Kitselas Canyon – Part 1

It was an action packed day, and I shot over five gigabytes of photos, so I decided to split this into two parts. The first part dedicated to get to the canyon, and then canyon itself. Of course with so many photos to choose from, this will be a challenge to see what photos I post. So, here we go… Some facts about the site. It is part of the Gitselasu First Nation People, and the oldest site is said to be over five thousand years old based on radio carbon dating. When I was here last, in the 1980s, this was just a trail from the highway to the river. Since then, it has been turned into a park, and very well maintained. I think our trek to the canyon was faster today, then it was back then.

Today, it is a park, with a museum and tours. If you just want to hike to the canyon, your free to do that as well. The first place you go to is the museum; however, that was closed on the day that we went here. We parked our car here, and went on foot the rest of the way. The hike was short from this point, about two kilometres from the parking lot. The trail was in awesome shape as we walked along it.

In the above shot, you can see some of the forested areas that in seen from the hiking trail. The moss floor, and the spaced trees covered about half of the hike.

And of course, I cannot forget to mention the numerous information signs along the way too. Then is a lot of information that you can read along the trail. This on, above, shows a map, and some historical facts, among the five thousand year old carbon dating from the oldest site around the canyon. Also, the introduction of the riverboats (about the 1860s to 1912), and the use of “ringbolts” to aid the riverboats up the Skeena River, then the railway, from the early 1900s until now. There is a lot of history in this location. 

Then once we reached the end of the trail, you are greeted with these guys at the edge of the canyon. I believe there is a Killer Whale, Wolf, Raven and Salmon. I am not sure, I will have to check with more knowledgable friends as to what they actually are. But anyway, we are at the canyon now. Oh one more item to say before I go into part two of this post, also at this location, across from these totem poles, is a shelter that houses a very old dug-out canoe that used on the Skeena River by the First nation’s People. I could not get a good shot because of the low light there. Bring a speed-light nest time!

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