Prince George to Houston, BC

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Prince George. Junction Highway 16 and Highway 97.

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Access road to West Lake – 14 km, boat launch.

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Chilako River.

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Tamarac Lake.

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Bednesti Lake Resort camping, motel, store.

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Cluculz Lake.

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Cluculz rest area; tables and toilets.

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Brookside Resort.

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Parking.

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Vanderhoof. Population 3,865. Elevation 636 m/2,086 ft.

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Vanderhoof Municipal Campground.

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Junction to Fort St. James. Fort St. James is designated as a National Historic Site because of its importance in BC’s history. Established 1806 by Simon Fraser as a fur trading post for the Northwest Co.

Visitor’s Center with Museum, Theatre and Gift Shop. See the largest collection of original wooden buildings representing the fur trade in Canada. Experience living history with guides dressed in period costume and watch as native artisans build canoes and tan hides. For more information, call 250 996-7191.

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Point of Interest sign about the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad, parking.

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Fort Fraser, with a population of about 1000 people, is located on the Nechako River at the eastern end of Fraser Lake about 1 1/2 hours west of Prince George, BC. Historic points of interest are the Nadleh Whut’em Indian Village, Beaumont Park and the site where the “last spike” was driven on the Grand Trunk Railway on April 7, 1914. Tourist Info Center is at the east end of town.

The Nadleh Whut’em First Nations Carrier people still occupy their original living site. They are a patriarchal society which means the children receive their last names from their fathers Their four clans are the bear, frog, beaver, and the caribou.

One of the buildings of the original Fort Fraser sits at Beaumont Provincial Park. This fort was built during the fur trade in 1806 by the Northwest Company and named after Simon Fraser.

On April 7, 1914, the “Last Spike” of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad was driven near Fort Fraser. This was Canada’s second Trans Continental Railway and linked the Prairies with the West Coast and Prince Rupert. Completion of the railway opened the area up to further settlement.

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Nechako River.

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Beaumont Provincial Park on Fraser Lake. Campground has 49 campsites, picnic tables, water, rest rooms, playground, dump station. Good swimming beach, boat launching. Fishing for Rainbow and char. Fee area.

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Piper’s Glenn Resort.

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Dry William Lake Rest Area; picnic tables, toilets. Limited turnaround.

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Orange Valley Campground, full hook-ups, pull-through sites.

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Fraser Lake. Population 1,350. Elevation 786 m/2,579 ft. There is a Travel Information Center and trailer dump station. Originally built for Endako Mines Ltd. in 1964 to aid the development of what was then Canada’s largest molybdenum mine. In 1982, when metal prices fell, the mine was closed. The main industries now are lumbering and tourism.

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Boat launch.

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Stellako River.

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Junction, south to FrancoisLake 11 km/7 miles to east end of Francois Lake and Stellako River-excellent fly fishing stream.

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Endako, a small highway community was a main railway turnover point.

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Endako River Bridge.

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Rest area with Welcome to the Lakes District sign; tables.

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Parking.

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Rest area; tables. Rock Cairn which includes a rock from King Arthur’s castle in Tintagel, England.

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Burns Lake. Population 2,000 Elevation 707 m/2,320 ft. There is a Travel Info Center and Museum on the highway.

Junction of Highway 35 leads south 16 km/10 miles to Tchesinkut Lake, 24km/15 miles to Francois Lake and ferry crossing to Southside area.

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Welcome to Burns Lake information sign, parking.

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Decker Lake, small highway community. Trout fishing in Decker Lake.

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Rest area; toilets.

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Rose Lake, picnic area.

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Six Mile Summit, highest point on the highway 850m/2788 ft. View of the Upper Bulkley Valley to the west and China Nose Mountain to the south.

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Parking.

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Parking

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Topley is located 50 km west of Burns Lake and is at the junction with Highway #118. It is 49 km north to Granisle and scenic Babine Lake, the longest (110 miles) natural lake in BC.

Babine Lake Provincial Park as 16 camp sites, water, toilets and boat launch. Fee area. Babine Lake is 45 km north of Burns Lake.

Red Bluff Provincial Park has 27 camp sites, day-use area, water, toilets, boat launch, beach and biking trails. The BC Fisheries Fulton River Sockeye Project here is one of the largest in the world. Visitors are welcome. Excellent rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and ling cod fishing. Fee area.

Topley Landing also has resort with campground and marina.

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Rest area; large information map of Granisle and Babine Lake; including the site and information of where Wooly Mammoth remains were found. Tables and toilets.

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Parking

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Houston Golf Course.

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Shady Rest RV Park.

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Bulkley River Bridge.

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Houston. The population of Houston is approximately 3,200. Elevation 594m/1,949 ft. Travel Info Center at km 416.3