My crazy idea started just after New Year’s. 2014 brought an absence to our social circle as we had a lot of close friends move. My family has always lived on the other side of the mountains and we had gone through a holiday season of missing everyone.
As I looked forward to summer reunions I quickly realized that where our friends and families had moved to all kind of connected… in a perfect road trip kind of way! Before I knew it I was full on planning a 3-week road trip across British Columbia and Alberta! Tourism Calgary jumped on board right away offering us lots of amazing ways to check out their city. Jasper Raft Tours was excited to welcome us for 5 days of family adventure and we had great trips planned in between. It was sure to be a summer we wouldn’t forget!
Here’s a map of our planned itinerary:
Now the blue is our intended schedule and the green is what actually happened: You see, some things just don’t go as planned…
Our trip started off in an awesome way! We enjoyed 2 days in Osoyoos, staying with friends who live on an orchard that overlooks a lake. We spent our days going between picking fresh fruit, swimming in the lake, hanging out with good friends and eating good food.
Nelson was our next stop, where we started off our trip with a dip in the lake and then set out the next day to hang out with some locals! We spent a beautiful afternoon on a white sand beach on Kootenay Lake and finished our last night there at dinner with friends overlooking the beautiful views that only Nelson can offer.
Our next stop was Waterton Lakes National Park. WHY didn’t I know about this place sooner?!? This International Peace Park and National Park is a true treasure and I haven’t been able to stop talking about it since our trip. I wrote three different blogs on our experience there and if I wish anything for anyone who reads this, it is that you someday take a trip there. As far as I’m concerned it’s one of Canada’s most natural wonders, our best kept secret!!!