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Places in British Columbia where Bigfoot Hangs Out

By Cheryl Rhodes
 

Did you know British Columbia has a legendary creature that has baffled scientists, environmentalists, and curiosity seekers over the years? Bigfoot is a large hairy creature resembling an oversized monster gorilla, that walks on two legs like a human. Sometimes called Sasquatch, from the Sts’ailes word “Sa:sq’ets”  which means wild man, reported sightings in the province go back about 200 years when the early settlers had encounters with this mythological animal.

The big question is whether an elusive gorilla-like creature is wandering around British Columbia, or if there are practical jokesters behind the sightings.

Bigfoot Carving at Harrison Hot Springs

Bigfoot Carving at Harrison Hot Springs

Many sightings have taken place in the Fraser Canyon region, with one of the latest in the Mission area in July 2013. Bigfoot is known to be most active between Harrison Hot Springs and Hope, and has also been sighted at several locations on Vancouver Island. Witness accounts range from seeing huge footprints, hearing unknown howling noises, and sometimes the elusive creature is seen moving through the forest, bathing in the river, or killing livestock for dinner.

Sasquatch is usually rather shy, running off when spotted or if a camera comes out. It is not known to be vicious, not known to prey on humans as food sources, but there have been reports of people kidnapped by Sasquatch who later escaped to tell the tale.

Things known about Bigfoot:

1.    Walks on 2 legs.
2.    Stands anywhere between 6’ and 10’ tall.
3.    Weighs around 500 pounds.
4.    Gets its name from the footprints it leaves behind – close to 2’ long and 8” wide.
5.    Master of stealth. No human or animal moves as quickly and quietly through the woods as Bigfoot.
6.    Expert “hide & seek” player. Bigfoot hides well in the thickly forested areas of British Columbia.
7.    Camera-shy.

Bigfoot sightings include:

1.    In 1864, Alexander Caulfield Anderson, a Hudson Bay Company fur trader and explorer, and his party were attacked by hairy humanoids who stood on a cliff and threw rocks down at them where they stood in the Fraser Valley Canyon.
2.    In 1911 at Harrison River a fisherman spots a large hairy creature drinking from the river. The creature ran off when it realized it had been seen and left behind 17” footprints.
3.    In 1933 at Pitt Lake, two men using binoculars spot Sasquatch eating berries.
4.    In 1957 near Hope a truck driver saw a large hairy creature vault over a fence and then head towards the Fraser River.
5.    In 1970 near Harrison Hot Springs, Keith Shepard sees an 8’ tall Sasquatch cross the road in front of his car.
6.    In 1986 a family on vacation in Granite Creek feels something heavy slam into their cabin. They saw a large Sasquatch-like creature run off into the trees, leaving behind footprints measuring 17” long and 6” wide.
7.    In 1997 Wayne Oliver video tapes a possible Sasquatch near the Fraser River at Hope.
8.    In 2004 BCTV reported two women driving near Tofino narrowly missed hitting a Sasquatch that stood in the road in front of them refusing to budge until other cars approached, scaring it off.
9.    In 2013 Global News reported a group of Chinese tourists saw Bigfoot and took photos and video.
10.    In 2014 Global News reported a video shot near Whistler might be Bigfoot moving effortlessly through deep snow in a remote area.

Does Bigfoot really exist, or is it a hoax, or is it an improperly identified animal? Check out some of these places where Bigfoot has been spotted:

1.    Harrison Hot Springs and the surrounding areas seem to be a hotbed of Bigfoot activity and is the best place to pick up Sasquatch themed souvenirs. For more information on Harrison Hot Springs, check out our blog post http://blog.travel-british-columbia.com/harrison-hot-springs-british-columbia-canada/
2.    Pitt Lake is the 2nd largest lake in the Lower Mainland, behind Harrison Lake. Is there any coincidence there have been numerous Bigfoot sightings around these water areas? Besides looking for Bigfoot, Pitt Lake is a popular place for boating and fishing. This is a great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Pitt Lake and the mountains. If you’re feeling energetic a vendor rents canoes to paddle around the lake and explore possible Bigfoot grounds.
3.    Mission had Bigfoot activity in 2013 that received a lot of international attention but mostly tourists come here to camp or enjoy ATV or 4 wheel driving on old logging and forestry roads. Visitors can also tour Westminster Abbey and BC Hydro has a visitor centre at Stave Falls.
4.    Whistler/Squamish area has had a few Bigfoot sightings over the years. In addition to trying to catch Sasquatch on camera, tourists enjoy the year-round outdoor adventures this area offers such as skiing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and riding ATVs.

About the Author

Cheryl Rhodes lives in Cloverdale, B.C. with her husband Kerry, two dogs, and three horses. She enjoys traveling, photography, horseback riding, and writing mysteries.

 

5 responses to “Places in British Columbia where Bigfoot Hangs Out”

  1. Nicholas Kelly says:

    Hello just want to let you know i had seen 2 young Bigfoot near Hudson Hope BC. I was driving from Fort ST. John to Prince George. It was late September. I was tired and pulled
    Over on a turn out for a nap. There was a sign of the local are near a bridge i put my seat back and was drinking som water when some moose ran pas l sat up and watched themwhen they got near the bridge they stopped and looked back as if they were waiting for others to catch up. I looked back the road and seen 2 dark figures coming up the road. They were on all 4s and I was thinking it was just black bears. I watched the smaller one come in back of my car and stroll down a rivean and lost sight of the other. After a few minutes i felt my car shack I was thinking a bear was rubbing against my car so i sounded the horn.
    I leaned back in my seat ready for a short nap. I am not sure how long I was sleeping when some twigs about 2 inches long landed on my wind shield I looked around and thought they were swept up with some wind. I sat back and closed my eyes when I herd the sound of twigs on my car window again. I got out and cleaned of the twigs and noticed they were freshly broken now some kind of animal or person throwing twigs was the last thing on my mind. I was sitting up when i seen twigs come from under the sign. I kept looking in the area and a little while again more twigs from the area of the sign. I seen the 2 figures move in the bushes in front of me I became unsettled and desided to move on. As I start to leave i seen a huge black figure coming in my direction. Its arms swinging and seemed to be walking with a purpose it crossed the road and a smaller one came from the area i was just parked. I got out of my car and walk a few steps kind of stunned with what i was seeing I wanted a better look. Thee larger one stopped staired back at me and made a loud huff at me I got in my car and drove off a little confused at what just took place.

  2. John Allen says:

    Thanks for posting that account, Nicholas. A fascinating family sighting. I’ve never actually seen a sasquatch, but I did get “huffed” late one pitch-black night when I disturbed something big alongside Rockwell Drive near Harrison. Your word, ” huff” , captures that sound very nicely. I took it to be a warning, like a dog’s growl, telling me to back off. I’m quite familiar with horses and how they snort. Based on that, I felt there were some very big lungs behind the sound. It was very deep and strong.

    • Nicholas Kelly says:

      Your right it was a picture perfect minute and all I had was an outdated flip phone at the time. Yes the huff was a warning it felt as that huff came deep inside the chess. I am very familiar with horses as well nice hearing from a fellow horse person.

  3. John Allen says:

    Also, Bill Miller runs “Sasquatch Country Adventures” in Harrison. ( Ph 604-796-5570.)He is very knowledgeable and conducts ATV tours of the back woods. There is also a good selection of books on the subject available in Harrison, mostly by local resident John Green.

  4. Clarky says:

    Hey I’m from hudsons hope and my dad had an encounter at the same spot a few years back we recently go out researching thanks for posting !

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