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April 19, 2012

Day three in Peace River country
Posted by Frances Greenslade

Frances Greenslade

We’ve been amazed by the landscape on this roadtrip. The drive from Fort St. John to Fort Nelson yesterday (4 hours on the northwest Alaska Highway) took us past huge ridges, snow-topped mountains and spruce forests. Bryan, our driver and executive director of the BC Book Prizes, acted also as deejay. Our Peace soundtrack includes songs from the Magnetic Fields, Pink Martini, Jamie Cullum and k.d. lang’s Hymns from the 49th Parallel, fitting for a northern road trip. In Fort Nelson, we wandered around outside the museum, when two men drove in and invited us in to see the car shed. Our guide was Marl Brown, who turned out to be the founder of the museum. And what a guide. He showed us his collection of antique cars, most of which he’d restored himself. Then he opened up the museum for us and gave us a tour of the collection. It’s the kind of place you could spend hours; it’s crammed with interesting objects and stories, so many stories. I was struck by the collection of local animals: an owl found dead on the highway with the female watching over her dead mate. Marl said he went back a month later and she was still there. And there was an albino moose that a local First Nations man shot; he regretted it instantly, according to Marl, and brought it in to the museum. Today we’re doing the Hudson’s Hope- Chetwynd-Dawson Creek circle tour—an unbelievably beautiful valley. Glad I got to see it.

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Kristie Cropley
Apr 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Kristie Cropley

It sounds like you are having a fantastic time!

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