We returned from Mexico, flying into Calgary from Cancun. For the time back in Canada we had housesits organised for the months of July, August, September and October in various locations. AirB&B’s and hotels for the balance.
We spent the first month or so between Calgary and Edmonton. Our time in Edmonton was spent visiting and helping Catherine’s mother with appointments that needed to be addressed and catching up with friends.
In that first month we removed Domo, our truck and camper from storage, emptied and cleaned it ready for an owner. The new owner would be Elwyn who is an Albertan and lives just south of Calgary. If you’d still like to continue following Domo’s travels, you can follow along with ‘Bushwagon’ on Instagram.
Our daughter and her fiancé were married at the end of June, we also helped out with some last-minute coordination issues they had.
After the wedding we headed for our first house sit which was in Nelson, BC. Leaving Calgary in the afternoon and travelling west on HWY-1, our first stop would be Revelstoke for the night. Where we found a local brewery to sample one or two of their wares.
Glass of Pilsner and BBQ’d Beef Rib with a House Salad
From Revelstoke we followed Upper Arrow Lake south along the west bank to the ferry where we crossed to the east bank, continuing on to Kaslo for a few days via Nakusp and New Denver where we stopped to stretch our legs and see the town.
In Kaslo, walked the beach along the lake where we came across the S.S. Moyie which was in the process of being refurbished.
The Moyie is a sternwheeler that worked on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada from 1898 until 1957.
After nearly sixty years of service, she was sold to the town of Kaslo and restored. Today she is a National Historic Site of Canada the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler.
A replica of the Moyie currently runs in Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary. It does seasonal runs in the Glenmore Reservoir. (Wikipedia)
We decided to hike upstream along the Kaslo River Trail before crossing the river to come back downstream.
Once across the river as we headed back, we came upon some interesting art, there were several of these sculpture’s, here’s a sample.
We walked back to our accommodation through the town.
From Kaslo we travelled onto the Nelson area, this is where we would be spending the month of July performing a housesit looking after a dog called Koa (a German Shorthaired Pointer/Labrador/Coonhound cross) puppy of 10 months, while the owners travelled to Europe.
We would be staying east of Nelson along the Kootenay Lake arm close to Six Mile Beach, the lake being a 5-minute walk away.
While here our daughter and her husband came to Nelson for a visit, staying in some local accommodation with their dog Bowie.
One morning Catherine came across a recipe for Jalapeno Bread and decided to make a loaf. Later that day we drove into town to purchase some supplies required to make this loaf.
After our time here having visits from family and friends and also catching-up with old friends that had moved to Nelson from Calgary many years earlier, it was time to head back to Alberta for around 3 weeks, most of this time was to take care of an Old English Bulldog called Leia, and true to form she was a bit of a princess.
Next, we were off to visit Rick & Debbie in Saskatoon for a couple of days. We know Rick & Deb from our time in Progreso, we managed to play some Pickle Ball with these folks. A good time was had by all.
After leaving Saskatoon it was back to Alberta for a few days before then travelling to Harrison, BC. We came here to see Rob & Laurie who asked us to come visit for few days, again these are friends from our time in Progreso.
We had a great visit with Rob & Laurie, but it was time to return to Alberta. Our daughter and her husband were heading off to France for a couple of weeks in September for their honeymoon and we had promised to take care of Bowie while they were gone.
The Queen died September 8th, one of the buildings in Calgary showed support to the UK by lighting up the building in coloured lights in the form of the Union Jack.
Once we completed looking after Bowie, we headed to our last housesit on an acreage just south Sherwood Park for the month of October. There were some spectacular sunrises from the rear deck.
Winter is on its way; this means we need to head south to warmer climes.
Next: Off to Asia