Giscome and McDame begin their northern B.C. exploration

John Robert Giscome and Henry McDame begin their trek of more than a year to explore northern BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

13 months later, on December 14, 1863 the Daily Colonist publishes a detailed account from Giscome of his explorations with Henry McDame in the Peace River watershed in north-eastern B.C, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Giscome and McDame left the mouth of the Quesnelle in November 1862 and proceeded up the Fraser in a canoe. The trek took more than a year and was more than 330 miles, crossing lakes, rivers and mountainous terrain.

The article mentions the following areas: Fort George, Salmon River, Summit Lake, McLeod’s Lake, Fort McLeod, Fort Dunvegan (Alberta – Peace River Valley), Smoky River, Red Deer River, Saskatchewan, Quesnelle River, Salmon River. McDame Creek was named for Henry McDame and the Giscome Portage Trail was designated an official Heritage Site July 17th, 1997. BC Parks took over management of the trail when it was designated a Protected Area in the year 2000.

Image courtesy of Kevin Creamore, Prince George.