12-Oct-2008 -- My wife and I were camped at Moonshine Lake Provincial Park in north-western Alberta for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. We planned to try and visit 56N 120W on the Alberta/B.C. border on Sunday, October 12, 2008.
I used Microsoft Streets & Trips to plan a route that would take us from the campground to a spot very near the confluence.
It was a beautiful fall day in north-western Alberta and north-eastern B.C. for a drive through the farmland of the Peace Country – a large geographical area of fertile farmland and abundant natural resources that surrounds the Peace River.
Our route of approximately 100 km from the campground followed Secondary Highway 725 (S) to Highway 49 (W) to Secondary Highway 719 (N) into the small town of Bonanza. On to Township Road 801 (W) turning into 801A and Range Road 134 (N), Range Road 220 (W), Range Road 209 (N), Road 3 (N) to Doe River and finally Albright Road (E) to a spot very near the confluence.
We stopped along the road about 65m west of the GPS reading of 120ºW because we spotted a significant monument in the recently cultivated field. The monument was almost parallel with the road signs for B.C. and Saddle Hills, AB. I assume this monument may not have been visible on the last 2 visits by Andrew and Garth Makepeace or Dave Patton because of the crops on the field at those times.
The GPS reading (WGS-84 datum)on top of the monument was 56º 00’ 01.1” N 120º 00’ 04.9”W. You can see the monument on the far right centre portion of the picture of the westerly view.
This was our 3rd confluence attempt and our first successful primary confluence visit. We were back in the vehicle by 1:30 P.M. and headed back to a nice creek valley for our picnic lunch of turkey sandwiches from an early Thanksgiving dinner the day before.