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2 weeks of Canadian high desert in Kelowna, BC

Okay so it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything so I may be a bit Rusty here.

The drive was about 4 hours through some windy and narrow roads. We had a near death experience driving so if you want to hear more about this you would have to ask…but were all ok so I will continue. We went through the town’s Sicamous and Vernon which is the photo with the lake in the house boats. Apparently it’s very popular spot together with family be out in nature and stay on a houseboat lol

So we drove and drove and drove and got to Kelowna which was quite different than the places we had been prior and that it was a high desert so the trees were more sparse and we were certainly feeling like we’re on top of the mountain. But there are lots of beautiful lakes up there so our RV Park was Hiawatha RV Park in the South Mission area…

.. we really enjoyed this RV park for so many reasons besides just being across from the lake there were no pets are allowed on the property so it was extremely clean, they also had a huge separate playground area for kids and the RV spot allows for your car to be parked right outside your door. 

Very convenient. …and it just happened to be right across the street from a huge lake. I mean so close you could throw  a a rock… So we frequently walked over to the beach area and played at the playground which was situated on the sand.

Lucky kid!

The views were stunning and much more than we ever expected!

Sunset in Kelowna.

I know right?!!?

The RV park backed up to Mission Creek so over the course of two weeks I took the kiddo on several bike rides along the water. There are lots of Pasteurs in Kelowna so we saw lots of horses and cows.

One of our days off we went to downtown Kelowna which was really awesome and had a huge abundance of shops. This was one of the largest downtown’s we’ve been to in a while!

She liked the dragons tongue lol

There there is a very large dock that is open to the public for everybody to enjoy and walk out on.

Heres looking back at downtown.

You know how we love our disc golf. We looked at the course and found one at the North End of downtown called Knox Mountain Park. They had a course that was 9 holes but you could play it backwards so it came out to 18 and it was really fun to play and also right along the lake

Canadian sun does not mess around.

More beautiful sunsets along Okanagan Lake.

One evening we decided to go for a drive along Lakeshore Road which runs along the East Shore. It turned out to be quite an epic drive and we must have seen over 40 Deer within 20 minutes and not to mention dozens of gorgeous wineries.

Downtown Kelowna

On the quick walk back to the car in downtown we noticed an entirely free Japanese Garden area which was stunning beyond belief so we spent some time admiring the koi and plants.

Another afternoon we went to Bear Creek Provincial Park in West Kelowna. That means you have to take this beautiful Floating Bridge from the East side of town across the Okanagan Lake to West Kelowna. It was about a 25-minute drive tops.

I feel like we didn’t do that much here but I guess we did looking back. Especially for only being there two short weeks almost every day we did something fun and adventurous. Our two favorite restaurants no I take that back our most favorite restaurant was sturgeon Hall Restaurant which has a cool outdoor patio along a busy Street and awesome beer and food specials. They had a fantastic selection of beer I would highly recommend that the Granville Island pale ale or they nasty habit IPA. both were highly addicting so I think we went to this restaurant three or four times. We also went to Kelly O’Brien’s Irish Pub. Certainly not for the food but because they have an awesome second-story patio and awesome views of the lake and downtown area. Next stop Vancouver BC. By the way right after we left Kelowna apparently they had an amazing Showcase of Northern Lights which we missed 😦 and then within two weeks of leaving it started to snow so I guess it was good that we got out of the mountains after all!

8 days in the town of Revelstoke, BC & pipe mountain coaster!!

There is a lot to do here. The nice thing is that it is very secluded being far from both Vancouver BC and Calgary Alberta. I think this limits tourism and visitors so that the town only has 7500 plus residents but still tons of amenities and outdoor stuff to do. They have awesome bike trails, an amazing Indoor Aquatic Center, a Great Library and lots of great restaurants and bars of course!!

We stayed at the Lamplighter RV park which is close to downtown on the side of town called Big Eddy.

We ended up really liking this RV park because they have lightning fast internet, and we just happen to get an amazing spot with distant neighbors and a great big green space near the playground!

Here’s a sunset from our first night. Unfortunately the rest of the knights were not like this because the BC fire smoke got so bad we literally could not see the mountains for the rest of the trip until our very last day.

Here’s Revelstoke on a clear day.

There are three Bridges that cross to the Big Eddy side. One is the Trans Canada Highway 1, 1 is a train track, and one is a Bridge meant only for smaller vehicles

The kiddo and I took a nice long bike ride on one of the clear days!


The downtown area is small but still large enough you can walk around and spend the day there. There is an abundance of shopping great food bars and lots of nice people.

One of them are Smoky days we got adventurous and decided to head into Revelstoke National Park and attempt to hike skunk cabbage Boardwalk. It turned out to be entirely too smokey and we didn’t let the kiddo walk in it.

Pretty nonetheless.



We gave up and headed into town to grab a beer at the Bierhaus and then Village Idiot Bar and grill.


For the coolest part about the town is the mountain resort where they have world-class skiing and almost more importantly they have what’s called a pipe coaster! You pay to take a gondola up to the Mountaintop… 

The gondola ride up is only about 5 Min and totally worth the views!!

Then… you sit in a single seat bucket and ride down a single-track metal Railway flying down the mountain!! 

At the top!! So excited!

It is about a 4-5 Min ride which you control completely, all by yourself…

There was no wait when we’ve got up there the first time. You go down so fast that there’s really no time to hold on to a video camera unless you have something like a GoPro. I held onto the handle so tight there’s no way I could have recorded the trip but there are plenty of videos on YouTube. Just Google Revelstoke pipe Mountain coaster.

We made it!!

We took the gondola up to the top to play some disc golf because apparently there is a course up there as well. It is extremely Steep and requires tons of hiking so we only played three of the nine holes.


Not to mention the smoke was extremely bad that day.

We said forget the disc golf we want to do the pipe coaster again. After you pay for the initial ride which for both of us was 55 Canadian we decided to go back and do a an additional ride for 10 bucks per person. It was so worth it and both of us flew down the second time feeling much more confident!!!

The second time writing the pipe coaster we had a small weight of less than 5 minutes but a couple people were ahead of us.

Here the view where you start!

And the gondola at the bottom.

Yesssss! A total bucket list thing!!

Another one of the days BC was fortunate enough to get a ton of rain which lasted an entire day. Although we were kind of trapped inside we’re really grateful because it would help with the fires. So I took the kid outside to play in some muddy puddles.


And this ends our week and Revelstoke. I would absolutely spend a whole summer and winter here to experience the snowboarding and see the snow fall and winter time. Next stop is Kelowna BC.

Mount Revelstoke in BC 

Seriously don’t tell anyone how cool it is because I don’t want a massive influx of visitors. The awesome thing about Revelstoke town and Mountain is that it’s relatively small with 7500 residence lots to do and a nice balance of nature as well. Today we decided to venture up to mount Revelstoke in Revelstoke National Park. This also happens to be our last day here and the only clear day that we’ve had pretty much this entire week. But what a day it was!

Revelstoke town view from above!

After a good 20 minute drive up, we made it to the summit.

The water is so unbelievably still it looks like glass! Until anikka threw a rock…

Her tongue…

I swear I can’t get one good pic lol

We hike for a short while to get to the official summit!

The view was breathtaking!!!

Below is the Columbia River.

A good pic!! Ample tongue.

More awesome views!

Still at the top of the mountain… another view point.

Super still waters.

After leaving Mount Revelstoke we headed back into town for some poutine and tea and coffee. Then we decided to drive up the 23 which cruise is along the Columbia River at the valley we had looked at from up above.

We pulled off in an area called Martha Creek.

Anikka and Scott threw about 100 rocks into the river.

Selfie!!

Champ!!!

Finally, the bridge to get us back to the RV park.

We will miss you, Revelstoke!!!

4 days in Golden, BC

Okay so the drive from Canmore to Golden was fairly easy and very beautiful. Driving through the Canadian Rockies is always fun quite hilly and delivers extraordinary views. I think the drive is only two and a half to three hours so quite minimal and painless. We had been up to Golden once before from a few months back when we stayed in Fairmont and decided to visit visit Glacier National Park of Canada. At the time we only drove through and use the washroom at a local grocery store. So we’re excited to go back and actually visit the town. It was basically a stop-over at 4 days so we knew we didn’t have much time however there isn’t too much to do here so not a big deal…

The drive through Yoho national park was pretty…and pretty smokey…we had limited visibility most of the time.

This picture is an enormous rock wall with a huge chain link fence to prevent rock slides and snow from collapsing on drivers apparently.

The good news is the RV park we stayed up was relatively empty, especially after staying at Canmore with wall-to-wall neighbors. We had lots of space and a nice view overlooking the town.

Golden has a nice river running through it as most of the town’s do here so we hit up a local restaurant and went for a nice walk.


Silly girl! Learning her finger coordination.

The town has a small row of shops…

One of the less Smokey afternoons we decided to go for a bike ride which was easily accessible from downtown.

We ended finding a secluded beach after an hour of bike riding which was quite a nice time to relax!

Making sand angels I guess…

Every left the beach we got cut my a train which has probably the longest 1 we have ever seen period must have been every left the beach we got cut my a train which has probably the longest 1 we have ever seen period must have been over every left the beach we got cut my a train which has probably the longest 1 we have ever seen. It must have been over a mile long and kept stopping! We waited forever for it to pass…on a bike…


Possibly the best part of our stay at Golden was the trip into Yoho national park on the one clear day we had. We went to visit Emerald Lake not knowing how phenomenal it would be. But this was now over a week ago and I have a whole separate blog about that if you want to see more…


That was about all the adventures we had in Golden. I spent a lot of the time working and we just played outside casually so it was a good time to collect and relax. However our next stop at Revelstoke is full of Adventure. More soon!!!

10 glorious days in Canmore, Alberta…again!!!

There’s something really special about Canmore. I don’t know how to describe it or do I really want you to go there because part of the draw is that it is a small town of only about 13000 people. Granted the cost of living is quite high in the average home is priced over $900,000 Canadian however for what you get there I think it’s well worth it. Here’s a bit of what we did in our 10 day stay…

First we drove from Jasper National Park down towards Canmore which requires you to go through Banff National Park also. We took the 93 down which happened to be about a 5 hour drive and one of the most phenomenal drives I’ve ever done in my life. We got really lucky because of the smoke from the BC wildfires was minimal and we got to enjoy the stunning views along the way.

This picture was a pull off along the 93 which looked right into a huge Glacier tucked in between the mountains.

Then we drove through the Columbia Icefields!!! Very famous in Canada.

They are much much much larger than you see in the photo. That is barely the start of it and the icefields extend for many hundreds of hectares off into the mountains behind here.

Anikka got to sit up front to see the views…plus after 4 hours she got wiggly.

More turquoise waters…

This was just the drive!! Holy cow!!

Getting closer to Canmore…

Banff!!

Finally we made it!!! And were parked with a creek at our backend.

This is where we spent most of our time. It is a massive complex called elevation place right in the heart of Canmore and within a 6 Minute bike ride from the RV park. Not only do they have free WiFi throughout but they have an awesome 40 ft climbing wall a massive indoor heated pool, indoor gym and tons of private study areas with desks for us to work which Overlook the pool. Both of us went there several times per day to get work and school done because WiFi was not good at the RV park.


Anikka liked to watch the climbers. She decided when she turns 6 she can do this.


They also had a free play area!!

We swam often, but never did this cool obstacle course…even though I really wanted to!

The locals call these peaks the 3 sisters.

We went on mini bike rides both individually and as a family to explore the beautiful Outdoors. You can’t help it when the entire town is full of bike trails and gorgeous scenery.


Of course we found 2 Disc golf courses and played at one of them. The last time we stayed here we had played at the other (at the Nordic Centre) although it was much more challenging.



The best part of the trip was my birthday No Doubt. We got to return to Lake Louise which is phenomenal in itself but we also rented a canoe and spent an entire hour out on the famous turquoise Waters!


That’s the massive Chateau Fairmont in the background.

Happy girls!

Adventure girl. For her first time in a canoe she did so well and had such a blast

We made it to the end!!

She was “fishing”



Heres the side most people don’t get to see.

So cute!!! And safe…

Yeeeeah!!


Heading back. With the one-hour boat rental you have to go at a pretty good speed to get all the way to the end and back in the time limit.

And snack time!

We took advantage of the free bus system which allows you to park and take the bus all the way up to the lake and get dropped off right in front. It was super efficient as most Canadian things are and really the way to go. I would highly recommend it to anyone there was literally no waiting involved they really have their act together. On the way up and down to the lake they stopped by Lake Louise Village and visitor center so on the way back down we stopped to check it out.




Happy birthday to me!

I’m really grateful to enjoy an awesome birthday in my favorite Town ever.

One of the other cool things we did was visit Johnston Canyon which is in Banff National Park and a very popular attraction.

There are several hike options but we did the shortest.

The hike ends up being less than 1 mile and ends at gorgeous water falls.


There is a huge tunnel which you can walk through and get really close to the waterfalls so we waited in line for about 10 minutes to see it.




My sweetheart.


Hiiiiiiiiiiii!

So pretty the mountains are.

It makes me want to puke it’s so pretty.

Our daily ride home from Elevation Place.

Finally on the night before we left we took a drive to explore the mountains in a place we had not been. We ended up driving for nearly two hours and found a place called Spray Lakes which is hidden deep deep deep in the mountains behind canmore.


The morning we left 😦 everyone was melancholy but still excited for revelstoke.


Bye Canmore. We will miss you.

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

Wow! We had no idea this.place was such a treat… certainly on par with Lake Louise and Lake Moraine!

Ironically we actually ended up here by accident. Our entire plan was to spend the day adventuring at the world’s longest continuous Wetlands which is about 15 minutes south of where we are staying. However when we looked online we found out that they are not doing canoe rentals because of lack of Tourism and the BC fires. Instead I thought we were just heading to an average small Lake but this ended up being absolutely phenomenal. Although I guess I should have expected that with all of the beauty here anyhow.

They had Canoe rentals for $60 per hour. We opted not to rent a canoe this time but rather go for a hike to the end of the lake and back. We ended up walking one point eight miles total. We could have walked all the way around the lake but were pretty tired by the time we made it to the halfway point.

After letting Annika play in the lake for over an hour we dried her off because her clothes were completely soaked and had an awesome picnic in the grass overlooking the Lake.

She’s such a good ball!!

Then we went for the hike!!

There was lots of runoff from the lake which created little tiny ponds. When we looked in there were actually decent sized fish in there around 1 to 2 inches!

She was so tired!

Anikka and Scott like to read the signs together.

It’s really neat how the water changes color when the clouds cover up the Sun.

Scotty!!

Proud dad.

She found this rock that she really liked and carried it all the way back to the end of the trail but of course we gave it back to the nature at the end.

Here’s the trail heading back…

Indescribable water colour!!

Until our next adventure…

A week at Hinton-Jasper KOA and Jasper National Park

Ok so the drive from Edmonton to Hinton (which is about 45 Min outside of Jasper) was about 3 hours. Which in RV world translates to about 3.5 hours and a NICE FAST drive. Although there was lots of smoke from the BC fires…from what we could see the mountains looked awesome!

The KOA was set back off the street on a gorgeous lot with great views.

The office and gift shop. They also had a toddler play room and game room!

This was the first night we arrived and probably the most clear. Every day after was smokey!!

We did pay extra to get a deluxe site with BBQ and brick patio!

There isn’t much to do in Hinton, and most things are right off the highway…

This was a frequent visit for us and a lifesaver to keep kiddo occupied. We made friends with a Japanese boy who held Anikkas hand and walked her around.

One morning, we got up early to explore the Beaver Boardwalk. It is Canada’s Largest Freshwater Boardwalk!! Needless to say, it was VERY VERY VERY long…and full of beavers. Over 2 miles long!!!


Lots of swamp and hiking trails!

We were very excited they had a disc golf course in Hinton… So Anikkas getting better as we play so often!


In the same area was a bike skills course… although these are common in almost every Canadian city.

It doubles as a kid play land!

Some of the wood pieces move too!

Like I said…not much here so this was my office view for a day.

We completely avoided any McDonald’s food lol

Finally, a few days later…we went into Jasper National Park and the town of Jasper!!!

Entrance.

Crazy rock formations.

So much smoke 😦

It’s official! We made it.

We took the 45 km drive up to Maligned Lake!!! I was so happy!!!

Action shot…

Playing in nature!

There is a 1 km walk we did.

Gorgeous!!

Then we bought some souvenir shirts. Kiddo got a fake bear hat. anikka fell asleep in the car and Scott and I drove by Maligned Canyon…which was busier than the lake! I can see why!!

You stand on a narrow bridge about 100 feet up!

We walked around the town of Jasper.

Small town, but bigger than expected. They had about 100 shops and restaurants.

We found Jasper Brewing company…

We were hungry!!! This was our 15th order of poutine lol

More of Jasper…

It was sooooooo smokey we couldn’t see any mountains…

Cool architecture!

Oops! Hahah

She likes it here!!


Finally topped off a long day with a visit to the 4th hot springs!! Miette hot springs.

Thata it for now! We liked Jasper and would love to go back!!!

Elk Island National Park in Alberta Canada!

Luckily Elk Island National Park is only about a 40-minute drive east of Edmonton so it is a quick drive and there is not much traffic there because we got to take a big loop that went around the city so we avoided the downtown area. Elk Island is one of four or five national parks in Alberta and we have hit all of them except Wood Buffalo National Park which is way up North.

We tried to get a picture with all of us but with the Cloudy weather it did not turn out so well LOL

Elk Island National Park is home to the world’s second-largest hooved animal population per square foot in the world!

Visitors center was small but cute.

The park itself is relatively small and only takes about 20 minutes to drive from the south end to the North End

Then we came to the big lake with a few beautiful islands in the middle of it…

I had to bribe her to take this picture… with chocolate

A quick selfie before continuing…

Holy crap! They have a playground!!!

The view looking North from playground…

There were lots of beautiful hiking trails and paths to take. Although there were lots of large mosquitoes they did not bother us too bad as we were enjoying the walks…

This is actually round lumps of grass. So thick it looks like you can walk in it…but you would fall in the lake.

Our only serious photo lol

This is my favorite picture because it looks like she is floating on the water even though she’s jumping.

We were kind of bummed because we had only seen one Buffalo but when we drove around Buffalo loop again we ran into the whole herd. Of course Annika was asleep for this!!!

So there is an entire Northside which is the larger part of the park and also home to the plains Buffalo. The south end of the park is smaller however not car accessible only on foot and that is where they house the Wood Buffalo which are the largest mammals in North America. We did get to see if you of those while driving and boy are they big!!

We ended up spending over 5 hours at the park which we were surprised because of the size of it but we had lots of fun and did lots of good exercise!

The end! 

St. Albert Kinsmen RV Park in Edmonton, Alberta

We had a quick drive to get to Edmonton from Red Deer. We were pretty excited to to get to this world renown and big city…for Canada anything over 100,000 people is HUGE! Edmonton had more people than Calgary at about 1.3 million.
Here we are arriving on a cloudy day. In fact, we were excited about the cooler weather!

Edmonton is home to the LARGEST MALL IN NORTH AMERICA!! Naturally, we went soon after checking into the RV park..

They had 3 huge malls all rolled into 1…with impressive displays inside!

The mall holds its own IMAX.

And….the WORLD’S LARGEST INDOOR AMUSEMENT PARK!!! Galaxy land.

Full rollercoasters inside!! It was so big that I’m sure the photos don’t do it justice.

The coolest part was that you can walk thru the park for free! So we stood inside one of the rollercoaster loops while the ride went around.

Back home during a spectacular sunset.

We stayed at the RV park near St. Albert… which is a swanky side of Edmonton… anyhow the town happens to be home to Albertas LARGEST FARMERS MARKET!!!

Over 250 vendors!!

We stopped for poutine and some Ukrainian food…this fountain was really cool and water fell along the glass also. Anikka enjoyed the water.

You pass by this on the way in and out…

We went for a drive through downtown.

Cool bridge.

We went to a restaurant called Beer Revolution with 40+ beers on tap!

Someone got ice cream!

There is sooooooo much to do in Edmonton! We were busy literally every day with something fun!!

We just happened to be there for the annual World Heritage Festival…we had no idea this event hosts 100+ countries who all have massive tents, stages, food, and products…over 300,000 people went EACH DAY!!!! ITS HUGE!!! Held at Hawrelak Park near downtown over 30 acres…we did a lot of walking and spend 4+ hours there in the sun!!! Must have been 70 degrees that day.

Arabic stage…LOUD music, dancing and shows…very cultural.

Pictures cannot even show how big this was…there were 10 areas this size…

Sooooooo much walking 🙂 no beer.

We got front row seats for a Japanese drum display!! It was awesome and great to hear a beat with no synthetics involved!

Anikka got her face painted!! First time too..she loved it…she chose purple cat lol.

Finally we found a playground and park…

At this point we were exhausted from fun…started heading out…

So many cultures and countries!!

Cold popsicle for the tot.

You have to take a city bus or bike to the event. It’s so large there is no parking so we found a drop point and rode the city bus…anikka was really excited as she has been wanting to ride one for a while.

Driving home…..a bit hot…

At some point, Scott took anikka to the Telus Science Center also! We get free entry to a global network of science centers, so they have been to quite a few!

Cool stuff!

Here the WORLDS 2ND LARGEST INDOOR WATER PARK…

It’s so big!! Twice as long as it is wide!

We went ready to swim…but the price was a bit much at $131 for 2 adults and a tot. We decided to find an aquatic centre instead.

Again…all inside the mall!!!

We found a local swim centre..

Only $20… Ok!!!

Later another day we found Critical Mass Brewery!!

They had tons of beer and an outdoor patio in St. Albert area.

Anikka has orange juice 🙂

Finally… The RV park was near Lois Hole Nature Reserve and Canadians do not mess around with conservation. This was a 180000 hectare area and had a massive boardwalk over a marsh!!

We enjoyed many bike rides here.

So many pics…I know…we have been so busy that we haven’t had much time for blogs…we also went to Elk Island National Park but that is another blog all together.

Best of all… I got to drive the RV for the first time since we got it in January!!! It’s now august lol I terrified Scott hahaha

Next comes Jasper National Park!!

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