Posted by: cherylyoung | February 17, 2012

Imagine that if you will! Street paved in gold, No that can’t be right

Zeballos was originally explored by Spanish

gold-seekers in the 1700′s, and named after

Lt. Ciriaco Cevallos.

In the 1920′s, Zeballos was re-established as a mining

town when its elusive veins proved as rich as the locals’ i

magination.

Here is a community whose roads were once truly paved

with gold! In fact, the owners of the nearby gold mine

actually scraped the surface of the road at one time so

the tailings could be run through new equipment and

residual gold removed.

Today, there’s still occasional prospecting, along with

the mainstays of fishing, logging and tourism.

Population: 231

Location: North of

and one-half hour scenic drive takes you to the

picturesque little village of Zeballos on the west coast

of Vancouver Island.

“Roads were caked in mud, but every street was paved

in gold” – from 1938-1943, $13 million worth of gold

bricks were shipped from Zeballos.

Gateway to Kyuquot Sound, home of Canada’s only

sea otters – their valuable fur was another reason for the

early exploration of the BC coast.

Visit Little Hustan Cave Regional Park – a cathedral

entrance leads to extensive underground caves,

sink holes and canyons.

If you’ve never experienced the sensation of spending

time underground, it’s like mountaineering in the dark

with the sight of a smooth, white world revealed in the

beam of your headlamp.

Historical artifacts and photos of gold mining history can

be viewed at the Zeballos Museum.

The area offers excellent sport fishing, and the nearby

lakes challenge freshwater anglers.

Shady boardwalks and walking trails wind through the

Zeballos River estuary and along the river, providing

visitors with a perfect opportunity to enjoy the native

plants and wildlife of the rainforest.

Zeballos is a jumping-off point for nearby Nootka Sound

and  Kyuquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s remote and

wildly beautiful west coast.

Travellers can book boat trips in Zeballos to explore the

fjords and waterways around Nootka Island, and

kayakers and boaters can launch from Fair Harbour,

a 35km trip by unpaved road from Zeballos, to

explore Kyuquot Sound and

Brooks Peninsula / Muquin Provincial Park, where lovable

clown-faced sea otters have made a comeback.

This is a vast, windswept, sea-sprayed section of

Vancouver Island’s northwest coast.

The snout of Brooks Peninsula offers some protection

for Checleset Bay from the winter storms that blow

south from the Gulf of Alaska.

Sea kayakers should beware the fury of the winds and

surf that build around its protruding bulk, especially at

Cape Cook and Clerke Point.

The rewards for making the journey are the solitude

provided by the surroundings and the sight of

magnificent stands of Sitka spruce, the only species

of tree able to thrive under the constant salt- and

magnesium-loaded spindrift that the winds whip from

the tops of the swells and carry ashore in the breeze.

In the sheltering forest, marbled murrelets nest in the

deep moss that enshrouds the thick branches of the

spruce.

Herds of Roosevelt elk graze in the lush, green

understorey, while black bears forage in the

berry-laden bushes.

If you are among the few visitors who make their way

here each year, you will be treated to one of the last r

emaining environments on the west coast where logging

has been held mercifully at bay.

Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park is huge, 127,528

acres (51631 ha) of wilderness that is best explored

with the help of a guide.

Explore the historic waters and stunning scenery of

Nootka Sound aboard the MV Uchuck 111, a

converted minesweeper that carries 100 passengers

and up to 100 tons of freight.

With a comfortable wood finished lounge, coffee shop

and upper deck seating, it is the perfect way to spend

a relaxing day on the West Coast.

Arrangements can be made to wet launch kayakers in

a convenient location along the route.

Day trips operate from Gold River to Yuquot

(Friendly Cove) on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the

summer (June to September).

In the fall, see the Zeballos River teem with spawning

salmon.

The salmon draw people, bald eagles and bears to the

area as they struggle up the Zeballos River to spawn in

the streams in which they were born three to four years

earlier.

The peaceful community of Zeballos is a deep-sea port

surrounded by rugged mountains and forests, offering a

multitude of outdoor adventures, such as hiking, wildlife

viewing, caving, rock climbing, diving, kayaking and

fishing, or camping in a Forest Service Recreation

Site near Zeballos or in Fair Harbour.

CHERYL C YOUNG

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

www.cherylyoung.ca

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