Fernie, BC

It’s been an incredible week spent with our friends in Calgary, and we’re now back on the road, making our way to southern British Columbia. Our journey took us over the stunning Crows Nest Pass, an incredible scenic route that offers stunning views of the mountains and forests below.

One of the highlights of the drive was a short stop at the Frank Slide, a natural rock slide that occurred in 1903, burying the town of Frank in over 100 million tons of rock and debris. It’s a sobering reminder of the power of nature, and seeing it from the ground gave us a different perspective from the aerial view we saw the previous week.

We arrived at the Fernie RV Resort, a lovely camping spot that’s surrounded by towering mountains and the fast flowing Elk River. The resort is a great base for exploring Fernie, a charming mountain town that’s rich in history and surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Continue reading

Yoho National Park, British Columbia

After relaxing in Cochrane for a few days visiting with our old friends Pat and Harry in Calgary we decided to head back into British Columbia and visit Yoho National Park. Along the way we stopped at the famous Spiral Tunnels at Kicking Horse Pass.

The Spiral Tunnels at Kicking Horse Pass are an engineering marvel that were built in the early 1900s to help trains navigate the steep grades of the Canadian Rockies. The tunnels were designed in a spiral shape to reduce the gradient of the tracks and make it easier for trains to climb the steep mountains. The tunnels were considered a major accomplishment of their time, and today they continue to be a popular tourist destination for those traveling through the Canadian Rockies.

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park is a stunning body of water surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests. The area has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with indigenous peoples using the land for hunting, fishing, and gathering. In the late 1800s, European settlers began exploring the area and were struck by the natural beauty of Emerald Lake. Today, the lake is a popular tourist destination and a key feature of Yoho National Park, attracting thousands of visitors each year to enjoy its serene beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. Continue reading

Maligne Lake and Gorge, Jasper AB

Our journey to Hinton from McBride took us past Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, which provided breathtaking views as we drove. Once we arrived at the Hinton/Jasper KOA RV Resort, we settled in for a seven-day stay. The resort, which is about 15 miles east of the park entrance is very nice and offers a variety of amenities, making it the perfect basecamp for exploring the surrounding area and scenic beauty of Jasper National Park.

The park was established in 1907, making it the oldest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The park covers an area of more than 11,000 square kilometers and is known for its rugged mountains, glaciers, lakes, and wildlife. The park’s history dates back to the last ice age, around 11,000 years ago, when glaciers carved the valleys and shaped the mountains. The park is also home to many natural hot springs, which have been used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. The park has a rich cultural history, with many Indigenous groups, including the Stoney and Cree, having lived in the area for thousands of years. In our opinion this is one of the most spectacular and scenic parks we have ever visited. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

McBride, BC in the Robson Valley

On the drive from Quesnel to McBride we passed through Prince George before heading east into wide open country with growing mountains on either side as we passed through the Robson Valley. The Robson Valley is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bears, wolves, and mountain goats. The valley is part of the Rocky Mountain Trench, which is one of the most important wildlife corridors in North America, connecting the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast.

McBride is a small town located in the Robson Valley region of British Columbia. The town of McBride was founded in 1913 as a railway stop for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The railway played an important role in the development of the town, and it remains a significant part of the local economy to this day. The town has a rich history, with many heritage buildings and and small restaurants to explore.We stayed at the NV Mountain Chalets RV Park east of McBride. Continue reading

Barkerville, BC

Our Alaska adventure was a trip of a lifetime, but it was time to head south to Quesnel, BC in search of more adventures. We checked in at the Roberts Roost RV Park in Quesnel then we went into town for dinner and to have a look around.

Quesnel is a small town in the central interior of British Columbia. It was founded in 1866 during the Cariboo Gold Rush. The city was named after the Quesnel River, which was named after a French-Canadian trapper, Jules Maurice Quesnel. Today, Quesnel is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with many opportunities for fishing, hunting, and camping in the surrounding area. It is also an overnight stop for the world famous Rocky Mountaineer trains northern route. Continue reading

Prince George, BC – End of our Alaska Adventure Tour

We hit the road early, leaving Stewart/Hyder behind as we set off for Smithers, British Columbia. Known for its stunning scenery and rich history, Smithers, British Columbia is a town located in the Bulkley Valley region of the province. The town was named after Alfred Smithers, a director of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which was responsible for building the railway through the area in 1914. We stayed at the Riverside Municipal RV Park and spent the evening exploring the town with our friends Gail and Snorre. Later we indulged in a lovely dinner at a local favorite restaurant.

The next day, we continued on to Prince George, our final stop on the tour. We checked into the Mamma Yeh RV Park and enjoyed a wonderful group dinner in town, a fitting end to our 52-day journey together. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to our traveling family, as one by one, their RVs pulled out, each heading for different destinations on different schedules.

Despite the sadness of departing, our trip was nothing short of amazing. From the breathtaking sights we saw to the new and interesting people we met, this journey will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We will treasure the memories and friendships we made on this trip for a lifetime.

5,007 Miles

52 Days

878 gal Diesel

47.4 avg MPH

Stewart, BC / Hyder, AK

The next day of our journey was a 3-day drive to Hyder, Alaska, under clear skies. After a long delay at the Canadian border, we finally hit the road, traveling through spectacular scenery on our way to our first stop in Whitehorse, Yukon. The following morning, we left for Nugget City, YT, and the start of the scenic Cassiar Highway.

The Cassiar Highway is a remote and rugged road that runs through the northern part of British Columbia. It is known for its beautiful landscapes and the opportunity to see wildlife such as bears and moose.

We stayed at the Pioneer RV campground, spending the afternoon relaxing with Snorre, Gail, and Tim from Texas around a campfire, drinking and eating. The next day, we got an early start on the Cassiar Highway, and the scenic beauty did not disappoint. We drove as far as Dease Lake, BC, a small community located on the shores of Dease Lake. The area has a rich history of gold mining and is a popular spot for fishing and hunting. Continue reading

Fantasy RV Tour-Alaska Highway

After leaving Prince George, we arrived in Dawson Creek, the official “Mile 0” of the Alaska Highway. We couldn’t resist taking a group photo at the famous highway sign, marking the beginning of our journey.

The Alaska Highway is approximately 1,387 miles (2,232 km) long and runs from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada to Delta Junction, Alaska, United States. It was built during World War II as a means of connecting the lower 48 states to Alaska, in order to defend against the threat of a Japanese invasion. The highway was constructed in just 8 months, from March to October,1942, by a combination of American and Canadian soldiers and civilians. It was officially opened to the public in 1948. Continue reading

Fantasy RV Tour-Ferndale WA to Chetwynd BC

As we set off on our first Fantasy RV Tour event, the group of us were greeted with a gloomy, rainy day in Fairhaven, WA. But, despite the poor visibility, our spirits were high as we embarked on a whale watching excursion.

As we cruised out into the open waters, the rain continued to pour down, making it difficult to see much of anything. But, as luck would have it, the whales had other plans. Despite the weather, we were treated to an unforgettable experience as the whales breached close to the boat, giving us an incredible show. Continue reading

Salt Spring Island

After we left Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island, we headed north to Chemainus to catch the ferry to Salt Spring Island

on the way we stopped at the famous Malahat Skywalk, where we took in the breathtaking views of the inside passage and Gulf Islands from the top. The skywalk is a must-see for anyone traveling through the area, and the views from the top are truly spectacular. We also enjoyed the exhilarating slide to the bottom, which was a fun and exciting way to end our visit to the skywalk. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading