DAWSON CREEK TO PRINCE GEORGE TO KAMLOOPS
Trip Start Jun 11, 2009
20Trip End Aug 26, 2009
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We're starting on the "West Access Route" along Highway 97 from Dawson Creek. Prince George is about 245 miles south and we should get there by dinnertime.
We pass lots of farms, many with canola flowers and many more with huge rolls of hay. We arrive at Chetwynd......"population 3119 (formally known as Little Prarie, is a division point on the British Columbia Railway. The name was changed to honour the late British Columbia Minister of Railways - Ralph Chetwynd, who was instrumental in the northward extension of the province-owned railway" according to The Milepost. This place gets my "tidy town" award, plus it has the distinction of being the "Chain Saw Sculptures Capital of The World." I am not kidding! The town is full of them and the Visitor Center gives out maps so you can find them all. I wish we could have unhooked the Honda to drive around checking them out, but we are "headed to the barn" so to speak
Moving on, we crossed over the Rocky Mountains at Pine Pass.....elevation 2,868 ft......"lowest pass breeching the Rocky Mountains in Canada" (this eliminated our backtracking over Jasper and Banff). Beautiful view of the Rockies to the S/E.
Prince George has a population of 80,000...area 160,000, and we arrive at rush hour with road construction everywhere. We found a campground and parked next to our twin.....a Bounder the same year and size.....no road crud or bugs!! Belongs to a road constructor who's had it for about a year and uses it to live in when working on the road.
Gas up...liter price today is $1.029 in Prince George. The drive south has a different look. More rolling hills, less pine trees, but the Fraser River is huge and there are many lakes with rafts and boats and plenty of kids playing in the water. The temperature has warmed up and the people are thrilled. Well.....not all of us!! But we knew it couldn't last! And then we get to Cache Creek.... population:1,115, elevation 1,229. Located at the Junction of Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Highway 97; a six hour drive from U.S. Border (if you're going to Seattle, but we're taking 97 south to Idaho) " .....called the ARIZONA of Canada, Cache Creek's climate is characterized as semi-arid, with hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters." Guess that explains the sweat rolling down our necks. We're camped in Kamloops, just a few miles east on Hwy 1 and not listed in the Milepost, as we're officially off the route. I'll have to find another way get the history of the towns. See you in Idaho!