Reliving the history of the Upper Fraser CommunitiesBook cover Ghost Towns of the East Line

The once vibrant, now sadly non-existent “ghost towns” between Prince George and Jasper will be the focus of this three day historical journey. We will re-trace the old “Grand Trunk Pacific Railway” line along the Upper Fraser while visiting the ghost towns and existing communities along the way. The mode of transportation for this journey will include trains, boat, buses, and walking. There will be a variety of local guest presenters sharing their personal stories and experiences about this historical region of our province. Author Ray Olson who has recently published the book “Ghost Towns of the East Line” will be joining us for the entire tour and sharing his knowledge throughout.

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Tour Itinerary:

 August 5, 2015 – Orientation

The tour begins with an orientation session from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at UNBC where you will meet and greet fellow participants, receive an orientation and itinerary, and an overview presentation on the history of the East Line.

Ghost Towns of the East Line

August 6, 2015 – PG to Penny and Beyond

Our first full day of the tour  will have us immersed in this historical journey immediately, as we board the train and travel in comfort through the first ghost towns while our local historian’s presentations will try to recreate what it was like to live and work in these once thriving communities.

Our first stop will be the old sawmill community of Penny BC where we will have lunch with long time residents Clarence and Olga Boudreau while they share their experiences and stories. After a tour of the community we will board a jet boat on the Fraser River and cruise our way up this historic travel route to the community of Dome Creek. We will be greeted by our shuttle bus which will transport us to the town of McBride for a gourmet meal and a relaxing evening.

  • 9:00 am  Meet at Via Rail
  • 9:45 am Depart via train to Penny, BC
  • Guest Presentations aboard the train from Ray Olson (author of “Ghost Towns of the East Line” and other local historians
  • 11:45 am Arrive at Penny where we will have a BBQ lunch supplied by the Boudreau Family
  • 12:45 pm Tour and history of the community of Penny, BC guided by Clarence and Olga Boudreau
  • 3:00 pm Board A  Jet Boat for historical journey up the Fraser River
  • 4:30 pm Arrive in Dome Creek by boat
  • 4:45 pm Board Bus for McBride, BC
  • 5:45 pm Arrive in McBride, BC where we will stay at a local Bed and Breakfast or the Terracana Resort

August 7, 2015 

After a restful night’s sleep we will wake up in the Robson Valley ready for a full day of historical adventures. We will start with a tour of the small farming community of Dunster and then make our way down the Old Tete Jaune Cache Road through the communities of Croydon, Shere and Redpass Junction en route to Tete Jaune Cache. We will make our way down Highway 16 to the site of the 1914 Train stop of Lucerne. After a picnic lunch we will tour the old Lucerne Site and search for remnants of this once thriving railway stop. We will then have the train make an unscheduled stop and pick us up for  an amazing ride along Moose Lake and the shadow of Mt Robson. We will disembark in Tete Jaune Cache and tour the historic railway and transportation community. After our tour we will make our back to the Terracana Resort for a hearty meal. We will have a relaxing evening with a slideshow on the Robson Valley area.

  • 7:00 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Drive to Dunster
  • 8:30 am Tour of Dunster
  • 9:30 am Drive to Tete Jaune Cache
  • 10:30 am Arrive Tete Jaune Cache
  • 11:30 Arrive at Lucerne & Tour
  • 1:30 pm Board Train to Tete Jaune Cache
  • 2:00 pm Arrive in Tete Jaune Cache and Tour Community
  • 3:30 pm Leave for Terracana Resort
  • 4:00 pm Arrive Terracana Resort

Note: If this day is too long timewise the other option could be to only go as far as Tete Jaune Cache and take the train from there to Dunster and get picked up

Goat River Railway Station

August 8, 2015 

We begin our day with a stop at another historic East Line community. The stop at Eddy will feature local presenters guiding us through the remnants and history of this once thriving community. We then begin our journey back to Prince George with stops at Goat River, Crescent spur and Loos. We will be greeted by local town members who will provide a historical perspective from the past to the present on their community. Our lunch stop will be at the amazing Western Red Cedar Trees of the Ancient Forest where we will take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk.

  • 7:00 am Breakfeast
  • 8:00 am Drive to Eddy
  • 8:45 am Tour of Eddy by Robert & Jennifer Frear
  • 9:45 am Leave for Goat River, Crescent spur and Loos
  • 10:45 Arrival (possible speakers include Laurella Gabert, Virginia Karr and John Broderick
  • 2:00 pm Tour of the Ancient Forest
  • 3:00 pm Depart for Prince George