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Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

This museum was packed inside and outside. Something for everyone.

Sitting was allowed

These are the real deal

Different type of totem pole

Very menacing

Small example of what was in this museum

Stone Sheep

An albino..very unusual

This is a monster of an engine

The drive from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson is beautiful. Rolling hills thick with white spruce, poplar and aspen. Really spectacular. I bet the fall colors are astounding. It is still raining, but we saw our first Black Bear today. A favorite food are dandelions and the roadsides are blanketed with the bright yellow beauties.

Fort Nelson is located at Historical Mile Marker 300. Until 1922, Fort Nelson was a remote pioneer village accessible only by river. The Godsell Trail was opened connecting Fort Nelson to Fort St. John. In 1942, the Alaska Highway linked Fort St. John to the outside world.

As you can imagine, Fort Nelson's existance was based on the fur trade. Today, trappers still trap beaver, wolverine, weasel, wolf, fox, lynx, mink, muskrat and marten. Moose is still an important food source for the First Nations residents of Fort Nelson and the surrounding community. Around 1942, Fort Nelson was referred to as Zero because it was the beginning of a road to Whitehorse and a road to Fort Simpson. It was later that Dawson Creek was declared Mile 0. There are many interesting things about Fort Nelson and it's history. I will share just one more. Until the 1950's, Fort Nelson was still a pioneer community with no power, no phones, no running water, refrigerators or doctors.

The Triple G campground is located at the north end of town. Just across the street is the visitor's center and next door is the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum.

The owner of the Triple G is a spunky gal that will go out of her way to make sure your stay is a good one. I needed to confirm a tour we were doing later in the month and needed to call with a credit card. 4 out 4 public phone booths were out of order. She let me use her business phone for my personal phone call.

Inside the office is a bustling restaurant. Although we did not try it (they only served meat), it was always busy. There was a car wash on the premises. Nothing fancy, just a high pressure nozzle. $1 (1 looney) for 3 minutes. We used it for the car, so we could see what the car looked like again. LOL

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum has something for everyone. At first glance, it appears that there is just a building to walk into and the permitter of the building was littered with junk and a few old vehicles and some engines. Not so. There are several buildings with all original stuff still inside. The small piece of property has so much history and artifacts it is overwhelming. So much is just left outdoors. Time is taking it's toll and someday a lot of this stuff will be so rusted it will be unrecognizable. A nice gentlemen that is a caretaker of sorts, walked us around the property explaining, telling stories and answering our questions. What we thought was going to be 30 minutes at most, turned into a couple of hours.

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