During August 2003 I drove through British Columbia and into the
Northwest Territories on a combined confluence hunting and sightseeing trip.
I started close to 49°N and went as far North as 61°N, covered
6,200 kilometers (3,850 miles), did 7 successful confluence visits, and
had another 12 confluences that are incomplete. I made
a map that shows the route,
and the confluences in the order they were done, with the successful ones
shown with black markers. The incomplete visits are a mix of actual attempts
and situations where I drove somewhat close to the confluence, and included
a 'visit' as a way to document the confluence location for future visitors.
The first confluence on the trip was
15-Aug-2003 -- After my visit the day before to
57°N 122°W and then camping overnight
near the 192 Road north of Pink Mountain, I drove back to the 192 Road and
As I had been told the day before, I came to a gate across the road, used by
the ranch to keep livestock within the ranch area. The gate is unlocked, and
people need to make sure they close it after going through. Immediately past
the gate is
a sign for the Mushwa-Kechika
Management Area. Further down the road is a side road with a sign for the
Halfway River Trail, and just a short way up the side road ends, and there is
a sign for the trail (waypoint 042).
A little bit further along the 192 Road is the
sign for the Pink Mountain Ranch.
I found the ranch office (waypoint 043) and spoke to Connie and gave her a
copy of the Letter to Landowners. She explained that there is normally a
fee charged for access to the band's lands, and that the people to talk to
about this, at the band office, were not available that day. The phone number
for the band office is 1-800-988-3533, and for the ranch 1-250-233-1790.
There is a website for
Pink Mountain Guiding & Outfitting.
I wasn't willing to pay the fee, in part because I wasn't even sure that
the confluence could be reached by taking the road through the ranch. As you
can see from the
satellite image the confluence is
located close to the Halfway River, on the south side. The road through the
ranch goes on the north side of the river, but I had some maps that indicated
there might be, or might have been in the past, some roads in the area of
the confluence, and it looked like they would have been accessed from the
road on the north side of the river.
Connie indicated that there might be a trail that goes near the confluence,
from the south side of the river. I'm not sure what road(s) would access
that area, or if it is open to the public.
The next confluence on this trip was