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
16-Aug-2003 -- After my incomplete visit to
59°N 123°W I continued north
on the Liard Highway (Highway 77), passing through a lengthy section
where the road is being upgraded. The highway passes to the east of
which has white sand beaches, and is part of a protected area with no road access.
As the highway approaches 60°N, it changes direction in order to cross the
Petitot River. Just across the
bridge I turned off onto a short
side road that led down to the riverbank (Waypoint 061), where I took the photos
of the river and bridge. The Petitot River is a tributary of the Liard River,
and was named after Father Emile Petitot, an Oblate priest who did missionary work
in Alberta. There is information about Father Petitot, and other Francophone Albertans,
on a webpage of the
Alberta Heritage Community Foundation.
The confluence is located less than 200 meters from the west bank of the Petitot River.
It is 4.63 kilometers from Waypoint 061, and 3.75 kilometers from Waypoint 062, where
the Liard Highway crosses 60°N.
60°N is the boundary between
British Columbia and the
Northwest Territories, where BC's Highway
77, the Liard Highway, meets the Northwest Territories'
Liard Trail, or Highway 7, which is part
Deh Cho Travel Connection. There were
a number of signs along the shoulders of the
road at this point, including one about
The Northern Landscape.
The next confluence on this trip was