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.
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.
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.
I’ve finally finished subtitles for short movie from the trip and published it. You can see it below.
Also to fill the gap from my last port I’m going to write a bit what happened once I stopped traveling. I had a flight home on December 13th so I still had over a month in Canada and I filled it up with meetings with friends and visiting places in Nova Scotia which I liked a lot. Also I sold my stuff which I didn’t plan to bring back to Europe and my roomies didn’t need. One of them was my car and that I sold for only $ 1,500 as that was the best offer I got. It served me well and took me everywhere where I wanted. I hope it will do a good service to new owner as well.
To sum up the whole trip I have to say I liked the most Yukon and Alaska because of the wonderful wilderness and nature there. The biggest disappointment is for me Yellowstone, probably I expected too much and we had bad weather once we were there as well. I’m saying that seeing it once was enough for me :-). The car was amazing that it stayed together without big issues whole time.
Now I’m back in Europe so my next posts are probably going to be from the good old continent.
So my journey is still going well and I’m doing great and once I saw a bit of Canadian Rockies and picked up a friend at Banff who will now be now travelling with me for next two months. So together we headed towards Vancouver through Whistler. At this time I had one fried there where we could spent two nights and see a bit of the city and I also visited my pub where I used to work once I arrived to Canada and meet with several people who still worked there. It felt good to be back after almost two years and I had a Lamb sandwich which was one of my favourites and it was delicious as I remembered. Since Rockies we carried with us some raining but despite that we saw at Vancouver Island as much as we could. At one Salmon hatchery we saw two black bears fishing pink salmons and we also visited Pacific Rim National Park and we get up early to catch sunrise at Long Beach and had our breakfast there as well.
Long Beach, BC
Then we reached Victoria where we wanted to go by ferry to Port Angeles at Unites States to save us troubles at border near Vancouver. I got nervous as they did not wanted to give me a new visa but after all we both got fresh three months even without paying anything. Once we reached Olympic Peninsula where we visited Hoh Rain Forest with some rain and then headed to Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. We were lucky for a good weather there and hiked to Henry’s Ridge first and then also to Coldwater Peak. From this peak we saw four volcanoes, one of them was our next destination Mount Rainier. On our way to the peak we met two old ladies who recommended us several hikes there. First we went to Paradise and went up to Skyline Trail and then drove to Sunrise but as it was getting late we just looked around and left park to spent night outside.
Next day we reached Seattle and visited Museum of Flight where are great exposition about flying and space conquer and we both enjoyed it. They have here also one of left Concords, Air Force One and Boeing Dreamliner. After a night at Walmart we went to see city centre and Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market and Space Needle. The city itself it’s nice however, after my time at north I found it too crowded and were happy to leave it behind us again.
Now we passed the Yellowstone b ut about this I will write next time now this is just short post about trip.
I have a bit of time now so I will now finish the story about my journey to Whitehorse. I arrived here two days ago but I kept myself busy with discovering surroundings of the city and adapting and enjoying local incredibly long days. From Edmonton I headed to Grande Prairie and sine I was going through prairie for several days now I didn’t took any pictures because all patterns repeated through this day.
Just next day I reached British Columbia and after almost two years also Rockies. It was great and welcomed change and I spent night in camp in the middle of Tetsa River Regional Park. By this I was really close to Stone Mountain and Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park. I reached those early in the morning and hiked to Summit Peak where I could see everything just in front of me.
I believe this day was the best from whole way to Whitehorse. I reached the mountains, had a great weather and also saw herds of Wood Bison, bears, wolverine and porcupine. They seems to be living here everywhere. At the end of the day I took a bath at Liard River Hot Spring. This night I spent close to the Alaska Highway after Watson Lake.
At my last day it was a bit about 400 kilometers to my destination in Yukon – Whitehorse. On way there there was about hundred of them some smoke from wildfire while nobody I spoke to knew anything about it or we could not see the source.
And now I am already two days at Whitehorse where I walked through the city and also a bit around and waiting for rest of the people so we can start our expedition to real wilderness.