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Aug 20, 2019 - South to Kitwanga, BC

Today we went to a new spot for us, Kitwanga, B.C. It was 253.0 miles in 4 hours and 40 minutes. As we passed through the First Nation Community of Iskut, there was a large building that looked like perhaps a meeting hall. It said Chief Louis. My curiosity got the best of me again, so I had to look this up. In 2005, dressed in traditional regalia, a group of Iskut elders led by Iskut Chief Louis Louie, confronted representatives of Shell Canada and told Shell that the Iskut First Nations Band Council would enforce the moratorium adopted by...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Gitwangak Totem Poles

We took so many photos today I had to break this up into two pages. The totem poles get their own page. Kitwanga is actually a part of Gitwangak Indian Reserve No. 1. The Milepost said the nearby village of Gitwangak had the largest collection of totem poles in British Columbia. Before we got back on the Cassiar Highway, I asked Darin to stop here and we were not disappointed. The totem poles were amazing. I later learned that many of the same poles had stood there for over 100 years; when one fell apart they would make a copy to replace...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Cariboo and Yellowhead Highways

Drive Began: Williams Lake, BC Temperature: 64 (I'm still using Fahrenheit) Roads Driven: Cariboo Highway, Yellowhead Highway Miles (not kilometers, too confusing to switch): 447 Hours: 8 Notable Cities/ Sights: Prince George Critters spotted: Juncos Drive Ended: Kitwanga, BC Local food eaten: Fish and chips, gravy on french fries (again) Beers in Cooler: Ranier, Molson Canadian For spending 3 days driving across a Canadian province, we could do a lot worse than BC. It's so freaking beautiful all the time, it never gets old. We finished...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Terrace to Kitwanga

Day 9 July 8, 2015 Distance for the day 100.1 km Distance remaining 2551.5 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 4 hr 23 min Total riding time 34 hr 12 min Total meters climbed 589 m Total meters climbed 5773 m It was a poor night of sleep. The tent was hot; no breeze. There was a continuous river of vehicular traffic over the adjacent bridge. I was the last one up. My breakfast consisted of cereal with fruit, a couple of pancakes, and coffee. Bud G did not leave us yesterday. He rode behind us from Prince Rupert. This morning he flies home...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Kitwanga

We headed first thing in the morning searching for the spirit bear. We headed west to and North to Cranberry Junction. We saw a fair number of rabbits but no SB. We took an old logging road called the Kitwanga Maine Line Road. After traveling several kilometers we started seeing bear scat unfortunately close examination did not yield any white fur. We did finally see several of the scat depositors traveling the road. The more numerous black bear variety. We decided to check another area closer to Kitwanga but our luck held out. We did find...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Dease Lake to Kitwanga, BC

Date: September 17, 2013 Tonight’s Location: Kitwanga, BC Mileage: End - 24275 Start - 23967 Total Miles for the day: 308 Weather: mostly cloudy, with some sun breaks Temperature: start 50º High 60º Wildlife count: Red Squirrel Year List: 271; Life list: 376 Birds: Common Raven, American Robin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Steller Jay, Red-shafted Northern Flicker, Yellow-rumped Warbler As today’s mileage would be less, we slept later and got a later start – it sure felt good. As we drove today, the road improved, and...

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Sep 1, 2013 - Cassiar & Yellowhead

Today we drove from Stewart to the junction of the Cassiar (highway 37) and the Yellowhead (highway 16). The Cassiar runs north and south from the Alaska highway in the Yukon to highway 16, a distance of 725 km. The Yellowhead runs east and west from the coast of British Columbia to the other side of Winnipeg in Manitoba. It passes through Edmonton and that is the route we will take for the rest of the trip. A person could drive from the coast to Edmonton in two long days but I think it will take me about two weeks as I stop to see...

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Aug 25, 2012 - Kitwanga

Today we continued our quest for the Spirit Bear, having no luck in the morning we return to camp for lunch an some computer time. The campground offers Wi-Fi and provided me with an opportunity to get the  journal posted and caught up.  In the afternoon we headed north to search for bears and to explore a new area around Keynton Lake. We ended the day with a drive to Fairhaven. Another day of not seeing the Spirit Bear.  We did see a black bear sow with to cubs and two bald eagles. 

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Aug 24, 2012 - Kitwanga

First thing in the morning we took a back road east about 30 miles the road was listed in one of our magazines as a prime opportunity for wildlife watching. It was a beautiful drive and we saw three deer. We made a short stop at a bakery in Smithers before heading back to Moricetown where I spent several hours watching First Nation People netting salmon below the falls.  In the early afternoon we continued west to Kitwanga, BC.  Where we set up camp near the Vassiare Highway.  We spent  the afternoon and evening searching for the illusive...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Day 31-34

Day 31 - Sunny - Left campsite at Delta Junction & went to the home of Scott & Connie Plagerman. This is Jon & Pat's niece who moved here in '09. They were very gracious with their hospitality - lunch, Connie explained their farming & took us out to the field, supper & slept in their apartment. They are a real witness to how the Lord led them to Delta Junction - every step, from selling their dairy to moving to DJ. Wonderful visit for not knowing them before! Day 32-Went to church with them in the morning & heard a powerful sermon on "Our...

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Aug 16, 2011 - Kitwanga

It rained all night and morning. Kathy decided to do laundry instead of going out to fish creek. I did see one brown bear at a distance and said my goodbyes to the other bear watchers that I have met over the years. We left Hyder at 12:00 and head to the Meziadin fish ladders. The salmon run was in full gear but there were no bears. I think this place deserves a return visit sometime in the future. We got to Kitwanga in the afternoon and set up camp. In the evening we went looking for the Spirit Bear but drew a blank. We will try in the...

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Aug 4, 2011 - Kitwanga, BC - Tuesday, 2 August entry

On Tuesday morning we departed Stewart for points south. We ended up eating lunch at a neat little cafe in Kitwanga, BC. It's at the very south end of the Cassiar highway where it joins the Yellowhead Highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert. We had the best, and cheapest, restaurant meal we'd had in a long time. The young lady there made her own pies from local fruits. I had the berry pie (blueberry and blackberry), and Mary Jo had the apple. They were both great. On the way out of town we stopped to photograph a group of totem poles.

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