Thursday, July 4, 2013

Traveling Canada's Yellowhead Highway: Northern British Columbia

Exchamsiks River
Exchamsiks River (copyright Elizabeth R. Rose)
Canada's Yellowhead Highway, Highway 16 in northern B.C., takes you through some scenic and sparsely populated areas. At every bend you'll find surprises such as waterfalls, rushing rivers, high gorge bridges and mountain views. 

You may see bear or moose and most certainly will see deer as you travel. For travelers through British Columbia from the United States, the Yellowhead can be picked up as you travel into northern B.C.

Yellowhead Highway Highlight: Exchamsiks River Provincial Park
As you travel along  the highway 56 km west of Terrace, following the Skeena River, you'll cross a bridge. At that point you are at the convergence with the Examsiks River. The sight of the Exchamsiks River will entrance you. 

The day we crossed that bridge there was mist in the mountains and the river was a soft green. 

If you love scenery like this, you'll want to consider the Exchamsiks River Provincial Park for a stop. It is just off the highway.  It is ideal for travelers between Terrace and Prince Rupert.

There is a concrete boat ramp, short hiking trails and day picnic spots. In season you can fish. There are some simple facilities. But the draw is the beauty of the river and the Sitka Spruce forest. 

The day-use areas are open May 15 to September 30. During the summer, there may be biting insects so bring repellent. 

More Information
Park Website
Location Map

Photography copyright: Elizabeth Rose Photography

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