the Degree Confluence Project

Canada : British Columbia

43.3 km (26.9 miles) WSW of Beaverlodge (AB), BC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 877 m (2877 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo topo250 ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 55°S 60°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: Northeast #3: Up #4: GPS #5: road junction

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  55°N 120°W (visit #3)  

#1: Southwest

(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.

13-Aug-2003 -- After my visit to 55°N 121°W I drove south on Highway 52, also known as the Heritage Highway. Past the junction with the Wapati Forest Service Road the gravel highway starts to head towards the northeast. At the junction with the Red Willow Forest Service Road I turned east onto the FSR, went past the junction with the Hiding Creek FSR, and just before 120°W, at about 19 kilometers from Highway 52, turned north on another gravel road.

As noted by the previous confluence visitors, a short distance up this road is the closest road approach to the confluence, about 75 meters. There were no signs, either about tresspassing, or to indicate the landowner, so I climbed over the barbed wire fence for the short walk into the woods, and took my photos at the confluence.

Andrew's photo at the junction is from a point on the 'road heading north', looking west along the Red Willow FSR, and you can just make out the back of the small 19 kilometer sign attached to one of the trees on the lefthand side of the road.

My road junction photo shows the 'road heading north' on the lefthand side, and the Red Willow FSR continuing past 120°W, into Alberta, on the righthand side.

I then drove back to the start of the Red Willow FSR, and turned north onto Highway 52, and then turned left after 3 kilometers to the Thunder Creek Forest Service Recreation Site, where I had a nice campsite beside the creek, complete with a visit by a beaver, apparently checking on the dam that's being built across the creek.

The next confluence on this trip was 56°N 120°W.

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#1: Southwest
#2: Northeast
#3: Up
#4: GPS
#5: road junction
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The British Columbia/Alberta demarcation line is passing 16 m east of the Confluence.