I left you last a couple hours South of Prince George. Read Part 1 here. As a reminder, I’ll repost the map of the road we took :
The landscapes between Williams Lake and Prince Rupert are absolutely breathtaking. However my favourite part on this stretch of the highway was not Prince George itself. Accordingly, I didn’t take any pictures of the big city. Instead, I’ll start by sharing pictures of what we saw inbetween there and Smithers – which is really a stop you’ll want to make! Also, we got to see a bear right before reaching Smithers.
Smithers is a great pitstop on your way to Prince Rupert. Even more so if you’re travelling in a van since they have a few great free camp spots in the wild that we really enjoyed. The area is also filled with great recreational activities (canoe, kayak, hiking, biking etc). In particular, we spent some time visiting Kathlyn Lake.
A couple kms down the lake, on a paved road, you’ll be able to reach Gulch Glacier and its 2 beautiful twin falls. The hike to twin falls is very easy and dog-friendly (on a leash). We tried the Glacier Gulch trail which is way more of a rumbling climb through tons of rocks and tree trunks in the middle of “avalanche land”, and that we consequently unfortunately not finished.
The hike towards twin falls is very easy hence quite popular both with tourists and locals. It’s 2.8 miles roundtrip so barely 4.5kms. It’s a bit steep but it’s also a very well-maintained trail that has benches for you to take breaks if necessary !
2. The Seven Sisters wilderness
Seven Sisters Provincial Park and Seven Sisters Protected Area are named for the spectacular set of peaks visible from Highway 16 between Hazelton and Terrace. The Seven Sisters are an exceptional, natural setting for a wide variety of existing and potential recreational activities. Hiking and snowmobiling are two popular activities. From the road, you won’t have tons of occasions to snap a shot of the incredible peaks but the surroundings (with the Babine mountain range) are just stunning !
3. Wet’suwet’en Moricetown canyon
The Wetʼsuwetʼen are a First Nations people who live on the Bulkley River and around Burns Lake. On the Bulkley River, in Witset (a small village), I particularly recommend you stop and visit the Moricetown Canyon. It’s a local fishing spot and it’s also one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the chance to see. The color of the water (because of the rock flour), contrasting with the green of the vegetation and the orange/black of the rocks forming the canyon is so eye-pleasing it hurts!
4. Misty road towards Prince Rupert
You know you’re getting closer to Prince Rupert when the amount of humidity and rain is off-the charts! Makes for quite the uncomfortable ride but the perfect misty pictures.. I guess in life, you always have to chose :).
I’ll pick you up in Prince Rupert next time, where the weather really didn’t get much better than that last gallery of pictures. But we still had lots of fun of course!
Talk to you soon,
Coco, Bobby, Nola & Vanito!
COPYRIGHT: All pictures belong to Fanny Cohen Sanchez, @fannychn on Instagram, Three Times Nine 2020.