Having just got back from a five day, 1000 kilometre trip to the BC interior, we are chomping at the bit to be travelling again. It may be January, but I’ve got campfires, lake canoes and long wilderness walks in my mind. Luckily enough, we don’t have to wait too long. On April 13th, we will be heading out on a six-month road trip around Western Canada. I have written a little about this trip

On April 13th, we will be heading out on a six-month road trip around Western Canada. I have written a little about this trip already but now with only two and a half (!!) months to go, things are getting real! Our plans are still extremely flexible, but since we get asked a fair amount about them, I thought I would update you with the outline so far.

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Where are we going?

After moving out of our mountain home on the 13th, we will likely remain on Vancouver Island for another month or so, before crossing the Strait to the mainland’s Sunshine Coast. Still early on in the season, the desert area in and around Osoyoos (southern interior) sounds like a good place to head next, before making a beeline for Yukon in time for the summer solstice and midnight sun. If my visa comes through in time, Alaska will be on the cards too. We’ll probably head back to BC mid to late August, and spend the rest of the summer and early autumn around and about the BC Rockies and interior.

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The five experiences I’m looking forward to most:

Hiking the Cape Scott Trail, northern Vancouver Island

A 46km hike in the remote Provincial Park of the same name at the tip of the Island, with camping on beautiful sandy beaches. We’ll be in Cape Scott fairly early in the season, and with it being on the Pacific coast, we know to expect crazy weather and lots of mud!

Canoeing the MacKenzie River, Yukon

The MacKenzie river is the longest in Canada (second in North America), and it is Jean Robert’s dream to canoe part of it. Actually, I think he’d love to do it all, but 1,738km is maybe a bit out of our reach!

Camping in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, western Vancouver Island

Home of some of the largest spruce trees in Canada, Carmanah Walbran is a forested sanctuary of biodiversity. Rain or shine, camping under the huge trees will be an amazing experience.

Hiking the Berg Lake Trail in the Canadian Rockies

It’s difficult to know where to start in the Rockies, but I think Mount Robson Provincial Park and the Berg Lake trail (22km) epitomises the experience we’re hoping for; impossibly high mountains, canyons, glaciers, waterfalls and more.

Canoeing the Bowron Lakes Circuit, northern BC

Consistently rated as one of the best canoe trips in the world, the Bowron Lakes circuit (116km paddling, 11km portage) is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. We will probably spend ten to twelve days here, exploring the ten mountain lined lakes and connecting waterways.

What are your favourite places in Western Canada? We’d love to hear recommendations!

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Gemma
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One half of a Canadian/British couple currently living in Penticton, British Columbia. Gemma is happiest with a paddle in her hand, on the trail or planning the next big adventure.

5 Comments

  1. Sounds like an amazing adventure guys! Enjoy Cape Scott and the rest of Northern Vancouver Island – one of my favourite spots from my entire trip. Make sure you spend at least a night in the secret cabin!

    I can’t wait to follow your progress.

    Joe

  2. Anne Blust Reply

    Visit Wells Grey Prov. Park and Helmcken Falls, canoe Clearwater Lake, Azure Lake and Myrtle Lake (hike the skyline trail there). There are campgrounds around the lakes for canoeists be prepared to portage for quite a way between Clearwater Lake and Azure Lake and even more to reach Myrtle Lake from the parking lot. Drive up through Prince George to Prince Rupert staying at Lakelse campground on your way up near Terrace then take the inside passage trip across to Port Hardy. Wend your way down through Strathcona Park and hike the Flower Ridge Trail – steep! Then camp at Greenpoint in Pacific Rim park. We are in Calgary and I am checking out property in Cantobre, France!! I read your blog! Great!!

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