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tater salad
05-21-2005, 08:31 AM
Hey ! Well I am relatively new to the whole ghost towning bit, Iwent to one in alberta now im hooked. So I thought since my vacation is in b.c. I would check out some there too. I have found some websites with names and history of the towns but not too descriptive directions to get there. I really want to find the towns that are in the back country. not really on the beaten path. Anybody? little help? :p

old judge
05-23-2005, 07:40 AM
My old Contracts professor tried to convince me there are no stupid questions. On the off chance he was right, here goes.. Have you checked the publications listed on this site under Canadian Ghost Town Books? Some sound excellent. Can't recommend any. That's a little out of my area. So much to see and so little time. Mike

Fairlane500
05-24-2005, 12:16 PM
The only ghost towns I know of in BC are around Sandon, which is west of Kaslo down highway 31A about 45 minutes from the town. It has some buildings left, and a river flows down the former mainstreet just infront of the buildings. Also along 31A are the towns of Cody and Retallack, which are ghosts with several standing structures. West of Sandon, New Denver is a neat little town, not a ghost, but with some old structures and a former internment camp. From there you can venture up highway 6, passing some abandoned structures, to the town of Nakusp, which is also interesting. Highway 31A is itself known as the Valley of the Ghosts due to Sandon and a number of abandoned mining structures.

jblackrupert
05-28-2005, 01:45 PM
Check the Vancouver public library website
for books containing pictures and maps of Ghost towns.

SUBJECT BROWSE: "Ghost towns"

http://www.vpl.ca


Some authors:

Barlee, N. L. (Neville Langrell)
Florin, Lambert
Basque, Garnet
Ramsey, Bruce
Paterson, T. W. (Thomas William)

Garnet Basque's "British Columbia Ghost Town Atlas"
is a good book but no longer in print as far as I know.
The Vancouver public library central branch does have a copy.
as does the Prince Rupert library if you're up that way.
Some travel bookstores in Vancouver do have copies.

The maps are hand-drawn so a professional map would be required
as backup and some places listed are not ghost towns so a little
research is required before you head out.


The best source of maps of back-country in British columbia is:

http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/

These guys are in Burnaby (just outside of downtown Vancouver)

The maps are in Book and digital format and available at
most camping/hiking stores.


Another great source of maps in the Ministry of Forests
maps at:

http://srmapps.gov.bc.ca/apps/recst/html/recsites_base_map.htm

These maps show all logging and backroads along with colour-coding
to tell you what the conditions are of those roads, a lot
of them are maintained year-round.

Play around with the layers. the "Hill-shading" is very handy
for telling you what the lay of the land is like where you want
to go.

The name database is extremely extensive and does contain
the names of places that are ghost towns or don't exist
on current maps.

Moving your mouse of the map with give you LAT/LONG coordinates
for plugging into your GPS. However you'll have to download
the maps in chunks and stitch them together since there
is no option to download.

























Hey ! Well I am relatively new to the whole ghost towning bit, Iwent to one in alberta now im hooked. So I thought since my vacation is in b.c. I would check out some there too. I have found some websites with names and history of the towns but not too descriptive directions to get there. I really want to find the towns that are in the back country. not really on the beaten path. Anybody? little help? :p

jblackrupert
05-28-2005, 01:57 PM
Oh and a word of warning when tripping off the beaten road in BC.

GO PREPARED!!

A lot of these places are in or surrounded by Temperate Rain Forests. very wet, extremely slippery and what looks like solid ground or a
sturdy tree is not.

When exploring old building or wooden walkways
be very carefull since everything has been
soaked in rain most of the year.

Paper map, compass, proper clothing...etc
and tell people where you're going and when
your coming back. A lot of GPS handhelds
do not work very reliably in the forest
the trees out here are big so it's no different
then being surrounded by large buildings.

Fairlane500
05-30-2005, 08:29 PM
One other bit of info to compliment the last two posts:

While places in western BC are known for being rainsaked, be prepared for sun, heat, and rattlesnakes east of the Cascade Range. That area is home to the only expanse of hot desert in Canada, and being unprepared for sunburn or dehydration could be disasterous.

jblackrupert
05-31-2005, 05:24 PM
And if you spot an eagle in a tree DO NOT STAND UNDER IT!!!
1 eagle is the equivalant of 50 seagulls when they crap! hehehe
some friends and I learned the hard way last summer under
a group of about 6 eagles.








One other bit of info to compliment the last two posts:

While places in western BC are known for being rainsaked, be prepared for sun, heat, and rattlesnakes east of the Cascade Range. That area is home to the only expanse of hot desert in Canada, and being unprepared for sunburn or dehydration could be disasterous.