Huble Farm Family Hike with the Caledonia Ramblers
On the Thanksgiving weekend, I joined the Caledonia Ramblers and the Huble Homestead for the Huble Farm Family hike. The weather was incredibly good that weekend, and we were surrounded by the beautiful colour of Autumn. Nineteen people, including some children, showed up for the interpretive hike.
Club President, Nowell Senior led the hike, and our historical interpreter was Krystal Leason, the Operations Manager with the Huble Homestead/Giscome Portage Heritage Society/
We were just taking a long walk around the fields surrounding the homestead, but along the way, Krystal would be talking about the history of the Giscome Portage.
Basically, the Giscome Portage was a 'shortcut' to the North. The First Nations had been using it for over 100 yrs to go from the Fraser River to Summit Lake. The portage is named after a Jamaican Miner named John Giscome. Before he was shown the route by the Lheidli T'enneh at Fort George (the local First Nations), anyone who wished to travel North on the Rivers had to Portage over 100 kms starting near the Fort St. James area (Northwest of Prince George) and ending up in McLeod Lake. The Giscome Portage is a nine mile portage.