Posted by: cherylyoung | December 15, 2012

Hudsons Hope in a picturesque setting on the Banks of the Peace River in the Rocky Mountain Foothills


Hudsons Hope In a picturesque setting on the

banks of the Peace River in the Rocky Mountain

foothills, is the beautiful little community of

Hudson’s Hope.

Situated midway between Chetwynd and Fort St.

John,  this route is the most scenic in the area,

as the highway follows the Peace River.

Hudson’s Hope is the third oldest community in

British Columbia, and is steeped in fur-trading

history  dating back to the late 1700s, and the days

of the Alexander Mackenzie Northwest Company.

The Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading

post here in 1805, but it closed for 57 years, to

punish  the First Nations people for resising the

white man’s  invasion.

The area is one of the richest sites of fossils and

dinosaur  footprints in the world

Is it any wonder that the town mascot is a friendly

little fellow by the name of Dudley Dinosaur?

Hudson’s Hope extends a warm welcome to visitor

and  entrepeneur alike, to share their unique

northern bounty  and hospitality.

Population: 1,159 Location: Hudson’s Hope is

located on Highway 29 in northeast British Columbia,

41 miles  (66 km) north of Chetwynd and 56 miles

(90 km) southwest of Fort St. John.

The fossil display in the Hudson’s Hope Museum

is the  finest collection of fossils in the Peace River

area, which is to be expected from one of the

world’s richest sites  of fossils and dinosaur footprints.

On display is a 11,600 year old Mammoth tusk.

The history of the area is represented by pioneer and

Native displays, and artifacts from the early trapping

and coal mining industries.

Visit Gething Creek for a unique prehistoric

experienceto view actual dinosaur footprints!

This site is located in a somewhat remote area

approximately 40 km from the townsite.

Additional information and directions are

available at  the Hudson’s Hope Visitor Centre.

Stroll through Alwin Holland Park, beside the

Peace River.

Jamieson Woods Nature Preserve is home to ancient

sand dunes, mature mixed pine/aspen forest,

abundant variety of flowers and shrubs including

calypso orchids  and intricate mushrooms.

This tranquil woodland setting is home to many types

of birds, including, seven species of woodpeckers.

There are great trails for mountain bikes in the summer

and cross country skiing in the winter.

The trail layout provides designated areas for ATV’s

and snowmobiles.

The W.A.C. Bennett Dam is celebrating 40 years!

Join them for an exciting underground bus tour of one

of the world’s largest earth-filled structures.

They will drive right through the canyon wall that will

take you to the powerhouse – 500 feet underground!

Have fun with hands-on science exhibits and learn how

electricity is made.

Tours of the underground powerhouse are available

(first tour leaves at 10:30am and the last at 4:30pm).

Free admission. Fee applies for underground bus tours.

Hours: 10am to 6pm daily from May 17 to September 1.

Located on Canyon Drive, 21 km west of Hudsons Hope.

Phone 1-888-333-6667. More Information.

Behind the W.A.C. Bennett Dam is Williston Lake, the

largest man-made lake in North America, offering

excellent fishing and fossil hunting in the

surrounding area.

The Peace Canyon Dam site tells the story of the Peace

Canyon dating back to the time of the dinosaur.

Two life-sized models of the Hadrosaur Dinosaur,

fossils, and photos tell this story in the visitor centre.

At the time that the Peace Canyon Dam was built their

units were the largest in the world!

Free Admission. Seasonal Hours: 8am to 4pm daily

May 17 to September 1 – guided tours available.

Off-Season Hours: 8am to 4pm weekdays only – self

-guided tours only.

Phone 1-888-333-6667.

More Information.

Moberly Lake Provincial Park is a popular

swimming  spot, and home to the mythical monster,

Moberly Dick.

Located south of Hudson’s Hope on the south shore

of Moberly Lake, the park boasts campsites for

overnighting, as well as the usual variety of

water-related  activities.

Moberly is a popular getaway for residents and

visitors alike, but there are usually a few camping

spaces open for  latecomers on all but the busiest


A lakeside cairn to fur trader Henry John Moberly

records his discovery of the lake in 1865.

Overnight camping is provided at Gethin Park,

Dinosaur Lake, Cameron Lake and Alwin Holland

Campgrounds, the latter situated in a rustic setting

beside the Peace River.

All parks are maintained by the District of

Hudson’s Hope, and include water, wood, and

outdoor washrooms, and some have playground


Angling in the Fishing Capital of the Peace is excellent,

with lakes and rivers full of rainbow trout, arctic

grayling, dolly varden, and northern pike.

Fishing in British Columbia.

The Peace River Valley is a well-travelled

migration route  for bald eagles, tundra and

trumpeter swans, and five  types of gulls.

Boaters and paddlers are likely to see moose, elk,

mule deer, white-tailed deer and coyotes.

Also along the river bank are unusual microclimates

where cacti and roses grow wild.

See the best of Northern BC on the Circle Tour of

Northern British Columbia.

From Prince George, travel north through the Rocky

Mountain foothills via the Alaska Highway to Watson

Lake in the Yukon, before heading south again on the

Stewart/Cassiar Highway.

The wildlife population in this vast and remote

territory is so prolific that this portion of the

Northern Rockies has  been dubbed the Serengeti

of North America.

Circle Tours in British Columbia



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