This bike ride started off in Dawson Creek in the quest to see the Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Championship. All 9 hours of riding was worth it! This bike ride was an amazing way to see the landscape south of Dawson Creek. Once I cruised down into Chetwynd I found the town very friendly and the hospitality ever so welcoming. I really enjoyed my stay there, hotel and food was better than expected.
The focus of my trip was to experience the annual chainsaw carving competition that Chetwynd is known for. The ambiance and anticipation was evident throughout the town. Everyone from the coffee shop to the local pizza joint was advertising and talking about it. When it came time on Thursday morning to find where the competition was held, I could literally find it by the trail of cedar scent in the air.
There was the sound of chainsaws everywhere, wood chips were flying and men were leaning into the wood with their saws giving it there all. 12 different tents set up with huge slabs of cedar being carved upon. There was excitement and awe in the air from the artists who worked diligently on the clock to the sound of a horn for their break time, to the on-lookers in the audience. I have never seen anything like this; there were artists from all over the world and even a couple local artists competing. Local vendors were also set up with amazing artifacts for sale from carvings to hand knit sweaters to healing magnetic jewelry. Crowd pleasing vendors were also set up making sure there was an endless supply of mini donuts and coffee, yum, yum.
This event started on Thursday morning and ran through to Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, I could not stick around to see the final products. This is a must see event if you are in the area during this weekend, by bike or by car. It is only about an hour drive from Dawson Creek. If you require information about the event or directions, please be sure to check in with the Visitor Information center in Dawson Creek, they will answer any questions you may have.
Originally posted on HelloBC.com by kdc on June 11, 2011