In traveling in British Columbia, we are seeing our now common sights: bison
and we even saw Sasquatch
Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, to Fort Nelson, British Columbia: 317.5 miles
6 hours 37 minutes
Diesel: $1.42 Canadian/liter
The Liard River Hot Springs is located on the Liard River in British Columbia and is the largest natural hot springs in Canada.
Water temperatures ranges from 108 to 126 °F.
It’s name is derived from the French word for “Eastern Cottonwood” (a kind of poplar) which grow in abundance along sections of the river.
We stayed at a campground directly across from the springs. There is no cell phone or internet coverage in the area, nor electricity. Power to the campground were these generators.
They were insufficient to supply electricity to the 19 Rv’s, and power kept shutting down.
We are definitely in a remote area of the Country. With no power or cell phone coverage there is no way to call for help if you are in trouble. You are on your own, just like the mountain men of a 100 years ago.
Fort Nelson to Liard River Hot Springs: 188.5 miles
4 hours 36 minutes
Diesel: $1.47 Canadian per liter
Fort Nelson, was established in 1805 as a fur-trading post by The Northwest Trading Company. It was named for Horatio Nelson, the British Naval hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. There was never a fort here in the traditional sense, although in 1942 it was used as an airbase during the construction of the Alaska Highway.
Marl Brown grew up in Delburne, Alberta, Canada, and came north in 1957 to work as a mechanic for the Royal Canadian Army at Mile 245 of the Alaska Highway. He moved to Fort Nelson in 1957. He stayed here, helping to preserve and explain the history of the area. We visited with him in The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum where he shared with us his collection of cars and his experiences with the ALCAN.
Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada: 281.1 miles
6 hours 6 minutes
Diesel: $1.47 Canadian / liter
The rest of our RV caravan group has now joined us here in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Mile 0 of The Alaska Highway, also known as the Alaska-Canadian Highway (ALCAN). We are beginning our journey along the entire Highway, to Fairbanks, Alaska. This part of our trek is 1,422 miles and will take us to Delta Junction, Alaska, the end of the ALCAN. It should take us 12 days.
Their are 19 RV’s and 37 people, plus their animals (dogs & cats). It seems most RV’ers we have met, have animals.
Each RV is numbered, from biggest to smallest. We are #5.
There are 3 Class A,
another 5th wheel larger than us, down to the smallest, a Class C.
Some of the campgrounds we will be staying during the next 12 days are small and primitive. The Assistant Wagon-master, called “The Scout”, will leave before all the other RV’s so that he can arrive at the campground first and organize the parking of the 19 rigs. The numbering tells him our size so that an appropriate place will be waiting for us when we arrive.
The remaining rigs will leave in groups of 4 or 5, called “pods”. We will leave in 30 minute intervals so that we all don’t arrive at the campground at the same time and overwhelm them. Tomorrow, I will be leaving in the last “pod” so that all the smaller RV’s can be parked first, as the “big” sites are on the perimeter. This varies by campground.
It will be interesting to see how we will function, as some of these primitive sites have no sewer hookups, and only 15 amp electric. We are a 50 amp unit. I have converter plugs so we can hookup to the 15 amp. Barbara will have to give up some of her conveniences, curling iron, hair dryer, microwave.
Since we are in the Canadian Rockies, and the snow on the mountains are now melting, we wanted to see some waterfalls. We went to the area known as Tumbler Ridge, named by explorer Edmund Spieker in 1920. We hiked for about 2 hours
to find Quality Falls.
Wanting to see larger falls, we drove 40 more miles to find Kinuseo Falls, on the Murray River. Kinuseo means ‘fish’ in the Cree Indian language, owing to the great numbers of trout both above and below the falls.
We saw no fish. Barbara did taste the water for fish poop.None.
The locals say the falls is over 200 feet tall (70 meters), and therefore taller than Niagara Falls (50 meters), although the volume of water is less. They must be doing the metric conversion wrong, as it did not appear to me taller than Niagara Falls. Or, maybe they are referring to the Canadian side of Niagara.
During our drive, we passed through a turbine windmill farm.
Upon making a wrong turn, we ended up at the transfer station where they had stored replacement blades for the windmills.
When we measured their length, it came to 200 feet. That is as high as Kinuseo Falls.