Canada 2009 - Facts and Information
Day by Day 1: To the Battlefords
From UK to Edmonton and a first taste of Canada


 Around Edmonton
 Ukrainian Village 1
 Ukrainian Village 2
 Fort Edmonton 1
 Fort Edmonton 2

 Fort Edmonton 3
 Fort Edmonton 4
 To Meadow Lake
 The Battlefords
 Nth Battleford WDM
 Fort Battleford

 Wasmuth Homestead
 Saskatoon WDM
 Around Saskatoon
 To Moose Jaw
 Moose Jaw WDM
 South of Moose Jaw
 To Val Marie
 Aqueducts & Dinosaurs

 Waterton Lakes 1
 Waterton Lakes 2
 Waterton Lakes 3
 To Cranbrook
 Fort Steele
 To Kaslo
 New Denver & Arrow Lake
 Trout Lake

 Rogers Pass
 Kootenay Natnl Park
 Banff Natnl Park
 Icefields Parkway 1
 Icefields Parkway 2
 Jasper 1
 Jasper 2
 To Grande Cache
 Peace River
 Back to Edmonton


20 May
After an overnight at Hayes Premier Inn a short drive to Quality Parking on Bath Road just outside LHR. Arrived Edmonton late afternoon. Immigration friendly but well quizzed, got transfer to hotel down the road. Time for a quick breath of fresh air but very cold. Holiday Inn Express, Nisku. Adequate, convenient for airport, good breakfast.

21 May
Phoned Enterprise to pick us up to get car. Headed north to Fort Saskatchewan for three nights (chosen as good location and way from Edmonton's rush). Checked in then went to have a look at Elk Island National Park. Bought pass for all National Parks. Still cold. Inglis Avenue B&B, Fort Saskatchewan. Excellent small family home, good early breakfast, can use dining room to eat brought in food in evening, supermarket opposite.

22 May
Out early (still on UK time) on frosty morning before breakfast. Spent all day at Ukrainian Heritage Village, really quite excellent. Drove back through Elk Island.

23 May
Into Edmonton for Fort Edmonton, spent all day there. Fort best bit followed by 1885 street, 1905 street OK, 1920s street uninteresting.

24 May
Another cold but lovely morning and took back road to Lloydminster visiting some churches we saw on the way. Family visit in afternoon. Ramada Inn, Lloydminster. Nice comfortable room, quiet, good breakfast.

25 May
Headed north via Frenchmans Butte and Paradise Hill to St Walburg. Tried to find old family house at Brightsand, couldn't, gave up before we got lost. North via Little Fishing Lake for a walk and Steele Narrows to Meadow Lake. Woodland Inn, Meadow Lake. Pleasant if somewhat basic good value private motel with good breakfast.

26 May
Into Meadow Lake Provincial Park for some gentle walking. Nobody around, began to realise that on walking trails in Canada you see lots of trees and often not much else. Suspected hungry bear behind every tree. Still very cold and a bit grey. South to North Battleford for two nights, a much nicer town than we expected. Shepley House, North Battleford. B&B but you get your own from provided basics. Unusual upper floor flat with full kitchen in interesting house. Shower in bath odd and inconvenient.

27 May
Out early to look round town on a bright frosty morning. Went to Western Development Museum (WDM) which was disappointing as buildings were not as well maintained as they might have been. Good if small gallery. Drove down to river for views then to airfield where Eleanor's father (who was in RAF) was in WW2.

28 May
Fort Battleford which was interesting with good guides. Spent afternoon in Battleford which has some impressive buildings from time it was provincial capital. Drove south to find Wasmuth Homestead which is out on prairie and where we stopped two nights. Eleanor declined to use (clear) map in brochure and misread instructions (also clear) so ended up on sandy farm road which was fine to drive but rapidly going nowhere with nowhere to turn. Interesting detour on a lovely, warm evening. Spent fascinating hour exploring old school at road end and having a little walk. Wasmuth Homestead, Garden Prairie. Truly excellent B&B consisting of upstairs flat with microwave and fridge in middle of prairie. Very good breakfast with friendly family. Highly recommended.

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