Northern British Columbia

British Columbia is a HUGE and beautiful province. We experienced the Northern portion of it as we crossed from the province of Alberta towards the Yukon Territory.

We were able to photograph Stone sheep in a road construction site. stone sheep1 stone sheep2 We also photographed a herd of bison in a grassy area next to the highway bison herd near road and another huge bison taking a nap in the sun on the edge of the highway. bison napping on road We also saw cow and bull elk and a black bear- but were not able to photograph them.

When driving this section of the Alaska Highway it is important to plan gas stops carefully. We were able to stop at about 100 miles to gas up. Most gas stations are also restaurants, bakeries, general stores and RV parks or lodges with a few rooms for rent. The gas pump typically looks like this. typical gas stop in the middle of nowhere

Near one of those gas stops we found Liard Hot Springs. This provincial park features a basic campground centered around a beautiful hot springs. Liard hot springs Unlike the others we visited, this one has a rocky bottom and natural dirt/stone edges. The wood decking is a nice touch as were the basic changing rooms. Liard hot springs2 This was a beautiful rest for road weary travelers. Although the bear story (see elsewhere in blog) brought new seriousness to the need for heeding the “bear warning” signs and carrying the recently purchased bear spray at all times.

Watson Lake (in British Columbia, not Prescott, AZ) featured an overwhelming treat for the eyes. The “Sign Post Forest” is a collection of signs posted by travelers from around the globe. sign post forest1This is an enormous collection of chaos that is difficult to see, due to its size. Perhaps this panoramic photo better illustrates the depth. Sign post forest Of course we added our sticker our sticker among sign postsand found the geocache before we left.

Next up, Yukon Territory and Alaska.

5 responses to “Northern British Columbia

  1. The Joe Wilbur family enjoyed Liard Springs too. But sad to say it was missed more than once since it requires an early stop or back tracking. One more great springs is Chena Hot Springs up out of Fairbanks.

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  2. I’m glad to see the above-ground storage tanks for fuel. Burying tanks is not the best for safety or water quality. We need to keep that stuff above ground where it is easy to monitor. The hot spring looks luscious. Even better in November!

    On 8/26/15, It’s not a slow car, it’s a fast house!

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  3. I wish wildlife levels in the lower 48 would improve so that seeing unfenced animals became common again here. Not necessarily a big fan of bears, as they are so easily ‘tamed’ by our garbage, but buffalo roamed Pennsylvania thru the early 1800’s, just like the elk that are slowly, slowly, repopulating the northern tier counties.

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