One our Ultimate Ghost Town Adventure we visit two of Northern BC’s most unique ghosts towns which are essentially neighbors. The early 1900 silver mining town of Alice Arm was home to the Dolly Varden Mine and railway while Kitsault just across the inlet was home to the early 1980’s molydenum mine of Kitsault. Alice Arm still buzzes with hoped of finding the next big silver “find” as exploration crews still scour the valley in the summer. Other than that the town is largely abandoned with a scattering of locals who spend the summer in the town.
Across the inlet is the modern day ghost town of Kitsault. It was a complete town that was built on the premise of strong moly prices for years, but after a couple of years the price of moly crashed and the mine was shut down. The fully serviced town with shopping mall, swimming pool, basketball court, curling rink, hospital, pub, movie theater, apartments and houses sat vacant until 2005 when Viriginia business man bought the town sight unseen for 5.7 million dollars. The town has still sat vacant other than caretakers and a summer crew of maintenance people.
Everything still remains relatively eerily as it was in 1982. We are fortunate enough to be granted access to tour the town and also stay overnight in it.
We will be heading back to Kitsault and Alice Arm, August 17-18, 2019 for any of you that are interested. Here are some photos from last year.
We are excited for the upcoming year of Adventure Tours through UNBC Continuing Studies. Every year the tours get better as we fine tune all the small details. Most tours are only delivered once a year and occasionally twice if sufficient demand well in advance of the tour date. These tours are not geared towards academic students but rather those with an interest in adventure and experiencing northern BC. The tours have a small group size of upto 10-12 guests at he most and rely heavily on guest speakers and authentic locals that share their knowledge about the places we visit. Our average age of our guests is around 60 years old and some as old as 85. We do have younger people join us as well but predominantly it is an older clientele.
I thought I would share 10 photos form last year that highlight some of the trips we did.
Wow! For those looking to tour two of the most inaccessible ghost towns in British Columbia; now is your chance! We have permission to visit the modern day ghost town of Kitsault that has sat vacant since 1983! This town has everything a town would need! Hospital, Pub, Curling Rink, Movie Theatre, Swimming Pool, Library, Day care, Gymnasium, Squash Courts, Grocery Store, Bank, Sporting Goods Store, Post Office, Hot Tub, Apartments and Houses! The only thing missing is the people! BE one of the few people to tour this town and STAY overnight in one of the apartment buildings. This is a truly a trip of a lifetime.
As an added bonus we will be visiting the historic Silver mining town and home to the Dolly Varden Mine – Alice Arm. We will tour the town and be treated to magnificent seafood feast on the banks above massive Alice Arm Estuary.
All this in in a one night two day trip from Terrace, BC to Kitsault and Alice Arm and return to Terrace. All meals, accommodations, transportation ( return from Terrace, BC to Kitsault and Ocean transportation to Alice Arm.)
This trip will fill up fast and is limited to 12 guests!
August 18-19, 2017
Register no or contact Rob Bryce at (250) 617-5931 or Rob.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information