August - September 2016
Camping, old school, on Bornite Mountain near Terrace, BC. Photo by Paul Glover.
In This Issue
Northern BC’s summers are often too short; however, August and September can bring some of the most interesting and fun kinds of fly-fishing: stalking the banks of low-water rivers for big, fat rainbows with large grasshopper patterns.
In the summer of 1971, men and machines were working on removing the overburden (mining lingo for “dirt”) on Noranda’s Bell Mine on the Newman Peninsula of Babine Lake when their work revealed a jumble of ancient, oversized bones.
Imagine dried herbs, ground-up roots and powdered barks carefully labelled and arranged in neat wooden boxes, dried berries wrapped in a deer skin pouch or willow bark being boiled in a cast iron pot over an open campfire.
The glaciers are melting.
“There must be a small salmon run up this stream.”
Gone but not forgotten:Port Edward’s defunct canneries offer everything from history to beachcombing
A freight train rumbles past not 50 feet from our red-hued cottage, a throwback to an age when rail was the only way into this once-remote outpost on the northwest coast.
It’s a beautiful day in May 2012 and the air is filled with millions of tiny, fluttering moths.
The McDonell Lake Trail is an old horse-packing route that historically began at the lake, opposite Copper River Ranch.
On my drive home, I see a mountain in the Telkwa Range just south of the Bulkley Valley. Every time I see that mountain I think, Now there’s a survivor!
Discussions around natural gas obtained through fracking and carried by pipelines across the province to terminals on the coast, where it is liquefied for export, have been draped around arguments about the region’s economic wellbeing: We need the projects for the strength of the GDP, to get resources to market, for jobs, for families etc., etc.
While the effects of the more common 'Tent Caterpillar' fade, the lesser known 'Motorhome Caterpillar' still wreaks havoc in local fruit trees.
Did you know you can “save money and garage space” with a brand-name 12-amp compact blower vacuum?