Sea Life

British Columbia has more than 16,900 mi of coastline (including all the islands) between the southern border with Washington State and the northern border with Alaska. That is quite some distance. Flying  north along the coastline you have an opportunity to witness just how deep some of the inlets really are, and there are many of them stretching for miles into the interior of the Province. Check this out: http://www.bccoastpilots.com/bcmap3-3.asp

Receding tide leaves starfish stranded!

Receding tide leaves starfish stranded!

Walking along the shores during a receding tide you will find all sort of sea life. Many seek shelter to hide keep from being a food source and to keep out of the sun until the tide comes back once again.

Beauty is found in the strangest places!

Beauty is found in the strangest places!

Looking down (and depending where you are on the beach) you can find small crabs, shells of many descriptions (some intact with a mussel inside) and even sand dollars in some locations.

Tracks in the sand

Tracks in the sand

Tides out and  all kinds of wonders await you

Tides out and all kinds of wonders await you

Take advantage of our shores. Watch for areas where tide activity may be quicker than you are used to other wise you may get wet trying to get back to dry land. Always be careful when playing around tidal pools as some of them can be quite deep.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia

 

 

 

 

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Historic Trails

Part of the old Hudson's Bay Brigade Trail of 1848/49.

Part of the old Hudson’s Bay Brigade Trail of 1848/49. (courtesy K. Tetreau)

This Province is full of old trails and old roads. The one pictured above was used by the Hudsons Bay Brigate during 1848 and 1849 to haul fur. The trail is actually part of the Tickwalus Trail. The Nlaka’pamux First Nation shared this trail with the Hudsons Bay. Stumbling upon a section of trail such as the one pictured above is simply outstanding and creates a wonderful feeling. You are actually standing on a trail that is thousands of years old!

Another trail is the Dewdney Trail along the Hope Princeton Highway from Hope to Princeton. This was built in part to access gold fields in the southern interior (Rock Creek).

There are many sections of this trail still visible from the road and many sections beg you to get out and hike it. Wonderful examples of early trail building in B.C.

If you see one, explore it. Find out where these trails are and explore them, explore some of the history of British Columbia!

http://www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/dewdney/english/map/hope/img_hope2.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson%27s_Bay_Brigade_Trail

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XGY001-058

 

 

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Fall Colors!

WOW!

You don’t need to go to the New England States and Eastern Canada to see glorious fall colors! They are here.

Fall colors north of Terrace

Highway 16 alongside the Skeena River

Terrace in September

Highway glory!

Courtenay

Look Up!

Beauty all around us! Outstanding!

and then they end up here…..on the ground leaving us to wait until next year for more!

Autumn is a beauty! Hillsides, mountains, along rivers and streams the leaves turn yellow, gold, red, and shades in between. This offers a new view of our scenery and one that requires a camera as there is nothing so breath taking as the fresh new brilliant colors of the leaves before falling to the ground.

Enjoy Beautiful British Columbia!

http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/explore/fall-colours/

 

 

 

 

 

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SUNRISE

Sunrise is a great part of our day! Depending where you may be in this great province of ours, you could be looking at something absolutely awesome or witness ascene that means something completely different to you.

Comox Sunrise

Depending on the sky, the colors that wash over everything can range from browns to yellows and blue. This is a comforting scene from the shoreline at Comox.

One foggy morning in Langley around 5:00 am I came across this and had to capture it on one of my cameras.

Langley foggy sunrise

British Columbia has such a wide and varied landscape. It would take a lifetime to explore every region and sub region.

Anderson River area just after sunrise

Sometimes what you witness could have spiritual meanings for you!

Filtered sunrise Courtenay

Northwest B.C. sunrise at -20c

Enjoy every moment that you can. If it means getting up early to watch the sunrise, do it and welcome it.

Sunrise leaving port Renfrew

What a great place! So many places to go and not enough time! When you have the chance to explore B.C., do it. You will come back!

http://www.seestanleypark.com/sun/page17sun.htm

 

 

   

 

 

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Located in North Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge has actually been around for a very long time.

(From Wikipedia) The bridge was originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver. It was originally made of hemp ropes with a deck of cedar planks, and was replaced with a wire cable bridge in 1903. In 1910 Edward Mahon purchased the Capilano Suspension Bridge. “Mac” MacEachran purchased the Bridge from Mahon in 1935 and invited local natives to place their totem poles in the park, adding a native theme. In 1945, he sold the bridge to Henri Aubeneau.

The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1956.

The park was sold to Nancy Stibbard, the current owner, in 1983.

Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

This attraction is truly worth visiting. But wait! There is much more to do than walk across an exciting suspension bridge! The other side also boasts walkways suspended from old growth Douglas Fir trees and a supported walk that takes you out over a cliff edge.

Check it out, you will not be disappointed!

http://www.capbridge.com/

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KITIMAT

Welcome to Kitimat

Roughly 25 minutes south of Terrace is the District of Kitimat. Build in the early 1950’s Kitimat was a company town. The large Aluminum Smelter was the main industry for many years.

Kitimat River

Part of the huge Alcan (Rio Tinto) smelting complex

Kitimat has some breath taking scenery, including trees! Check out this Spruce!

Sign pointing to the Spruce

Caution sign

History of the Sitka Spruce

This is one BIG Spruce!

During the salmon runs you need to be wary of the presence of bears. Bear encounters can be frequent. Other areas around town are where fruit trees have dropped their fruit and it has not been picked up; you can see bears in these areas as well.

Here is a less offensive creature.

Grouse

Kitimat goes out of its way to make the area scenic. Flowers and shrubs can be seen all over the community.

Flowers along the main entry into Kitimat, overlooking the view down the Douglas Channel.

…..and of course the view of the Douglas Channel!

View looking out toward Douglas Channel

Enjoy your time in Kitimat as it does have alot of things to see.

http://www.kitimat.ca/

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Highway 20-Williams Lake to Puntzi Mountain

Driving Highway 20 from Williams Lake west used to be quite an ordeal. The first section from Williams Lake to the Fraser River was not bad, but then you crossed the bridge (build in 1961) and would then begin the climb up Sheep Creek Hill. At one time when we first began using this road back in the early 1960’s, the road was gravel and dirt. The hill was steep and full of switchbacks and seemed to have a resident Bull on it. This huge animal would appear in the middle of the road as you were climbing the hill and it would not move quickly. One usually had to wait until it made up it’s mind to move on.

Approaching arid country just before the Fraser River Crossing

Bridge over the Fraser River

 

Bridge Plaque

Just after crossing the bridge is a large flat piece of land to your left. In the late summer it would be a common sight to see Natives tending to their huge racks they had set up to dry their Salmon in the sun. Climbing the hill in more recent times during April we counted over 80 deer in a large field off to your left. This hill climbs and places you on the Chilcotin Plateau, a beautiful area, quite arid and very cold in the winter.

This flat location used to be used by Natives to sun dry their salmon

 

Creek thawing in April

Many people have worked at eking out a living in this vast country. Some succeeded and many could not fight the hardships.

Old Barn along Hwy 20 on the Chilcotin Plateau

After driving for awhile the landscape begins to change. Ahead you see mountains in the distance and off to your left is a large cut in the land, noticeable prior to descending a long hill.

Large landscape before heading downhill towards Lee’s Corner

At one time before this road was paved, the dust sat (I’m sure it was 4″ thick) on the surface and one would have to stop on the side of the road and wait for an approaching logging truck to pass before you could see enough to move forward. You had better hope your windows were rolled up and that the car was pretty tight otherwise a lot of that dust would infiltrate the vehicle leaving occupants gasping for breathe!

Lees Corner

Lees Corner, names after one of the areas first Pioneers and cattle rancher is a welcome stop.

 

Some of the small communities you will pass on the way from Williams Lake to Puntzi are Riske Creek, Lee’s Corner, Alexis Creek and Redstone. All have their places in history and are inhabited by a hardy lot!

Approaching Alexis Creek

First Aid Post at Alexis Creek

This is a part of the Province with alot of history and many, many stories. All of these are well worth exploring!

Famous Chilcotin Fence

The Chilcotin fence, pictured above was economical to build and you can see it in many areas as you head west.

Just past Redstone you will come to a road heading off to your right. This is identified as the road to Puntzi Lake. Puntzi Lake has been known for excellent fishing for Rainbow Trout and for Kokanee. Not far from that turn off is the road (off to your right) that will lead you to the old residential area at Puntzi Mountain. This used to be an Airforce Base that was part of the Pinetree Line. That was part of the radar detection systems used during the Cold War. It is the southern sister to the DEW line in the far north!

The old Puntzi Airforce base site

Puntzi Mountain at one time had some of the coldest winter weather in the entire Province. I recall living there on winter when the mercury dropped BELOW minus 50 Fahrenheit. At one time the runway located here was the second longest in B.C. The airport is now used by BC Forest Service when dealing with forest fires.

http://www.visitthewestchilcotin.com/Chilcotin-Weather.html

http://www.travel.bc.ca/regions/cariboo-chilcotin-coast/

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