The North Coast & Chilkoot Trail with Liz Golesic
Earlier this year our friend Liz Golesic stopped by Novack’s to present the story of her travels through the North Coast, the West Coast, and the Chilkoot Trail as a part of our Talks With Travellers series. Due to some unfortunate technical issues, many of her photos could not be displayed at the time. However, we were recently able to connect with Liz again, and she gave us the pictures to share with you here on our website. Take a look, her pictures are fantastic.
FYI If any of you are interested in presenting your own adventures at our Talks With Travellers program this fall, just contact Lindsay at email@example.com
The Chilkoot Trail: August 2009
The Chilkoot pass was originally one of 5 trading routes used by local First Nations Tlingit peoples. In the summer of 1897, news of the Klondike Gold strike sends a flood of desperate prospectors over the pass in all seasons, even the dead of winter.
Scores of families, inexperienced, disorganized and unfamiliar with wilderness living flooded the trail. Canada’s Northwest Mounted Police set a mandate requiring each individual to carry 1 ton of gear – enough for 1 year survival. We stopped complaining about our own packs after hearing that!
Our hiker’s itinerary began in Whitehorse, Yukon. We drove to Fraser BC where we boarded a train to Skagway, Alaska which was near our trailhead in Dyea. The hike was a total of 6 night and 7 days, and had a high variety of terrain! We travelled through coastal forest, past the Irene Glacier, headed into Alpine terrain and eventually into beautiful sub-Alpine meadows. The hike had a bit of everything; eisurely walking, a wet snowy climb and some strenuous trekking. One of the best parts was the natural history from the gold rush era; people’s belongings from the early 1900s are strewn about the trail – it’s a walking museum!
The North Coast Trail (June 2011)
Our trek began in Port Hardy, on the Northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. We hiked for 9 days westward, and merged with the Cape Scott Trail system. The North Coast Trail has only been open since 2008 for hiking. It offers an extremely rugged and remote trekking experience. The trail is not maintained or groomed as the West Coast Trail is, and the days were pretty gruelling! The hard work was well worth the reward – we didn’t see another human being for the first 5 days of hiking. We were truly ‘off the grid’ and felt it! The North Coast Trail offers beaches, rugged cliffs, blowholes, caverns, bogs, rainforest, lighthouses, abandoned settlements and plenty of whale spotting in front of a campfire. Not recommended as a ‘first hike’, but definitely one to add to the list!
If you have any questions for Liz about her adventures in The North Coast, The West Coast and the Chilkoot Trail, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org