After we left the Arrow Lake Ferry we drove to Trout Lake, BC, where we had hoped to camp, but there were too many people, even though it was during the week, so we drove on to Gerrard. The distance to Gerrard from Arrow lakes is only about 29 k.m., but it is a gravel road and not easy with a camper.
I would recommend anyone planning to visit ghost towns, to make sure of the locations before you leave, as they are hard to find. I found a great blog post after we got home. A Trip to Trout Lake has beautiful photos, directions and interesting information.
“Entrance to the newly enlarged, massive, undeveloped Goat Range Provincial Park is from the old townsite of Gerrard at the southeastern end of Trout Lake, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Kaslo. A dozen campsites are located at Gerrard, an abandoned railroad town. From 1900 until World War II, Gerrard was the terminus of the Arrowhead & Kootenay line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.”- British Columbia.
“Gerrard is a ghost town located in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. The town is situated near south end of Trout Lake, east of Upper Arrow Lake.“-Wikipedia
An old crankshaft.
“The most common and widespread bear in Canada, the black bear (Ursus americanus) is found predominantly in forests of every province and territory, with the exception of Prince Edward Island.” – The Canadian Encyclopedia
“The birth of one to three naked, blind cubs occurs during the hibernation period of January to February. The female does not emerge from the den until the cubs’ eyes open and they can follow her. Vocalization of the cubs often consists of shrill howls; adult bears more often “woof.”” –The Canadian Encyclopedia