View Full Version : Road Trip Phase III -- Coming Home

06-30-2010, 09:34 PM
So I'm finally home!!!! After a loooong time on the road, and having seen SO much of this province I pretty well would have to agree with the provincial motto of "The Best Place on Earth" -- while I love where I live, there are many many many places I saw that I would absolutely go back to. Growing up on the coast, I have never seen such clear or such still water as in some of these pics... the Cassiar-Stewart hwy is infinitely more picturesque than the Alaska Hwy is... at my slowest stretch it took me 4-5 hrs to travel 106km's because I kept on stopping to take photos lol

Here's the first batch of pics... Once again, the rest will be on Facebook, we took over 420 photos between Junction 37 and Vancouver, so I'm not going to post "all" of them here :)

First of all, here's the route we took:

Looking backwards towards Whitehorse

The first lake I took a photo of, after Junction 37

I thought that lake had still water, then I came across these ones

This one the water was so still it created a near optical illusion

We saw a little bit more wildlife
(we did also see bears and more elk but the young buck we saw didn't stick around for his photo to be taken)

Boya Lake

I -think- this is part of Dease Lake (not entirely sure, I have a lot of photos of lakes LOL)

Part of global warming that my friend told us about while we were up in Whitehorse, is the permafrost layer melting in some areas, causing entire lakes to vanish nearly overnight because the permafrost layer underneath the ground is gone and so the lake just gets absorbed -- this was right after we saw a bear, and so I didn't care to go too far into the bush but I think this is "remains" of a lake that once was...

Lots and lots and lots of wild roses along the road, I decided I should take some pics of the plants not "just" scenery pics...

A really awesome bridge above a really massive canyon just outside of Hazelton BC... I am not afraid of heights but the bridge deck isn't "solid" it is like the marine decks that trucks drive onto, where you can see straight through it, so I got a bit dizzy because I had no solid ground to look at when I felt slightly ill from looking over the edge hahaha...(Look over the edge, really long way down... look "not" over the edge, still a really long way down!)

I forget the name of the place this was in but it was a small community along the road, we were driving right past it, but I pulled in to take pictures of this thing... it looks like it might've been a bell tower but the church had its own bell tower, so not sure what this was for...

We saw quite a few "ghost towns" and boarded up abandoned buildings, this one though I'm not sure if these are perhaps a seasonal area but these buildings are in great condition still, I'll try to remember where they're near...
It looked like they had boarded up & left just yesterday though, everything was still so pristine!

Random Scenery:

Bear Glacier Pass just outside of Stewart BC (not entirely en route, we took a small detour)

Had to go into a restricted area which was "authorized personnel only" (a sign which I chose to ignore since that's where they were hiding all the good waterfalls apparently)

After Stewart BC I thought I wasn't going to be taking any more scenery pics, and then I had to slam on the brakes & reverse down the road to take this shot here...

Evening shot:

And thus concludes Day 1 & 2 of our trip home... Day 3 pics I will post next in a bit... gotta go out for a bit :)


06-30-2010, 09:58 PM
Cool, I'm driving to Kitimat on Monday on company time and gas so I'll get to see alot of that too.

06-30-2010, 11:21 PM

06-30-2010, 11:36 PM
great pics


06-30-2010, 11:44 PM
nice pix and you lucky bastard jj road trip on company dime

06-30-2010, 11:51 PM
Nice pics, great country we live in. [36]

07-01-2010, 01:16 AM
Here's the 2nd half of the pics :)

Clinton BC is an incredible area, the valley is SOOOOO green!!! I know we're surrounded by green here as it is, so its interesting to see a valley that makes me think it is "really green" ...hard to describe lol Pics didn't do it justice, but we did find this pretty lake :)


The landslide across the way was interesting to me because the road wound along the very edge of the lake, only enough room for 1 car at a time to go and it didn't have a very solid looking edge, it crumbled away in bits and the lake didn't "go gradually to depths" it just plunged to deep straight away. I was interested that the GPS system I was using as well as Google Earth, both mapped me to go that particular route, as the road is completely unpaved. Super glad it took me that way was some truly stunning scenery.

It took me up super steep inclines up a road which I've seen better graded FSR's before, and went right over top of the mountains. Coming down the other side, we encountered this sign here


Which led us into the most beautiful valley I have ever seen.


At one point since the road was unpaved and winding around and back again several times, I took a small "shortcut" which others had taken before me it would seem...


Finally I saw pavement off in the distance

Once back on pavement we were on Hwy 99 and heading into Lillooet which had once again some breathtaking scenery heading that way. For any who haven't gone up past Whistler along Hwy 99 I highly recommend it, its a gorgeous drive :) Go to Clinton too, its only a few hours away from the city & you'll get to go through the Diamond S Ranch :D


A BC Hydro Power Canal... (I thought it was interesting)

The lake that feeds the canal

This Creek, gave me the creeps I'm not sure why, had to be the angriest creek I've ever seen... has no calm waters anywhere... the more of it I saw the whiter the water got... lol


Random waterfall

This pile of dirty snow was at a really low elevation ....I honestly hadn't expected to see any snow where my Aussie guest could touch it, but we were able to hop out of the Jeep & so he got to touch snow. :)

We got stopped along the way to wait for a filming crew and got to see the camera car chasing the grey car around the far corner...

We also stopped in Whistler and since the Sliding centre wasn't finished when I was last up in Whistler I drove up the hill to go see what I could see

Sadly the first thing that I could see when we parked & walked towards it was the area where the young man died...

And other random scenery pics that I forgot to post:


07-01-2010, 01:49 AM
Im a contract millwright, and end up traveling BC for work, so I would have to agree with you very much! BC is so amazing, especially once you pass prince george, just amazing. every couple of years I head up to dease lake for moose hunting. absolutely amazing up there, and the history mixed with nature, makes me always crave to go back!

awesome pictures! it makes me want to get my shit togeather and head back out on some trips :D

as for the creek, theres one near avilon thats called "mad creek" durty brown water, but boy it sure derserved its name!

07-01-2010, 10:03 AM
Looks like a hell of a trip we certainly do live in an amazing Province. Thanks for sharing[cheers]

dirka dave
07-01-2010, 02:06 PM
Fantastic pictures and story !!!


07-01-2010, 07:03 PM
awsome pics thanks for sharing

07-10-2010, 11:49 AM
cool pics & and story

07-10-2010, 04:30 PM
looks like a great trip. great pics

07-11-2010, 08:02 AM
Awesome Road trip. Thanks for Sharing.

07-11-2010, 08:52 AM
thanks for the pics glad to see you took the dease lake road home the first lake you took a pic of on the dease highway after the 37 junction is a warm lake it has a hot water spring feeding it you can swim in it.
I am going to Yukon again this year i go every summer usually 5 or 6 times.

07-11-2010, 10:07 AM
Thanks for posting those great pics, awesome trip

07-12-2010, 09:49 AM
that is a fun trip been doing that trip for 3 years now...last years we drove the Dempster HWY to Inuvik then on the way home we drove the canol rd...best dam road ever....once yah start driving those road it gets addicting[36]

07-12-2010, 06:45 PM
fun in AWSOME B.C. !

07-23-2010, 04:01 PM
Did that trip in 85 or so but we went to Fort Nelson. My 2 uncles built the Alaska Hwy superviser and superintendent . And they new all the spots to see it was the best trip i have ever done and swant my kids to see before its not the same anymore.