A mysterious title, huh?
I’ll surprise you. It means exactly what it means- Ultimate. Canadian. Adventure. Maybe half-ultimate, cause we decided we didn’t want to go to Yukon this time of year and freeze our asses off.
So Ultimate Canadian Adventure, by Klaudia Pyc, is a month-long road trip across Western Canada, through Alberta and British Colombia.
The idea of that trip came to our heads last summer when my boyfriend said he wants to go to Canada February-April and I realised I have almost a month of Easter vacation from the uni.
So here we are, two world travellers riding across Canada and working remotely from coffee shops. And Airbnbs. Unfortunately, it’s not one of those adventures when you have two crazy people, driving around and sleeping wherever. But I still will call it an adventure, especially because of our amazing Toyota Ta-home-a (I am not taking a credit for it, I’ve read an article where someone used it and I just loved it).
So we do sleep in Airbnb’s from time to time. But other times, we actually ARE crazy adventurers:
One day we decided we need some time to play in the snow, learn how to ski, practice some snow anchors. For that reason we drove 742 road, leaving Canmore, going through Kanaskis, next to Ha Ling and Three Sisters Peaks. We found a nice piece of snow and had a lot of fun. A girl we met told us there are a lot of unnamed peaks in the area that make great backcountry skiing. Worth checking out!
So, the saddest thing about that trip was… we never actually got to Jasper. I never got my perfect picture on the Icefield Parkway. At the time we were planning to get to Jasper, due to the weather conditions and that there was an avalanche that came down on the Parkway, it got closed for about 3 days.
But we did come up with some interesting ideas. Driving up in the snowstorm, we decided THAT was a real Canadian experience. But to make it as Canadian as it gets that view was missing a moose running around with Canadian flag in his horns and a bear chasing after him with a bunch of maple syrup in his paws. Just a thought.
It is amazing how, driving from Banff, within like 4 hours, we crossed three different biomes (landscapes/weather). We went from alpine snow storm with an avalanche danger, to Alaskan style chilly rain, to windy Arizona-looking landscape. And then to something that looked literally like Western Colorado (rocky but green).
But anyway, it was the only bigger town on our way, and an interesting change after all those little town and villages (some really creepy-looking) that had like one restaurant (usually called as “the best *sth* in the town”) and maybe a gas station, that was also a convenience store and a bakery.
There is that one part of Hwy 99, between Kamloops and Lillooet going through the Marble Canyon BC and getting to the Pavillon Lake. Make sure to keep your eyes open in the area. There is an Island on the lake, with an actual house on it! It’s a view straight from a strange movie. (According to Google it was recently for sale)
To be honest, camping in Canada is not that straightforward as it is in the US. They say there are crown lands that are supposed to be the same as American National Forests, but good luck finding the map of them on the internet.
Apparently, you need to obtain a special permit to have a fire in British Columbia. Also, the firewood sold at the gas stations is not that popular here…
Remember that both Jasper and Banff are National Parks, so in order to enter Banff, you need a National Park pass. Anual pass for all the Parks in Canada is about 140$.
P.S.: If you got confused with times I used, I am writing it from A Zephyr Cafe in Squamish. Just to explain a reason why I was using present and then switched to the past 🙂 To explain mentioning exact coffee shop- I sit under an armour of a unicorn!
I hope you enjoyed it!