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Vanderhoof's Big River Country

Fishing at Cheslatta Falls

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Vanderhoof's Big River Country

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Half-day, 206.63 km (128.39 mi)

Canoeing on a lake, Vanderhoof (Picture BC photo)
Canoeing on a lake, Vanderhoof (Picture BC photo)

Spend a full day exploring the area south of Vanderhoof, Big River Country, where sights include the former Rich Hobson ranch (now the HSP Ranch, a spiritual resort); the Kenney Dam; picturesque lakes; and Cheslatta Waterfalls (via a short hike).

Note: Logging roads are still active, so it is important to drive carefully. Most vehicles are equipped to handle logging road conditions, but trucks with high clearance may be preferable.

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Farmland near Vanderhoof, Picture BC photo
Part 1
Vanderhoof to Kenney Dam

91.10 km - about 2 hours 43 min

Begin at the Vanderhoof Visitor Centre. Head west on Highway 16 towards Fort Fraser. Turn left at the fire hall onto Nechako Road. Continue until it turns into the Kenney Dam Road. On route pass the former Hobson ranch. Hobson, a famous local cowboy who died in 1966, inspired the TV mini-series Nothing too Good for a Cowboy.

Continue for total of about one hour until reaching the Kenney Dam. At the time of its construction in the 1950s, the Kenney was the largest rock-filled dam in the world. The reservoir it contains today is beautiful, filled of clear blue water and surrounded by trees. Turn right and drive across the dam then turn right immediately again. Follow the road for a few minutes until you reach a bridge above rapids. Park here and enjoy the view of the rushing water.

Cheslatta Falls, Picture BC photo
Part 2
Cheslatta Falls

8.74 km - about 0 hours 23 min

Take a break from driving and hike approximately 30 minutes to Cheslatta Falls. The trail starts from the road, on the south side of the bridge. The route is easy, with just a couple of steep sections. The top of the hike looks down onto the falls, and offers a great view of the Nechako Canyon.

Part 3
Return to Vanderhoof

106.79 km - about 3 hours 17 min

Head back over the dam and east along 500 Road. Hungry? Stop at the Nechako Lodge for lunch. Keep driving along the same route until hitting a fork in the road. Head north back to Vanderhoof. For this part of the journey, grab a Kluskus Forest Service Road Tour booklet from the Vanderhoof Visitor Centre. The brochure describes 15 different points of interest along this road such as the Greer Creek Falls, picnic spots, and places of historical significance.

Visitors who want to take more time to explore the area can stay at one of 15 wilderness lodges, which in addition to accommodation offer a variety of outdoor recreational packages.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vanderhoof to Kenney Dam - 91.10 km - about 2 hours 43 min
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Auf Burrard Ave/Hwy 27 nach Süden Richtung 1 St/Yellowhead Hwy E/BC-16 E starten

0.00 km
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Rechts abbiegen auf 1 St/Yellowhead Hwy W/BC-16 W

0.36 km
3.

2. Abzweigung links nehmen, um auf Nechako Ave zu wechseln

3.38 km
4.

Weiter auf Kenny Dam Rd

1.80 km
5.

Kenny Dam Rd verläuft nach links und wird zu Lakes Rd

3.19 km
6.

Rechts abbiegen auf Kenny Dam RdDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

1.56 km
7.

Auf Kenny Dam Rd nach Südwesten startenDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

27.15 km
8.

Auf Kenny Dam Rd nach Südwesten starten

53.63 km
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Links abbiegenDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

0.05 km
Part 2 - Cheslatta Falls - 8.74 km - about 0 hours 23 min
1.

Head west toward Kenny Dam Rd

0.05 km
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Turn left onto Kenny Dam Rd

0.74 km
3.

Take the 1st right onto Holy Cross RoadDestination will be on the right

7.96 km
Part 3 - Return to Vanderhoof - 106.79 km - about 3 hours 17 min
1.

Auf Holy Cross Road nach Südwesten Richtung Kenny Dam Rd starten

7.96 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf Kenny Dam Rd

0.74 km
3.

1. Abzweigung rechts nehmenDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

2.36 km
4.

Nach Nordwesten Richtung Kenny Dam Rd starten

2.36 km
5.

Rechts abbiegen auf Kenny Dam Rd

64.56 km
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Leicht rechts abbiegenDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

1.13 km
7.

Nach Nordwesten Richtung Kenny Dam Rd starten

1.13 km
8.

1. Abzweigung rechts nehmen, um auf Kenny Dam Rd zu wechseln

17.78 km
9.

Links abbiegen auf Lakes Rd

3.19 km
10.

Lakes Rd verläuft nach rechts und wird zu Kenny Dam Rd

1.80 km
11.

Weiter auf Nechako Ave

3.38 km
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Rechts abbiegen auf 1 St/Yellowhead Hwy E/BC-16 EDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

0.41 km