Global TV Spotlight on the Ghost Town of Alice Arm
This once thriving Silver Mining town Alice Arm of the early 1900’s is home to the Dolly Varden Silver Mine and a dozen or so cabins and homesteads. It is also one of our stops on the UNBC Continuing Studies “Ghost Towns of Northwest BC” Tour. Some of the highlights include the 1920 schoolhouse, bakery, haunted houses, old derelict vehicles, polish prison, seafood BBQ, waterfalls, salmon and bears. Below the video are a few more photos of the town. For a good read on the history of the town Darryl Muralt’s book “Steel Rails & Silver Dreams” provided an insightful look into the boom and bust times of this silver mining town and the tribulations of building a small railway in some of the most inhospitable conditions. The town really is a unique pace to visit!
Who thought it was possible to go back in time. Visiting the Kitsault Mall may be as close as one can get to a time warp. The mall closed shortly after it opened and I think they were still looking to fill all the stores. As seen in the Kitsault Times the mall opened in 1982 and the residents were told to leave in 1983. The “Hospitality Foods” still has grocery carts in the store, the bank still has the charge machines and stationery. The mall had a grocery store, restuarant, sports store, post office, clothing, sears and more. It is quite the feeling wandering around the mall and expecting people to come out of the stores or expecting there to be packages of bacon in the meat section of the grocery store. We will be heading back to Kitsault in August 2017 as one of the five ghost towns on our “Ghost Towns of Northwest BC tour.
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.
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I’m Rob Bryce and I want to share with you my knowledge of Northern BC and my passion for adventure. Come along with me on some of the most exclusive trips in Northern British Columbia!
As a coordinator for Continuing Studies at UNBC, one of my true pleasures is to bring together my love and knowledge of Northern BC and my passion for adventure resulting in this new Experiential Tourism program. I’m always looking for that new niche based northern BC “experience” that can be coordinated into a new “Experiential Tourism Program” through Continuing Studies.