Letter to the Editor

Thanks, good folks of Northern BC My wife Elizabeth and I had been motoring from Vancouver to Prince Rupert in hopes of connecting with the Alaska…

Thanks, good folks of Northern BC

My wife Elizabeth and I had been motoring from Vancouver to Prince Rupert in hopes of connecting with the Alaska ferry. It was our first motor trip through beautiful BC.

We were, however, stopped dead in our tracks in New Hazelton on June 5th. The Skeena River had crested and made the Yellowhead Highway impassable down river in the Terrace area.

Old Hazelton’s Rob’s Pizza, however, was a delightful surprise. We enjoyed a scrumptious, world-class dinner as the angry, muddy, debris-filled river roared past the picture window of the restaurant.

It seemed that the entire town, including the babies, was at the bank photographing and watching in disbelief.

The restaurant’s basement was rapidly flooding and being pumped. The gourmet dinner, however, was a real surprise and totally unexpected in this pristine remote BC Interior.

The large fresh garden salad was cool and crisp followed by gourmet Italian pasta dishes which we shared.

Having spent the night at the pleasant Robbers Roost Motel, we awoke to a situation that was only getting more perilous.

 It was raining hard and evacuation plans were in place up and down the valley. The K’San First Nation Museum was sadly floating in the rising water. It was obvious that Prince Rupert via highway 16 was no longer a viable option for our journey. We were resigned to driving the long distance back to Vancouver.

Having spent the early morning hours on internet and telephone, the possibility for a flight connection to Prince Rupert before June 7th looked dubious. It rained hard all the way to Smithers’ cloud-shrouded mountains.

Passing the Smithers airport in the rain, I pulled in “just in case” something changed in the local flight schedules.

To our shock and surprise, we were on a special HawkAir flight to Prince Rupert two hours later! The most helpful and professional staff at the Hawk Air counter made all the arrangements.

I call them The Angels of HawkAir ! They squeezed us on a special charter flight To Terrace, where HawkAir rescued a  well-behaved group  of stranded Roosevelt Middle School children.

Our plane was filled to capacity.

Despite being the victims of a smash-and-grab robbery earlier at Whistler, this most recent experience in BC has left us with a warm and most positive image of the area. Thank You!

Helmut G, Kramer

Punta Gorda, FL