Kitwanga to Ten Mile Lake

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Ksan totum poles near Kitwanga

 

 

Kitwanga has a wonderful historical area with interpretive boards and a hike.  We visited it first thing in the morning and enjoyed climbing to the top of the Battle Hill.  We learned all about the tribal leader, Nekt, and his coat of bear skin and flint, and how he built his fortress on top of the hill and would roll spiked logs down on warriors who attacked.  His “strike only once” magical club was a real favorite.

 

Then we traveled to ‘Ksan and saw the old church 1890’s and the dozen real totem poles that told the story of the Kitwangans, Nekt, and their move to the river area.  It was very interesting to see them in the middle of the authentic First Nations village instead of all painted and dolled up for tourists.

 

We headed through Houston, British Columbia, which looked nothing like home with its beautiful pastoral scenery.

Ksan totum poles near Kitwanga
  In Prince George, we reloaded at Wal-Mart, but were happy to head on out of town.  Cities at 5pm on a Friday evening are all a little nerve-wracking to drive through for me.  But Sallie, the GPS, is a lifesaver and led us south to Quesnel, where we stopped for the night. 

 

Ten-Mile-Lake Provincial Campground is lovely and large with almost 150 sites.  We were lucky to find a spot.  School doesn’t start here until the Tuesday after Labor Day, and the weather is perfect.  So everyone is out enjoying the beautiful, obviously big (by the name) lake within an hour’s drive of one of B.C.’s biggest cities (Prince George).  Weekends are not fulltimer’s favorite because it means campsite competition.  Coming in after 6pm Friday during high season is just a set up for disappointment.  We are very happy to be here!

 

 

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Ksan totum poles near Kitwanga
Ksan totum poles near Kitwanga
Ksan totum poles near Kitwanga
Ksan totum poles near Kitwanga
Ksan church near Kitwanga
Ksan church near Kitwanga
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