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08 October 2013

Cross Canada and Back, Part 65, The End!


Saskatchewan to home

Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia

Go to Part one of this trip here

27th of September 2011

Early in the morning we leave Rose and Allan's place. We had a great time, thank you to both of you!
Great Road all the way to Jasper.

Our goal today is to drive to Jasper, Alberta for us. A drive of approximately 800 km. It is a beautiful day on the prairies.

The sun is shining. There is some dust in the air from all the harvesting going on. The driving is easy, Highway 16, the Yellowhead is all freeway.

We do not have headwind, so we make good time. We have driven this road quite a few times, so we relax and and put on some country music.

We arrive at our destination Jasper National Park of Canada. Jasper is a great place to camp right up in the mountains at over 1000 meters or 3400 feet above sea level. We stay in the Whistlers Campground.

Mountain landscape, Jasper National Park of Canada
Jasper National Park of Canada

Person taking a picture close to a bull elk
Some crazy people have to go close.
Around this time in the mountains it is "Rutting Season". We are warned to stay way clear of the Elks, especially the  the bull Elks.

We decide to celebrate the end of our "Cross Canada Trip" and treat ourselves and go downtown Jasper for a prime rib dinner and a bottle of wine. So good!

Later we also shop just a few supplies.

Next day we continued through the mountains on the Yellowhead Highway west and soon enter our home province of British Columbia.

A little rain, a little sunshine, a little fog, we got everything.

Temperatures varied between - 2 and - 10 degrees Celsius. We stopped at the Mt. Robson Cafe and Store in Mount Robson Provincial Park. We refilled our travel mugs with coffee and had a little sweet.

The scenery here was spectacular, cool and crisp. We were a little surprised, even though we traveled
Mount Robson, British Columbia
early, we did not see any animals. I guess it was too cold to graze.

Five hours later we arrived in the city of Kamloops. We filled up Diesel in our truck and drove on toward Merritt in the Nicola Valley.

We always love this stretch of the road. Merritt is pretty in summer and in winter.

The Nicola Valley looks very gentle with all the rolling hills. We made good time over the Coquihalla Hwy all the way to Hope.

As soon as we come into the Fraser Valley around Chilliwack, Anders starts to smell the ocean, and smiles from ear to ear.

We reached Fort Langley at about 5pm. Good drive.

We camped at the Fort Langley Campground. This was convenient. We unhooked, and the next day we drove just with the truck into Vancouver.

City of Vancouver. Traffic and city scape
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

View out the windo overlooking park and ocean.
Back in Victoria, British Columbia Canada.

Cruise ship coming in to dock.
Cruise ship coming in to dock in Victoria
We got together with Jenny and Josh at a Japanese Restaurant.

It was so nice to see them after such a long time. We finally got some family hugs.

On Friday the 30th of September 2011, day 138 of our trip, we took the ferry to Victoria and home.

It was wonderful to see Lisa, Mark, Sarah and Ryan again. More hugs, that was great.

Linda and Mathew were at that time in Africa.

Our Canada Cross Country trip was more then we expected, it was an experience of a lifetime. We certainly would do it again.

Concentrating on areas we missed, or ran out of time. Every corner of our beautiful country has its own special beauty.

We came back from this trip appreciating where we live and all the place we had enjoyed while travelling from coast to coast to coast.

Canada, yours to discover!

More pictures from this part of the trip in our on line photo album.








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1 comment:

  1. Loved the mountain pictures and trip description! We spend a year working on the Alaska Hwy in the Northern Rockies of BC and loved it there! Of course, we prefer the warm winters here in Kelowna.

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