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Vancouver to Clearwater

All photos taken on May 24, 2022.

Given our experiences on previous trips along this route, we looked for a different place to split the trip and settled on Clearwater, about 1 hour 20 minutes past our usual Kamloops stop. This changed the driving time for day two to just over 7 hours.

Arriving at B & K’s to unload after our ferry crossing, we said quick goodbyes and Benji gave Pat one last paw-tograph on her pant leg. He was so happy to see us after 4 days.

We then set off to Peaked Pies on Denman to score some Aussie steak and pepper pies for our lunch. This part was easy, but finding a parking spot close to English Bay was a bit more difficult. At long last, we were parked in a lot on Park Lane and walked past the Great Blue Heron nesting site to English Bay.

Good things come in a plain brown wrapper

Mmmmmmmmmm, PIE

This crow wanted us to share – NO WAY

English Bay – always a great place to dine

Selfie So Long

Great Blue Heron nesting site – these birds can be quite clumsy on the nest and evidence of this was found below, with a number of broken egg shells on the ground.

Our drive along East Hastings to exit Vancouver was a bit of a sad eye opener. We passed block after block of homeless folk, camping on the sidewalks in front of businesses. Many city’s homeless problems have increased since Covid began.

Driving towards Hope. The washrooms at our stop for fuel in Abbottsford were less than satisfactory. Turns out, many like to use them to take their illicit drugs.

Bridal Veil Falls

Back on the Coquihalla

Past Kamloops on the Yellowhead Highway #5, pretty agricultural scenes presented themselves.

Along the route, we struggled with what to have for supper and finally settled on a Subway sandwich. After all, every small town has a Subway. We were also looking for a bit of wine. Hmmm, what wine pairs nicely with a Subway Chicken Bacon & Peppercorn Ranch? Turns out, a Jackson-Triggs Merlot does the trick for a reasonable price, if you don’t fall into the “red wine only goes with red meat” trap.

Dinner over, we settled in to watch Edmonton Oilers hockey team play Calgary in the NHL playoffs.

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21 thoughts on “Vancouver to Clearwater

    1. The Great Blue Herons always come back to Vancouver to nest, so the Parks Board turned the area into a sanctuary. As to pies, Aussies and Kiwis come to Canada to work in the hospitality industry and many stay, because they love the adventure. Peaked Pies started their first shop at the Whistler Ski Village and then opened one in Vancouver. We have been eating there whenever we are in town. There is a Kiwi pie shop in Valemount that we always stop at on the drive. As to the Canadians, meat pies are not a big thing here, except for chicken pot pie and the Quebec Tourtière. We love meat pies from Down Under best, but as I always say, I like any pie that ends in the word pie. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. Hi Glen. I agree. It is becoming mostly pleasant around here now that the obnoxious crows seem to be spending most of their time preparing to fly South. Good Riddance, I say. Thanks for stopping by. Allan

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    1. We are hoping to stop at a couple of restaurants on our next trip through. They have a good BBQ place and the bakery gets good reviews. Yup, the enforced slowdowns for the pipeline work are a drag, but the road still seems less hectic than Roger’s Pass. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  1. Looks like you picked a scenic spot to enjoy your lunch. I’ve never seen a nesting site for a Great Blue Heron before. They look so regal in the water, so it was a surprise to hear that they can be quite messy with their nests.

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    1. Herons are so big and gangly and for some reason, their nests are built small and haphazard. As they land, take off and move around in the nest, there can be collateral damage. I think this is the second trip to Vancouver where we saw them nesting. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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