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
18-Aug-2003 -- After my incomplete "visit" to
59°N 126°W yesterday, I spent the night
at the top of the Mould Creek microwave tower road. There were nice views last
night when I arrived, but in the morning it was raining lightly. Ever since my
successful visit to
61°N 123°W I had been in "going home"
mode, and the rain just added to that feeling, especially after having seen
such spectacular scenery yesterday.
I drove back down to the Alaska Highway, and headed north. Along the way I stopped at
Smith River Falls,
Whirlpool canyon, where the Coal River joins the Liard River, and
Earlier in this trip I had crossed 60°N, going from British Columbia into the
Northwest Territories. Now, I would be crossing 60°N again, going from
British Columbia into the Yukon Territory. There is a BC/Yukon border marker
at Alaska Highway mile 585 (Waypoint 074). The highway actually crosses 60°N
seven times in this area, but only the first crossing has any signs, however, the
final crossing(going in this direction), closest to Watson Lake, is considered
the 'official crossing'. Waypoint 075
is just before Iron Creek, Waypoint 076 is just before the Iron Creek Lodge, and
Waypoint 077 is where I took a
photo facing west, 3.74 kilometeres
from the confluence. With it still raining, and being in "going home" mode, I
didn't bother trying to get to the confluence. Where the highway crosses 128°W,
the confluence is a bit closer to the highway - 3.44 kilometers.
The next confluence on this trip was