Travelling along the Upper Fraser to the end of the road through towns like Longworth, Sinclair Mills, Newlands, Hutton and Penny provides a glimpse into the past of our early resource based communities and the lives of the people that worked there. We were fortunate enough to have Author “Ray Olson” provide interpretive knowledge and share his stories of growing up along the line. All this is done while travelling in the comfort of a VIA rail train from Prince George to Penny. When we arrive in Penny the Gobbi family generously provides lunch and tours us around the local homesteads and cemetery. The day winds up with a Jet Boat ride down the Fraser River through historic and scenic Grand Canyon of the Fraser.
Last year the tour was so popular we delivered two trips to this historic part of our region. Here are some highlights from last years tour!
Many Prince George residents have lived in this area for a long time but have never explored in their own backyard. Here is a perfect opportunity to learn about our history and view some of the most iconic historical sites in the region. Reaction ferries, Canyons, Railways, Goat Island, Bollards, Rapids, and hopefully some local wildlife will make this a memorable trip! May 15 or June 17, 2017
The tour will commence with a 30 minute jet boat ride up the Nechako River to the site of the Miworth Reaction Ferry. In Miworth two hulls of the ferry still remain, plus a wooden derrick tower. This ferry operated from 1922 to the mid 1940’s. Reaction ferries were common in the interior for crossing many of our river systems. The ferries consist of two pontoon hulls and a cable across the river. The energy of the river current is used to angle the pontoons across the river. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit this historic site.
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Bridge
From the Miworth Reaction Ferry site, we will journey to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Bridge. This iconic Prince George feature is over 100-years old and is still the longest railway bridge in B.C. While viewing the Bridge from below, Jeff will provide a historic perspective of the bridge. On this stretch of our journey a stop will also be made at Goat Island, where this island’s contribution to the building of the GTP Railway Bridge and the stories of Jim Johnson’s goat farm will be told.
Fort George Canyon
The last destination on our tour is Fort George Canyon where the sternwheelers of the early 1900’s attempted to navigate and winch themselves through the rock outcropped islands and fast flowing rapids and whirlpools of this narrow pass in the Fraser River. We will learn and experience why it was so difficult to bring these boats through this extremely treacherous section of the river. Don’t miss this chance to experience the rich history of our local rivers!
One of the most unique research projects in Northern BC is now available for the community to take part or for professional development purposes for biologists. The White Sturgeon Biology Tour in partnership with Lheidli Tenneh fisheries allows individuals to experience the searching, catching, observing and recording of white sturgeon on the upper Fraser River. One of the first techniques that the guests are exposed to is the use of radio telemetry in tracking previously tagged White Sturgeon. By using an antenna and receiver we can pin point the location of these prehistoric creatures. The tour is conducted in jet boats as we boat to known holding locations of the fish and then use angling and set lines to catch these fish for the research project.
This two day tour is one of our most unique with the opportunity to participate in an active Sturgeon tagging program. The guest swill actively participate in the catching and observing the inserting of radio telemetry tags inside the belly of the sturgeon. Guests will learn how to search for past tagged sturgeon with the radio telemetry equipment. The use of set lines and angling equipment will be used to catch the magnificent creatures and then perform a variety of measurements for research purposes. The following video provides a good overview of the two day tour.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of a very unique and exclusive research project. The White Sturgeon Biology Project in partnership with EDI Environmental Dynamics and the L’heildli Tenneh First Nation. This two day tour on the upper Fraser River we track Sturgeon with radio telemetry equipment and then attempt to catch them with set lines and angling gear. Guests learn all about these prehistoric fish and all the surgical and measurement techniques that are done for each fish caught. This years two day Jet Boat Sturgeon Project takes place on May 4-5, 2017.
This is the 2nd year of this one of a kind experience to participate in a unique northern BC Tour.
This two day on the river experiential biology field tour will introduce participants to White Sturgeon biology and conservation and an opportunity participate in an active sturgeon research project. Guests will be participating in an active research project to catch and tag Upper Fraser White Sturgeon under the guidance of fishery biologists and the local First Nations fisheries technician. This special and unique tour allows guests to be part of an exclusive opportunity that is otherwise unavailable to the public.
The trip also incorporates a tour through the historical Grand Canyon of the Fraser. Participants will travel via jet boat to locations on the upper Fraser River to learn about the following:
• Setline techniques
• Angling techniques
• Basics of radio tagging and telemetry
• Basics of PIT Tagging
• Basics of FLOY Tagging
• Sturgeon capture and handling
• White sturgeon determination of sex and sexual maturity
• Determining white sturgeon age
We are pleased to announce that we are working in conjunction with the Lheidli T’enneh on this White Sturgeon Capture and Release Program and are providing an opportunity for the public to be a part of this unique experiential Tourism Program.