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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

Right on again, fallard.. well done.

This place is about half way to Prince Rupert from Vancouver on BCs Central coast. Once a thriving pulp and paper company town, in the 60s about 5000 people lived there, with 1100 of them working in the company operations.

Our family moved here in 1961 and I grew up here from Grade 2 til graduation. Boat and plane access only, very remote, one of the highest annual rainfalls in the country. When the plant was running it used so much water that it was a rare event to see even one of the sluice gates open on the dam. Now, of course, they are all open 24/7. The lake created as a reservoir is 14 miles long, A water driven power plant runs here still, providing power to the townsite and remaining homes, and to nearby Bella Bella that ran entirely on diesel generator power until the 90s. In fallard's pic you can see the penstock running down from the dam to the light blue powerhouse on the right edge.

The Hotel, in its heyday, had the 3rd most rooms of any hotel in BC and housed a large transient labour pool.. lots of single guys were lured there by job offers, in many cases after a month or two got the H out of town.. not everyone could deal with the isolation. Sadly it is falling into ruin.

For us kids it was pretty neat.. we all had our own boats at a young age, spent all our time on the water pretty much. Altogether there was maybe 5 miles of roads so the need for a car or a drivers license was pretty minimal. Despite that by the 70s there were over 80 cars in town - even when most everything was within walking distance.

In 1972 Crown Zellerbach announced a full closure in two stages, we were hit with the first phase. In the following spring the BC Government bought it and kept it operating for another 10 years or so. Now there's some logging activity, a few fishing lodge style businesses, and a growing cruising boaters' summer economy. I think there's about 40-60 fulltime residents there now - quite possibly a few of them former schoolmates...

An aerial view - post shutdown but prior to the gov't razing the remaining unused buildings



One of the two ways in or out...




A small example of a typical weekend fishing fleet raft up.



And even earlier when the fishing fleet was huge:



Carry on fallard!
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