Road Map of our travels
This map shows our departure from Regina, Saskatchewan for the 7 hour drive west to Calgary, where we met up with old friends from Sue’s childhood days in Zambia. The last time we had seen this couple was in 1979 when we left Africa to settle in Canada and they had subsequently moved to Australia many years ago. We spent three nights with them at Hughes House B&B in Calgary taking in the city and the dinosaur museum in nearby Drumheller before we were off again. Our route took us into the bottom end of Banff National Park as we drove its length up through the Rocky Mountains and onto the Icefields Parkway in Jasper NP (along the Alberta/British Columbia border the whole way) before veering west into BC at the town of Jasper. Even though we had visited both Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs just a month before, we could not help but ooh and ahh at the awesome sights on this part of our trip. We arrived in Prince George, BC after a 9-hour drive and settled in there for the night, as darkness was not far off and wild animals would soon be on the highways. The next day we made it to Terrace by mid-afternoon, where we then spent three great days being entertained by my brother and his wife as we explored the area. We were taken on short drives west toward the Pacific Ocean and another to the north (almost to the Alaska panhandle that sticks down along the coast) as we explored an amazing lava field. Our trip home found us back in Prince George again for one night before we made a long 10-hour, 1000-km drive across Alberta via Edmonton before stopping for the night in Lloydminster on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. Sunday morning was an easy 5-hour drive back to Regina, pulling in at about 1:30 PM and having a few hours to relax before back to work in the morning.
In the Wilds of Terrace, BC
British Columbia, Canada’s western-most province, is a huge area covering about 945,000 square kilometers of territory, even if it is only the 5th largest of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories. If BC was a country, it would be the 32nd largest in the world, ranking behind Tanzania and ahead of Nigeria. Due to its geography, the vast majority of its population lives in the southern part of the province, relatively close the USA border – resulting in the fact that if one travels even only halfway up the province you will be nearing the end of any large settlements. Left facing you will be majestic forests, mountains, bodies of water and coastal inlets that go on forever - with only two main highways continuing to its northern boundaries with the Yukon and Northwest Territories parts of Canada!
My brother had been working and living at Terrace, in that mid-province part of BC for the past several years, so Sue and I decided it was high time we paid them a little visit. We last drove in mainland BC in 1982 on our return home from Papua New Guinea, so we were looking forward to another chance to explore this beautiful province, even if for only a few days. It turned out that we were really lucky with the weather in early September, with mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures and just a few clouds highlighting the numerous mountain peaks. We had a fantastic time hiking, canoeing and just touring the area with my brother and his wife – with accommodations in their lovely lakeside cottage. These tips detail the three days we spent with them before we packed our bags and made the long drive back to Regina, Saskatchewan as work called once again. The map in my ‘General’ tip gives a high level view of our overall drive.
My hometown Terrace
"A bit about Terrace"
Located in the beautiful Skeena Valley, surrounded by the coastal mountains. The Skeena River winds through the valley, cutting through the foothills, creating "terraces" of land, hence the name.
I don't know which we're now most famous for... our world class fishing? Or the regional Kermode Bear "Spirit Bear" an off-white sub-species of the black bear.