The Big Ride – Stepping back in time (Fort Nelson BC Heritage Museum)

As you know from my past blog a part of my trip north included a stop in Fort Nelson, BC, one of the towns where I was raised.  You might wonder what there would be to do in a little northern town like that?  Well that’s what I would like to share with you in this blog.

After checking into my room at my friends motel, Kacee Northern Suites, I went up the road to the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum where I was reconnected with Marl Brown, the curator of the museum and the Fort Nelson Historical Society.  What an amazing experience that turned out to be!

Marl lived only a few blocks from the street where I was raised and at that time he already had a fine collection of antique automobiles.   In addition to his collection, he was an individual that was well known throughout the community for his love of the past, his fine sense of humour and his beard.  Yes, his beard!  If you’ve lived in the north you know about Trapper Days or what we called a Rendezvous.  Marl Brown was the long time champion of the beard growing contest and to this day he is still referred to as “The Mad Trapper”.

A tour of the museum revealed an incredibly rich history that encompassed the construction of the Historic Alaska Highway, memorabilia collected from the local townsmen and of course Marl’s awesome car collection.  To say that there were thousands of exhibits would be an understatement!

Here is a sampling of what I found most interesting during my visit to the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum.

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My visit to the Fort Nelson Museum was amazing.   If you have an opportunity to stop in it's well worth the visit!
My visit to the Fort Nelson Museum was amazing. If you have an opportunity to stop in it’s well worth the visit!

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When was the last time you saw one of these?
When was the last time you saw one of these?

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Nice curls on this one!
Nice curls on this one!
Finding this at the Fort Nelson Museum was a real remember when! One of my first jobs as a student was at the Alcan Theatre.
Finding this at the Fort Nelson Museum was a real “remember when!”  One of my first jobs as a student was at the Alcan Theatre.

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I remember Stella's Motel as a kid
I remember Stella’s Motel as a kid while living in Fort Nelson

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Nice
Nice

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The curator of the Fort Nelson Historical Society, Marl Brown
The curator of the Fort Nelson Historical Society, Marl Brown – nice beard!
One ring-a-dingy....two ring-a-dingys :)
One ring-a-dingy….two ring-a-dingys 🙂
The curator, Marl Brown in his glory!
The curator, Marl Brown in his glory!
All of the vehicles at the museum are operational!  Now that's impressive.
All of the vehicles at the museum are operational! Now that’s impressive.
Yes this one runs and was on the road earlier this week when the curator of the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, Marl Brown turned 83...he took it out for a ride with his brother!
Yes this one runs and was on the road  recently when the curator of the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, Marl Brown turned 83…he took it out for a ride with his brother!
This car is 109 years old - the curator Marl Brown started it up while I was visiting the museum!
This car is 109 years old – the curator Marl Brown started it up while I was visiting the museum!
Marl Brown starting up his 109 year old Model A
Marl Brown starting up his 109 year old Model A

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One of the many cars in a very fine collection at the Fort Nelson Museum.
One of the many cars in a very fine collection at the Fort Nelson Museum.
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And of course…what collection could possibly be complete without a couple of motorcycles!

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This was only a glimpse of what I saw at the museum.  There was a lot more to see including multiple outbuildings with artifacts that are far too numerous to mention.  In closing, I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

From here I am northward bound and my journey continues to be amazing…even with four wheels under me instead two.

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

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