Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
48Trip End Feb 29, 2008
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We noticed straight away, that in Canada, when people ask where we come from, we have got usd to saying " ENGLAND", to which they reply, we know that,but where in ENGLAND ? this is apparently due to Coronation street ! can you believe they get up at 6am in the morning to watch it !!
Compare this to the USA where they all thought we were Aussies !! what !!!!....we don't sound a bit like Aussies, but the US doesn't really know much about the world outside of it's borders !!!
Moving on from Hope, we stopped off at Yale jammed with history & trinkets, Alexandra bridge in the middle of knowhere now, named after the Prncess & Hells Gate airtram....a tourist trap
Next day passed through Lillooet the Jade capital of BC (you may be getting the picture, everywhere seemed to be the capital of something).....& on to Clinton the guest ranch capital of the BC ! listed under "saddle sores & the great outdoors" spent some time talking to the local historian as not much else to do here, he had some great stories, he told us about the local Bobby (who he said was seventeen or so !!) who went into the Pub, they asked for his I.D. great for your credibility....he went back a few days later in Uniform & kept getting his backside pinched by local girls.....bless him...left in a hurry.
There were also old newspapers about Winston Churchill's state funeral in the old barn at the back......they got a day off school in England for this, do you remember this as we don't ?
At Williams Lake we decided to avoid any more gold rush museums for a while & went straight on to a First Nations historic site (New name for indians....more PC) it was called Xats'ull located right on the banks of the Fraser river, we had a personal guide that showed us around for a couple of hours, he had lived there as a child
Stayed en-route at a lake called Lac le Hach, at Kokanee bay, apt as we come rom London.......cheap motel right overlooking the lake, it was gorgeous.
Finally, on to Quesnel...the gold pan city, should really be named the fallen tree city as it is foremost a logging town. Found "the wee chippie" next to out motel, great to get real chips with vinegar (ANOTHER THING THEY DON'T HAVE IN USA) rather than french fries......what is french about fries ?
About 50kms away there is the restored hisoric town of Barkerville (named after Billy Barker who came from Cambridgeshire where he was a boatman) he was the first to find gold in this area, he found $1000 in first 2 days of mining his claim, and much more followed.......but he still died broke as did his first wife & child who were in the work house back in England !! but a really great place to visit, lots of actors dressed up in period costumes relating the history of the gold rush town in theatrical fashion as you walk about, avoiding the stage coach & horse manure
Whilst talking to one of the actors, he said the Cutty Sark ship at Greenwich had bee burnt down.......why didn't someone email us to tell us !! we used to live just around the corner & have fond memories of the place....
Prince George, the Spruce capital of the World this time !! most of the Spruce sits in piles instead of forests, relaxing in Connaught Hill park, but generally not worth a visit....so move on fast.
On to the Rockies....can't wait.