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MY TRIP TO PRINCE GEORGE
Part 1 - Horseshoe Bay to Cache Creek
aka The Sea to Sky Highway

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

BLACKCOMB
BRANDYWINE
FALLS
BRITANNIA BEACH
DUFFY LAKE
FRASER RIVER
HOWE SOUND
LILLOET
LOST LAKE
PEMBERTON
SALMON SPAWNING
SEA TO SKY
HIGHWAY
SETON LAKE
SHANNON
FALLS
SQUAMISH
WEST COAST
MOUNTAINS
WHISTLER

(Map of highway_99 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 the 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

(Howe Sound.)
FERRY LEAVING HORSESHOE BAY
(Howe Sound.)
FERRY APPROACHING HORSESHOE BAY
(Howe Sound.)
HOWE SOUND
(Howe Sound.)
(Lions Bay, Highway, junction.)
LIONS BAY
(Lions Bay.)
(Lions Bay.)
(Howe Sound.)

FURRY CREEK
A golf course that has turned into a small community

(Furry Creek, Highway, junction.)
JUNCTION TO FURRY CREEK
(Furry Creek, Highway, down steep hill.)
DOWNHILL TO FURRY CREEK
(Porteau Cove, Highway, junction.)
JUNCTION TO PORTEAU COVE
(Howe Sound.)

BRITANNIA BEACH

(Britannia Beach, Mountains, ocean, mists.)
MISTS RISE OFF THE WATERS OF HOWE SOUND AS THE SUN LIGHTENS THE EARLY MORNING SKY ABOVE THE WEST COAST MOUNTAINS.
A LARGE WOODEN HULLED TUG IS MOORED AT AN OLD WHARF IN BRITANNIA BEACH
BEHIND THE TUG, EXHAUST RISES FROM THE STACKS OF THE WESTERN FOREST PRODUCTS WOODFIBRE PULP MILL

(Britannia Beach, Highway, buildings.)
BRITANNIA BEACH
(Britannia Beach, Highway, buildings.)

(Britannia Beach, Highway, lake, buildings, mountains.)
WOODFIBRE BUILDINGS AT THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAINS
CLOSED AFTER 94 YEARS
(Britannia Beach, Extremely large dump truck.)
THIS LARGE ORE TRUCK WAS NEVER USED AT
BRITANNIA BEACH BUT IS PART OF THE BC MUSEUM
OF MINING THAT IS HOUSED AT BRITANNIA
TRUCKS LIKE THIS ARE USED IN OPEN PIT MINES
I DROVE ONE, ONE SIZE SMALLER,
AT THE `ISLAND COPPER MINE'
Britannia Beach, buildings at base of mountain.)
BUILDINGS AT THE BASE OF THE MINE THAT PERMEATES THE MOUNTAIN
(Britannia Beach, One building, 2 stores.)
A LARGE SELECTION OF JEWELLERY
AS WELL AS PAINTINGS AND PRINTS
(Britannia Beach, Wooden building, one story, 3 doors.)
BRITANNIA BEACH FIRE HALL
(Britannia Beach, Babbling brook amongst trees.)
DON'T LET THIS PEACEFUL STREAM FOOL YOU
ONE YEAR IT WIPED OUT 1/2 THE TOWN AND SURROUNDED
THE REST OF THE BUILDINGS WITH A SEA OF GRAVEL
(Britannia Beach, a view of Howe Sound.)
A VIEW OF HOWE SOUND
(Britannia Beach, House and mine buildings.)
A NEW SUBDIVISION, UP THE HILL, OFFERS SPECTACULAR VIEWS
(Britannia Beach, Mine, buildings.)
A TRACK LEADS FROM THE TOP OF THE BUILDING
O THE SHAFTS IN THE MOUNTAIN
(Britannia Beach, Highway, buildings, bridge.)
(Squamish, Highway, bridge.)
SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY
BRIDGE AT BRITANNIA BEACH
(Squamish, Highway, bridge.)
SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY
DOWN TO THE BRIDGE AT BRITANNIA BEACH
(Howe Sound.)
HOWE SOUND
(Howe Sound.)

SHANNON FALLS

(Shannon Falls, people walking through park.)
HOWE SOUND
(Shannon Falls, an old stump with new growth.)
A `NURSE STUMP' NURTURES NEW GROWTH
(Shannon Falls, a babbling brook.)
CRYSTAL CLEAR, PURE ENOUGH TO DRINK
DIRECT FROM A GLACIER, TOO COLD TO WASH YOUR HANDS
(Shannon Falls, Serena sitting on a large log over the water.)
THE PLACID STREAM CAN BE A RAGING TORRENT DURING SPRING RUN OFF
NOTICE THE LARGE LOGS SWEPT DOWN STREAM AND DENUDED OF THEIR BARK BY THE ROARING WATER
(Shannon Falls, A picture sign telling of the highway.)
POINTS OF INTEREST ALONG THE SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY
(Shannon Falls, a small cabin.)
WELCOME CENTRE
(Shannon Falls, A babbling brook and a tree shaded lane.)
JUST A SHORT, PLEASANT WALK TO THE FALLS
(Shannon Falls, The upper part of the falls.)
A PREVIEW OF THE FALLS
NOTE THE BARE ROCK BESIDE THE FALLS, SCRUBBED CLEAN DURING THE SPRING RUN OFF WHEN THE FALLS ARE MUCH WIDER
(Shannon Falls, a babbling brook over some rocks.)
(Shannon Falls, a sign, telling about tailed frogs.)
TAILED FROGS LIVE AS LONG AS 20 YEARS AND FERTILIZE THEIR EGGS INTERNALLY
(Shannon Falls, The wife, and I, standing before the falls.)
BEAR (ME) AND MRS. BEAR (SERENA)
(Shannon Falls, the falls.)

TO, AND THROUGH, SQUAMISH

(Squamish, Highway, construction.)
2007 WIDENING THE HIGHWAY FOR THE 2010 OLYMPICS
(Howe Sound, Highway.)
SQUAMISH
(Squamish, Water, mountains.)
HOWE SOUND
(Squamish, Water, buildings at base of mountains.)
HOWE SOUND
WOODFIBRE ON THE FAR SHORE
(Squamish, water, mountains, dock.)
HEAD OF HOWE SOUND
(Squamish, water, mountains, dock, freighter.)
A FREIGHTER AT THE SQUAMISH TERMINALS SEA PORT ON CATTERMOLE CREEK
(Squamish, water, mountains, dock, destroyer.)
A CAF (CANADIAN ARMED FORCES) VESSEL AT THE SQUAMISH TERMINALS
(Squamish, mountains, logs, A frame.)
LOG DUMP ON MAMQUAM BLIND CHANNEL
(Squamish, Highway, bridge.)
SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY APPROACHES SQUAMISH
(Squamish, top of wide A frame building.)
TOTEM HALL
(Squamish, Highway, trees, sign says `welcome to Squamish'.)
SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY ENTERS SQUAMISH
(Squamish, extremely large rock.)
THE CHIEF (STAWAMUS CHIEF)
THE WORLD'S THIRD LARGEST GRANITE MONOLITH
(Squamish, house on cliff side.)
VALLEYCLIFFE
(Squamish, stores.)
(Squamish, Highway, bridge.)
SQUAMISH ADVENTURE CENTRE
(Squamish, commercial building.)

SQUAMISH

(Squamish, stores.)
CLEVELAND AVE.
(Squamish, stores.)
(Squamish, Gazebo.)
PARK
(Squamish, park.)
(Squamish, water, park.)
(Squamish, park, close up of carved rock.)
(Squamish, street & buildings.)
SECOND AVE.
(Squamish, street & buildings.)
THIRD AVE.
(Squamish, street & buildings.)
LOGGERS LANE
(Squamish, close-up of inlet with houses at end.)

(Highway, mountains.)
SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY NORTH OF SQUAMISH
(Highway, mountains.)
SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY
(Hwy. 99)
(Highway, mountains with snow on top.)
WEST COAST MOUNTAINS
(River and Hydro dam, mountains with snow on top.)
FLOW CONTROL OF THE SQUAMISH RIVER
ELECTRICITY IS NOT GENERATED AT THIS DAM.
(Close up of hydro dam, mountains with snow on top.)
BUILT IN 1957 BY THE B. C. ELECTRIC CO.
THE DAM IMPOUNDS DAISY LAKE
(Dam and lake, mountains with snow on top.)
SOUTHERN END OF DAISY LAKE. THE WATER IS DIVERTED
THROUGH A TUNNEL TO A DAM ON THE SQUAMISH RIVER

BRANDYWINE PARK AND FALLS

From the highway, Brandywine Park is just a parking lot. I didn't take pictures of it as it was closed, under construction, and will look different by the time you drive by.

Just remember the dam, in the previous pictures, and then watch for the signs to the parking lot.

It is just a short, pleasant, walk to the falls from the parking lot.

(Sign about Brandywine Park.)
(Close-up of sign.)
THE SIGN DOES NOT NAME THE 4;
MARBLE, PETTICOAT, ROE, CREEKS FEEDING THE LAKE
(Covered bridge.)
CROSSING BRANDYWINE CREEK
(Directional sign for falls lookout.)
(Clear water bubbling over rocks.)
BRANDYWINE CREEK
(Crumbling rock on a hillside.)
BASALT, OR VOLCANIC, ROCK IS COMMON IN THIS AREA
HERE IT IS CLEAN IN THE SUN BUT COVERED WITH MOSS IN THE SHADE
(Clear water bubbling over rocks.)
BRANDYWINE CREEK
(Railway tracks between trees.)
ORIGINALLY THE PGE, NOW THE CN
(Remains of a log cabin.)
AT ONE TIME, SOMEONE'S HOME
(Waterfall and creek.)
WATER ACTION HAS CARVED OUT A CANYON

(People looking at the falls.)
A LARGE OBSERVATION PLATFORM
(A rainbow at the base of the falls.)
THERE'S THE RAINBOW - WHERE'S THE POT OF GOLD
(Lake in a valley.)
DAISY LAKE (TAKEN FROM THE FALLS LOOKOUT)
(Brandywine Falls.)
70 METERS TALL

(Down in the valley.)
CHEAKAMUS GORGE (TAKEN FROM THE GORGE LOOKOUT)
(Brandywine Cr. runs into Daisy L.)
BRANDYWINE CREEK RUNS INTO DAISY LAKE
(Serena, mountains in the background.)
SERENA, TOO FRIGHTENED TO LOOK DOWN
TURNS HER BACK ON THE LOOOOONG DROP TO THE LAKE
(Close up of Mountain top behind Serena, showing aerials.)
TAKEN WITH A 300 ZOOM FUJI LENS
THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN LOOKS LIKE
A BIRTHDAY CAKE WITH CANDLES
BEHIND THE ELECTRONIC ARRAY
IS THE `BLACK TUSK'
WHICH GIVES BLACK TUSK MTN. ITS NAME

WHISTLER

(Sign about bears.)
(2 bears on a hillside.)
HIGH ON A HILLSIDE, NEXT TO A SUB-DIVISION OF WHISTLER, UNDER A SKI LIFT
(Close up of bear.)
I BELIEVE THESE ARE CINNAMON BEARS - I WASN'T ABOUT TO GO CLOSER TO ASK
(Close up of other bear.)
TAKEN WITH A 300 ZOOM FUJI LENS

LOST LAKE

Lost lake is a recreational area in North central Whistler.

(Sign about the lake.)
(Paved path through trees.)
ENTRANCE TO THE LAKE FROM THE PARKING LOT
(Sign about ski trails around the lake.)
(Path to beach.)
(Large log building.)
CONCESSION
(People on beach.)
(Sign about fish found in lake.)
(People on beach.)
GRANDPA, VISITING FROM SHANGHAI
KEEPS AARON OUT OF THE WATER
BLACKCOMB

(Panorama of lake with buildings on far shore.)
GREEN LAKE -
WHISTLER
HOME OF BLACKCOMB (L) AND WHISTLER (R) SKI RESORTS

(Mountain.)
EAST OF PEMBERTON
(Hwy. 99)
(Mountain.)
ALONG THE HIGHWAY TO LILLOET
DUFFY LAKE ROAD

(Mountain with snow on top.)
EAST OF PEMBERTON
(Mountains and road going into valley.)
AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS VALLEY IS A LOVELY LAKE

(Panorama of lake in valley.)
DUFFY LAKE

(Highway, bridge.)
ONE OF THE ENJOYABLE THINGS ABOUT THIS HIGHWAY (Hwy. 99)
IS THE NARROW ONE LANE BRIDGES
(Creek below bridge.)
AND THE BEAUTIFUL STREAMS BELOW

(Highway, bridge.)
(Creek below bridge.)

(Highway, down to bridge.)
(Bridge.)
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BRIDGES

(Highway, bridge.)
IMAGINE THE SKILL REQUIRED, OF THE TRUCK DRIVER,
TO MANEUVER A 53 FOOT TRAILER AROUND THESE CORNERS!
(Creek below bridge.)

(Highway, mountains.)
THE PASS I HAD JUST COME THROUGH
(Sign, Seton Lake.)

(Panorama of lake in valley.)
SETON LAKE

(Highway, sign, mountains, canal.)
DOWN THE HILL TO LILLOET
NEAR THE MIDDLE OF THE HILL, CANALS, SALMON SPAWNING GROUNDS
(Sign, Welcome to Lilloet.)

(Highway, bridge.)
BRIDGE OVER SALMON SPAWNING GROUNDS
(Canal.)
SALMON SPAWNING CANAL

(Highway, bridge.)
OLD ARMY BAILEY BRIDGE.
TO REPLACE A BRIDGE THAT WAS BURNED DOWN
BY THE LOCAL INDIANS SEVERAL YEARS AGO
(River.)
THE B. C. GOVERNMENT HAS YET TO BUILD A NEW BRIDGE

(Looking across the river.)
LILLOET
(Lilloet & river.)
FRASER RIVER
(Highway, horseshoe, or hairpin turn.)
HWY. 99
(Large load coming under the railway tracks through a tight turn.)
A PILOT CAR STOPPED US WHILE AN OVERSIZE LOAD USED THE UNDERPASS
(River.)
FRASER RIVER
HIGHWAY 99 JOINS HIGHWAY 97
ABOUT 10 KM. NORTH OF CACHE CREEK.

END

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