Glacier National Park, Jasper and a journey to Vancouver

From Revelstoke I started to hitchhike east and got a ride to Glacier National park in British Colombia (there is also a one down in United States). I was luck that one day the smoke cleared and I could see all the mountains around when I went up by Avalanche Crest trail. It goes under the Avalanche Mountain and from here it’s a great view of Selkirk Mountains also the highway and railroad which goes through Rogers Pass.

Glacier National Park panorama

Because in following days there was again smoke everywhere and the situation was not supposed to get better I went to Lake Louise. It was funny to see all the people taking the pictures while you could not see even the other side of the lake not the mountains around. So, after a night there I got to Jasper while I was picked by two Chinese families and then one British family in RV.

I spent in Jasper four days waiting for the train and I only made some trips around. The smoke was mostly present just with different intensity. Thus, I didn’t go any further as it was nonsense.

The train trip then was very nice and I enjoyed it a lot. I was surprised that on this line from Toronto are probably the oldest trails Via Rail has but they are comfortable so it was nice journey. Unfortunately, the train came delayed by more than hour and the first part of the trip through the beautiful mountains we did during dusk and night. Then we went also through nice Fraser River Canyon and after all we came to Vancouver earlier then scheduled. The delays are actually very common since all the cargo train have a priority on the rails.

Here in Vancouver I visited many of my favorite places and my Irish pub where I was working once I lived here years ago. Now there are only a few days left of my summer holidays and once I get home I’ll process again a video and write then the summary.

From Winnipeg to Castlegar and further

My journey is going forward and from Thunder Bay I got up to proximity of Winnipeg by a single car. It’s good finally to cross Ontario after so many days there. Then I got another ride to the city where I used buses to get to my accommodation. In a way there I texted people who took me from Halifax as I thought they might be somewhere around and they agreed to take me with them from here. They were heading to the southern British Colombia for work but they had a time and I was happy that I don’t need to hitchhike for some days.

In the prairies there isn’t so much to see around the highway so I was happy that we took a different route and checked the southern border where it was like safari in a short while we have seen more wildlife then what I saw in many days.

Pronghorn

And this way we got to the smoky mountains and up to the Castlegar. There is now here so much smoke so the view is often spoiled by that. This summer is also in Canada unusually hot and dry and there are many wildfires raging in different provinces and places and this is causing the smoke in many places.

Upper Arrow Lake

From Castlegar I continued north to Revelstoke to meet a friend because on my last trip we could not meet since he was away. This took me two days but I met really nice people in the area. Only the smoke was getting more intense and on ferry across Upper Arrow Lake we could not see for some time the other shore.

In Revelstoke I’ve stayed for two days due to weather and then continued further, but that will be described next time.

Halifax and fist part of the journey

I’ll now continue where I finished on the last post. At the end I’ve stayed in Halifax two weeks and meet with pretty much everyone I wanted and who wanted to meet with me. It felt good to be back for a bit as I still consider the city as one of my hometowns. The main reason, I stayed so long was a tent I ordered online and it took a bit longer for it to arrive.

Halifax Waterfront

For Monday 30th I managed to get a rideshare on Pop a ride which will take me up to Montreal, then I got another one from there to Ottawa and since there I was able to hitchhike across Ontario and get up to Thunder Bay. Here I stayed in The Heaven Hostel and I have to say I liked the city as well as this new hostel which is super nice place to stay.

To get here I got ride by 11 people and I think that hitchhiking is not so difficult here. Sometimes I walk for some time but overall, it’s positive experience and most of the times I didn’t need to wait long. In front of me there is about another 4,000 kilometers and if I could keep it this way I’d like to get at least for some time to Yukon.

I want to mention that around Lake Superior there are many great spots for camping and I found amazing place in Carden Cove close to Marathon and even though I needed to walk some six kilometers it was definitely worth the effort. Also, I spotted a moose after many days when seeing only a sign to be alert that they live in the area.

Anyway, now it a time to move to wild west 😊

 

Montreal and surroundings

After a long time, I’m on a longer trip and there are some people which are interested to know about it and how I’m doing. Thus, I’m going to write a little bit again something here and maybe add some notes from previous trips which I wanted to write but didn’t feel for it yet.

Now to the current adventure. I’ve managed to get a longer vacation from a work and on July I went to Prague to catch a direct flight to Montreal. Here at the airport I got picked up by my friend who will accompanied me for this part of the trip.

First of all, we looked a bit around Montreal but since he had also a vacation we booked a small pickup for trip north. In the morning once we got to the rental company we’ve learned that we got a Nissan Titan which is much bigger then what we expected but I always wanted to try to drive one of these and now I got the chance. We were heading towards a Mount Tremblant where we had checked it around and had accommodation by Airbnb next to a beautiful lake. We though that we might kemp in the provincial park there but since it wasn’t something we planned at the beginning and didn’t bring any food along we realized it won’t be possible since park stores did not really have anything to eat what we could use.

So, we returned to Montreal and next day went east towards Sherbrooke, where it is also really nice and in Bromont we hiked the local hill to see more around. I have to say the view from the top was not worth the effort, but in the area, they have really nice single treks and also an aquapark. Both looked pretty good.

Then we returned to the city to work a little bit and go to another trip to Ottawa, where we checked surroundings and the city and met with friends which lives there now. We stayed the night with them and then went to check another provincial park on a way to Toronto. I wanted to meet with other friends living there. On a way we went to Petroglyph park where they should have the highest number of petroglyphs on a single place in Canada. We both enjoyed this park and the beautiful places which offers as much as mosquitoes enjoyed our blood 😊

However, now I’m on my own as I took a train to Halifax to visit friends and all these beautiful places I got to know when I lived here.

Trip to Iceland

So after a while, I’m going to write here something new. This time about a trip to Iceland, where I get with friends, which planned it for a while, so I was happy they offered me to join them. We drove around on a road with distinctive name – Ring Road. We had great time and did our best to see as much as possible.

For this trip we rented compact cars, so we couldn’t go inland, those roads require all-wheel-drive and also much more time. We had about nine days and even though it seems quite a lot, there are so many places to see and things to do that you can easily spend a month and not get bored. We had probably pretty common weather as there is saying on Iceland, that if you don’t like current weather, you need to wait five minutes and it will change :-). Anyway, we didn’t complained about it at all as there were great and sunny days and all uf us had a great time.

Below this article is a video and photos from this trip so you can get idea, how it looks over there. Now, I’m going to highlight what I consider as the best of what we saw and did and I wouldn’t miss those on visit.

I really liked Gullfos, one of the most famous waterfalls at Iceland since it is close to Reykjavik. On way there we also saw Geysir, which gave name to all the geysers around the world, but it’s not active any more. There are still several active like Strokkur which is impressive, but like his colleagues at Yellowstone, I wound’t need to see it again.

Next place definitely worth recommendation is smoking valley at Hveragerdi. There you can walk through many places with geothermal activities and bath in warm mountain stream for free.

I wouldn’t skip another waterfall called Seljalandsfoss. It’s specific for it’s walkway behind it and even though it does not have the mightiness of others, it is a spectacular view. Nearby is way bigger Skogafoss fall with lovely surroundings.

Also, I liked hike up to summit of mount Kristinartindar and view from the top to glaciers and park Skaftafell. Further north is then the mightiest waterfall on Iceland, Dettifoss. The only way to it is by dirt-road but this one is also made for standard car. There from height of 44 meters fall between 200 to 500 m3 of water per second (this depends on season and especially in summer it has the most thanks to melting glacier upstream).

Then in Husavik we went for sailing and saw a few whales and puffins, again something I would recommend to do once you are there. Husavik is the world best place to watch whales and get close to them. Nearby lake Mytvatn and surrounding area is full of geothermal activities and its remains, you can see it referred as all of Iceland in one place. Also, there can be a lot of black flies and mosquitoes but we had windy weather and no trouble :-).

Another amazing place is waterfall Godafoss where we had dramatic weather, but I wasn’t able to get it on my pictures, you have to see it yourself.

A few last places were Snaefellsens peninsula and waterfalls Glymur and Hraunfossar. I don’t think I need to describe exactly what to see and do as there are many other and better sources of that on the Internet.

In last days we checked the Iceland capital and only big city Reykjavik, where a third of the population of the island live.

Now the promised video and pictures.