This five day 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 Alice arm which is one of BC’s most inaccessible ghost towns. The remote historic ghost towns on the Skeena River, of Port Essington and Doreen will be accessed via jet boat. Hopefully you are not afraid of ghosts as we will be overnighting in three of these eerie towns. Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime to be part of this special trip!
- All accommodations (staying overnight in three of the ghost towns), meals, access, and transportation (bus, yachts, jet boats, 4×4 trucks)
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 its 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 still remain and most people use it as a summer getaway. The town is a hub for old antique discarded vehicles that were brought in by train to drive on the few kilometres of dirt road.
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. We will also explore the surrounding 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.
On your third day you will drive through the heart of a historic lava flow on route 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, a 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.
We will 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 can be 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.
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 location will include a tour of the site and the many buildings that have sat vacant since 1981. Stops include visits to 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 four-hour drive through the coastal mountains back to Terrace the following morning.
Secure Your Spot
If you wish to secure your spot with a $500.00 deposit, please contact our office at 250-960-5980 or Toll Free at 1-866-843-8061. For all of our tours, they must be paid in full 30 days prior to the course and no refunds 30 days prior to the start date. The times listed are subject to change.