From Vancouver to Hyder
After this last stop in civilization, were on the way to Alaska.
It's just a long drive north. But there are a few attractions on the
way. You'll find lots if you try.
Our first stop was Othello Tunnels near Hope (tanks Sebastian for
reading your guide book). Othello Tunnels is a series of tunnels
of a former railway line. People say it was the most expensive
railway in Canada. The railay was abandoned in 1961 after lots
of problems with rock slides and avalanches. It's a nice hike through
the tunnels along the river canyon. We also used the opportinity
to have lunch in the park.
After a short
Dairy Queen stop we went all the way to Lac La Hache.
This was Erics (dinner) dinner and the trip orientation evening.
Next day was another long driving day. After so many phone calls
we finally managed to pick up Gordana's and Sandra's bags from
the airport in Prince George.
Smithers camp ground was not so easy to find. But finally we found
it with the help of a few locals. The camp ground lies near the river
and the forest. Some of us took the chance to explore the forest.
Some broken trees made us aware that there could be bears. So we knew
that we had to take care and put all our smelling things away. We had
to get used to this (lasts for the whole trip).
Next morning we first went to Moricetown to watch the locals salmon
fishing. It is quite impressing to see people stand in this river
and catch the fish with a net.
Ksan Indian Village near Hazelton is an indian village with a small
museum. If everything is open you could see local handcrafting and
living. Unfortunatelly we could only look from the outside and visit
the museum and souvenir shop. This is the place if you want to buy
Nothing about the weather yet? It was always good and quite warm ...
until we approached Steward and Hyder - Hyder Alaska! Here we are!
At Bear Glacier it was already
raining heavily. At the campground we unloaded the tents in the pooring
rain. The special Alaska mosquito tent should have served as a shelter
for the rest of the camping gear. But the poles were missing. So no
mosquito tent (which turned out to be no problem in this time of the
year). Next destination was Fish Creek. Fish Creek is a very shallow
river where all the salmons come. This obviously attracts the bears
too (and a lot of tourists). SInce there was no bear activity, we
decided to drive up to Salmon Glacier first. You might enjoy a
wonderful view over the glacier, if the weather was good enough.
So we drove back soon. One more stop at Fish Creek, but still only
tons of salmon.
On the way back to the campground we agreed that we'd not cook but
rather go back to Steward (Canada) and have some pizza. You'd not
believe how easy crossing the border can be. Eric also managed to
book two rooms in the Inn for us. Sleeping on the floor was much
better than in the rain.
And then of course, there was the required evening in the bar.
Get hyderized! This is the first stop in Alaska for many. So there
must be something special. Details? Try...
Next morning ... ? Would we finally see bears? Read the next page.
- Othello Tunnels near Hope
- Collegt bags at Prince George Airport
- Very long drives
- Moricetown salmon fishing
- Ksan Indian Village in Hazelton
- Salmon Glacier near Hyder
- See salmon and bears at Fish Creek near Hyder
- Take Canada "1" highway to hope and continue to Cache Creek.
- Highway 97 takes you from.Cache Creek to Prince George. Lac
La Hache is a bit more than 100 kilometers (were in Canada, eh!)
- Yellowhead Highway 16 takes you from Prince George to Kitwanga
(direction Prince Rupert). Smithers is a little less than 100
kilometers from Kitwanga.
- Cassiar Highway 37 starts in Kitwanga (direction north).
- In Meziadine Junction leave Cassiar Highway direction
Steward/Hyder. You'll come back to Meziadine Junction the
- Vancouver - Lake La Hache: 500 km / 310 miles
- Lac La Hache - Smithers: 640 km / 400 miles
- Smithers - Hyder: 310 km / 230 miles
Hints and Tips
- Prince George is the last major airport before Whitehorse.
Get your bags sent here, if you fail to pick them up in
Seattle (or Vancouver).
- Bring warm cloths and rain gear for Fish Creek and Salmon
Glacier. Also bring loads of film.
- You'll enter Alaska. Have your passport handy, although you
will not need it in general. There's nowhere to go from Hyder
other than Steward.
RR 1, Lac La Hache BC V0K 1T0,
Tel: 250-396-4497 Fax: 250-396-4497
- Showers, facilities, pond
Box 4314, Highway 16, Smithers BC V0J 2N0
Tel: 250-847-3229, Fax: 250-847-3229
- Pit toilets, cold water from tab, shelters
- Nice location at riverside and forrest
Hyder: Sealaska C.G. / Sealaska Inn
- Pay (campground only) showers, laundry, bar next door
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