After a refreshing break with friends in Francois Lake, we resumed our trip regenerated and reloaded with fresh lake water and moose meat.
We left earlier than planned to avoid some of the snow and fog and made our way past Smithers. We pulled into a rest stop and woke up today next to some impressive mountains. After leaving the Rocky Mountains, we have now entered the Coast(al) Mountain Range.
We missed the Seven Sisters because of cloud and fog. We will try them again on the return trip.As we passed the turnoff to the Alaska Highway, the overhead sign said the road was snow covered. Good thing we were not planning on going father North.
The highest we went was 55 degrees, 15 minutes, 15 seconds according to the GPS. We also travelled quite a bit downhill, going from an average of 800M down to about 200M.
We arrived in Terrace early enough to consider some sighseeing before nightfall. So we had a chat with a nice lady at the visitor centre who showed us how to get to 2 “MUST SEE” attractions. We had to pick only one
We visited a volcano eruption site Northwest of Terrace. After 250 years, some large areas still have just moss and lichen growing. Read more about the Tseax Cone.
If. You want to visit the Nass Valley, the turnoff to route113 is clearly marked as you leave Terrace towards Prince Rupert. It is about an hour’s drive on a windy road and the drive around Lava Lake can be breathtaking. After you enter the PARK, it is but a short drive to NUMBER 3 on your right Have a look at the plaque and heed the warnings. Then turn and face the lava pit, then follow the trail a bit to the right. You will see 3 information stations along the way.
When you are finished here, keep going down the valley and look for VETTER FALLS on your left. A short walk into the rain forest will leave you to a platform where you can view the rapids and witness a HUGE tree on your way out.
Keep going down to the Y junction to see acres upon acres on lava flow that still have nothing but lichens on it.
We called ahead to reserve our ferry to Haida Gwaii and asked about cancellations re the high winds expected tomorrow. Those decisions are made last minute so we are forging ahead. We will arrive in Prince Rupert Wednesday, marking 14,000km, and line up early Thursday for the ferry.