Getting closer to being 'out'
Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
253Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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The purpose of our visit is actually two-fold. Vanderhoof is at the half way point between 'Ksan and Quesnel - our next stop. And, there is a National Historic Site within driving distance of here. Ken and I both really enjoyed our visit to Fort St. James and we are looking forward to taking our fellow 'Sairavanners' there.
Fort St. James National Historic Site is located on the shores of Fraser Lake and was originally a fishing ground for the local Dakelh people ( now called the Carrier people..) The area was found to be rich in all kinds of fur-bearing animals and by 1821 a post - named Fort St. James - was established here. The post would be run by the Hudson's Bay Company and was a place for trade in furs until 1952.
The National Historic Park contains several original buildings and, during the summer, costumed historic interpreters. We spent several hours touring the site and listening to the stories that the interpreters had to share. Much to our surprise the park now has a restaurant on site that is run by students from the local culinery academy. We had actually brought lunch with us but chose to 'give our business' to the students.