Day 127 - Drive to Smithers, BC
Trip Start May 01, 2013
125Trip End May 01, 2014
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Riverside Golf & RV Resort
Our travels takes us through a couple of First Nation towns - not much to look at and very small.
There was a short side trip down a dirt and narrow road (how many of us do you think took THAT route)? We've all had enough of dirt, dust, rocks, gravel and whatever else they throw our way. So you can read about it like I did - the town was first called Gitanyow (Indian for "place of many people"). Then the town was raided and most of the inhabitants were killed, so they renamed the town Kitwancool - meaning (you guessed it) "place of reduced number". It is, however, a place where there are the most totem poles in all of British Columbia - so that would have been nice to see
As we drive along we see the Seven Sisters Mountain Range, and it is quite pretty. Just in front of that range is the town of Kitwanga - this was a village that traded "grease" (candlefish oil). Kitwanga Fort was also the first major western Candadian Native site commemorated by Parks Canada.
And our last history lesson is the town of Gitwangak which is still today a native reserve. There is a church there that dates back to 1893. It also has one of the last existing Grand Trunk Pacific railway stations.
Smithers is a town of 6,000 people. the elevation is 1,621 feet.
A few of the men in our group could hardly wait to get in a little golf after such a long time.