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Canada : British Columbia

7.6 km (4.7 miles) SW of Upper Liard (YT), BC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 796 m (2611 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 60°S 51°E

Accuracy: 2.9 km (1.8 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Sign Post Forest #3: part of the Sign Post Forest #4: forest, 2.91km to confluence #5: sign at 60°N on Highway 37 #6: cutline at 60°N on Highway 37 #7: NASA Landsat satellite image (early 1990s)

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  60°N 129°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: from highway, at 129°W, looking south

(visited by Dave Patton)

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 52°N 121°W.

18-Aug-2003 -- After my incomplete "visit" to 60°N 128°W I continued along the Alaska Highway, into the Yukon, and stopped in Watson Lake for gas, and to take a look at the world famous Sign Post Forest. The forest was started in 1942 by a homesick U.S. Army G.I., Carl K. Lindley of Danville, Il., Company D, 341st Engineers. While working on the Alaska Highway, he erected a sign here pointing the way and stating the mileage to his hometown. Others followed his lead and are still doing so to this day. On July 20, 1990, Olen and Anita Walker of Bryan, Ohio placed the 10,000th sign.

I continued on the Alaska Highway (Yukon Highway 1), crossing 129°W, where I took a picture looking south. Waypoint 080 is the closest approach to the confluence on Highway 1, 2.95 kilometers. At Waypoint 081 I turned south from Highway 1 onto the Stewart-Cassiar Highway (Highway 37). Waypoint 082 marks the location of a gravel road off the highway. The closet approach to the confluence on that road is 2.91 kilometers, through the trees. Waypoint 084 is the closest approach on Highway 37 - 2.87 kilometers.

At 60°N Highway 37 crosses the British Columbia - Yukon border. Waypoint 085, 3.01 kilometers from the confluence, represents the coordinates I recorded for the Geological Survey benchmark 75Y008, which is just off the west side of the highway, at the edge of a pullout, at 60°N. On the east side of the highway is a welcome sign for the Yukon, which is beside a cutline leading in the direction of the confluence. As with the last confluence, the combination of the rain and wanting to head home made me decide to continue my journey down the highway.

The next confluence on this trip was 59°N 130°W.


 All pictures
#1: from highway, at 129°W, looking south
#2: Sign Post Forest
#3: part of the Sign Post Forest
#4: forest, 2.91km to confluence
#5: sign at 60°N on Highway 37
#6: cutline at 60°N on Highway 37
#7: NASA Landsat satellite image (early 1990s)
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
The Yukon Territory/British Columbia demarcation line is passing exactly through the Confluence.