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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

adsf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Feb. 26, 2021

Ken Anderson’s Sun and Moon model sculpture sits in the snow as he carves away at the real life sculpture behind Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous festival in Whitehorse on Feb. 21, 2018. Yukon Rendezvous weekend kicks off today with a series of outdoor, virtual and staged events. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Rendezvous snowpad, live music and fireworks this weekend

A round-up of events taking place for the 2021 Rendezvous weekend

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. The proposed Atlin Hydro Expansion project is moving closer to development with a number of milestones reached by the Tlingit Homeland Energy Limited Partnership and Yukon Energy over the last several months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Atlin hydro project progresses

Officials reflect on milestones reached

Whitehorse musher Hans Gatt crosses the 2021 Yukon Journey finish line in first place at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Feb. 26. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Whitehorse musher Hans Gatt crosses the 2021 Yukon Journey finish line in first place at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Feb. 26. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Hans Gatt wins inaugural 2021 Yukon Journey

The Yukon Journey, a 255-mile race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse, kicked off on Feb. 24

In a Feb. 17 statement, the City of Whitehorse announced it had adopted the what3words location technology used for emergency response. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Three words could make all the difference in an emergency

City of Whitehorse announced it had adopted the what3words location technology

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

The Yukon government and the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce have signed a letter of understanding under the territory’s new procurement policy. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
First Nation business registry planned under new procurement system

Letter of understanding signals plans to develop registry, boost procurement opportunities

Most Read