British Columbia is situated just South of the border with Yukon Territory,
in the far Northwest corner of the province. It is situated at about the same
latitude as Oslo, Norway on the shores of Atlin Lake.
This pristine mountainlake stretches for 120 km from the toe of the Llewellyn
Glacier northwards. In recent times although the glacier has receded significantly.
In the summer this lake is ideal for sailing (for Hein and Gwaihir)
and kayakking/canoeing and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. (Atlin
in the Winter)
Klondike Goldrush of the late 1890's saw goldminers flooding this area. Until
that time the Taku River Tlingits used the area to set up their summercamps.
one point in the early 1900's Atlin saw a population of over ten thousand
people, all wanting to get rich quickly, digging for gold in the old streambeds
east of town.
though there are still a few goldminers around here today, nobody really did
struck it very rich and Atlin is now better known for its superb natural beauty
than for its gold.
Atlin, now a peaceful
quiet little town, witnessed as little as 12000 yrs. ago, a violent volcanic
eruption disturbing the landscape in this area.
Ruby Mountain, ~ 30
km. to the east of town is the remnant of this spasm.
Volcanic rocks are encountered
all around the country side.