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CONTRIBUTION · 21st June 2012
MaggieJo Johnson
I was out on a recent road trip and last second on a whim... 'decided to turn off the highway to spend some time out of my way to head to the Historic Old Town of Hazelton.

I was immediately impressed with the level of personal pride the Community expressed in maintaining both residential and official grounds on site, as well as coming across hired Youth Workers hand-brooming the streets to impeccable form! HAND BROOMING?! And WOW! That place was impeccably cah-LEAN. And I mean clean!

The Esso Gas Station? What a charm! I wasn't even sure if those old 1950 styled vintage tanks even worked, but indeed they did and then some. 'Even had a gentleman ask "How much you want?"

"Fill er up, sir."

I was in my utter glory being served with a manned gas attendant (just like in the olden days). Of course a generous tip was in order; afterwhich the gentleman almost "tipped" over with delight. I spent time visiting with all the regulars and visitors on site and we all had a great afternoon.

I spent some time frequenting the museums and tourist shops in the Old Village, which by the way is a dead ringer for a Barkerville look-a-like town. I was impressed with the level of professionalism and courtesy; along with the information the Village Embassadors provided me with when I pressed along with questions about the Community. I simply couldn't get over the cleanliness and pride the Community produced. 'Kinda made me feel a bit ashamed of my own hometown.

I think I might treat the kids to head there for an afternoon casual jaunt around. That kazillion metred bridge in itself? Ugh. Made my stomach turn...but the kids might like it.

The Village of Old Hazelton is such an untapped tourist resource. Head out there. Make some new friends. Take in the sites and enjoy the Spirit of Community Pride.
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Comment by Terrace on 21st June 2012
Try the "Historic B.C. Cafe" Great Food and
Mercedes Beans for coffee/tea and a drive home
pretzel fron the New Town Bakery.It's worth the
drive.