Canada West Day 26 - The Cariboo Highway

Friday, 2 June 2023 03:44

Another highway day. As I explained a couple of days ago the past two and this leg are effectively alternatives to plan so are mainly driving days before I get back on original plan with the run down to Jasper tomorrow. That does not mean I have not enjoyed the run from Cache Creek to Prince George and in fact I would not have seen the chasm a post ice age feature which was very impressive, 8km long by 600m wide and 300m deep. I shared some time with a young local couple and the young lady spotted a grouse cowering by the safety fence. Good spot. There is a CN railway crossing by the viewpoint with a sign which seems a bit directed at my brother Jim who I am sure has never tried to cross this line. The scenery was pretty gentle most of the way and dominated by farming in a series of valleys with lakes and eventually the mighty Fraser River which was my companion for about half of the drive including through the little town of Quesnel. I was traveling along the Cariboo Highway following the path of gold prospectors to the Yukon and eventually Alaska and initially towns had names like 100 Mile House which was essentially a strip mall and a decent place to stop for brunch. There were quite a few dude ranches along the way and tourism is obviously big as is logging. I’ll finish with a snap of my log cabin digs from last night, which was fine. Like most places I am staying in a lot of work has been done to spruce up motels which I imagine comes from the enforced closure periods in 2020 and 2021.