|Have A Cow
In Prince Rupert's historic Cow Bay waterfront district there
are restored buildings filled with shops, galleries and cafes
with specialty seafood menus. On a clear day, hike to the top
of Mt. Hays (about 2-1/2 hours for the seasoned hiker) for stunning
views of Alaska and the outlying islands.
Round The Pike
The Pike Island Archaeological Tour is a five-hour tour from
Prince Rupert to the site of three Tsimshiam villages occupied
long, long ago. Guided tours which include petroglyph viewing
and a salmon barbecue are available.
The Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park, north of Terrace
on Kalum Lake Road, is literally a 'moonscape' created as a result
of volcanic activity in the 1700s. The 100 metre (328 foot) cinder
cone that erupted causing so much death and destruction is a
fascinating feature of the park.
Land O' Lakes
Sometimes travelling in a circle is a good thing - like with
this tour. You can travel into the Land of A Thousand Lakes in
a circle, from Burns Lake to Francois Lake to Houston (not the
one in Texas!). The fishing's great and there's a free ferry
from Francois Lake to Southbank.
Ye Old Trading Post
Fort St. James, 62 kilometres (38 miles) north of Vanderhoof,
is the oldest, continuously inhabited, non-aboriginal community
in B.C. Explore the Hudson Bay Company Trading Post, established
as a fur-trading post by explorer Simon Fraser in 1806. Five
original wood buildings built between 1884 and 1889 are also
here, as well as an interpretive visitor centre, period costumed
staff and many special activities.
Wander over fossilized lake beds in Smithers and Hudson's Hope,
where thousands of fossils were uncovered during the construction
of the Peace Canyon Dam. Close to the dam, you can see an 11,600
year-old mammoth tusk. A great place to dig for your own fossils
and dinosaur bones are the banks of the Peace River in Taylor.
Gone Horse Fishin'
Okay, you don't actually catch horses, but you can go on a great
fishing trip with them. Guided freshwater fishing by horseback
packages are available in many areas of Northern BC
The Peace Has Been Anything But
Peace River country has seen a lot of activity over the years.
Not only is it rich in agricultural lands, it's also rich in
mineral and forest resources. The biggest building projects in
Northern BC are here. From the W.A.C. Bennett Dam (one of the
largest earth-filled structures in the world) and the Peace Canyon
Dam to the Alaska Highway. Industrial tours are available at
the CANFOR pulp and paper mills and sawmill in Prince George,
and in the summer at Alcan's Kitimat Works aluminum smelter.
Drive The Alaska Highway
Even though road construction started in 1942, it's still the
road to adventure. This black ribbon of pavement slices through
rolling farmland and wild and rugged terrain between Dawson Creek
and Fort Nelson.
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