Alice Arm is another of our stops on the Ghost Towns of Northwest BC Tour. It is home to the historic Dolly Varden mine which operated from 1919 to 1940 and the North Star mine which ran from 1919 to 1921, and the Torbrit mine from 1949 to 1959. We will cruise along Observatory in our chartered yacht and begin exploring this eerie community. The Alice Arm Schoolhouse is one of the structures still standing and it is full of stories from the past. The names of the kids still remain above each coat hook where they were to hang up their jackets. Hundreds of old textbooks from the 30’s scatter the shelves and remnants of the past can be found everywhere.
Port Essington is another stop on our Jet Boat Photography and Ghost Towns of Northwest BC programs. It is a remote historic that is difficult to access and coordinate. It is located on the lower Skeena River which is impacted by 16ft tides which makes the launching of boats and planning of activities very important. The jet boat ride on the lower Skeena River is amazing though as we cruise past the remnants of many old canneries as this was the centre of the canneries on the Skeena River. We will explore the cannery site and the view what is left before it all disappears. The highlights are the old boardwalk and the objects that line the forest just up from the beach.
The 44 metre high, 207 – metre long concrete dam on Anyox Creek was built in 1924 to power a copper mine and smelter, and abandoned in 1935.
In the mid 1920′s the town of Anyox was a thriving community of over 3,000, with each home supported by electricity and hot water from the hydroelectric plant.
In the early 1920s concrete pioneer and dam engineer John S. Eastwood designed the hydroelectric dam as it stood as the tallest dam in Canada for many years.
We will have the opportunity to explore in and around this magnificent structure that seems so out of place in the middle of nowhere.
The owner of the site Jeff Wolrige still has plans to one day reactivate the dam and start producing power again. For now the water passes through the dam through a couple of small outlets and a larger hole that they created with dynamite to alleviate any backlog of water while decomissioned.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of a handful of people to visit the dam this year!