In this podcast episode, we introduce Rob Bryce, the owner of Northern BC Jet Boat Tours and a fearless Canadian explorer who has uncovered the enigmatic secrets of the Anyox ghost town. Rob specializes in curating unique adventures in Northern British Columbia, offering personalized boat tours to remote areas and historical ghost towns within the region.
Rob shares his unexpected journey into arranging tours to deserted and far-flung destinations, leveraging his educational background to establish connections with the proprietors of these remarkable sites. Assisting in the interview is Mike (miketheurbanexplorer - Instagram), the co-host of the episode, who compiles questions from the exploration community for Rob to answer, delving into topics ranging from unusual guests to intriguing requests.
Rob's stories resonate deeply, particularly the heartwarming account of reuniting former Anyox residents with their abandoned homes. While Rob maintains strict regulations against removing items from these sites, he makes a touching exception for former inhabitants, permitting them to take a brick from their past abode as a keepsake.
Further insights emerge as Rob describes his meticulous efforts in mapping the Anyox town, using landmarks, fire hydrants, and coordinates to pinpoint the locations of houses and streets. Drawing on his background teaching mapping and GPS courses, Rob's discovery of insurance maps provided detailed street layouts and house numbering.
Rob's captivating narrative continues as he recounts his explorations of other deserted British Columbia towns like Kitsault and Alice Arm, sharing historical anecdotes and the lasting connections he's forged with their proprietors over time. These tales offer a vivid glimpse into the allure of exploring these extraordinary locales.
Anecdotes also include an intriguing story about a former Anyox resident named John Jackson, who believed his life was in danger due to his wife's intentions. This adds a suspenseful layer to the town's history.
The episode takes a curious turn with the account of lightbulbs retrieved from the Anyox ghost town, each bearing the word 'stolen' and adding a layer of mystery to their past.
Finally, Rob reveals the widespread presence of abandoned mines in British Columbia and discusses his ongoing exploration efforts. He expresses excitement for the uncharted territory and the multitude of exploration opportunities it holds, indicating that his adventures have merely scratched the surface.
Links / Social Media:
Website: Northern BC Jet Boat Tours
Facebook: Anyox - The Town that Got Lost
Instagram: fishnbc (Rob - today's guest), miketheurbanexplorer (Mike - today's co-host)
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Intro song is Watcha Gon' Do is performed by Chris Shards [EPIDEMIC SOUND MUSIC LICENSE]. Rapid fire round background songs are: Greaser by TrackTribe and a tune composed by New Jersey explorer dragonboyac.
Listnerer discretion announcement at the beginning of the episode was done by Adrian Wunderler-Selby.