Trip 210 - May 20-21, 2021 (Thursday-Friday)
Towns of Gold Bridge & Bralorne BC Visit
(Somewhat) Near Lillooet British Columbia
Liked: Gold Bridge school building, mountains and canyon views from the road connecting Gold Bridge and Bralorne, old buildings in Bralorne.
Of Note: Narrow and winding road with steep unbarricaded drop-offs between Gold Bridge and Bralorne. No cell phone signal.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Coordinates: Page 51 (Gold Bridge) B4.
Gold Bridge (population: 43) and Bralorne (population: 60) are two historical British Columbia towns connected to the Gold Rush years of the 19th and 20th centuries. We visited these towns at the end of our BC Highway 40 trip. Check out our previous trip report for directions on how to get to Gold Bridge. A smooth paved 11 km-long road (albeit narrow and winding, and with unbarricaded drop-offs) links Gold Bridge and Bralorne. There was a fair bit of traffic on that road, with most of it appearing to be coming from an industrial site(s) located on Kingdom Lakes Forest Service Road, which starts at 6.3 km of the Gold Bridge-Bralorne connector. A very neat pullout at 7.0 km allows for a great panoramic mountain view, and, just a hundred meters further, another viewpoint makes it possible to see a large canyon.
There is a gas station and an ambulance station in Gold Bridge, and a gas pump and a fire hall in Bralorne, which also has a working pay phone.
1. We are at the end of BC Highway 40, with a sign indicating that a left turn (across the bridge) would lead to Gold Bridge.
2. The bridge across Hurley River leads to the town of Gold Bridge.
3. The view of Hurley River from the bridge. Hurley River flows into Carpenter Lake.
4. Just across the bridge, we are entering the town of Gold Bridge.
5. Welcome to Gold Bridge. Population: 43.
6. A few hundred meters later, just before the buildings, an Esso gas station is on the left side. Not sure how it operates - likely, a pre-payment is required inside the hotel or general store.
7. Gold Bridge, BC. There are four or five streets in the town.
8-9. Gold Bridge hotel and cafe. A general store is across the connector road.
10-11. A very pleasant-looking Gold Bridge community school.
12. The fire hall is in Bralorne, and Gold Bridge has several fire shacks, as well as an ambulance station, pictured below.
13. The same road you are on when entering Gold Bridge takes you to Bralorne 11 km later.
14. At 7.0 km from Gold Bridge, a large pullout on the right side has an information sign, as well as a panoramic mountain range view.
15. The information sign.
16-17. The mountain on the left side.
18-19. The mountain on the right side.
20. If you walk or drive just a hundred meters further, there is another (unofficial) pullout with a great canyon view.
21. Very nice.
Here is our video of the views from this spot.
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22. Getting closer to Bralorne. Quite a smooth road.
23. And here we are.
24. Welcome to Bralorne. Population: 60.
25. Just to the left is Bralorne Pub and On The Fly Country Market. A gas pump (operational?) is on the very left.
26. Bralorne pub sign. Very creative!
27. Bralorne pub information board.
28. On a building across the street (Bralorne Road) there is a map of Bralorne and the surrounding area.
29. Bralorne Road. Bralorne appears to be about three times bigger than Gold Bridge.
30. Historical Bralorne Inn on Bralorne Road.
31. Looking left down Dirks Place.
32. Historical Bralorne church.
33. Bralorne Hall.
34. Inside a small shack in the side of Bralorne Hall, there is a community message board, as well as a working Telus payphone (appears to accept credit cards only, via an operator). There is no cell phone signal in Gold Bridge or Bralorne.
35. Gold Bridge has an ambulance station, and Bralorne has a fire hall.
Gold Bridge and Bralorne are a living BC history, and are very interesting towns to visit. Just be aware of very limited services of any kind in the area.
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