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MY TRIP TO PRINCE GEORGE
Part 2 - Cache Creek to Prince George

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

100 MILE HOUSE
CLINTON
COTTONWOOD
RIVER
HIXON
KERSLEY
LAC LA HACHE
McLEESE LAKE
PRINCE GEORGE
QUESNEL
WILLIAMS LAKE
YXS
P. G. Airport

Click on this picture (Bridge over Cottonwood R.) to see Part 1 of MY TRIP TO PRINCE GEORGE - Horseshoe Bay to Cache Creek

(Map of highway_97 in B. C.)
Author's note: Original map by RAND McNALLY, butchered by Lee. A Wood
In the lower mainland, of the Canadian province of British Columbia, is a system known as Air Care. This is an attempt at controlling the air pollution within the area by forcing vehicle owners to have their vehicles tested before they can buy license plates.
In June of 2003 I bought a newer van. Knowing my older van, was of little value and that it wouldn't pass through Air Care I took it to Prince George where they don't have that program.
(`81 GMC Rally Wagon.)
`81 GMC Rally Wagon
This then is a pictorial story of my trip, by van, to Prince George and my flight, by WestJet Airlines to Vancouver, to pick up my new van.
My trip North began before the sun was up so all my attempts at pictures turned out blurry as I was hand holding the camera, while driving, and shooting through the closed windows of the van.
Because there was a forest fire, I believe, nowadays, they are called wild fires, out of control near Ashcroft, I elected to take the alternate route through Whistler and Lilloet.
The first pictures that are at all presentable are those I shot as I drove through a quaint little community called Britannia Beach.

Britannia Beach is just under an hours drive North of Vancouver. The highway, know as the Sea to Sky Highway, or the `killer road' has seen several deaths along this section because of rocks falling down upon motorists or people who stop to take pictures. There are signs that say no stopping, but who obeys signs. Certainly not the many people who were killed by crossing the double solid lines while they tried to save time by cutting the corners on the wrong side of the highway.

Because of the nature of the rock that creates the majestic mountains along the coast it is impossible to build the road wider or to slope the sides of the road so that rocks will not fall on the roadway. However, in an effort to obtain the bid for the 2010 Olympics, the government has declared that it will spend several billion dollars to make the highway; wider, straighter, and safer.

As far as keeping the impatient drivers on their side of the road, I have written to the provincial government recommending the placement of concrete barriers along the center line where ever the road was wide enough but they replied by saying that road isn't wide enough.

Britannia Beach was once an important mining town and the remains of the mine is still an important tourist attraction with tours that include a ride on the train through a mine shaft.

The mine has also been used in many movies. I once spent two weeks of nights, in the coldest part of winter, inside the mine, as a prison guard, in the movie `We're No Angels'. They had transformed the mine into a prison.

IN `07 I ADDED SOME NEW PICTURES - BETWEEN HORSESHOE BAY & BRITANNIA BEACH

(Cache Creek, B. C., sign along highway.)
CLINTON 29
100 MILE HOUSE 105
WILLIAMS LAKE 196
(Cache Creek, B. C., sign along highway.)
QUESNEL 323
PRINCE GEORGE 441
(Hwy. 97, Bare stubble field, hoo doos on cliff side.)
(Hwy. 97, Bare stubble field, hoo doos on cliff side.)
(Hwy. 97, house on hillside along highway.)
(Hwy. 97, highway dips down long grade of barren hills.)
(Hwy. 97, Buildings below highway.)
(Hwy. 97,  Buildings below highway.)
(Clinton, B. C., Highway dips down to town.)
APPROACHING CLINTON
(Clinton, B. C. Residence beside hwy., looks like old red roofed barn.)
CLINTON (HWY. 97)
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. curves into town.)
(Clinton, B. C. .)
(Clinton, B. C. Petro Can to the left, restaurant on right.)
(Clinton, B. C. Large log building on left.)
CARIBOO LODGE
(Clinton, B. C. Large log building (pub) on left.)
(Clinton, B. C. Weathered boards on pole in vacant lot.)
ME THINKS THESE MILEAGE MARKERS NEED TO BE REPAINTED
(Clinton, B. C. homes on hillside behind mileage markers.)
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, old wooden building repainted.)
PARKIES
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, leaving town, sign beside hwy.)
LEAVING CLINTON
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, sign beside rd.)
70 MILE HOUSE 30
LAC LA HACHE 97
150 MILE HOUSE 147
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, Bare stubble fields between rolling hills, sign beside road, house on frontage rd.)
100 MILE HOUSE 71
WILLIAMS LAKE 161
QUESNEL 282
PRINCE GEORGE 399
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, old wooden out buildings on snow covered hillside along highway.)
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, snow covered rolling hills, sign beside rd.)
SPRING LAKE RANCH
TRAIL RIDES
LOG CABINS
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, Buildings beside highway.)
79 MILE ??
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97,  Buildings beside highway, sign says `fruit stand.)
SUMMERTIME FRUIT
(Hwy. & valley.)
HWY. 97 DISAPPEARS OVER THE HORIZON.
IN THE VALLEY, THE TOWN OF `100 MILE HOUSE'
(Small town.)
100 MILE HOUSE

DURING THE GOLD RUSH DAYS OF THE MID `80'S COMMUNITIES WERE NAMED AFTER THEIR DISTANCE FROM LYTTON.

Populated by only a few, full time, residents, the town of Lac La Hache stretches along the shore of a long lake.

It becomes more populous during; camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and swimming, seasons as it a playground area for people from all over.

(Lac La Hache, B. C. Big blue building beside highway.)
LAC LA HACHE GAME CUTTING
(Lac La Hache, B. C. Hwy. 97,  House amongst trees, field of snow.)
(Lac La Hache, B. C. 2 long, red roofed, buildings in field of snow.)
APPROACHING LAC LA HACHE
(Lac La Hache, B. C. Houses and sign beside hwy.)
LAC LA HACHE - THE LONGEST TOWN IN THE CARIBOO
TIMOTHY LAKE
SPROUT LAKE
RESORT AREAS
(Lac La Hache, B. C..)
ON THE RIGHT A VERY POPULAR TRUCK STOP
(Lac La Hache, B. C. Buildings beside highway.)
(Lac La Hache, B. C. Hwy. 97,  Buildings beside highway.)
BUMBLEBEE GARDEN MARKET - RED CROW CAFÉ
(Lac La Hache, B. C. gas station beside highway.)
RACE TRAC GAS
(Lac La Hache, B. C. Hwy. 97,  long, red roofed, building beside highway.)
COZY INN RESTAURANT
(Lac La Hache, B. C. Houses and sign beside hwy.)
FRESH LOCAL HONEY
OKANAGAN ORCHARD OUTLET
HONEY STRAWBERRIES
(Lac La Hache, B. C. Hwy. 97, motel beside highway.)
(Lac La Hache.)
LAC LA HACHE

(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97 curves by a snow covered field, buildings in trees in background.)
WILLIAMS LAKE 68
QUESNEL 183
PRINCE GEORGE 309
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, old log barn, snowy field, frozen lake.)
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97 curves by a snow covered field, buildings in trees in background.)
150 MILE HOUSE 53
MCLEESE LAKE 161
HIXON 247
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97 white farm house, snowy field, frozen lake.)
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, commercial driveway, logs of tire tracks in snow, remains of service station.)
CLANCY’S TRUCK STOP, OR WHAT’S LEFT OF IT
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, Long, red roofed, building.)
MARINA HOTEL AND PUB
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, Bare stubble fields between rolling hills, Hwy. dips into valley)
(Clinton, B. C. Hwy. 97, Bare stubble fields, cattle digging in snow.)

(Hwy. & Small lake.)
WILLIAMS LAKE
(Sign along hwy.)
THE ENTRANCE SIGN HAS SHRUNK
SITUATED ON AN OLD SECTION OF HIGHWAY
THE SIGN USED TO BE LARGE ENOUGH FOR VEHICLES TO PASS UNDER

(car in intersection.)
MUST BE FROM VANCOUVER, I AM SURE THAT
WILLIAMS LAKE DRIVERS ALWAYS STOP FOR RED LIGHTS
(Hwy. & Small community.)
McLEESE LAKE

(Hwy. & Small community.)
THE ALAMO, LOCATED IN KERSLEY
A SMALL COMMUNITY JUST SOUTH OF QUESNEL
(Hwy. going down hill.)
HWY. 97 ENTERS THE CENTRAL PART OF QUESNEL

(Below the road, some cabins and a pile of metal.)
TRUDEAU'S TRAILER COURT, WHERE I ONCE LIVED.
A FEW YEARS AGO PART OF THE TRAILER COURT DISAPPEARED
WHEN THEY WIDENED THE HIGHWAY
NOW IT SEEMS ALL OF THE TRAILERS ARE GONE
(Hwy. & bridge.)
THE BRIDGE INTO DOWNTOWN

(Buildings in a park like setting.)
MY MOTHERS FINAL HOME
(Hwy. & bridge.)
THE BRIDGE OVER THE COTTONWOOD RIVER, JUST NORTH OF QUESNEL
A VERY POPULAR PLACE FOR GOLD PANNERS TO SEEK THEIR FORTUNE

(Hwy. & Small community.)
HIXON
(Hwy. going down hill.)
AND, AS EVENING DRAWS NEAR,
DOWN THE HILL INTO PRINCE GEORGE

PRINCE GEORGE IS APPROXIMATELY 800 Km. NORTH EAST OF VANCOUVER. APPROXIMATELY 10 HOURS DRIVING TIME. AND APPROXIMATELY 80 MILES EAST OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL CENTER OF B. C.

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MY TRIP (Via WestJet Airlines) TO VANCOUVER

(Airport in a field of mown hay.)
YXS (PRINCE GEORGE AIRPORT)

(Hwy. into the airport.)
NOTE THE LOW CEILING
(CLOUDS CLOSE TO THE GROUND)
(Sign, Prince George Airport.)
NORMALLY A LOW CEILING DOESN'T AFFECT PLANES
THEY LAND AND TAKEOFF WITH AN ILS (INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM)

(airport.)
WITHOUT ILS, PILOTS REQUIRE A HIGH CEILING
SO THEY CAN SEE WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO LAND
(Control tower at the airport.)
ON THIS DAY PLANES COULD NOT LAND
THE PILOTS HAD A LOW CEILING AND THE ILS WAS BROKEN

(Hangar at the airport.)
(Purolator plane behind hangar.)
A NON PASSENGER, COMMERCIAL, AIRPLANE

(Exterior of airport and trees.)
(Plaque on rock telling about trees.)

(Sign inside airport, YXS.)
(Interior of airport, people lined up.)
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PEOPLE LINE UP TO RESCHEDULE FLIGHTS

(WestJet airplane.)
THIS PLANE COULD HAVE TAKEN OFF WITHOUT ILS
BUT THE PART IT NEEDED WAS IN A PLANE THAT COULDN'T LAND
(WestJet airplane ready to take off.)
FINALLY, AWAY, AS SOON AS IT TURNS AND HEADS INTO THE WIND

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