A Week Lost in Trail, British Columbia, Canada

The Ford F150 struggled up Kootney Pass (elevation 5400m / 17,715 ft) in Southern, British Columbia as it pulled the eighteen foot trailer loaded down with radio equipment. Myself and three technicians in two other vehicles had just cleared the last large obstacle before descending down into Salmo, where we would turn south and finish…

A Grape Escapes Wine Tour in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia Canada

Usually every April the wife and I, spend about 10 days taking a road trip down to the Okanagan Valley in southern British Columbia to celebrate our anniversary, and what better way to do that then exploring wine country! In 2019 we opted to take a wine tour through Grape Escapes Wine Tour Company and…

Summer Excitement at Edith Cavell Glacier

Earlier in the week we were expecting our return journey on Saturday July 4 to consist of breakfast, a stop for fuel in the townsite of Jasper and the three plus hour drive back to Edmonton. Whilst at Sunwapta Rocky Mountain Lodge, we learnt a section of the Snaring River just east of Jasper had…

Mud and Trail, a Slippery Biking Adventure

Today’s great adventure started with two sunnyside up eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and toast followed by packing our mountain biking bags and prepping the bikes for the journey. Last night we were informed the trail out to Big Bend has a few mucky spots due to the rain over the past few days. The 6.5…

The Albertan Highway of Waterfalls

Coming out of Canmore you chuck a left onto the TransCanada Highway #1 within five minutes of entering the highway you will pass thru Banff National Park entrance. With our annual pass already on the rear view mirror you’ll proceed 24 kilometers to the three exits for Banff! But since you’ve been there done that…

Trotting Around Canmore for Canada Day

The plan was hatched over last night’s tequila exploration at Cabeza Grande followed by Marg’s at 1809 Tavern on Main Street, in Canmore. The expectation to wake early about eight in the morning then head over to Chez Francois for a breakfast. After that pickup our local friend Kate and some cash then start the…

Preparations for Mountain Week

Six hours ago, I spent twenty-five minutes preparing a list of what to bring versus what not to bring on a week long hiking, mountain biking excursion which will take place for three-days in Canmore, Alberta just outside of Banff National Park followed by a couple days in Jasper National Park at a Sunwapta Falls…

California to Colorado, a 1996 History Lesson

PART ONE This story began in August 1996 a few months after I had graduated from a 2-year community college with my first post secondary degree in broadcast journalism with an emphasis in visual communications. Twenty-years of life and it all fit inside a bankers box, a backpack and a duffel bag. Those prized possessions…

A Travellers Jumping Off Point

Part Two The success story begins in August of 1997 when Bolger started his fourth year of his history degree. In contrary my own degree was suffering and by December I needed to get the fuck out of dodge. Packing up a small duffel bag and pulling together a care package consisting of twelve-Colorado micro-brewery…

Lost in County Meath, Ireland a search for Brú na Bóinne

After breakfast we thanked our host, packed the VW Passat, turned West onto country road 125 (CR125) and drove off towards our first destination deep within the Boyne Valley some 43-kilometres away. For this international trip the wife had her nose down for at least six-months scouring resources about Ireland, the activities, the Irish heritage,…

Seven Months of 4×4 Research

Between August and December 2019 I was studying for the project management professional designation and during this same period of time I started heavily researching details about a new Toyota 4×4 vehicle. I knew there were three available options to consider: 4Runner, FJ or Tacoma. A few years back I wrote an article called my…

Racing towards the Unknown Town of Rivière-du-Loup

From the moment she pulled the Rogue onto the roadway, her right foot depressed the gas pedal to the floorboards speeding off beside the twisting St Lawerence river. Whilst she was busy intimidating Mario Andredi, I scoured Google maps searching for a botique hotel somewhere down the asphalt. The car weaved in and out, around…

What is on the Horizon near Sainte-Flavie, Quebec?

“What is on the horizon,” I pointed out the window, “over there behind that building. It looks like driftwood sticking out of the water? Or maybe its an old pier with no boardwalk planks,” my arm now out the window as the wife slowed down from 60kmph to 30. “Your right. What is that?” she…

An Afternoon near Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec

Arriving just after 3:30pm, several locals in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec were standing on this pier trying their luck at casting their fishing lines in the hopes of catching a trout, or maybe a perch, or whatever else might be biting in the Saint Lawerence river on this evening. The breeze on the pier was just too…

Head North on Route 299 Beatrice Informed

“The peninsula is an amazing place full of friendly Quebec-Acadians and their history. However if you have a few days before wanting to be in Quebec City than I suggest going all the way around route 132, through the town of Gaspe. Otherwise I would suggest taking 132 until you reach the north route 299,”…

Route 132 along the Restigouche River on the Gaspe Peninsula

Turning right the wife pulled our SUV onto route 132 heading east away from our ending point of Montral towards the unknown Acadian towns along the northern section of the Restigouche river. Minutes passed and we reached the first of many small towns Oak Bay, then twenty-two minutes more it was Pointe a-la Garde and…

Overland Decisions of Weary Eyed Travelers

After drinks in the Bathurst lounge we sat in our hotel room and decided on two things: first we were going to skip out on taking a ferry across the St Lawerence and second we were going to slow down our pace until we found a nice town to spend a few days in. With…

Conversations in a Bathurst Lounge

Pursuing the menu at the lounge, the wife ordered a 9-ounce local red wine and I, a local Bathurst IPA. As we sipped our beverages, we talked and laughed about the absurd drive here. Eventually our minds rested on the ‘what to do tomorrow’ topic. I pulled out the ol’ Samsung Note5 and fired up…

An Unforgettable Experience in Bathurst, New Brunswick

After white knuckling it for forty-six more minutes in the blinding rainstorm we reached the city limits of Bathurst. Thankfully we did not have to change roads as route 134 took us into downtown and straight to the Best Western Plus hotel and suites. We left the SUV under the pull through and went inside…

The Lighter Side of Travel

In a short couple of months, we will set off on a long distance road trip to the East Coast of Canada, also known as The Maritimes. The drive alone is enough to frighten any right minded human being. We will be traveling around 4,800 kilometres in one direction. Our starting point, is due west of the…

A Work Day Trip to Fort McMurray, Should You Fly or Drive?

Last week during our biweekly Friday afternoon project meeting the sales guy says over the speaker phone, “well I will be up there next week on Wednesday the 28th for a walk through for this RFB (request for bid). Perhaps we can meet up to discuss this projects progress and go over a few other…

Unknown Roads Will Take You to Amazing Destintations

There is a place down a roadway which I cannot describe how to get to or get out of. It is a roadway which starts after the turn off for San Augustin and before a very large bridge. I recall there being road marker signs near the side of the road and painted on it…