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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!

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!!!

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!!

Where in the world have we been?

This is our ongoing list of cities/RV Parks we have stayed at starting April 17, 2017.

Phoenix, AZ, Desert Shadows RV Resort, about 5 days

Beaumont, CA, Country Hills RV Park, 3 days

Coarsegold, CA, Yosemite RV Resort, about 10 days

Granite Bay, CA, stayed with family, 2 weeks

Redding, CA, Green Acres RV Park, 4 days

Ashland, OR, Glenyan RV Park & Campground, 5 days

Portland, OR, Jantzen Beach RV Park and Columbia River RV Park, 1 week

Hood River, OR, Bridge RV Park & Campground, 3 days

Umatilla, OR, Umatilla Marina RV Park, about 5 days

Coeur d’Alene, ID, Blackwell Island RV Park, about 1 week

Cranbrook, BC, Canada, Mount Baker RV Park, about 1 week

Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada, 5 days

Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Spring Creek RV Campground, about 10 days

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Calgary West Campground, 10 days

Fernie, Alberta, Canada, Fernie RV Resort, about 1 week

Whitefish/Coram, Montana, North American RV Park, 10 days

Waterton Lakes National Park, Albert, Canada, Waterton Springs Campground, 1 week

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Westerner RV Campground, 3 days

Edmonton, Alberta, Kinsmen St. Albert RV Park, 1 week

Hinton, Alberta, Hinton-Jasper KOA, 1 week

Canmore, Alberta, Spring Creek RV Park, 10 days

Golden, British Columbia, Whispering Spring Campground and RV Park, 4 days

Revelstoke, BC, Lamplighter RV Park, 8 days

More soon!

Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta Canada

The day after Anikkas birthday we left Montana for a second stretch in Canada. After the initial 38 day venture in BC and Alberta we really fell in love with Canada and got back as soon as possible! This time we drove south around Glacier National Park through Black Feet Indian territory into Canada through Big Chief border crossing. Waterton Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World heritage site and has world class reasons why!

Here’s the drive…some was nice some was boring… Once we got into Canada the views were spectacular!!

Montana…

Blah…

Canada in sight!!

Some water feature…

An awesome mountain in glacier! But Canada border…

Yes!!!! Goal!!!

Border crossing…they were very nice!

Back into Canada eh!

Into the park…

So much yes!!!

Water! 

Pulling into Waterton Springs RV Park..about 15 minutes outside of Waterton Village.

Here we are in spot 43 for a week!

We have gone into Waterton Lakes at least 10 times but it is small with 100 people that live here year round. It is a seasonal village but beyond gorgeous. Hidden in the rocky mountains and vast lakes…

We went for a drive and bike ride to Cameron Waterfalls which is in the village..

We ate at Trappers Grill.

Pizza…

Happy girl!

We took in the views! Looking south toward glacier national park. The parks a connected…

There is one main road here so we’ve walked it 10 times…lots of shopping, ice cream, coffee, treats etc.

So majestic…

We had 2 pitchers at Zums Restaurant along the main strip…

Looking out at Middle Waterton Lakes.

The view out…
Part of the drive in to Waterton.

There’s a local bison paddock too!

Up close with Mike bison…

Crooked shot I know…here’s where the prairie meets the mountains…

We did a local well known hike called Bears Hump which is only 1 hour but vertical climb of 1000+ feet and quite challenging with a toddler. But we made it!

#worthit

It was SOOOOOO WINDY!

Currently obsessed with binoculars…

We made little friends…
Breathtaking views…

There is a 30 Min conservation site at the RV park so we walked it a few times…

Nice trail!

The RV park below…


And a playground…

The second time we walked it…


Finally this morning we went on a 2 1/4 hour boat ride and tour into Goat Haunt Montana along the Waterton Lakes. It was epic.

Here’s our Monday morning rush hour.

Epic

Cruising along.

On land…

Back in Montana for 30 Min on land.

Then back to Canada via boat.

The Prince of Wales Lodge is so unique and pretty, the way it sits at the top of a hill overlooking the townsite is beyond words.

All done with the boat tour…back to the town for a snack.

Some local waterpark action…

More sunning views…

Enjoying a beer while blogging at the Thirsty Bear Social House! Bye Waterton! 

Celebrating a 3 year olds birthday!

We decided initially to spend her bday in Whitefish and Kalispell Montana instead of Canada just because there is more to do in the larger towns… Here’s how the day went…

She woke up to this in the RV…100 emoji balloons in the RV lol

A few presents and some were hidden! She still hasn’t opened them all but we are intentionally spreading them out.

Her peppa pig present from aunty…

Quality time with dad.

Happy mom and bday girl! Next stop was City Beach in Whitefish.

Bubbles!!

We found a shady spot around 10 am and anikka must have carries 10 buckets of water to make a most!

We all played on the beach and built sandcastles and lakes.

After a few hours and anikka first kayak ride…

we all decided to grab a snack at McKenzie River Pizza Co. In Kalispell.

The purple pizza looks funny but was sooooooo good!!

It was a mix of a sweet Huckleberry cream and pine nuts… surprisingly good! Plus beer was $3.50 each!! Yay for happy hour.

Cool decor and great ambiance.

Nicely done!

She was a happy 3 year old!

Back to the RV for more presents!!

Scott enjoyed murdering the balloons lol

We spend the remainder of the evening at the RV park playground with a friend anikka had made friends with, a 4 year old Brooklyn…they ran and played and had cupcakes!

Then we had a tired girl. 

The Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana

Ok so we did it! This was honestly the most beautiful part of the entire state. Especially after the vast beauty in Canada…we had initially been rather disappointed with the overall Montana experience…let alone the issues we had with the car and a few rather rude folks…this was the view and feel we needed to get us back in the spirit!

So this famous road to the sun is a 50 mile windy, narrow and steep road which goes up to 6500 feet and literally feels like your driving into the sun. We left around 7pm so it was cool and we had high hopes to see animals out.

Here’s the start…it’s about a 30 Min drive through the national park just to start the ascent.

Anikka fell asleep…so we enjoyed the quiet lol


Finally some amazing views!!

Here’s only a quarter of the way up…looking east as the sun set.


So pretty…

Here you can see the windy road clinging onto the edge of the mountains…

So narrow!!!

So steep!!!

Still climbing…

More views…

A glacier!!

Here’s probably the widest part of the road.

Woah!

Our second pull off… Mountain goats!

It was a mom, dad, and baby goat.


A view point near the goats. We were above the tree line here.

Evidence I made it.

Here’s Logan’s pass…and locals!! We ran into a group of 10-15 big horn sheep!

They walked around the parking lot and got about 15-20 feet away from us in the car…a bit intimidating…they are big!!!


Guess who woke up!! Logan’s pass is behind us. It was cold and we didn’t have jackets so we didn’t stay out long.

Looking east.

Heres the famous weeping wall…it’s crazy! Literally the 80 feet of wall is leaking water.

This water fall looks like a staircase and was over 200 feet tall but hard to tell by the pictures…

Sunset!!

Lake McDonald in the dusk…

Aaaand back to the RV park by 1030pm

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