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Ghost town tours by boat in northern British Columbia


This 7 day educational travel adventure is a must for the Ghost Town aficionado and those interested in Northwest BC history. Exclusive access to some of British Columbia's most restricted ghost town’s will be provided. The remoteness and history of these fabled towns will amaze even those without an interest in the eerie past of these boom and bust communities. You will visit the modern day Ghost town of Kitsualt which has sat vacant for over 30 years and the only thing missing are the people. We have been granted access to the remote and historic mining town of Anyox which has been referred to as the The Town that got Lost. 

The once thriving mining town had over 3000 residents in 1914 but has now been uninhabited for the past 80 years. The tour also includes an adventure to one of BC’s most inaccessible ghost town’s, Alice Arm and the historic ghost towns on the Skeena River; Port Essington and Doreen.  We will utilize ocean going boats and jet boats to access these remote locations.  Hopefully you are not afraid of ghosts as we will be overnighting in three of these eerie towns.  Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime to be part of this special  trip! 

Special 2 day tours for 2018:

The Town That Got Lost Anyox Exploration 
June 2-3, 2018

Discover Northwest BC’s forgotten past on this ghostly historical exploration of Anyox, a once thriving mining town now uninhabited for nearly 80 years. Gain exclusive access by boat to spend two days and a night at this remote location where eerie remnants of a resource town now rest undisturbed. Visit the abandoned Anyox Dam, Powerhouse and Cemetery, a deserted coke plant, steam plant, general store, red light district and more.

Kitsault & Alice Arm

August 18-19, 2018

Join us for an “exclusive” visit to two of northwest BC’s most inaccessible ghost towns. You will spend two full days and one night exploring the modern day ghost town of Kitsault and the famous silver mining town of Alice Arm. With special permission to visit both towns and stay overnight in the eerie apartments of the once thriving town of Kitsault, this tour offers the ultimate ghost town experience.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

We utilize a variety of guides and resource person throughout the tour that are experts in their field.  Our Jet Boat Guides and Ocean Boat guides are all Transport Canada Certified and have hundreds of hours of experience on BC’s NorthCoast. 

Our Guides are experts in their field with a strong historical background and intimate knowledge of the town of Anyox and all the hidden gems to explore.

RESTRICTIONS

Since virtually all of the excursions take place "off pavement" you should be prepared to encounter uneven footing, mud, puddles, sticks, branches, lava, and wooden boardwalks. Trail and paths conditions can vary considerably during the course of a trip; some trails are wide, well-built and well-graded. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sleeping bags required for three of our remote night locations in Anyox, Alice Arm and Kitsault. 

TRANSPORTATION

This trip originates and commences in Terrace, BC.  All transportation ( bus, jet boat, ocean boat, pickup trucks) is included once arriving in Terrace.  Airport pickup and drop off is included as well. 

WEATHER

Summer temperatures and weather are generally quite nice with temperatures between 13-25C.  It can be a bit breezy on the ocean and rivers and it will feel cooler with the moving boats.  We will bespending most of our time in a coastal rainforest but typically it does not rain a lot in the summer. 

The 2 day trip takes place in June the Coastal Rainforest of BC  so rain can be expected even though June  is one of the driest months.  The average temperatures for the month are highs of 22 C and lows of 12 C but it can feel colder while boating on the ocean.

REGION
Northern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Jet boats and safety equipment including life jackets and waders.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing as the boat rides can be cool. Hiking boots, rain gear, warm coat, gloves, hat, warm socks, fleece underclothes, bathing suit (for the visit to the hot springs and the hot tub at the lodge).

With all of the program occurring in a coastal rainforest the likelihood of rain is high so please bring a good quality rain jacket and pants.  Boating trips can be cool depending on the weather as the wind will become a factor so please bring warm clothing to accommodate this.

 

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, water bottle, day pack, sunglasses, sunscreen, dry bag for camera equipment, walking stick.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The first three nights will be spent at the Yellow Cedar Lodge which is tucked away in a wooded corner overlooking the world famous Skeena River sits the Yellow Cedar Lodge, a full service Bed & Breakfast style accommodation with a back to nature feel. Just minutes outside of Terrace, British Columbia on Highway 16 west, the Yellow Cedar Lodge will be our starting point for the first 3 days of adventure and our place for relaxation in the evenings. 

The last 3 nights will be spent in three of the very remote ghost towns. We will be staying in a camp style accommodations in the town of Anyox.  Everyone will have their own bedroom in this rustic site. During our Alice Arm visit we will be staying in the historic Alice Arm lodge and a couple of rustic cabins. 

The final night will be spent in Kitsault in one of the 1980 apartments that the local residents lived in while the town was inhabited.

On the 2 day trip there is one night accommodation included. The night in Anyox is extremely remote locations in rustic but clean accommodations. Every guest will have their own room overlooking the ocean.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

During the first three nights at the Yellow Cedar Lodge join the Red Seal Chef on the expansive deck with a glass of fine B.C. wine and enjoy the view of the Skeena River as he barbeques fresh Pacific Rim Marinated Wild Coho Salmon: one of the many main course selections. Dinner will be served in the rustic handcrafted cedar log dining room that has breathtaking views and an intimate atmosphere. The chef’s culinary sophistication and experience will delight you. 

His innovative cuisine emphasizes locally sourced seasonal vegetables, seafood and game. He artfully prepares each course fresh for a stunning presentation and succulent, vibrant flavor. After enjoying a delectable three course meal, you can retire to the lounge to enjoy a special coffee and discuss the day’s adventure: the quiet setting and cozy fireplace provide the perfect environment for winding down after a busy day of adventure. This is a truly a unique setting for enjoying an authentic fine dining experience. 

The last nights will include home cooked  meals with the highlight a seafood BBQ from the only year round residents of Alice arm.

On the 2 day trip all food and meals are included during the duration of the program The meals during our two day excursion out of Kincolith will be more modest due to the remote location but will include three hearty meals a day. 

Aug 21, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018
$3595.00 / per person - CAD

Jun 02, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018
$895.00 / per person - CAD
Anyox Exploration
Aug 18, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018
$795.00 / per person - CAD
Kitsault & Alice Arm.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Full refund if you cancel with more than 30 days notice. No refunds one month prior to the program date.

Aug 21, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018

Day 1

We travel east of  Terrace and launch our two jet boats  on the magnificent Skeena River and take a short boat ride to the north side of the river.  After a short walk we arrive at Dorreen, at the base of glacier-covered Mt. Knauss. Our local guide will show us around the once thriving town and share is passion and history of the town. The town used to be a prospering mining and farming town on the GTP rail line, but today only a dozen cabins and houses are still remain and most people use it as a summer getaway. The town is hub for old antique discarded vehicles that were brought in by train to drive on the few km’s of dirt road. 

Day 2

We will travel downstream (west) towards the historic cannery town of Port Essington.  Built in 1875, this town was the life of the mighty Skeena River.   At this ghost-town you will have the opportunity to capture amazing historic photos of a pre-1900 cemetery and butcher shop bone yard.  While exploring  the forest where remnants of the past await us with a special story behind each one. Afterwards we’ll take a boat ride across the river to a small hidden hot spring, where we can soak in a small pool under  the towering coastal Sitka Spruce rainforest.  

Day 3

On your third day you will drive through the heart of a historic lava flow enroute to the coastal village of Gingolx.  At this village we will meet our  boat and captain who will take us into Observatory Inlet on the way to the once booming town of Anyox.  The 1914 abandoned town is a historic gem  that very few individuals have ever visited. Remains of old railway cars, powerhouses, general store, cemetery and the once largest dam in Canada will be toured.  We are fortunate to be able to spend the night in the town as well. 

Day 4

We spend the day at Alice Arm, the legendary silver mining town and site of the once famous Dolly Varden Mining Railway whose narrow gauge track led up the Kitsault River to several rich mine sites. The town has several dilapidated cabins and stores, alongside modernized cabins used as summer retreats. We will walk around the historic sites, meet some locals and walk to a nearby waterfall, where salmon are seen spawning. We will be treated to a seafood barbecue overlooking the ocean by the only year  round residents of Alice Arm. The group will spend the night at the Rustic Alice Arm Lodge.

Day 5

After a comfortable and peaceful night at Alice Arm Lodge, we will travel by boat across the inlet to the modern day Ghost Town of Kitsault.  Our exclusive access to this site will include a tour of the site and the many buildings that have sat vacant as is since 1981.  This will include the shopping centre, swimming pool, school, theatre, curling rink, library, hospital and much more.  We will spend the night in one of the 1980’s style apartments and get rested for our 4 hour drive through the coastal mountains back to Terrace the following morning. 

Day 6

Leave for Terrace the following morning at 10 am. 

Arriving in Terrace at 2 pm.