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 -- After my visit to
I drove south on Highway 52, also known as the Heritage Highway. Past the
junction with the Wapati Forest Service Road the gravel highway starts to
head towards the northeast. At the junction with the Red Willow Forest Service
Road I turned east onto the FSR, went past the junction with the Hiding Creek
FSR, and just before 120°W, at about 19 kilometers from Highway 52, turned
north on another gravel road.
As noted by the previous confluence visitors, a short distance up this road
is the closest road approach to the confluence, about 75 meters. There were no
signs, either about tresspassing, or to indicate the landowner, so I climbed
over the barbed wire fence for the short walk into the woods, and took my
photos at the confluence.
Andrew's photo at the junction is
from a point on the 'road heading north', looking west along the Red Willow
FSR, and you can just make out the back of the small 19 kilometer sign attached
to one of the trees on the lefthand side of the road.
My road junction photo shows the
'road heading north' on the lefthand side, and the Red Willow FSR continuing
past 120°W, into Alberta, on the righthand side.
I then drove back to the start of the Red Willow FSR, and turned north onto
Highway 52, and then turned left after 3 kilometers to the Thunder Creek
Forest Service Recreation Site, where I had a nice campsite beside the
creek, complete with a visit by a beaver, apparently checking on the
dam that's being built across the creek.
The next confluence on this trip was