September 08, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Sightseeing Tours
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We took a friend from out of town for a sight seeing drive around the area. We started here in Dawson Creek and drove to Fort St. John, (75km/47miles). We took the little side trip that is clearly marked to drive across the famous Kiskatenaw Bridge. I was disappointed because the batteries in my camera were dead and we had to use our cell phone to take some pics of the three of us on the bridge.
In Ft. St. John, we stopped at Cosmic Grounds, a great local coffee shop and picked up a treat of specialty coffees for our journey and of course a store for batteries for the camera.
The next part of our tour around the neighborhood is to Hudson Hope (86km/53miles) and to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. Because we had plenty of time, we went in and bought tickets for the underground tour.
Our friend was blown away by the sights and sounds under the dam and no matter how many times I go, I am always awed as well.
From Hudson's Hope, we drove to Chetwynd (22km/14miles). I love Chetwynd, it's home to dozens of chainsaw carvings. They are huge and spread out all over town. It's amazing that a chainsaw can do such delicate work. We walked along the main drag and took a close look at the carvings there.
From Chetwynd, it's an hour to get home again (100km/60miles). One of my favorite parts of this jaunt is the railway bridge over the East Pine River. Some brave soul dangled down one of the concrete bridge supports and spray painted "Dread Pirate Roberts
" on it. Much speculation was involved in figuring out how it was accomplished and who did it. I would love to learn who did it.