What you need to explore Vanderhoof

Exploring Vanderhoof may need more than a non-four-wheeler sedan.

I’m starting to think getting an SUV and a canoe is in order. What better way to explore the Nechako Valley lakes and streams that could possibly rival the Lake District of England?

I haven’t been to the Lake District yet, though I would dearly love to, from what I’ve imagined the scenery could be like when Elizabeth Bennett ventured out on a 19th-century road trip in a horse-drawn carriage with her aunt and uncle Mrs. and Mr. Gardiner, and then running into Mr. Darcy at Pemberton…I digressed.

People have been reassuring when I inquired about my mobility in town — I got quite a scare and wake-up call as I headed off to the Omineca Golf Course on my first day, bumping along and swirling dust on the gravel road.

“That’s the worst road in Vanderhoof!”

However, remembering the Top Gear episodes I’ve watched where sedans raced to find the source of the Nile River through muddy roads and crossing rivers on makeshift rafts, it’s really quite smooth. I’m exaggerating.

As for winter however, we’ve explored the differences between a four-wheeler and an all-wheeler (I still don’t quite understand, please feel free to educate me).

“If you have snow tires, you should be okay if you stay in town.”

How about going up the mountain with my snowboard for some powder?

“Well, they ususally plowed the road up Murray Ridge the day after we get snow.”

That’s nice, or with all these trucks around town I can probably hop on with my board eh?

“Oh, studded tires, I almost forgot, you’ll need those to go to Prince George.” I’ll get my snowshoes ready…


Vivian Chui


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