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Giscome Portage


The First Peoples of this area, the Lhedli T'enneh, relied on rivers and lakes to travel through the dense forests of the interior. Trails connected areas inaccessible by water. One such trail is the shortest route between the waterways flowing to the Pacific Ocean and those flowing into the Arctic Ocean. This trail was a highway for the first peoples traveling across borders and overland to trade goods, gather food, and visit neighbours. The Lhedli T'enneh named this trail Lhedesti or "the shortcut". The highest point of the trail is the boundary between two nations the Lhedli T'enneh to the south and the Tse'Kenne to the north.

In December of 1863, John Robert Giscome, a prospector from Jamaica, wrote an article that was published in the Victoria Colonist newspaper. In the article Giscome recounted the prospecting trip undertaken by himself and his partner, he also described the trail over the Continental Divide shown to him by the native guide. It is due to this article that the trail became known as Giscome Portage.

The Giscome Portage trail is located 40 km north of Prince George and 6 km off Highway 97 North on Mitchell Road.

Photos and text courtesy Huble Homestead Historic Site