Long stretches of verdant river valley

You may spot a moose or two in the area

by Nowell Berg
A cow moose and her calf in a river
A cow moose and her calf cool off. — Photo credit: Design Pics/Thinkstock photo

The District of Taylor sits along the northern bank of the Peace River in northeastern B.C. at Mile 36 of the Alaskan Highway just southeast of Fort St. John.

If you're looking for wildlife viewing, then start at Peace Island Park. Located south of Taylor in the Peace River valley, it is home to a large number of moose, bear and other wildlife. The backwaters of the Peace River form ponds near the Park and provide for an easy birdwatching experience. A wide variety of water birds can be spotted from the shores throughout the park. After a full day of birdwatching, be sure to participate in the World Invitational Class A Gold Panning championships being held July 30 and 31 at Peace Island Park.

If you are up for a short road trip, check out Watson's Slough. It’s a wetland ideal for birdwatching. To get there, head north from Ft. St. John on Highway 97 toward Charlie Lake. Then turn left on Highway 29 towards Hudson’s Hope. Watson’s Slough is approximately 50 kilometres down the highway. Ducks Unlimited maintains a trail along the slough where you can see buffleheads, goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, northern shovellers, American widgeons, Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds and grebes.

If you didn't get enough birds and ducks at Watson's Slough, then on the return trip be sure to stop at Charlie Lake which is an ideal place to hear songbirds.

The District of Taylor is a birder’s paradise.


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