Editor Gary’s Trip Westward
In mid-August, OC editor Gary and his wife Aurora flew to Calgary and embarked upon a rollicking rent-a-car road trip through parts of Alberta and British Columbia. Read more about his trip in his blog post A Time to Remember.
Gary at Moraine Lake
Their route took them from the Alberta Badlands to Banff and Jasper (via the spectacular Icefields Parkway) and onto Hinton. Overnight stays included a night with Gary’s cousin Maria just outside of Calgary, two nights at “the castle of the Rockies” (aka the Farimont Banff Springs) and a three-nighter in Hinton’s Best Western, a fully equipped home base for day trips in and around Jasper. From there, it was west along the Yellowhead Highway to Mount Robson, and then down Highway 5 into the Okanagan Valley, where they toured vineyards, ate peaches and cherries, and relaxed on the beach. Overnighters included a desperation stay at a Howard Johnson in Vernon, B.C., which thankfully still had a late-night vacancy available, and two nights at the Summerland Hotel in, you guessed it , Summerland, B.C. Next up was a meandering drive along the Crowsnest Pass highway towards Vancouver and four days and nights in that fabulous city with long, long-time friends. Then, back to reality…