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The two RV Gypsies in McBride, British Columbia
August 23-24, 2009

The site of McBride was surveyed and established as a divisional point through the Yellowhead Pass for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1912. For awhile, its first station was the largest between Winnipeg and Prince Rupert. The yards had 8 miles of track plus a roundhouse, turntable, bunkhouse, 2 water towers, a dam and an ice house. The village of McBride was designed in a standard Grand Trunk Pacific Railway design. It was first known as Mile 90, being 90 miles from Summit at the boundary with Alberta. In 1913 it was named McBride after Richard McBride, the Premier of British Columbia. McBride was incorporated in 1932.
The town of McBride does NOT have a car wash - bad news for RVers. But there were lots of hiking trails, fishing, and mountain biking in the area.
sign - welcome to McBride
Beaverview RV Park was a nice looking campground, but did not have a lot of sites. It had a nicely landscaped office, pull-through grassy sites, water & electric hook-ups, no sewers, no cable, tent sites with fire pits, free Wi-Fi, clean washrooms, free hot showers, free sani-dump, & laundromat, plus firewood and horseshoes. Limited TV stations - 8 actually but not ABC. No washing of vehicles.
sign - RV Park
RV park office
the new yard of the two RV Gypsies - August 23, 2009
the new yard of the two RV Gypsies
welcome to McBride
a carving at a store
An art walk through the city of McBride exhibited examples of the fantastic artwork created by artisans from the Whistle Stop Gallery via painted fire hydrants.
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
The sidewalks were blue with hockey players on them
sidewalk
sidewalk
sidewalk
sidewalk
painting on a building in the city
street signs had trains on them too
train painting on a building in the city
street signs had trains on them too
There are 7 river systems flowing in the BC portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench. The only river completely in BC is the largest one, the Fraser River. It flows from its source high in the mountains about 50 km from the Yellowhead Highway near Lucerne, then westerly to the trench of Tete Juane, then northwesterly through the beautiful Robson Valley to Prince George and its confluence with the Nechako River. Then it travels in a southwesterly direction through the Fraser Canyon. At Hope, it turns and flows west to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. The Fraser River was a major transportation route when the Overlanders came in search of the gold fields in 1862.
Fraser River sign
Fraser River sign
Fraser River sign
Fraser River
Leaving McBride the next day
scenery Leaving McBride the next day
Leaving McBride the next day
Leaving McBride the next day
After driving about 30 miles, the two RV Gypsies heard a very loud bang, so they drove slowly and carefully until they could find a rest area big enough for their RV to fit in. Then they stopped to investigate the problem. One of the inner tires blew. While Lee was pumping air into the tire, Karen took a walk around the area and photographed a beautiful river.
sign - small river rest area
AWO at mall river rest area
AWO at mall river rest area
mall river rest area
mall river rest area
mall river rest area
mall river rest area
mall river rest area
fireweed
Lee determined that the tire needed to be replaced, so the two RV Gypsies slowly drove back to McBride. On the way back to McBride, a deer crossed the road in front of their RV.
deer in the road
deer in the road
The Goodyear Garage in McBride was closed, and the only place that could fix the tire could not schedule the repair until the next day, so the two RV Gypsies returned to the campground. AWO had space to herself.
AWO - back to the same RV campground
In the morning, AWO was put in for repair, and the two RV Gypsies decided to go to Beaver Falls in their toad.
sign - Beaver Falls
sign - Beaver Falls
Karen was looking left and photographing the above sign. Lee was looking left too, then suddenly hit his brakes. The road had ended and there was a drop down to the river. Good thing Lee looked forward in time and had good reflexes. It would not have been nice if they had driven into the river. All's well that end's well!
river's edge
All is well, and the two RV Gypsies walked down the path to Beaver Falls
start of the trail
sign - caution - no guard rails at falls
trail
the river
the river
the river
the river
the river
the trail
the river
Karen Duquette
the river
Lee Duquette
the falls
the falls
Karen Duquette at the falls
the falls
Beaver Falls is small, but still a strong, powerful, beautiful falls.
the falls
the falls
the falls
the falls
After a short time, it was time to leave because Lee was not feeling very well, and the hike was a strain on him.
Lee Duquette
the trail
woods
end of the trail

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