Atlin, British Columbia

“Alaska will be great but you won’t see anything quite like Atlin” is a quote from a local woman when I arrived in Atlin. Another town founded during the gold rush it has survived by being located on the largest natural lake in BC nestled amongst spectacular mountain peaks. Boating during the summer and heli-skiing in winter is now the towns life blood. I decided to stay at the small inn located on the shore where the current proprietors were ‘townies’ from that metropolis Whitehorse! One local fellow in the bar told me he had been in Atlin all his life and made a living gold panning. The gold rush may be long gone but with the price of gold where it is today perhaps a few more people will return to places like Atlin in the years ahead.