Posts Tagged ‘British Columbia’


Days 53-54 – Rossland, BC to Reno, NV

August 24, 2017

I finally got fast forward in gear. In the last two days, I’ve covered 900 miles, bringing me from British Columbia to Reno, Nevada. I didn’t make any stops along the way, so the only photos I have to show for those miles are snapshots fired from the hip while driving (I won’t tell my insurance company if you won’t) or while stopped on the side of the road.

I finished my time in Canada on British Columbia Route 3…

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Christina Lake

…after which I finally crossed the border into Washington. I crossed specifically where I did so that I could catch U.S. Route 395. I have a fondness for the pre-interstate cross country federal highways. They usually cross more scenic country than the interstates and are a more charming way to travel if you have the time.

I’ve wanted to drive one from end to end for a while, and this seemed like a good opportunity. U.S. Route 395 runs 1,305 miles from the U.S.-Canada Border to the Mojave Desert in Southern California. I’ve been on 395 at various times and various places between Lake Tahoe and Death Valley, but the northern half will be all new territory for me.

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Day 52 – Valhalla Provincial Park

August 23, 2017

Today was a good day. After breakfast, I went off in search of Valhalla.

Thankfully, some kindly Valkyrie left wayfinding signage to help me out:


Valhalla Provincial Park is a backcountry sort of park. Besides some wayfinding signs and a map I found online, which didn’t have any topographical information, I didn’t have much to go on. Looking over the map, I saw a dirt road that would lead 10-15 miles into the park to a parking area, where there was a short trail that might have some good views of surrounding peaks. I thought that sounded like a nice way to spend two hours.

‘Didn’t realize until I was on it that the dirt road in question went up a mountain.

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Day 51 – Yoho National Park to Slocan, BC

August 23, 2017

As expected, the weather was pretty bad today, so I covered a lot more miles.

I still had a bit of the Trans-Canada Highway to drive, and I’d pass by two more national parks on the way. The first up was Glacier National Park (Not to be confused with the Glacier National Park in Montana. I’m still in British Columbia).

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The Trans-Canada Highway in Glacier National Park

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Day 50 – Yoho National Park

August 23, 2017

So much for fast forward. On my intended route, the drive from Banff to the U.S. border should be about six hours. I figured I could easily make that drive in one day, making a few stops here and there.  The first stop was going to be Yoho National Park, immediately to the west of Banff. I was going to spend an hour, maybe two here. Instead I spent the entire day.

I got distracted.

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The Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park

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Days 46-47 – Smithers to Calgary

August 17, 2017

The plan for the next two days was to get to Calgary, which would set me up for entry into Banff National Park.

Instead of heading directly out from Smithers, I backtracked a bit to Moricetown so that I could pick up the Telkwa High Road, a scenic bypass of sorts that runs through the hills a few miles to the north. The dismal gray skies that have been dogging me found me again, so the scenery wasn’t as nice as it could have been, but… whatever.

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Moricetown Canyon

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Days 42-26 – Anchorage to Smithers

August 15, 2017

As I was leaving Anchorage, finally, I had a decision to make: Continue on with m y trip as planned, taking a circuitous route back to LA with many stops along the way, or acknowledge that I’m a week behind schedule and several thousand dollars over budget and just get home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

I decided to compromise and stick with my itinerary, but put it on fast forward. For the time being, where earlier on I would have lingered somewhere 2-3 days, I’ll stop by for a half day, and where I was driving 6-8 hours per day, I’ll be going for more like 10-12. After I gain back some days and get closer to home, I’ll reevaluate.

The last several days have taken me East out of Alaska, through Yukon, and south to the small town of Smithers, British Columbia.

First, with some trepidation, I got back on Glenn Highway. Thankfully, I did not encounter any moose this time along.

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Heading East on Glenn Highway.

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Days 22-23 – Prince Rupert to Whitehorse

July 27, 2017

The last two days were a 17 hour, 850 mile drive through northern British Columbia and southern Yukon. It turns out that northern British Columbia and southern Yukon are more than a little scenic. “Gorgeous” may be the word.

Before I got to any of that though, I had to get out of Prince Rupert. I’m sure I would have been more into the town if I was a fisherman, and the weather wasn’t helping, but walking around, I couldn’t get adjectives like “dank” and “dreary” out of my head.

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