On day three of the journey we transitioned from Alberta to British Columbia. Highlights include a big mountain, waterfall, old train station and giant cedar trees.
Day three map of our ride across northern BC.
The morning started with us finally getting a view of Mount Robson which is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. It has an elevation of 3,954 m (12,972 ft) at its highest point. Still plenty of snow up on the peak.
Before heading out for the day we stretched our muscles with a hike at a nearby waterfall.
After the waterfall we set off in search of breakfast and were directed to the McBride Train Station by a local. It was off the highway a little bit but we were told it was worth the detour.
They served breakfast and “way better than Tim Horton’s but cash only” the guy behind the counter claimed. He was correct as the food was fantastic and both he and the building were filled with character. Almost every square inch of the walls with filled with either train or local memorabilia. The man himself appeared to be around retirement age but apparently ran this restaurant, drove a logging truck, restored railway items and once he spotted our bikes also raced motorcycles. It was a darn good breakfast though.
McBride was founded along on mile 90 on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The first station was built in 1913 but it burned down in 1918 and was rebuilt a year later as the current building.
There was also a model railway on site.
While trains still rumble by they now longer stop at this station.
Nearby was a wood caboose. According to the sign it was Canadian National # 79149 built in 1957 and one of the last wooden cabooses left.
The next stop along Yellowhead highway was at the Ancient Forest to see some giant cedar trees. It is actually the most inland rain-forest (800kms or 500 miles from the ocean) in the world. The larger trees are well over a thousand years old although exact dating is impossible with these particular trees since they have rotten cores.
The biggest tree in the area is five meters or sixteen feet in diameter at the base with an estimated age of two thousand years old.
There were lots and lots of bugs including these large butterflies. So big you can feel it when hitting one of these at speed.
Plenty of these imported Mitsubish Delica vans in British Columbia as well.
After the day’s five hundred or so kilometer ride we found an older timer in this 70s Ford F-series Ranger four wheel drive pickup truck.
We stopped for the night in Burns Lake where they had a free (nice!) campground on the lake.
Being so far north in the summer I do not think it got properly dark until 1am. I then woke up as it was fully bright at 4:30am. Unfortunately the birds also woke around this time and being on the lake they made themselves heard. This gave us an early start for the next day when we shoot for the coast.
The full trip log: