Meandering rivers, massive glaciers, azure lakes, towering snow capped mountains and snaking fiords, combined with rich First Nations History and endless daylight made for an exhilarating journey along the traditional transportation routes of British Columbia north to the Yukon.
Rivers played an important role in the transportation of the First Nations people and the European explorers in BC. The rugged landscape made overland navigation difficult, but the rivers provided an easier way to move from the coast inland, and up into the interior. The Fraser, Skeena, Nechako, Bulkley and Stikine Rivers, as well as the Nass and Liard provided the highways for trade, and sustenance in the forms of yearly salmon migration.
We started our trip at the mouth of the Fraser River in Vancouver. The RV was picked up from Annacis Island, an industrial zone on ana island in the Fraser River. An adventurous journey through the streets of Vancouver proved to be the most difficult part of the journey. Peter drove the RV and had left the back door open and stairs down. Some motorists indicated as such as he drove on Highway 91. Luckily there was a shoulder to pull off, and remedy the situation. A great packing job by Marg prevented any of our belongings from being thrown on the highway, so this was more of an embarrassment than a danger. That fixed, we continued on the way.
The Ford F350 6.7L Turbo Diesel with 16ft camper on the back barely fit into the lanes of the city streets, apprehensive motorists giving us a lot of room as we drove out to the Highway. Once on the highway, the traffic was more forgiving and we fit in with the large rigs.
We stopped near Chilliwack to have lunch. No need to find a restaurant – we simply hopped into the back of the camper, turned on the stove, and had our soup and sandwiches ready in a few minutes. The weather was pleasantly cool with broken cloud and some sunny patches. The forecast was for some rain for the next few days and then sunny afterwards.
While we were able to eat at any location, our truck needed fuel quite regularly. Our first fuel stop in Hope, saw us getting 50L of diesel. We had only driven 3 hours and had done about 220km, Yikes, this was going to be expensive on fuel. Luckily, we had got an incredibly good rate on the rental, as this was a repositioning of the truck camper for Fraserway RV. The rate was 1/3 the normal price, but we had to get the truck to Whitehorse before June 1.
The first two days we followed the Fraser River North to Prince George. The first part of the journey was on the Trans Canada Highway towards Cache Creek. At Cache Creek we headed North on Highway 97 to Lac La Hache, where we stopped for the night at a lakeside RV campground.