During August 2003 I drove through British Columbia and into the
Northwest Territories on a combined confluence hunting and sightseeing trip.
I started close to 49°N and went as far North as 61°N, covered
6,200 kilometers (3,850 miles), did 7 successful confluence visits, and
had another 12 confluences that are incomplete. I made
a map that shows the route,
and the confluences in the order they were done, with the successful ones
shown with black markers. The incomplete visits are a mix of actual attempts
and situations where I drove somewhat close to the confluence, and included
a 'visit' as a way to document the confluence location for future visitors.
The first confluence on the trip was
13-Aug-2003 -- Yesterday, after concluding my visit to
I had camped off of the Findlay Forest Service Road, which leaves
Highway 97 north of 55°N. Today I continued north on Highway 97 to
Chetwynd, and then south on Highway 29 towards
Tumbler Ridge, where
I took some photos of a moose beside the highway.
From Tumbler Ridge, I drove south on Highway 52 to the closed Quintette
Coal Mine. Prior to my trip, I had contacted Kevin, who did the
second visit to this confluence,
as he works at the mine. He had kindly arranged for a fellow mine worker, Len,
to take me to the confluence, as Kevin doesn't work at the minesite every day.
At the mine's security office, they contacted Len, who then drove me from the
main gate through the minesite to an area near the confluence. You can see the
truck in the North photo. As the
confluence was on the side of a "large pile of coarse refuse", the
South photo isn't very interesting.
Luckily, it turned out that Kevin's schedule had required him to be at the
minesite that afternoon, and he came and met us just as we were leaving the
confluence area, so I was able to thank him again for arranging the access.
Also, thanks to Len for being the "tour guide".
The next confluence on this trip was