Those of you who have been following this blog know that I am an avid camper and that one of my favorite camping vacation destinations is northern British Columbia. Words cannot begin to describe the beauty of this area. Imagine towering, thick forests, tumbling white water rivers and soaring mountain peaks and you get the idea. If you like the wilderness and outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and camping, this is the destination for you.
We usually set up a base camp just outside of Terrace on Lakelse Lake. One thing we've really noticed is how different the rain is. When it rains in Calgary, it's usually cold and pelting rain. Our experience in northern B.C. is that although it rains a lot (forests like that need a lot of water!) it's generally a misty, warm rain.
From there, it’s up to New Ayiansh, which replaces the original town that was destroyed in the volcano. No one knows for sure but it’s estimated about 2000 people died during the eruption. Here are the totem poles in front of the town hall in New Ayiansh and below that, the river that runs through the provincial park. The picture doesn't do justice to the colour of the water.
After this, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can head over to Kincolith, which until recently was only accessible by boat or plane.
If you'd like more information on the Nass Valley volcano, here are a couple of links for you:
On this particular trip, we stopped in at Barkerville on our way home. And it's a good thing we did because that definitely helped as far as research for Barkerville Beginnings! Although I didn't know at the time I would be writing a book about it...
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