I guess that this day has been one of our longer driving days but we have seen so so much!! It was a beautiful day and the scenery was too! We stopped in at the Fort St. John museum and one of the different things here is this derrick. Some museums would think that this isn’t old enough to be considered but it totally suits Fort St. John which has as its slogan the “Energetic City”. Leaving Fort St. John you come to Charlie Lake. This lake sticks in my mind as one of the very few times I saw my husband waterski many years ago. Brings back good memories!
We then turned off of the Alaska Highway onto Hwy 29 a lesser known route that connects Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd and the Hart Highway. There was less traffic, both vacationing and commercial, on this stretch of road but the Peace River Valley is there in all its glory, as you follow along all the way to Hudson Hope. Not far from Hudson Hope is the WAC Bennett Dam. We did not take time to go to the dam today. It is a wonder to see and they have guided tours of the dam. Both of us have seen the dam previously and felt that our travel time is getting short so miles needed to be made. This dam creates a huge reservoir lake, Williston Lake which reaches back many miles up the river valley. We continued along and came to Moberly Lake and then Chetwynd. This community is famous for its World Championship Chainsaw Carving weekend which is held each year in June. The winning carvings have been placed all along the highway and they are AMAZING! I have included a couple here and I will show more in my social media posts to come.
As we left Chetwynd it seemed to me that all of a sudden we were in the land of tall trees! All the different trees were much much taller! Not sure what creates the difference but it is noticeable. You are again following a river, this time the Pine River.
It struck me as we were driving that it is the Pine River and Pine Pass but I had not seen any pine trees… I guess I’ll have to look up the background of this area’s name. This next section of highway doesn’t have much cell service as you go over the Pine Pass but not to worry, it is a great drive all the way. We made a stop at Bijoux Falls. These falls are in a cozy little spot just off the highway and everything smelled and sounded so good in there. I love the smell of mountain trees and water.
We have never been to the community of Mackenzie. We pulled into town this evening and will look around some in the morning. That’s all for today folks!