You can always take the "Queen of the North" ferry up to Prince Rupert - -
No, wait. You can't. It sank.
Well, you can take the "Spirit of Hartley Bay" - -
Oh, wait. No, BC Ferries didn't want to name the new ferry
after the community that saved all the passengers on the "Queen of the North".
Well, you can take the "Northern Adventure" - meh.
Nothing will quite replace the elegant "Queen of the North".
About routes -
It really is a shame that there is no single good route out from Vancouver.
I've ridden thru lots of tunnels, but don't care to do it on the TransCanada.
I also avoid four-lane expressways if all possible.
So that leaves what - Hwy 99 - the "Dieway"?
How about the Crowsnest and Hwy 5A? I know it's a lot longer, but have you done it?
And what about the BC Forest Road that runs up the Lillooet River to Hwy 99?
It's a lot of dirt, but, I'm sure it's pretty empty.
My guess is that it's WAY too difficult and remote for most folks.
The nice thing about Prince Rupert (aside from all the rain) is that
you have hundreds of miles/kms of nearly level road to start your trip.
And very, very little traffic, too.
I'm an oddball, but I am willing to spend an extra day
in order to start my trip off in a quiet location.
Last winter - Sapelo Island, Georgia.
Best - J
PS - Them pix of the Skeena ain't mine.
I've never seen the sun between Terrace and P.R.
(Still stunning, foreboding, awesome, but cloudy/drizzly)
PPS - I've been DOWN Heckman Pass. I can't imagine going up. My rims were smoking and I had to stop at every other hairpin to let them cool off.
Last edited by jamawani; 10-15-08 at 06:00 PM.