Miles & Miles in Canada

Radium Hot Springs were amazing! A big pool of 102 degree water and a jacuzzi at 104. Our backs felt great the next morning!
We drove to the gate where the road was closed to find that it was still closed with no sign of reopening. We were also told that if it did open and we made it to Banff that we would not be able to go north from there… Plan B, we headed north and backtracked through Kamloops and took a highway north to McBride where we had a lovely meal and spent the night. The drive through the valley surrounded by mountains was pretty.
The drive through BC was beautiful. Mountains with snow still on them, lots of rivers and lakes and bears. Some days we would drive for way too long and other days we would stop in a town for a couple of nights and rest and explore.
Stacy and Frank told us to find a remote place that sold pie and as we were driving down the highway we saw a hand-painted sign that just said “Homemade Pie” so we had to stop. The pie was delicious, but we found out later it was not the pie they had eaten… Oh well…
We spent two nights in Stewart and drove across the border to Hyder Alaska to see the glaciers and were they ever amazing! We met a couple at the top of Salmon Glacier where were land cruisers from Nova Scotia. They had toured Mexico for many years as well as other places around the world. They were doing by RV what we were doing by boat and it was quite interesting to chat with them. We had to laugh when we drove back across the border and the customs agent asked if we had bought anything in Hyder… Where would we do that??? There is not much in Hyder, believe me, except beauty. We did eat salmon out of a converted bus.
We found our hotel in Stewart in our guide book and were very surprised (shocked is more like it) when we pulled up to the address – but… Then we looked in the back and realized that there was a facade in the front and a quaint and lovely hotel in the back… What a relief! We had roosters outside our window.
We headed north to the Yukon and the beauty continued… so did the days. The farther north we got the less dark we got at night. We also noticed that the father north we got the more remote the areas were and the more expensive everything was. We stayed in cabins, B&Bs and an occasional hotel. It was all part of the adventure!
After our experience of prepaying for a hotel room in Banf and not making it there, we started picking hotels along the way the night of the stay. This worked great – until – Whitehorse, Yukon. There were no hotel rooms available. We went to the very helpful visitor’s center and they helped us find a “B&B.” It was really a room in a woman’s home. We were a bit skeptical at first, but the hospitality was amazing and she made us feel right at home. We even woke in the morning to freshly baked blueberry scones!
We enjoyed the museums in Whitehorse and even went to the start of a canoe race on the river. We ate lots of fried halibut, french fries and local beer. Whitehorse is an interesting town and the sun never set.
From Whitehorse we drove south and stayed at a place called “Cabins Over Cragg Lake.” A young couple had built two cabins on their property and rent them out. They were lovely – both the cabins and the family that owns them. We had a camp fire outside the cabin at midnight and it was daylight… so odd…
Next it was off to Alaska! We drove through some spectacular scenery and across a beautiful bridge to the border of the USA. Once across the border we checked in a hotel in Skagway and explored the town… which didn’t take long! Again the menu consisted of fried halibut, french fries and local beers. Don’t get me wrong, it was all delishous, but we only sat in a car and ate along the way – not the healthiest of lifestyles and we knew we would pay the price eventually. We took some hikes and had some picnics in Skagway. Most of our picnics in Canada and Alaska were eaten in the car due to the bugs. Did I mention the bugs… Wow! That town has a lot of interesting history and sites.

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