HUDSON'S HOPE LOOP
RV PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS
THE HUDSON'S HOPE LOOP offers a scenic alternate route to Dawson Creek from Chetwynd via the Moberly Lake recreation area, Hudson's Hope, and the Peace River Valley. The road is in good condition, but shoulders are narrow in some places. Watch for children on bikes on the north shore of the lake. Good views of the Peace River Valley. Interesting tours are available at the two large dams near Hudson's Hope. (Since 9-11 it is a good idea to check locally about tour availability for facilities like these.) Distance from Chetwynd to the Alaska Highway Junction is 87 miles. The junction is at Charlie Lake, 54 miles west of Dawson Creek. Distances are from Chetwynd/Alaska Highway. Please stay with our advertisers, identified with BOLD CAPITALS, and tell them you saw their ad on the KARO web site.
Mile 12/75: Road to Moberly Lake Provincial Park
MOBERLY LAKE RESORT AND MARINA (250) 788-2050
kilometer past the Provincial Park entrance, along the south shore of
Moberly Lake, the Marina offers RV sites with power, pull-throughs,
lake front RV and tent sites, cabins, a store, showers, and free
fire-wood. Fish for lake trout, Dolly Varden and whitefish, pike. We
rent fishing boats, paddle boats, day boats, canoes, kayaks, and
zodiaks. Yes, you can swim in our beautiful lake. Or just lie on our
spacious lawn and soak up some sunshine. Seventy-five miles from the
Alaska Highway via the Hudson's Hope Loop.
Mile 25.4/61.5: Cameron Lake Campsite
Mile 36.5/50.4: Turn west for Dinosaur Lake Campground and Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Centre.
Mile 38.3/48.6: Alwin Holland Memorial Park
Turn west and drive 15 miles to tour the W.A.C. Bennett Dam (below). Take the tour. The Peace River Dam also has tours.
Mile 39/47.9: King Gething Park Campground
DUPONT RV PARK (250) 783-5460 In town. Turn at the mini-mart. If you like lush grass, gravel pads, lots of flowers, and convenience, this is the place for you. Stay a night or a week and explore the beautiful Peace River Vally. Great fishing and boating a nearby Williston Lake, largest in British Columbia. Tour the dams and learn about dinosaurs that roamed here millions of years ago. All of our sites have full hookups. Write Jean-Nil and Carmen at Box 684, Hudson's Hope, BC V0C 1V0
Mile 45/41.9: Lynx Creek RV Park & Campground, opened in 2001. Full services, riverside. Boat launch. (250) 783-5333
Mile 87/0: Junction with the Alaska Highway, seven miles west of Fort St. John. See the Alaska Highway/BC section. Headed south towards Chetwynd and Prince George, Scroll up.
The loop through Tumbler Ridge to Dawson Creek follows Highway 29 from Chetwynd for 56 miles, then continues on to Dawson Creek on the Heritage Highway (60 miles). Tumbler Ridge is British Columbia's newest community, incorporated in 1984 and built to house coal mine workers. One of the two mines closed in the fall of 2000, causing a drop on population and availability of a number of modern homes at very reasonable prices. Tumbler Ridge is in the heart of the Rockies, specifically in the Boreal Foothills Ecoregion. This is as remote a wilderness as you are likely to experience anywhere on your trip. We drove the 180 miles to Kinuseo Falls in July, 2000, and only passed one other tourist vehicle! The locals are busy adding new trails to the already extensive system, and opening up access to even more waterfalls, lakes and streams. If you like to hike, fish, canoe, kayak, ski, and view wildlife, the Tumbler Ridge area is the place for you. Both of the roads connecting the town with the John Hart Highway are paved and in good condition, with frequent pot holes and crumbling pavement edges. Below we only offer miles for the Monkman Road (Hwy 29) route.
Mile 0.0: Junction with John Hart Highway, about 1.5 miles east of Chetwynd
Mile 28.4: Road to Gwillim Lake Provincial Park, a modern campground with paved roads, boat launch, fishing. Photo above.
Mile 38.0: Turn-off to east for Moose Lake (free campsites).
Mile 40.8: Road to Bullmoose Mine (may be closed in 2000) Tours offered; inquire at Visitor Centre in town.
Mile 54.9: Lion's Flatbed Creek Campground. Popular with local residents.
56.0: Tumbler Ridge: Monkman
Way District Campground is on north side of town. Full hookups,
tents, showers, laundry, dump station.
Heritage Highway Junction is after the two town access roads (Monkman and Mackenzie Way). From the junction follow the road to Quinette Mine, largest computerized open pit coal mine in the world. Tours available. At the mine, bear left and follow the gravel road thirty miles to Monkman Provincial Park Campground and Kinuseo Falls overlook (photo below). There are two easy trails to the falls, and access to trails to Monkman Lake and other wilderness locations. At 225 feet, the falls is higher than Niagara! Be sure to visit the Visitor Centre in the District Administration Building to find out about hiking and water recreation opportunities. E-mail for more info.