For a while now, we have been planning to drive across Canada. However, Canada is an enormous country and one trip won't be enough. So in July and August of 2011 we made the first part of our journey. We trailered through southern British Columbia Northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Northern British Columbia.

Here is a brief outline of our 2011 trip north. We started in Whister with family.

Whistler Campsite

Here we at our Whistler campsite.

Ready to Zipline

Here are our family getting ready to zipline.


I wore my survivor buff to avoid the bugs!

Fly Fishing at Whistler

Fly fishing in Whistler was great.

Fraser River

We drove up the Duffy Lake Rd to Lilloette. Lunch was at a lookout above the muddy Fraser River.

River near Mount Robson Mount Robson

We spent a few days in spectacular Mount Robson Park - but we never saw the peak of the mountain.

Elk Island Sunset

Later we crossed into Alberta. Then up to Edmonton and beautiful Elk Island National Park.

Elk Island Sunset

This was Lexy's first RV trip with us. She was very good - apart from rolling in fresh buffalo dung to make herself smell natural. Here she is at lovely Elk Island.

Hay River Rusty Boats

After a trip to see Fort MacMurray, we headed south, then west, then north again. Eventually we arrived at Hay River, NWT. Hay river is a sea port with access up the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean. these are tugs up on "the hard."

Fort Smith

From there we drove out to Fort Smith at the north tip of Wood Buffalo National Park.

Wood Buffalo Park was spectacular. We saw:

Bear Tracks

- Bear tracks in salt flats,


- Bison

More Buffalo

- More bison, and

Hay River Road

- A lot of gravel roads.

Kate and Will's Garden Yellowknife

Up in Yellowknife, NWT we admired the museum, the enormous and amazing Great Slave Lake, and Will and Kate's colourful garden.

Hay Lake near Fort Liard

Later we drove out to Fort Liard and stayed in the community campground by pretty Hay Lake.

Mosquito Hat

There were a lot of mosquitoes in the North.

Road to Fort Nelson

We drove for thousands of miles through the immense and always interesting boreal forest. Here we are on the way to Fort Nelson in northern B.C.

Summit Lake

We camped at beautiful Summit Lake

Summit Lake

in Stone Mountain Provincial Park west of Fort Nelson.

Liard Hotsprings

Liard Hot Springs on the Alaska Highway was lovely.

Battle Creek near Halzelton

The Stewart Cassiar Highway to Meziaden Junction and Battle Creek near Hazelton was stunning.

Northern Expedition

At Prince Rupert, on the coast, we caught the Northern Expedition and sailed down the Inland Passage to Port Hardy.

Powell River dock

We crossed over to Powell River. We had stayed at the docks here on our cruise to Desolation Sound in May. Then we headed down to Halfmoon Bay, North Vancouver and back home to Vancouver Island.

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