On the morning we were leaving Hinton we took a drive through the town looking for a place to have breakfast. We stopped at a fast food place then made our way back to the highway heading north. We passed by the mall you see in the photo above. The morning was overcast and a bit crisp and rain was threatening.
We continued our drive through a secondary highway to Grande Prairie in Northern Alberta. You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them. You will often see smudges and smears on the car windshield. When you are driving fast in the north, many insects and bugs hit against the car and make marks all over the windshield when they splatter due to the impact. My brother kept telling me that it would add character to my photos when I complained of the dirty windshield. There was no point to clean the windshield because there is no way it would stay clean!
This stretch of highway was very busy with work crews who are widening the road though I didn't take photos of the workers. There aren't a lot of towns or cities along this highway just one place called Grande Cache.
Grande Cache is the only real stop before you get to the City of Grande Prairie, Alberta which is where we planned to spend the night. So we stopped at this tourist information centre you see in the photo below and used the rest room. I also picked up some maps and purchased a DVD entitled "Long Road Home" about the descendants of several Metis families who were evicted from the Athabasca Valley when the Canadian Government created the "Jasper Forest Park".
I cannot remember the name of the town photographed in part below but as we zipped by I noticed the large tipe (teepee) and I wanted a photograph. The tipi (teepee) is the tall, pointed structure to the right of the photo. It is oversized so it is probably a tourist attraction rather than a dwelling.
The scene below is another scene which is quite typical of the area around Grande Prairie and surrounding environs.
I was amazed at the number of old wooden buildings in Alberta. A lot of them seem to have been used for grain and crop storage.
Another thing I noticed was a lot of swamps. There were an amazing number of swamps. We have nothing like this in British Columbia. I mean the swamps were extremely plentiful. Not only that but water was seeping out of the earth along the sides of the highway in a number of places.
Now we enter the small town of Hines Creek where we visit an uncle. He told us it had been raining a lot this summer. That explained all the water in the swamps and along the highways.
This is the nice signage that welcomes us to town and which is where I think the town's museum is located.
After our visit to this town, we drove back to the main highway and north again to the small town of Fairview which I had never been to before. It is only 13 miles from the main highway.
|I'm not sure but I think this is where the aquatic centre is as symbolized by the wavy blue lines painted on the building.
|This is a view through one of the streets in town.
|This is the approach back into Grande Prairie from the north.
|What struck me about the city of Grande Prairie is just how many white buildings there were. They stood out in the flatness of the prairies.
This room was well priced at $79.95 Canadian per night plus about 9% tax. It was a good reduction from the usual price of $135.00 a night. The deal was obtained through on line booking. Available hotels rooms in this city were very scarce so we felt fortunate to get one. However, my room was exceptionally hot even with the air conditioning on. I even tried an open window but that didn't help either.
This concludes my second post on my journey depicted by the map below. I hope you enjoyed it and that you will join me again soon for a continuation of the journey.
The next part of this series will show photos and describe the towns on the way to Chetwynd, British Columbia.