May 31, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Chetwynd, Outdoor Activity Tours
On May 2nd, 2009 the Tourism Dawson Creek Visitor Centre staff embarked on a fun filled familiarization tour of the communities surrounding Dawson Creek. After leaving Dawson Creek at approximately 8:30am we began our trip by heading to Chetwynd on Highway 97S. On our way we stopped to take pictures of the beautiful Pine River and then caught a glimpse of some deer eating on the side of the road. When we arrived in Chetwynd at 9:30am we drove through town and stopped at the Visitor Centre to find out about the community. One of the main attractions is the Annual International Chainsaw Carving Championship that happens during the month of June. On display throughout the community are over fifty chainsaw carvings from previous championships. After speaking with the visitor counselor we took a stroll through town to see the many amazing carvings. At 10:00 we started our trip to the Hudson’s Hope W.A.C. Bennett Dam one of the largest earth filled dams in the world. We missed the scheduled tours offered of the dam mid-May through September. What a beautiful drive through the lovely town of Hudson’s Hope located in the Rocky Mountain foothills and on the twenty minute drive to the dam. We had packed a picnic for lunch so we went up to one of the lookouts at the dam to eat and stretch our legs. After leaving the dam we stopped at the Visitor Info Centre and found out that there are some great hiking trails, fishing, boating, and one of the richest sites of fossils and dinosaur footprints in the world. We then made our way to Fort St. John which was about 90 km away. It ended up being a wonderful trip with beautiful scenery, wildlife, and warm hospitality.