Posts From British Columbia


Vancouver to visit some friends and relatives (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Saturday 28th Mar, 2009 (day 15, miles 2189)

We could not resist a walk around the town of Leavensworth, the cute always seems to win out over the kitsch. We were a bit early at 9:30 so most of the shops and businesses were closed; probably a good thing as we didn't need to find any more Washington souvenirs.

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Some visiting and then leaving Vancouver (Along the Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Sunday 29th Mar, 2009 (day 16, miles 2296)

We had morning coffee with Brenda and a bit more catching up and then we had to leave to make our next visit.

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A visit to Whistler and along the Duffy Lake road (Hwy 99 Near Lilloet, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Monday 30th Mar, 2009 (day 17, miles 2403)

We continued along Hwy 99 this morning into Whistler. The highway is much improved from a few years ago with a lot more 4 lane sections but there was still a tremendous amount of construction and road work going on. I sure hope they get it all done before the Olympics in 2010.

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Embarking along the Cariboo gold trail (Greeney Lake, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Tuesday 31st Mar, 2009 (day 18, miles 2558)

From our camp we continued north west along highway 99 following Cayoosh Creek. The river valley was really spectacular, winding river, steep sides, and rocky crags atop the mountains all covered in fresh snow. As a consequence the road was twisty and steep in places, even in this weather there was road work in progress and signs along the way identified a number of projects to start once the weather improved. We were surprised that neither of us had much memory of this part of the road.

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Today we got laughed at by the locals (twice) (Prince George, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Wednesday 1st Apr, 2009 (day 19, miles 2752)

I was cold during the night and had to crank up the propane furnace. When I got out of the vehicle in the morning I understood why. The thermometer showed 25°F and the ground which was muddy the previous evening was frozen solid. The puddles of water had ice 3/8 inch thick on top. So I estimated the temperature was something like 20°F during the night.

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A business and catch up day in Prince George (Prince George, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Thursday 2nd Apr, 2009 (day 20, miles 2752)

Last night seemed like a warm night so we were surprised to see about 4 inches of fresh snow in the morning.

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Camped beside another frozen lake, this one with several fishing holes in the ice. (Co-op Lake, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Friday 3rd Apr, 2009 (day 21, miles 2919)

Today we traveled west on highway 16 towards Prince Rupert. The day was clear and sunny, although cold with temps around 28°F, until late in the afternoon. Last night was cold as the muddy roads in the camp ground were as hard as concrete this morning.

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Today it's mountains and maples. (Forest Road near old Hazelton, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Saturday 4th Apr, 2009 (day 22, miles 3088)

The clear sky of last night pushed temperatures down to 16-17°F, but by the morning the sky was overcast signaling a, slightly, warmer day.

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Down the Skeena River to Price Rupert and seals on ice (Prince Rupert, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Sunday 5th Apr, 2009 (day 23, miles 3316)

Some how I lost this entry. I cannot recreate the text, but I can put the images back.

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Nina's Alaska (Lakelse Provincial Park, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Monday 6th Apr, 2009 (day 24, miles 3505)

Seagulls by the thousands, eagles by the dozens along the Naas River on the way to Gingolx. (Gingolx, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Tuesday 7th Apr, 2009 (day 25, miles 3629)

After a late start we drove back to the town of Terrace and again headed for the Safeways cafe and their free wifi service. Terrace is now very familiar and I was beginning to feel like I was having a 3 week vacation in this town. However Terrace just happens to be at the junction of some interesting side trips and we keep coming back to Safeways because we like/need to have internet access.

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Today I had to rescue Nina from a roadside snow heap, and the Cranberry connector road was (for us at least) impassable because of snow. (Cassiar Highway rest area, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Wednesday 8th Apr, 2009 (day 26, miles 3890)

From our overnight spot beside the highway we drove back up the Naas valley in low cloud and mist to the junction with the Nisga'a highway and into the town of new Aiynash. There was not a lot to see on the way because of the weather but the sea birds could be heard squawking away.

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A pleasant day spent in Stewart,BC and Hyder, AK (Stewart, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Thursday 9th Apr, 2009 (day 27, miles 3960)

At Meziadin Junction we confirmed that the gas station was closed and discovered that everything was covered in several feet of snow. It was a good thing that we had not planned on staying there last night, as we had at one point discussed, as there was no where to park.

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The road goes ever on - and it's difficult to get off. (Kinaskan Lake, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Friday 10th Apr, 2009 (day 28, miles 4130)

Driving back up highway 37A today from Stewart to Meziadin Junction the same caterpillar loader was still clearing snow debris from the roadway. It must be a big and costly job keeping that road open during winter.

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Telegraph Creek road - another unexpected gem (Telegraph Creek Road, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Saturday 11th Apr, 2009 (day 29, miles 4307)

Back on the treadmill this morning. The forests of small and sparse spruce trees is even more evident this morning and there is definitely less snow on the ground emphasizing the colder winters and lower precipitation of this area.

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Dall sheep, black and brown bear (Beaver Lake, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Saturday 23rd May, 2009 (day 71, miles 11901)

The character of the road and terrain changed today. There were more mountains and they were closer. We were beginning to enter the northern Rocky Mountains. The road is more twisting and there are more rough spots.

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Tourist for a day in Jasper (Mt Robson (Lucerne Campground), British Columbia)

Journal entry for Tuesday 2nd Jun, 2009 (day 81, miles 14063)

Another beautiful sunny day awaited us and we were away early, at least compared to our usual relaxed starts. After a brief stop in Jasper to make a few phone calls we found our way to the Jasper Tramway which lifted us up the side of Whistlers Mountain for a panoramic view of Jasper and its surrounds. From the upper station a trail continues a couple of kms and several hundred feet farther up the ridge to the summit of Whistlers. We spent an enjoyable hour hiking up the trail, admiring the scenery and soaking in the atmosphere. We had visited this region in 1976 and had a few adventures on the lower slopes of a couple of the local peaks, so we did more than a little reminiscing also.

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A Vancouver traffic jam (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Friday 6th Jul, 2012 (day 2, miles 220)

Today was, unsurprisingly, not a very adventurous day and there is not much to write about. This will also be the case off and on over the next few weeks as we visit friends and relatives across Canada - interesting and enjoyable for Nina and I but not something that others will find of particular interest.

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Lake Buntzen (Langley, BC, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Saturday 7th Jul, 2012 (day 3, miles 245)

We had much of the today to ourselves before a dinner date late in the afternoon. The Lonely Planet guide came to our rescue and we headed off early to Lake Buntzen, a reservoir created by the BC Hydro company.

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GPS (SatNav) Troubles!! (Hope, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Sunday 8th Jul, 2012 (day 4, miles 355)

Today was one of those perfect lessons in the importance of keeping your electronic devices (and their software) up to date.

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The Yellow Head!! (Sicamous, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Monday 9th Jul, 2012 (day 5, miles 573)

From Hope last night we followed the Yellow Head highway (Hwy 5) to Kamloops, and then onto Sicamous.

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Tourists in the Rockies (Golden, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Tuesday 10th Jul, 2012 (day 6, miles 731)

Another beautiful summers day started with a quick stop at the Last Spike Memorial (celebrating the completion of the Trans-Canada railway 1885) and showed the town of Revelstoke to perfection.

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The Zigzag Road (Field, British Columbia)

Journal entry for Wednesday 11th Jul, 2012 (day 7, miles 772)

How would you react to a sign that tells you to reverse up to (or down to) the next turn?

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