Hello Vancity Girlfriends,
I grew up in a small town in beautiful British Columbia. Even though that was almost forty years ago, it has a special place in my heart. When I have an opportunity to return to visit old childhood friends, I will cash in my Airmiles points for a plane ride back to my hometown, Smithers, BC.
Smithers, BC is a small town of 5,000 people. It is in a valley between mountains and has one main street where most of the shops are. Nowadays the highway name brand restaurants and stores are popping up and there is a Boston Pizza, Subway, Starbucks, Sportscheck, and A&W as you would find in the city.
Every few years my second family calls me back to visit and I return happily. I love the country and the small town feel. I miss it after living in the city for so long. I am a country girl at heart. I love the peacefulness and the quiet country road. I spent a self made 4 day long weekend in Smithers, BC and I loved every minute.
The first day we went up to Hudson Bay Mountain to look for a snowy patch in June and found one. Then I was chasing a mother grouse and her chicks off the country road so the truck could pass by without anyone getting hurt. I was flapping my arms around like a grouse because after the chicks got off the road, a few started coming back. During my stay I went to Driftwood Canyon Fossil Beds and saw hummingbirds, woodpeckers, chickadees, and bluejays. Aside from the birds I saw three deer on the road during my morning walks. There is a peacefulness about being in the country, the fresh air, the stillness.
The town itself looks like a Swiss Alpine village along Main Street and the Hudson Bay Mountain is picturesque. It's like a postcard every time I go back.