Terrace (Part I of III)
Unless we never have the opportunity to talk, you should know that part of my job is doing computer maintenance. I was flattered when I got a call from Terrace asking for some help. That's a long way to the north of the province and this place is close to the border with Alaska.
You need to drive on Highway 97; there are two ways to reach this highway, from Highway 99 or from Highway 1. This time I choose the windy and curvy Highway 99.
I spent a few minutes on Lillooet watching the Fraser River.
I was on the "Bridge of the 23 Camels". I told this story before but here we go again: Following the discovery of gold en 1858, some camels were used as beasts of burden. Twenty three camels were ferried across the Fraser here and sent on their way to the goldfields. They were not lucky, their smell antagonized other animals and they suffered from rocks, gravel and uneven ground of a strange country.
After driving through the rugged Pavilion Mountain Range, I reached Highway 97. Feeling a little bit tired I stopped on 108 Mile Ranch. The 108 began as a post house on the Cariboo Trail in 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation.
Today the 108 Mile Ranch continues to grow, and to nurture a deep love for this land called the Cariboo.
16 hours and 1335 km (834 miles) later I arrived to Terrace.
My car was towed in Terrace, I don't know how my noble metal beast managed to arrive to Terrace. Later on I discovered that my mechanic didn't adjust a clamp on my air flow meter and besides that he set the base idle speed too low. If you want to know how I got my money back just send me an email.
Well, you cannot be working all the time. Robin didn't want me to miss the stunning views and the beauty of the snow-capped mountain ranges encompassing this thriving city.
We drove to Shames Mountain. You can enjoy the massive amounts of snow without lineups or crowds.
This is one of North America's best kept secrets, besides its great views this resort has more snow than any other lift-served ski area in North America.
Terrace was once know as the cedar pole capital of the world. Over 50,000 poles were manufactured annually to supply many parts of North America with telephone and electric power poles.
The world's tallest pole of 50 metres (162 feet) was cut in Terrace and is currently standing in New York City.
For many years, logging was the major industry in the region, but times changed, and now Terrace is struggling to be less dependent of the logging industry.
On our way back I took a look of the serene beauty of the Skeena River Valley
Too much work I would said, my hosts took me to an unforgettable scenic drive through the area. We were heading to the Lava Beds but before we stopped in Kalum Lake and we have some views of the Kitsumkalum Range.
End of Part I