On our UNBC Adventure Tours guest safety is one of our main concerns. With many of our tours utilizing jet boats we must enure the drivers have a vast amount of experience driving jet boats and familiarity with the rivers and ocean that we take guests up. We many pre-trip inspections of the waters we venture into to ensure we do not incur any surprises. One of our drivers is Terrace resident Fred Seiler and owner of Northwest Jet Boat Services http://northwestjetboat.ca/. Fred has thousands of hours of experience on the rivers and also instructs our UNBC Jet Boat Safety course. Our guests are in good hands with Fred at the helm of the jet boat.
During our Skeena River Historical Jet Boat Journey tour Aug 5-10, 2016 we will make our way from Hazelton to Port Edward over 5 days. Each day we we will visit some of the more interesting historical sites along the way. One of these that lies adjacent to the Skeena River near Cedarvale is the old Woodcock Airstrip. The Airstrip was built in the 40’s as a relief landing field by the Military. It was used by the cadets as a base for their operations as well but has now fell into disrepair. Here are a few photos of the airstrip.
We mentioned the Kitselas historic site in a previous blog entry but it deserves another post as the canyon ans site is an amazing place. Not many people have the opportunity to visit the canyon by jet boat and visit Ringbolt island. By viewing the canyon by boat it provides a unique perspective when we are toured around by Kitselas First Nations member Web Bennet. Web is a wealth of knowledge and can tell you anything about the history of the area. On this day we jet boat up the Skeena and ride through the boiling waters of the canyon. After exploring Ringbolt island we have a shore lunch in a secluded beach right in the canyon. After lunch we hike up a short trail where Web meets us with his UTV and passenger trailer. He shares his knowledge and shows us the sites as we wind along a path through the beautiful hemlock forest. Highlights include the longhouses, petroglyphs, totem poles, lookout, dugout canoe, interpretive signs and the flora and fauna. This day is one you will remember for a long time.