On Friday, my dad and his friend Tracy were up from Fort St John for a visit. My dad was born here and was excited to see how much it had changed in 15+ years. Firstly, before any adventures began we needed some fuel; we stopped at the Sierra Lounge in the Fort Nelson Hotel. The food was good, service was excellent, and the lounge (opened in February 2011) is beautiful and definably an asset to Fort Nelson's food and beverage industry. We spent the evening cruising around town, through the industrial streets (which I found out my grandfather used to own a few lots and businesses!) We drank our tea and listened to my dad tell stories of his childhood, his pranks, crashes (on his bicycle), and many other stories. I of course being born and raised her myself had more than a few stories to share as well! Later on when the yawns started to stifle our stories and the laughter turned to chuckles we decided we could put off our adventure until the next morning.
Bright and early we met up at the "One" restaurant and had our morning coffees and breakfast. The One is a large restaurant, with good service and good food as well. We hopped into the truck once more and set off! Our first stop of the day was the Visitor Information Centre, my dad thought it was very cool, a new building and another great asset to Fort Nelson's streets. He bought my little sister a t-shirt that said: Someone who loves me bought me this shirt in Fort Nelson, BC. Also he bought a few of Doug Andrew's cards from Alaska Hiway Art.
After that we crossed the highway to the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum where we met up with our tour guide Dallas, he was very helpful and had a lot of information about the Hudson’s Bay House and the Trapper’s Cabin. In the very back of the museums outside exhibits is a portable machine shop with the sign “Derrick’s Machining and Oilfield Repairs,” which I’ll have you know belonged to my grandfather! I found that super cool, he build the shop so it was completely collapsible and could be moved on the back of a big truck, he would set up out on oil field leases and be able to work out of the weather and with ease.
Also in one of the exhibits inside the building there is a Mammoth tusk, which belonged to my dad when he was younger, his mom (my grandma) decided to donate it to the museum. Although he wasn’t happy about it at the time he now says he realizes that instead of just him enjoying it many people are able too! Later on it was dinner time, and our stomachs let us know that very loudly! We sat down to eat at the Outlaw Café, which is located in the Triple ‘G’ Hideaway campground. Food was delicious and it’s a fun and interesting setting, saddles for bar stools, and rifles for door handles! Very cool.
My day in the life of a tourist in Fort Nelson was great! I learned a little bit more about my home town and was pleased to see how many people love to teach about Fort Nelson and its history.