We drove up the road towards the glacier, finding old mill remnants
and were welcomed back into British Columbia but when headed the other way, Alaska didn’t care if you were welcome or not.
Approaching the south end of the Cassiar we stopped in the First Nations town of Gitanyow to see their totem poles. This was the first time I’d ever seen one with a hole designed into it.
We were fortunate enough to see a new one in progress. These were different than the ones I’d seen as a child in that the back of the pole is carved away rather than keeping the log solid. The carver said it would take six months to complete.
We stopped in Gitwangak as well but found photographing the totems to be very challenging due to their size so
we got a picture of their Anglican Church instead. The bell tower in the front dates from the 1880s.
Home for the night is the Safeway parking lot in Smithers, British Columbia.
This post made possible by the free wi-fi at the Visitor Centre in Quesnel, B. C.