We started out Late on Friday of the Canada day long weekend with the rest of the lower mainland. Once we escaped the grid lock that is highway one we made a cannonball run for the small town of Boston Bar where we setup camp at around 10 pm that night. This was a critical moment because it was here at the Log Creek Rec Site that I realized I had left the tent poles on the kitchen table.
As we drove into Banff we saw tons of wildlife and took what was probably the longest way possible to Radium Hot Springs, but then it’s all about the journey isn’t it? After spending a couple hours just resting and enjoying the springs we headed back into Banff, which made parking an adventure. We wondered the town just taking it all in and stopped for lunch in a basement level sandwich shop that I can’t remember the name of, but I wasn’t about to fire up the grill in the middle of town.
After leaving Banff we started to look for a camping spot. It was peak season for tourists, so we were a little worried we would be driving for quite some time. This turned out to not be the case as the second site we stopped at had a ton of spots available--partially because of its name I think--so we spent the night at Mosquito Creek. Paying for a permit was new for us, because we are more backcountry campers and generally only use pay sites as a last resort. This was where we made a critical mistake, we did not opt for the 8$ fire permit. Later that day we were huddled around the stove, which made for some amusing moments as we waited for the soup to heat up.
Nine days we were on the road and we only touched a small amount of BC and Alberta, you could spend years exploring British Columbia on it’s own and not see it all. For more adventures you can follow me on Instagram @4cyl4lowlife.
Always remember to keep your rubber side down and tread lightly !
Mathew Irvine lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, allowing him the luxury of stunning trails in the surrounding area. An avid overland explorer, we look forward to more articles from him this coming summer. You can see more of Mat's trips on Instagram @4cyl4lowlife.
Want to read more about travelling the Whipsaw Trail, see the blog post "Fun on Four Wheels: Whipsaw Trail" by Emily Masse.