Trip across Western Canada
A few days after their arrival we left, the six of us, to Jasper all of us in our mini-van. We visited the Miette Hot Springs, we had a very pleasant dip and drinks. On our way to the town of Jasper there was a forest fire, I took a few pictures of it in the foreground there was an elk. Nice pic. Ginette asked what was the white stuff on top of the mountains, we had to tell her it was snow. It was the first time that she had seen snow in the summer.
Overnight, we stayed at the Whistlers Campground in Jasper. There are 781 sites available. It's huge. The camping was protected against bears by an electric fence, we were tempted to touch it but we never had the guts. It was a nice place only 3.5 km from Jasper. It cost $19.60 per family. (2010 prices). Next day we visited the Athabasca falls and the Glacier bearing the same name. We had a good walk on top of the Glacier. We wanted to go do a tour with the big buses but we thought we would not have enough time. : English (change) We followed on to Lake Louise on the highway 93 also called the Icefields Parkway that connects Jasper to Banff, 283 kms . This highway is considered one of the most scenic in the world.
We camped in Lake Louise I believed. We visited the famous lake and hiked to the Agnes Tea House. A great hike. Great tea. The small lake Agnes reflects the mountains on the water. The restaurant bring their supplies using horses. The tea house is expensive but it's more than worthwhile to visit the views up to it are incredible. I sometimes had to carry one of the kids on my back to help them.
We also showed Eric and Ginette the famous unique turquoise color Lake Louise. They had a picture together in front of the most photographed lake in the world.
The next day we drove to the Okanagan valley, we stopped in Downtown Revelstoke for coffee and drinks for the kids. They have a trendy street. We also visited Rogers Pass and its Roger's Pass Discovery Center. They have films and exhibits on avalanche, they also have a nature center. Before getting to the Okanagan Valley, we stayed by the lake Mara in Sicomous. We stayed right by the beach on a sandy camping spot we were tight but we were very happy to have a sight. This is the high season in the Okanagan Valley. It's sometimes difficult to have a camping spot. In the evening, like usual we had a big meal that the ladies cooked and plenty of drinks. We were also happy to get our hands on fresh fruit like plums and peaches from the valley.
One guy was trying to make a fire to impress his girlfriend. He was trying to cook some steaks. I felt sorry for him and helped him. I had to blow my heart out. But the boyfriend was relieved.
Few years later I tried to find this campground but could not find it, I wondered if the site was replaced with another condo complex.
Next day we went to Kelowna. We stayed a couple of days at Hiawatha RV Park. There was a great swimming pool and the kids had a lot of fun. The tenting spots were very tight but we had enough room. Ginette and Eric also went for a bike ride in Kelowna. This camping is very expansive but it is also very convenient.it's close to Beaches (just steps away from Gyro Beach, Rotary Beach). The rates are between 40 to 60 dollars a day. In Kelowna there is also excellent Greek restaurants. Their squid is awesome.
We visited our friends in Kelowna Cal and Lesley Grant, Heather Walker and our friends the Antoniuks. One of the highlights of the day for Ginette and the kids was picking up cherries from the loaded tree. We also visited Penticton and had an excellent meal at Salty's my favorite restaurant in the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Lake Beaches are huge all sandy. They also have a paddle boat. It's a great place to bring your family in holiday. Me and Eric we wanted to go summer skiing in Whistler B.C but unfortunately we were not able to wake up early enough for the very long drive. Instead we decided to go to Vancouver, we visited Granville Island. We enjoyed having a good meal and drinks by the marina. Their was luxurious boats, the same type you see in Monaco.
To reach the Sunshine Coast, you travel approximately 64km (40 miles) northwest of Vancouver along the Trans Canada Highway (No. 1) to Horseshoe Bay. From there you take the Langdale ferry Having arrived at Langdale, you take to get to Sechelt Population (2009): 9200.
From Vancouver, we drove along the Trans Canada Highway (No. 1) 64 km to Horseshoe bay to take the ferry for a 40 minute scenic crossing of Howe Sound.. We took the Langdale ferry We went to Sechelt via Highway 101 north for 27 kilometers (17 miles)and we stayed at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. There was a nice beach, there was also a lot of sea shells, clams.etc. Sechelt has palm trees on Wharf Avenue downtown, never seen tropical trees in our country. We also loved to go for fish and chips and burgers to Beach Buoy Waterfront Restaurant.
We went to Honeymoon Bay and we want to Kayak we had the pleasure to see some seals. We spent a memorable day at the rocky beach. This was my first time kayaking on the sea. I was very scared of the black waters of the Bay. Near the shore the water was absolutely beautiful. Crystal green. There was also expansive chalets strategically located on the shores. I had also the chance of going fishing on my kayak I caught some small fish. I thought they were trout but I realized later that they may have been small salmon. I caught also another specie and some squid. The fresh grilled squid was really amazing.
Later on we went to White Rock. There was a beautiful house. We bought some tickets for a draw. It was worth a couple of millions...We did not win it, maybe we will be still leaving there. We enjoyed the beach there and I did some kayaking. The town is near the U.S border.
At the campground near White Rock, we had a party for Isabelle for her birthday.
I also made a fish stew with all the fish I had caught, I am not sure but I became sick. The fish may not have been cold enough.
One time I went to cross the highway. I decided to change my mind and backed up
right into a corvette. I was lucky, the car had only a little scratch and the guy let me go for free.
At the end we left for Edmonton while we drove Eric and Ginette to the Vancouver Airport. According to Tara this was her favorite trip.
Isabelle with Eric and Ginette in front of
Wayne Gretzky statue in Edmonton
Fire in Jasper National Park
Ginette in front of the Athabasca Falls
Myself in front of the spectacular Athabasca Falls
Eric on the Athabasca Glacier
Highline trail and the Lake Agnes Teahouse
Isabelle with her auntie and Kelly Fife picking cherries in Kelowna
Nadia picking cherries with auntie Ginette, Kelowna
Boats in the port of Horseshoe Bay. British Columbia
Eric in the ferry going to the Sunshine Coast
Nadia or Isabelle standing on a small island on the Sunshine coast, BC
Eric kayaking whith his nieces in BC
Kayaking and suntanning in the Sunshine coast
Kayaks, sun, beaches and amazing scenery equals BC
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My sister Ginette with Eric and Isabelle
Elk eating in front of a forest fire, Jasper
Eric and Ginette in front of the Athabasca Falls
Nadia and Isabelle in front of the Athabasca Glacier
Trail to get to the Athabasca Glacier, myself with my sister Ginette
Trail of Lake Louise leading to the Agnes Tea House
Eric and Ginette in front of Lake Louise
Salty's Beachouse Restaurant, my favorite place to eat in Penticton
Ginette cycling in front of the Kelowna Marina
Nadia or Isabelle standing on a small island on the Sunshine Coast
Eating my portuguese fish stew (caldeirada>
Beach of White Rock, BC