Northern British Columbia Points of Interest: Tete Jaune Cache to Prince George

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Tete Jaune Cache to Prince George

(The Yellowhead Hwy 16 West)

Ness Lake

Tete Jaune Cache:
"Yellowhead" in French, Tete Juane Cache is located at the confluence of the Fraser and Robson Rivers 266 km (165 miles) east of Prince George off of Highway 16 and marks the easternmost part of the Northern BC: Northwest & Hwy #16 region. Once a major construction center during the building of the railway, this was once the head of navigation for the flat-bottom stern wheelers which brought railway supplies up the Fraser River.

Situated in the fertile Robson Valley, 207 km (128 miles) east of Prince George on the Yellowhead Highway 16 is the town of McBribe. Main economic stays include agriculture and forestry. The area surrounding offers visitors excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking (including heli-hiking in summer and heli-skiing in the winter), camping and golfing.

Koeneman Regional Park:
Visit Rainbow Falls and Deer Mountain which offers good views of the Robson Valley and Cariboo Mountains.

Further along the Yellowhead Hwy from McBride is Purden Lake. This isolated stretch of road passes through forests, crosses streams and offers good rest areas for views and wildlife viewing. The Kakwa Provincial recreation area is nearby and offers self-sufficient visitors excellent wilderness opportunities. 150 km (92 miles) west of McBride is the Purden Lake Provincial Park, Purden Lake Resort and Purden Ski Village. Air charter access to this area is available.

Prince George:
Situated at the junction of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, Prince George was founded in 1807 by Simon Fraser. A regional centre for government service, health care and post secondary education this large northern city is located at the crossroads of the Yellowhead Highway and Highway 97 and the BC Rail and CNR Railways. As forestry as its main economic stay, Prince George was first established with small sawmills and later in 1964 a pulp mill.

Fort George Park:
Located at the end of 20th Avenue, overlooking the Fraser, it's the original site of the outpost built by Simon Fraser for the North West Company in 1807. Part of the park is the ancestral burial ground for the local Lheit-Li'ten Nation. The Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum is located in the parkand displays the city's economic development and natural history as well as an old-time railway and historic buildings. The park is located at the end of 20th Avenue.

Cottonwood Island Nature Park:
Off River Road, it's a peaceful sanctuary with trails along the Nechako River.

Prince George Railway and Forest Industry Museum:

Near the Cottonwood Island Park off of River Road is the museum. The history of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (now the CNR) along with a complete station, employee bunkhouses and restored railway cars may be viewed here.

Forests for the World Park:
This park at the top of Cranbrook Hill offers hiking and cross country trails through soft- and hardwood forests.

The Heritage River Trail System:
Hike along the Fraser and Nechako Rivers to impressive viewpoints of the area.

University of Northern B.C. (UNBC):
Canada's newest university offers opportunities for study including First Nations, environmental, international, northern and women's studies.

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Northern British Columbia Points of Interest: Tete Jaune Cache to Prince George