Driving up the west side of beautiful Harrison Lake in Southwestern, BC has the potential to present some challenges to drivers regardless of the type of vehicle being used. Don’t get me wrong, by no means is this a next to impossible drive, but the narrow, winding, super rough road, with a few wash-outs is a concern for many and would even be a deterrent for some.
My friends and I had a week off to go on a back country camping trip—ten days to be exact. To some this seems like nothing, but to us working stiffs this seemed like a dream come true. Our original plan was to attend the New Brunswick Overland Challenge, but we were down a team member, so we were left searching for another plan.
Back in 2011 I travelled down the west coast of Newfoundland after completing the Trans Labrador Highway. I vividly recall thinking the scenery rivalled anything I had seen in central and eastern Canada and I made a mental note to come back.
After several emails and Facebook chats, I had a small group of four who decided Newfoundland would be a perfect place to get away from civilization, drive some off-road trails and experience some truly unique geography.
The Swisha Loop is a beautiful run that covers 800+ km of trails across Southwestern Quebec, and is a common destination for short getaways or shakedown runs for overland travellers. This is also a great remote route for people travelling overland across Canada who want to see a little piece of each province along the way.
We have spent over a year compiling resources to create a new section for our online magazine. Introducing our Canadian Resources Page. This section provides resources for overland trip planning in Canada. This page includes information on local emergency overland recovery, local suppliers, local gear and outfitters, trails, routes, guides, training, travel insurance and so much more.
We are really excited at the support we have received from across Canada. If you are thinking of importing your vehicle to Canada and need assistance please feel free contact us. We would love to help you plan your trip.
If you know of a vendor or other information that we can share on our site, please contact us at Media@OutHEREadventure.com
I have often asked myself, what really differentiates a classic Canadian “road trip” from overland adventure? Does the distance have a threshold, say 5,000 kilometres? Okay, maybe 7,000? Or, is it the road conditions, pavement, versus gravel, or a mix of both? Is it the distinctiveness of the geographic area covered, the Canadian Prairies, or the Ontario Shield or the villages littering lake-abundant countryside of Quebec?
Follow Canadian Overlanders Mathew Irvine and Kim Scott as they set out to explore some of the West Coast’s vast wilderness and parks. Trekking 2700 kilometers from Vancouver’s lower mainland thru the pristine British Columbia interior to Alberta’s stunning parks before taking the Whipsaw trail home.
In late summer of 2016, a team of 5 vehicles set out to prove a proposed trans provincial overland route that East Coast Overland put together in New Brunswick and dubbed “NB Expedition”. The team was made up of Virgil’s Jeep JKU with trailer in tow, Jonathan’s Toyota FJ Cruiser, Lew’s Toyota Tacoma, who came up from Vermont to join this adventure, Nick’s Jeep JKU and RJ’s Jeep JK. This is our story.
Saturday February 4th dawned with a light cloud and no flurries, a perfect day to explore some back roads and participate in the first Rally of Abandoned Ontario. Winter in Canada is usually long, grey, cold and conducive to moping around the house dreaming of fine weather exploration and camping. Steve Rock, originator and organizer of Rally of Abandoned Ontario, had decided that enough was enough. It was time to get a few friends and acquaintances together for a fun couple of days of back road driving. What Steve had thought would be a get together of 6 to 12 people with a final prize of a case of beer quickly took on a life of its own.
I have been trying to travel on the Christmas Tree Pass the past few times that I was in Arizona visiting my father, but there is always something that prevents this from happening. This time it was my short stay; I was only there for four days in November, and my Dad has no interest in bumping around on a “bad road”. He has a point, back roads in a desert climate can quickly become impassible if it has rained (which it had). I decided to rent an economy car and hike to the petroglyphs in Grapevine canyon instead, which is something else high on my list of things to do. Turns out, there was not enough time for that either, but I did get a few nice pics.
My father spends almost 300 days a year exploring the US. I'm quite envious really. These pictures are from day trip my brother, sister and I took with my Dad into the Cerbat Mountains on the Chloride Mines Trail.