• Jim

Northwest Fuels for Thought

I grew up in the northwestern part of British Columbia, an area that is known for, among other things, the Skeena River which is often called, “The River of Destiny”. This is also the area where Northwest Fuels calls home and does business. It is a truly amazing region, one that is full of; animals, rivers, lakes, natural phenomena such as the large lava beds in the Nass Area north of Terrace. It is also the area that this writer calls home. I remember a childhood filled with places like the “Hazeltons”, with their amazing totem poles, an old Paddlewheel Riverboat, and a very high and precarious suspension bridge which we navigated to my delight on Sunday drives. The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is near Prince Rupert, and likewise, there were petroglyphs along the highway between Terrace and Prince Rupert, I remember it all, and have pictures as well. I’d like to share all this with readers. The northwest is such a special place and has always been so intriguing to me.

I am one of many who work with Northwest Fuels, and I would like this to be the start of a recurring blog post both on our Facebook page and our https://www.northwestfuels.ca/newsmedia website blog. My hope is that it can help give a more complete picture of the ‘Real Northwest’. It’s not just the facts, neither is it a work of fiction, although there might be some of the old historical tales woven in. It will be more about the experience of living amongst such a vast and untamed wilderness.

Most British Columbians have never been to this part of the province, mostly because of the sheer vastness of B.C. It is an 18 hour drive north from Vancouver; through almost a thousand miles of places like the Fraser Canyon and the Cariboo to name few. I drove the route weekly when I’d head home from my school days in Vancouver so many years ago. And one thing I know, is that I did not appreciate those trips as much as I should’ve at the time, or as much as I do now. This is a truly majestic and beautiful province, as well as this area we at Northwest Fuels call home. We hope these posts can convey and reflect that appreciation and, give you a personal, visual, historical and geographical view of the great Northwest in all it’s glory.



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