Saturday, May 31, 2008

Paradise Found

A three day side trip from the Alaska Highway over 40 miles of gravel and 18 miles of paved road has brought us to quaint, historic Atlin, the most Northwesterly town in British Columbia.

 Founded in 1898, the area was one of the richest gold strikes made during the great rush to the Klondike, with many mines still operating today.

The MV Tarahne, resting on the shore of 90 mile long Atlin Lake, was used as a transport and sightseeing vessel.

                                 Many original buildings still stand, some in use today.

We stopped by the original town of Discovery, abandoned long ago, and the nearby Pioneer Cemetery.

We tried our luck panning for gold on Spruce Creek before calling it a day.

Surrounded by many snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rushing creeks, and pristine mountain lakes, the scenery around this relatively remote village is perhaps the most beautiful we have ever seen.

We camped next to a float plane at the edge of town with snow-caped peaks all around.

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