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.
May 28, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Sightseeing Tours
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Yesterday I got to go see the Walter Wright Pioneer Village in the beautiful town of Dawson Creek. According to the Self Guided Walking Tour, all of the buildings are originally from the Dawson Creek district. Walter Wright himself went out to the farm fields around the area and collected or bought all of the buildings. There are amazing houses from some of the pioneering families. I couldn’t imagine living in such a small log house with no running water! The houses are all refurbished with quilts, china, clothing, and household necessities from the era. Beautiful pianos can be found in both of the churches and some of the houses. In the Johnson-Davis house there are four antique SINGER sewing machines, all in beautiful condition. When I walked further down the wooden boardwalks I got the feeling of a true pioneer town. I stepped into the General Store and was amazed at the variety of items the store sold. The antique cash register was the highlight, for me. To see a horse collar, and single tree was quite interesting. Across the gravel street is the Blacksmith shop. There is an abundance of tools and a forge. On one of the walls there are many cross-cutting saws; that were used before the power-saw for cutting logs for buildings. In the village there are two school houses, both full of school desks, books, maps, and pictures.
Further out on the lawn and under covered sheds lays the machinery. There are multiple horse drawn thrashers and other farm equipment. Closer up to the Visitor Center two bulldozers can be found. One was so tiny I can’t fathom how it moved any dirt or snow. The other was a much larger, bright red one. I really enjoyed my experience at Pioneer Village.
May 17, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Fort Nelson, Sightseeing Tours
Along the 2.5 hour drive northwest of Fort Nelson my family and I saw some beautiful scenery. We wound our way up the Steamboat Mountain to see breath taking mountain ranges and the Muskwa River way below. Then we drove further to the highest lake along the Alaska Hwy. – Summit Lake. It was beautiful and cold with some snow on the mountain tops. There were tons of mountain sheep climbing around on cliffs right beside the road and they were on the road too licking salt. Finally we came down off of the high mountain roads to Toad River town, we saw some elk and moose down near the town. Past there we wound our way along a very twisty part of the highway, right beside the Racing River. About an hour after Toad River we were at Muncho Lake. We got to stop at the Double G services and eat lunch at the bakery. It was a nice friendly place with really good home cooked food . . . I ate way too much! Then we poked around the area. We hiked up some of the old washes from the flood of ‘74. It was really easy walking and we got to see the awing effects of Mother Nature. There was so much debris that had been washed down to the lake and the amount of rock that made up the wash was dumb founding. Then we drove just past the north end of the lake and on the left side of the road we saw there was sheep licks that we could walk too. There was a nice gravel parking lot with a great view of the mountains. We walked down the short trail to see the salt saturated ground that the animals in the area come to get salt. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any wildlife but it was interesting to see none- the- less. After that we drove on to the Laird Hotsprings. The road was so hilly and I couldn’t believe that the mountains were still so beautiful. Slowly we wound our way down to cross the Laird River then up onto an old terrace on the other side. On our right was the Laird Hotsprings Lodge which we stayed the night at. And the hotsprings was on the left. So we walked over through the campsite and down the boardwalks over really swampy ground. After a 5 minute walk we could see the hotsprings. It was getting cool out so the warm water was very nice!! I am too much of a wimp so I stayed in the lowest pool because it was cool. But my family went into the upper pools because they were way warmer. It was too cool walking around the lowest pool and there was willow trees and others leaning in over the pool.