Northern BC, Canada – Part I

Driving from the city of Kelowna to the northern city of Prince Rupert takes you through a large area of the beautiful province of British Columbia in Canada.

The first part of our road trip took us on Highway 97.  The Highway takes its number from the U.S. Route 97, with which it connects at the Canadian/US border.Image

Highway 97 is the longest continuously-numbered route in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) – and the longest provincial highway in any province – running 2,081 km (1,293 mi) from the Canada/ U.S border in the south of British Columbia to Watson Lake in the Yukon territory.

ImageImageImagePhotos above: On the road about to approach Kamloops, BC.

After passing Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops and Cache Creek – I got some photos of the village that sits below the southern edge of the Cariboo Plateau, Clinton.

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Originally known as “47 Mile House” or “47 Mile”, Clinton was named in 1863 upon completion of the Cariboo Wagon Road.

ImageImageOn the road after passing Clinton, BC.

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Located along Highway 97 in the Cariboo region of BC is 70 Mile House.  The name 70 Mile House is derived from its distance from the community Lillooet, which was Mile 0 of the Old Cariboo Road.  Similar names of other locations along todays Highway 97 were given based on the distance from Lilloet (see photos below).

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100 Mile House (pop. approx. 2,000) – as 70 Mile House and other “Mile Houses” – acquired its current name during the Cariboo Gold Rush.  It was named for the rest stop & roadhouse travel weary gold seekers found 100 miles (160 km) from Lillooet during the Cariboo gold rush of the 1860’s.

100 Mile House is located in the interior of British Columbia in an area known as the South Cariboo.

The below photos (and the one above this text) are taken while driving through 100 Mile House on Highway 97.ImageImageImage“Transformers” Auto Shop, 100 Mile House.  I like the name!

ImageI’m for sure stopping by this restaurant the next time I drive through 100 Mile House!

ImageImage   Not a particularly great photo – but what a great Santa!

ImageThe photo above is taken after passing 100 Mile House…..go figure! 🙂

ImageThis was the last photo before arriving in Prince George.

It was dark when we arrived in “PG” (as referred to by the locals) so unfortunately no photos were taken of the largest city known as the capital of Northern BC.

More photos of Highway 16 going from PG to Prince Rupert in the next blog post….stay tuned 🙂

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