A beautiful place to live and enjoy nature
brrrr - snowy winters and treacherous highways - take care!
Not many other places I'd rather live
We were hoping we would see some Grizzly bears on our visit to BC but together we decided that, after all the driving required on this trip, it would not be worth it to travel a few more hours and spend a night further north in Stewart. There we would have an almost guaranteed sighting as the bears waited for the daily Salmon run. Fortunately, we...more
The north end of the lake, where we paddled to on our fishing trip, is also where two of the major tourist accommodations are located – the Waterlily Bay Resort and Lakelse Lake Provincial Park. Waterlily Bay Resort was first developed with cabins in 1950 by the owners of the property, with the original cabins subsequently replaced by newer units...more
Something I had never realized before was that there is a species of white bears that are not related to Polar bears - the Kermode bears of the central and north coasts of British Columbia. We came across this specimen inside the Terrace airport terminal building on our final night in town, as my brother took us on a tour of the city.According to...more
Our afternoon was spent heading north out of Terrace as we drove about 100-km (60-mi) north on Highway 133 (also known as the Nisga'a Highway) through the beautiful Nass River valley, to the area of a devastating volcanic eruption that took place about 250 years ago. Located there is the Tseax Cone (pronounced SEE-aks) where some of Canada’s most...more
On our second morning in Terrace, our hosts took us on a drive further west on the Trans Canada Highway as both it and the Canadian National Railway tracks hugged the large Skeena River. This river has cut its way through the Kitimat Ranges of the Coast Mountains while heading for Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast. These Ranges are characterized...more
This view of the ladies walking atop lava flow gives a good idea of the size of the area covered by the eruption when all its ejected material finally came to rest. The completely jumbled nature of the material is due to the fact that “lava tubes formed when the low-viscosity hot alkali basaltic lava travelling beneath the harder surface material...more
A little history on the Park: “Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a (Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park) is the first provincial park within the Province of British Columbia established to combine interpretation of natural features and native culture. The park is included in the landmark treaty, the 'Nisga’a Final Agreement', between the...more
We continued our drive north as we followed the direction the lava flow took as it poured out of its valley. At the time of the eruption, the valley was quite heavily populated by the indigenous people who were caught in this disaster. Some decided to run upstream from their villages and some downstream, while others dug pits for shelter. However,...more
It was noon as we set off from the cottage for a paddle to the northern part of Lakelse Lake, with the sun already shining and the temperature eventually reaching 18 C. Sue and I were using their aluminum canoe while my brother and his wife set off in the much more maneuverable and faster kayaks (2nd and 3rd photos). We took our time as we paddled...more
Between the cottages along the lakeshore and Highway 37 on the hillside above stands a large swath of typical BC coastal rainforest. I had seen trees everywhere I looked in BC but was not aware until now that it has the largest remaining intact temperate rainforest in the world. Experts are very interested in studying these unique forests because...more
We had great amusement throughout the day from a family of Stellar’s Jays that was living next to the cottage. Each morning one or more would be waiting outside on either tree branches or the deck table while waiting for someone to appear. They would sometimes fly up to the window ledge and peer inside as if to say “come on, move it!”. Even when we...more
Just after pulling back out onto the main highway between Terrace and Prince Rupert near the Exstew Rest Stop, we were able to see a distant waterfall cascading down the side of a mountain, thanks to Andesite Creek. It turned out to be John Little Falls (a closer look in the 2nd photo), named to commemorate the life of an 18-year old Canadian...more
Fishing is one of the ways my brother and his wife enjoy spending their time while living lakeside. Some species of fish they catch are not edible but they keep a few of them anyway because those fish eat the eggs of the sport fish Trout they are really after. They have taken to feeding some of these ‘trash fish’ to a local Bald Eagle who keeps a...more
It did not take Sue and I long to start enjoying the beauty of the landscape in this part of British Columbia! This 8 AM view from the cottage deck of the effects of the morning sun on the sky, lake and surrounding mountains was a great way to start the day. The second photo shows what the lakeshore looks like in the afternoon sun, as we set off on...more
Seven Sisters mountain range is a beautiful sight. One of many mountain ranges surrounding the Skeena Valley. Located about 30 miles east of Terrace on Highway 16. There is a small pull-out spot on the highway where road travellers can stop and take photos like these. The Seven Sisters is a provincial park, protected area. There is heli-hiking...more
4553 Greig Avenue, Terrace, V8G 1M7, Canada
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4828 Highway 16 W, Terrace, BC V8G1L6
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4620 Lakelse Ave, Terrace, BC V8G1R1
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Returning to Terrace at lunchtime from our morning expedition along the Skeena River, we all decided we would like a spicy curry meal of some sort. My brother and his wife knew just the spot, so we were not long in arriving at the Casa Masala (formerly known as the Hot House Restaurant). Even though it was well into the lunch hour and quite full,...more
Before leaving Terrace for the afternoon, we had booked ourselves a 6 PM dinner reservation at Don Diego’s Restaurant, since it was near the top of the pecking order in Terrace. Our exploration of the Nisga’a lava fields had gone very well and we arrived back in Terrace at the scheduled time. The place was already packed, but they found us a nice...more
Sue and I were treated royally by my brother and his wife at their cottage – it was so much fun just to connect again after too many years apart, especially with the sun shining, a lakeside view and the wonderful meals they prepared for us. This view shows our first evening at the lake as we enjoyed home-cooked dishes of Pacific Salmon, corn on the...more
Once we were in Terrace, we never used our car at all. My brother’s spacious AWD 4-door Dodge Dakota pickup truck was the vehicle of choice as we were toured around the area in comfort. It provided a very smooth ride and it was also great to be sitting so much higher off the road for visibility. With its extra ground clearance and all wheel drive...more
Here's a listing of car rental agencies around Terrace:National Car Rental (Tilden) @ the airport and downtown. www.nationalcar.ca 1-800-227-7368Budget Car & Truck Rental @ the airport and downtown www.budget.com 1-800-268-8900Hertz @ the airport and downtown. 1-800-463-1128Dollar Rent A Car 1-888-722-5999Thrifty Car REntal 1-888-808-9070more
I was amazed at the size of the forests in BC, as they covered the hillsides of almost every mountain we saw on our trip and as they stretched off into the distance during hour after hour of driving. BC has a good portion of Canada’s forests, which comprise more than a third of the world’s boreal forest and a tenth of the total world forest cover. Forests which can be logged for timber products make up about 25% of Canada’s land mass.
During our exploration drive along the Skeena River from Terrace toward Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast, we detoured off the highway to explore some local rivers and waterfall sites. In those cases, we were travelling on logging roads that wind up off the highway and into the mountains as the forestry companies seek out new timber for the markets. There is quite a lot of opposition to these roads slicing through the forests and also to the resulting ‘clearcut’ areas where everything is cut down for either shipment to the mills with the leftover cuttings piled into large heaps. This photo shows one of the mountainside forests towering above Lakelse Lake, with its center section having been clearcut part-way up the slope. Subsequent to the clearcut, a strong wind flow along the valley blew unopposed across this bare stretch of land and caused a ‘blowdown’ jumble of the now more exposed trees, visible at the left side of the clearcut.
A real threat to the forests is the mountain pine beetle infestation which became a serious problem a few years ago as global temperatures continue to rise, as summarized on the internet: "Mountain pine beetles are small, cylindrical insects that attack lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine and white pine trees from mid-July to mid-August. The beetles kill mature trees by laying eggs under the bark. When the eggs hatch, the larvae live off the layer beneath the bark and eventually cut off the tree’s supply of nutrients." Forest fires are becoming more severe with the number of dead trees and this summer fires to the south in the Kamloops area sent smoke as far east as Regina, Saskatchewan - 1400 km distant. People had to shut their windows in many Alberta communities until the smoke cleared within a day or so.
Vehicle accidents with wild animals on the highways are a serious threat in this part of BC. Statistics from 2005 show that 110 moose died in road accidents in the Prince George area (a 6-hour drive from Terrace) with the peak time of year being at the start of mating season between October-January and with 5-6 PM being the worst time of day as darkness comes early. Closer to Terrace, the Houston area suffered more from Deer accidents, with 20 of them occurring mostly in October during peak time of 6-7 PM. Moose are the ones that cause the most damage because they stand 2-m (6-ft) at the shoulders such that their eyes are above headlight beams and do not reflect light back for the driver to see them. Once the legs are knocked out, their 500-kg (1000-lb) bodies fall onto the passenger compartment of the car, crushing the windshield and roof in on the passengers. A few years ago, I hit one on an interstate highway in Maine, USA at night in October and do not want to experience it again. It was for that reason that we stopped in Prince George both ways on our trip – it was going to be dark soon and the next sizeable community was hours of driving away. This deer was beside the highway between Prince George and the Alberta border and we also saw a moose in a clearing well off the highway as we left Prince George that same morning. ‘Roadkill’ statistics are roughly 46% Deer, 42% Moose and 12% for combined Bear, Elk, Wolf, Coyote, Fox and Porcupine.
This map shows our departure from Regina, Saskatchewan for the 7 hour drive west to Calgary, where we met up with old friends from Sue’s childhood days in Zambia. The last time we had seen this couple was in 1979 when we left Africa to settle in Canada and they had subsequently moved to Australia many years ago. We spent three nights with them at Hughes House B&B in Calgary taking in the city and the dinosaur museum in nearby Drumheller before we were off again. Our route took us into the bottom end of Banff National Park as we drove its length up through the Rocky Mountains and onto the Icefields Parkway in Jasper NP (along the Alberta/British Columbia border the whole way) before veering west into BC at the town of Jasper. Even though we had visited both Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs just a month before, we could not help but ooh and ahh at the awesome sights on this part of our trip. We arrived in Prince George, BC after a 9-hour drive and settled in there for the night, as darkness was not far off and wild animals would soon be on the highways.
Fondest memory: The next day we made it to Terrace by mid-afternoon, where we then spent three great days being entertained by my brother and his wife as we explored the area. We were taken on short drives west toward the Pacific Ocean and another to the north (almost to the Alaska panhandle that sticks down along the coast) as we explored an amazing lava field. Our trip home found us back in Prince George again for one night before we made a long 10-hour, 1000-km drive across Alberta via Edmonton before stopping for the night in Lloydminster on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. Sunday morning was an easy 5-hour drive back to Regina, pulling in at about 1:30 PM and having a few hours to relax before back to work in the morning.