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