over the many jagged rocks below. I kept an eye out for any of the plethora of animals in the area as we drove on, because there is a good chance of seeing wildlife on the Telkwa High Road... and, sure enough, we spotted a bear! Past country bakeries and farms, I continued to enjoy these backroad wonders. Towards the end of our tour we turned onto a dirt road up to the Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, a world-renowned fossil bed and the site of the world's earliest known salmonid fossil. We continued on our way past the beautiful Tyhee Lake Provincial campgrounds and swimming area, which lead us onto the highway in Telkwa, where we were on our way back to our Alpine themed town of Smithers. The Circle Tour, as it is known, led us from Moricetown to Telkwa, then back to our hometown, a simple trip turned into a wonder, because it's not the destination, but rather the journey to it, that is the real adventure. Stop staring at the yellow line and enjoy the road less traveled!