Searching for ghost towns.


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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.

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View from our camper window.

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We missed the turnoff to Gerrard, so we boondocked nearby for one night and found Gerrard the next day.

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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.

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We had no cellphone reception in the area.

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View from inside the cabin.

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“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.

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Table at Gerrard campground.

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“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.
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Wikipedia

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View from Gerrard campground.

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An old crankshaft.

1-DSC_1845 We saw a Black bear sow and two cubs on the way from Kaslo to New Denver. This is a very scenic route.

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“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

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“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

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Related:

A Trip to Trout Lake.

Trout Lake BC

Sandon Ghost Town.

About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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17 Responses to Searching for ghost towns.

  1. perdebytjie says:

    Ek is mal oor spookdorpe!Baie dankie vir die interessante toer saam met julle,Linda.Is ‘n swartbeer baie gevaarlik?

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    • Tokeloshe says:

      Ons ook, dit was net ons daar, so dit was baie rustig, die kamp-plek is ook baie mooi.
      Nogal, veral as hulle kleintjies het.
      Ek het ook altyd gedink hulle eet net Bessies, ensovoorts, maar ons het ook al gesien hoe hulle eet aan die dooie wilde perde naby waar ons kamp.

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      • perdebytjie says:

        Dis interessant.Ons gaan volgende jaar op ‘n fotografietoer daar in Kanada,om bruinbere te sien.Ek weet nie wat om te verwag nie en sien nogal vreeslik uit daarna.Ek ken net Afrikawild..lol!

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        • Tokeloshe says:

          Fantasties! Waar in Kanada?

          Ons het baie swart bere gesien op Vancouver eiland.

          Hier is my “post” oor die swart bere wat aan die perde geëet het, dit is grillerig, maar dit is die natuur.
          Boondocking.

          Hier is ‘n “post” op my ou blog waar ons ‘n Grizzly gesien het.

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          • perdebytjie says:

            Dankie,Linda.Ek gaan beslis môre daar lees.Ek weet nie presies wat die plek se naam is nie.Ons begin in Vancouver,vaar op met die boot tot in Anchorage en vandaar vlieg ons iewers heen.Die fotografie organiseerders is geheimsinnig oor die plek.

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            • Tokeloshe says:

              Dit gaan ‘n belewenis wees, ek sien uit na julle fotos en stories.

              Vancouver is pragtig en een van ons geliefkoosde plekke.

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              • perdebytjie says:

                Vir my is dit ‘n eerste na daardie kant van die wêreld.Ons gaan in Augustus.Hoe koud is dit en watse soort klere moet mens saamvat?

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                • Tokeloshe says:

                  Dina,

                  Ek lief dit om so te gesels, jy gee my nou ‘n idee, ‘n post oor “How to dress for Canada”, hie-hie 😉

                  Mense trek “casual” aan in Canada, hulle dra meestal Denims. Ek weet nie van op die boot nie.

                  “Layering” is maar die groot geheim, as ek reis, pak ek verkieslik “polypropylene” klere, want dit kreukel nie so maklik nie en hulle is redelik dun, so die gewig is minder en dit neem nminder plek op. Onthou selfs in die winter is huise, winkels, karre, ens. goed verhit.

                  Ek pak klere soos T hempde, kort mou bloesies, moulose toppies, ‘n paar langmou T hempde, ‘n windbreker/reënbaadjie, cargo-pants, denims (Lang en kortbroeke), ek verkies dun oop rits polypropylene truitjies bo wol truie (selfs in die winter), “leggings” wat kan dubbel as “tights” as dit moet, tekkies, “hiking boots”, sandale, “flip-flops” (vir die stort vloere), hoede (veral mans dra kêpse hier) ens. As dit nie te warm is nie dra ek langmou bloesies en langbroeke vir die muskiete.

                  Soos my man altyd sê jy kan iets koop as jy dit nodig het.

                  Muskietgoed 😉

                  Vancouver word lekker warm, selfs in Augustus, weens die humiditeit. Hier is die temperature vir Augustus
                  Selfs in Calgary verwag ons more “Feels like 30 degrees”

                  As jy vir my jou epos kan stuur kan ons meer gesels, ek is ook op Facebook.

                  Ek hoop dit is van hulp.
                  Jy kan my hier kontak

                  Linda.

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          • perdebytjie says:

            Sjoe,daai grizly is groot!!Mooi pos met pragtige foto’s!

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  2. cocoaupnorth says:

    I enjoyed reading about your lovely adventure; searching for ghost towns. 🙂 Beautiful images too!

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