Located on the banks of the mighty Peace River, this broad plane has been home to the settlers of Taylor since the early 1900s.
Originally Taylor Flats, the District of Taylor has been part of the Peace Region for over ninety years. In 1912, Donald Herbert Taylor (Herbie) and his wife Charlotte and their children settled in this area. He was a trapper and ferryman who maintained a Peace River crossing for fur traders, prospectors and homesteaders heading for the north. He also made a living by carving paddles and playing his fiddle for dances.
Taylor is located in northeastern British Columbia on Mile 36 of the Alaska Highway. It is situated 56 km (36 mi) north of Dawson Creek and 18 km (10 mi) south of Fort St. John.
Taylor's Information Centre is a must-see destination during your travels along the Alaska Highway. Located at Mile 35, the Visitor Centre has interpretive displays, green space and gardens.
For the winter recreation lover, Peace Island Park has a series of cross country/snowshoe trails. Users should be well-dressed for winter weather (including sudden changes) and exercise backcountry safety measures.
The trail system is for non-motorized activities such as walking, running and mountain biking. Groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding, these trails are fun for everyone year-round. Check out the Taylor Sled Dog Races in January as mushers race their teams of dogs through the groomed trails.
One can see deer, moose, and even the occasional black bear while on the trails due to their proximity to the Peace River and the hills. While the trails provide a perfect setting for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts, the trees in the area are a spectacular sight to see as well.
This annual fun-filled weekend kicks off with a parade through Taylor, and then continues at Peace Island Park with gold panning, claims staking, metal detecting, bannock baking, and more. There are activities for the whole family with an arts and crafts fair, children's games and activities, steak barbeque, pancake breakfast and horseshoes. Top level competitors from gold panning events everywhere are invited to battle it out for the Class "A" Championship Trophy on Sunday. Panners compete in three tests designed to measure speed panning, skill panning and fine gold panning. There are also categories for the beginner and everyone in between. Whether you want to compete, to watch how the professionals do it, or to check out the other great activities, your family is sure to have fun at the Taylor Gold Panning Weekend.
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia