Our Trip to the Northwest Territories July-September 2017

Over the last two years, we have confined our travel to British Columbia, due to much-needed house renovations and the low Canadian dollar. Lucy has undergone a few modifications and mechanical work, so she (and we) are good to go. Now we are “on the road again”, leaving home July 5 on our way to Calgary, with a stop in Penticton and two nights at the Okanagan Lake South Provincial Park, followed by four nights at Jasper at the Pocahontas Campground (which looks lovely, despite its somewhat politically incorrect name).

We arrive in Calgary on July 11th, and fly to Ontario for two weeks for a family wedding, returning to Calgary on the 27th. The next day we head north for the Northwest Territories, with our first stop at Lesser Slave Lake. The next month will be spent exploring the Territories (one of two places in Canada we have never visited (the other being Newfoundland). Stops will include Hay River, Fort Simpson, Fort Providence, Sambaa Deh Falls, Reid Lake, Prelude Lake and of course Yellowknife.

We leave on August 26th for a 3-day Owners Rally in Winkler Manitoba, by way of High Level, Vermilion and Lloydminster Alberta,  and Blackstrap and Crooked Lake Provincial Parks in Saskatchewan, arriving in Winkler on September 6th, On the 9th we turn west for home, following the “Red Coat Trail”, the route followed by the first detachment of the Northwest Mounted Police as they brought the law west in 1874. We are looking forward to a more laid-back alternative to the Trans-Canada Highway. This route ends in Fort Macleod Alberta, near Lethbridge. We will then head north and west for home via Kamloops, Whistler and the Sunshine Coast, crossing by ferry from Powell River to Courtenay sometime in the third week of September. Here is a rough idea of our route:

NWT trip