Bella Coola Valley, British Columbia Canada
Mackenzie Rock
Thursday April 24th, 2014
Mackenzie Rock
Mackenzie Rock is only accessible by marine access -- ask about tours

Mackenzie Rock

Reached only by boat, Mackenzie Rock is a gem of history. In 1793 Alexander Mackenzie, along with his voyageurs and Native guides, completed the first recorded crossing of North America. The Scottish explorer was the first European to cross North America north of Mexico, 12 years prior to the better-known Lewis and Clark American military expedition. Mackenzie recorded the completion of his journey on a boulder located some 50 km (31 mi) west of Bella Coola on the Dean Channel, in what is now Sir Alexander Mackenzie Provincial Park. The inscription, first done in reddish paint made of vermilion and bear grease, reads:  “Alex Mackenzie from Canada by land 22nd July 1793.” Today the memoir is engraved into the rock.

The 450 km (279 mi) Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail/Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail is British Columbia´s longest hiking trail. Sections of it are in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and can be accessed on a day hike. The full trail takes three weeks and should only be planned by expert backpackers.


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