Across Canada 2019

Posted on 1st January 2020 in adventure, nature, wandering

In the summer of 2019 my girlfriend, Crystal, and I drove across Canada to pick up a load in a cargo trailer from long term storage to bring back across Canada to our farm. For me, this had been the fourth year in a row to make this exact same trip, but for Crystal it was her first time being past Northern Ontario driving.

We slept in the empty trailer on the way West, which was an absolute luxury. We tried to pull off the side of the road so we wouldn’t have to get a campsite, but it was during the time of the nation wide man hunt for the two young fugitives from Vancouver Island so we were always just a little bit on edge when we’d find a nice place to stop. Nothing like a little danger to keep a trip exciting. I like to put little camp symbols on our oversized map so that in future years we know where a good campsite is. It’s probably not necessary because there are campsites in nearly every town, but sometimes you’re sitting there thinking to yourself: “I know the campsite was somewhere in this part of the country, but I just don’t remember the name of the little adorable town it was located in.” So there, on the map, is a little camp symbol that solves the mystery.

I think one of the more memorable things for me was when we stopped in the Fraser Canyon of BC to look down the canyon on a particularly beautiful turn in the river, and behind us we hear a few rocks tumbling down. I was worried because the truck was below those rocks, but up up up we see some goats following an ancient trail. First a big male goes to show the way, then a few females, then about 5 little kids make their way across! What a sight! Sometimes it’s easy for me to get caught up in our modern industrialized and urbanized world and feel like our wildlife is a thing of the past, that we no longer have any, and then seeing something like this makes me realize that there is still something out there untamed, wild, free, true.

At this point, we were on our way to Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island. Seeing the wild Pacific Coast one last time was pretty special for us. I remember growing up I always wanted to live in Vancouver. The wild old growth forests and the gnarly roots everywhere was to me something very special. In fact, it was in the mountains around Vancouver that I really started photographing as I hiked endlessly. For Crystal, it was her first time seeing the giant cedars and firs and the wild, rugged coastline of the open Pacific Ocean.

And just like that, it was time for us to zip back to Atlantic Canada and back to the farm.

Outside Sault St. Marie, Ontario
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Coast to Coast Part II

Posted on 26th September 2017 in adventure, nature

During the summer of 2017 my father and I traveled 20000 kms from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia and back again. The crossing itself is about 7000 km, and we spent a considerable amount of time driving around in Nova Scotia, too. My initial plan before I left this summer was to go from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia back to Vancouver Island and then back to Nova Scotia where I would move into our new house. Well, the second part of the journey across didn’t really happen since we ended up buying land without a house, so now I’m sitting here trying to decide what to do for the winter.

For the entire journey we stayed in Canada. Canada actually has quite beautiful roads – the trans-Canada for the most part has double lanes and smooth roads.

The order of these photographs are in the order that I took them, so you can kind of follow our path along as we went.

One of my challenges of this journey was to try and get some lifestyle photographs, which I really did fail at horribly. I am trying to train my eye to see casual settings to take photographs of, that I am a part of. I know it exists somewhere in remote triggering with my phone and setting the camera up on a tripod, but I still definitely haven’t come close to mastering that. Maybe I just need a sidekick with a camera…

Do you have any locations I should go to next spring when I’m doing the trip?

 

Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies

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Journey Through the Kootneys

Posted on 14th September 2011 in adventure, nature

Recently, I’ve gone from a wedding in Kamloops, through the Rocky Mountains to Calgary, where I did a photoshoot with Kimberbow. After all this excitement, yes, I kept on journeying, and headed to the Kootneys.

I travelled down the East side of the Rockies, past the Black Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Reserve along highway 22. I came out at Lundbreck where they have windmills everywhere, which I find very beautiful to see.  After this, I stayed on highway 3 most of the way to Creston, at which time I turned North along Kootney Lake, over the Nelson ferry, and stayed along the lake and up through Kaslo, where Kootney Lake is now called Mirror Lake.

From here the trip went up between Goat Range Provincial Park and Duncan Lake, where it turned to gravel road. This swung all around and came out close to the ferry to go across to Revelstoke, which I bypassed and kept heading down along Upper Arrow Lake through Nakusp, across to Rosebery, down the East side of Slocan Lake through Winlaw (which I thought was beautiful place) and across to Nelson. I really enjoyed Nelson, and wish i would have spent more time there, but After this, I meandered my way through Salmo, Fruitvale, Trail, Rossland, and then up past Nancy Green Provincial Park, and over to Castlegar on the 3 again, the Crownest Highway. I stayed in Syringa Provincial Park, which was beautiful, but quirky because it was on a lake that was a lake because at the end of the lake there was a giant dam (and a pulp mill). After this, I headed back through Castlegar, and along the Crowsnest Hwy to Grand Forks and Westwood, at which time I turned up to Christian Valley which was a long gravel road. I found a cold, but remote campsite where I wandered around for a while.

Long story short, after this went through to Kamloops, then back home to Vancouver. Pheuf! Now, PICTURES! (there’s a lot)

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