Canada Posts

Across Canada – Brooks, AB to Moose Jaw, SK

My first day in Calgary was spend exploring the city with a couch surfer called Bilal. I like to explore cities with other people, so I had put up a message on the couch surfing website and Bilal who was also new to Calgary had answered. In the evening we went to a couch surfing meet up together, which are always a great way to meet people from all over the world. Held at a local bar I got chatting to loads of different people including a local Calgarian called Lloyd. Lloyd's family originate from South Wales and he invited me to go indoor climbing with him later that week. A good start to my visit

Across Canada – Hinton, AB to Brooks, AB

When I left Hinton, I headed for Sundance Provincial Park which was recommended to me by Karina's family. The rough 60km drive down the logging road didn't faze the van (unlike me) and I arrived at a very nice lakeside campsite to spend the first night. The next day I explored the park and was very impressed by the Hoodoos and crazy rock formations created by the elements on the soft rock. Being a little out of the way I didn't see anyone else in the park and was able to soak up sights and the sunshine in  magnificent calm. Before arriving in Alberta, when looking at the road

Across Canada – Golden, BC to Hinton, AB

Leaving Golden I felt refreshed after being stationary for a couple of days, though I did perhaps get a little carried away catching up on my junk food quota! My two nights at the motel allowed me to pause for a little while and take stock of my trip and I also appreciated having my own room. While the van has been working out ever better then expected there is no escaping the fact that it is a pretty small space and it was nice to be able to lounge out on the sofa. After Golden I headed for the rockies, my first stop was Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. Although quite a few other tourists

Across Canada – Nelson, BC to Golden, BC

After leaving Nelson I headed north up along Kootenay Lake. As the weather and the scenery were both picture perfect I decided to camp for the first time this year and to give my new tent a whirl. This turned out not to be my most successful camping experience. Although the rec site was in a nice spot, there wasn't really anywhere particularly suitable to put a tent! I selected a rare piece of flat(ish) ground but it was too rocky to use tent pegs so I had use rocks to pin it down. After winning this battle and then climbing in to my little one man tent I discovered an hour later that my inflatable

Across Canada – Hope, BC to Nelson, BC

Leaving Hope I had the choice of two highways – the 5: an express route towards Kamloops or the 3: a slower, scenic drive into the Okanagon. Not really much of a choice! On highway 3 I passed the “Big Slide” - the biggest landslide in Western Canada before driving through Manning Provincial Park. So far I managed to camp for free in the van – either at the excellent recreation sites (government run free campsites) or by finding a spot out of the way, usually on forestry roads. A little research tells me that in Canada this is permitted as long as you are parked out of the way and