A day trip to Atlin, B.C.

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Johnsons Crossing RV Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

As much as we are enjoying our return trip to north of the border, we were both looking forward to visiting new places along the way. The town of Atlin would be our first new experience this trip.  We went to bed last night with grey skies and light rain.  Unfortunately we woke up to the same weather conditions.  Undeterred we headed out for our 86 mile, one way, drive to Atlin.  ( Remember, distances are BIG up here and campgrounds & services aren't always conveniently located...)

The town of Atlin was founded in 1898 and was taken from the Tlingit ( pronounced Klink-it ) dialect.  The word means big water.  Atlin lake is indeed big.  90 miles long and covering over 300 square miles it is the largest natural lake in British Columbia.  The Atlin lake area was also sight of one of the richest gold strikes made during the great rush to the Klondike in 1897-1898 - in fact more gold was taken from this area than the Dawson City area.  Mining is still big doings in the area and gold is still being taken from the rivers and streams. 

The drive was well worth it and as the day progressed the weather improved.  It seems that Mother Nature must have understood how much we were looking forward to our visit.  We took in the local museum, made arrangements for a guided tour of town and had a pretty decent lunch out at one of the three local restaurants.  The scenery was stunning and we found the locals to be very friendly.  All and all a very successful day trip to a new and beautiful part of British Columbia. 
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