Salmon Glacier

Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier, BC, Canada

Friday, July 13, 2018

Canada Visit Part 3 Overnight Trip to Stewart, B.C., Hyder, AK....we saw Glaciers

We've been overwhelmed with the beauty of British Columbia and Ron and Patsy still had more for us to see. They wanted to really make our visit memorable so they thought an overnight stop in Stewart, B.C. would be fun and Hyder, AK was just across the border from there so we could do some border crossing and see some new sights. Hyder is a small community on the eastern fringe of Misty Fiords National Monument, at the head of Portland Canal, a town that may be in Alaska but identifies more closely with its Canadian neighbors just across the border in Stewart, British Columbia.

Hyder has a number of gold rush-era saloons, which are popular with visitors. The Glacier Inn is the best known and features an interior papered in signed bills, creating the “$20,000 Walls” of Hyder. Next door is First and Last Chance Saloon, and both bars are lively at night. There’s also the Toast works in Stewart, a restaurant that doubles up as a toaster museum with more than 500 models on display.
As we drove to Stewart, we made a short stop to view Bear Glacier. This was our first glacier viewing and it was pretty spectacular. This was a perfect prelude to what was to come later.

The sheer massiveness of the glacier is incredible. We would come back this way again as we traveled back to Terrace the next day. More opportunities to take more photos.

BIG CORRECTION FROM THE LAST POST...We did not stop at Meziadin Provincial Park on our way to Prince Rupert. Meziadin is in the opposite direction from Prince Rupert. We stopped at Meziadin on the way to Stewart, B.C. We saw the bears on the way to Stewart. That's what I get for not checking my map and facts before posting. Bad Memory. 

After our stop at Bear Glacier we had a short drive into Stewart. We stopped at the Visitor's Center and I found a geocache. First one in B.C.

We checked out a couple hotel/motels in Stewart and decided on the Ripley Inn. Very quaint hotel made up of small buildings that have been refurbished with hotel rooms. They look like old fashion rustic rooms and they sort of smelled that way too. Nothing really bad just old. We got settled in our rooms and it was time to explore. We drove over the border to Hyder, AK to have some lunch at a little outdoor eatery called The Bus. You cross the border and drive down the main road to a side street and there it is. Well, as luck would have it the weather that far north was unusually near 90 degrees. We got to The Bus and there was a sign in front saying "CLOSED, TOO HOT TO COOK". Well there goes that interesting stop. At least we got to see what everyone talks about in Hyder. 

So the alternative was to go to the Glacier Inn. Not a bad second choice. This is where you can get Hyderized. Getting Hyderized at the Glacier Inn in Hyder Alaska is taking a shot of 150 proof everclear alcohol with no smelling, no tasting, and only one chance. We decided not to get Hyderized. They have good food and interesting décor with all the dollars bills from around the world everywhere on the walls. Definitely $20,000 walls.

They don't allow any photography in the restaurant so this is what you get.  

After lunch  we headed toward Salmon Glacier. It's a 23 mile drive on the Stewart-Cassiar Hwy then a long drive up a very dusty gravel road called the Salmon Glacier Road. Salmon Glacier is the 5th largest glacier in Canada. There is a self guided auto tour as you travel to the glacier. The first stop is Stewart, B.C. then Hyder and on to the Riverside Mine, Indian Mine Viewpoint, Premier Mine Viewpoint, the Toe of Salmon Glacier and then the Summit. The mines were started back in the early 1900's. However no active mining is taking place now. The views just got better and better as we climbed higher and higher toward the Glacier.

Then as we rounded a corner on the road there it was. the toe of Salmon Glacier. The glacier extends for miles up the mountain as far as we could see.

Two young folks admiring the view. They were from somewhere in Europe.

The Toe of Salmon Glacier

Panoramic view
We continued up a little further to the summit and stood on the edge of the road facing the glacier. I for one could not take my eyes off the view. Such an incredible opportunity to see a wonder of our world. We lingered there for sometime taking tons of photos from every conceivable angle. It was very hard to leave the area. Once we finally started back to Stewart, we made a quick stop at the Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing area. This time of year the salmon are not spawning so we didn't get to see much in the way of fish or for that matter bear trying to catch the salmon as they head up stream. They  have a very nice boardwalk to safely view the salmon run and the bears that would be there.

We did see this beaver working at making a dam along the stream. He was carrying sticks from one end of the stream to the other  as he worked to build up his home.

After our glacier viewing we made it back to Stewart and took a walk on the Estuary boardwalk and enjoyed learning about some of the flowers and animals that inhabit the area. 

Cow Parsnips

After our walk we hung out in the lounge area in our building where our rooms were. We knew we had a busy day planned the following day so we turned in fairly early. Hard to sleep since the sun is still up at 10-11 pm.

The next day we got ready and had breakfast at the Toast Works restaurant that sits just in front of the Ripley Inn. Cool décor with all the toasters and kitchen implements surrounding you.

Once we finished breakfast we started back to Terrace only to stop again at Bear Glacier for more photos and spectacular views of the glacier, waterfalls and majestic landscape. 
Make sure you ENLARGE the photos for better viewing. 

On the way back we stopped at the Pioneer Chapel. With a Memorial to Fallen Loggers. 

The Memorial

We then stopped to see the ferry and personnel carrier across the one of the interior rivers.

The ferry is set up so the current from the river moves the ferry across the river back and forth. I can't remember the name of the river but it was pretty interesting how they engineered the use of the ferry.

A couple more photos of the wonderful B.C. landscape as we traveled back to Terrace. I certainly want to return to this beautiful area but with the motorhome next time. 

 We can't thank Ron and Patsy enough for showing us the wonders of B.C. We love where they live and fully understand why they love this part of B.C. A great place to be in the summer time.

We will be back someday. That's not all to B.C. so much more to see. 

Next post we see Ron and Patsy's daughter, Jessica and her family. They live on a ranch(farm) and have many animals. Glenda loved the goats and horses.

We also take an auto tour of the tribal land and a lava field. Hope you'll follow along. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Part 2 Canada Visit....Ferry Island Campground, Terrace, B.C and Day trip to Prince Rupert, B.C....we saw a bear

After a fairly good nights sleep we started our last day of travel to see Ron and Patsy in Terrace, DC, Canada. It was a shorter day than the one before and we were anxious to get there. We were getting used to the metric system by then and we made good time. We passed through some very nice towns on the way like Vander hoof, Fraser Lake, Telkwa, Smithers, Kitwanga and finally to Terrace. Many of the names seem to come from the First Nation Tribes of the region. We also noticed the mountains getting larger and closer. We were enjoying the scenery and knew there was more to come. 

We noticed several rivers and streams along the road and had to make a few stops as we moved along. 

 Finally at about 3:30 pm or so we made it to Terrace and found Ron and Patsy's home. They have a beautiful duplex with a wonderful backyard that is fenced in. Nice privacy and they have done a wonderful job of landscaping. They gave us the grand tour and we got settled in, in the spare room in the finished basement. The weather was untypically warm so giving us a room in the basement was great. It was cooler down there. They don't have A/C in most homes in Canada. Hmmm.

Ron and Patsy had planned on us having dinner at their home when we got there so Ron fired up the grill and Patsy had vegetables and salad to go with the meat. After a filling meal we needed some exercise, so we drove to the campground where we would have stayed if we had brought the motorhome. Ferry Island Campground is nicely forested next to a river, I think it's the Snee River, I'm probably wrong but it sounds good. Anyway they have a cool path around the campground with face carvings in many of the trees along the path. Spirits of the Forest.

This one reminded me of my friend, Steve. It's a pirate. 

The last two photos are carvings that go together to form a village

 The walk along the path was fun even with the torrent of mosquitos we had to contend with. That's the way it is in a forest around water.  We even found a geocache along the path. It happened to be near this pavilion. Ron was the luck finder.

We got back to their home and of course, it was time for a game or two or three of Spades. Guys always against the girls. This night the guys prevailed. There's a rematch coming. 

Ron and Patsy had incredible plans for us since we were only there for a few days. A jam packed itinerary.

The next morning after a delicious breakfast of muffins, coffee and fruit(Glenda had her oatmeal). We got ready for a day trip to Prince Rupert on the coast. We headed further west on Route 16 toward Meziadin.
However not too far out of town we saw a really cool waterfall coming down the side of the mountain and a huge rock wall formation that I thought looked like a stadium wall you would see in a baseball park.

Stadium Wall

Mountain views through the trees

Waterfalls galore

Shameless selfie

 Then Ron wanted to be sure we saw the Shoe Tree. Folks bring their old shoes and nail them to the tree. It looked like it has been done for many, many years. Enlarge the photos for a better view.

As we got closer to Prince Rupert we stopped at Meziadin Lake Provincial Park. Ron and Patsy have stayed there before a few times with their motorhome. Beautiful lake and well organized campground. Not all sites would fit our motorhome but I know we could find something. We had a small bite to eat while admiring the lake before we headed into Prince Rupert. 

This 5th wheel was parked right on the lake.

As we were leaving the park and driving down the road, when Patsy happened to spot a mother black bear and two cubs eating grass along side the road. This was one thing we wanted to see while in Canada. We did it, thanks to Patsy's great eye sight. 

After we took numerous photos of the bears and they wandered off into the forest, we drove the final leg to Prince Rupert. Ron and Patsy wanted to take us to a restaurant in the Crest Hotel with wonderful views of the bay with boats and ships in the harbor and marina. It's called the Waterfront Restaurant, of course.

After a filling meal we needed to do some exercise and sightseeing. We looked in a couple of shops nearby and then walked around the older part of town near the bay. We came across this Sunken Garden after walking through a concrete tunnel. Quite a history related to this botanical park off the beaten path.

Sunken Gardens Park and Trail in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada is a small two level park with a short pebbled walkway leading through a tunnel into an open area surrounded by brick walls fronting floral gardens. The area is well manicured and maintained with sitting benches and picnic tables so to enjoy the scenery.
Sunken Gardens Park sits on the first location designated for the community court houses. But in 1923, after more planning and more politics, the Provincial Court House in Prince Rupert was completed but not in the original location - the site was moved forward leaving a hole behind the building.
The hole, the original site of the court house, is now the Sunken Gardens. The brick wall is the old foundation. At one time, during the world wars, munitions were stored in the tunnels which are now walkways in the park.

As we walked along the streets there were several murals on buildings of Whales, Orcas and Grizzlies. Lots of talent. 

On our way out of town we stopped briefly at the Northern Pacific Cannery. Hasn't been in operation for many years but they do have a museum and shop made from the buildings that still stand. We did not happen to be there on a day when it was open so we just took a few pictures from outside the gates. 

We got back to Terrace in the early evening and had dinner at a local pizzeria just down the street from Ron and Patsy's home. Good food and good beer.

Again it was time for some cards and beer. We started with Spades....The girls won and got their revenge. Then it was on to Dave's Game where everyone is on their own. Glenda was the big winner. The night before and that night we didn't get to bed before 1 am. As a matter of fact being so far north and west and being the summer time near the longest day of the year we noticed it was still light out at 11 pm. That gave us more time to hang out and enjoy our visit. How cool is that?

 Part 3 is next and I can't wait to tell you about it. Have you seen a glacier?

I hope you'll come back again. Thanks for following along. We're really enjoying our time in Terrace. And for that matter, Canada it's self.