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WE'RE IN CANADA & THIS TIME IT'S SUMMER! PART 2 - James Cove, Canada
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We've done many a winter road trip in Canada hitting the ski resorts ... now it's the turn of summer. UPDATED



AND SO IT ENDS...

3 weeks, more than 3,000kms in our RV and the greatest time we have had in the mountains in the summer.

And all thanks to this little baby:

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CABIN FEVER?


There are undoubtedly better cabins in British Columbia. 

But right now I can think of no better place to be than standing at the bottom of this wooden staircase.

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It leads to this charming cabin which is 20 minutes or so from the small town of Chase near the larger town of Kamloops.

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It doesn't have an address as such - just Gorman Cabin, Little Shuswap Lake.  

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It doesn't have running drinking water either, or an inside toilet, or WiFi.

But it does have electricity and an occasional phone signal.  

And some toys to play with - just a few.

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If you want to get away from the hurly burly of life, re-charge your batteries and soak up a bit of the real Canadian interior then this is as good as it gets.  

I'm here for four days or so. 

Days here consist of kayaking and a variety of watersports, hiking or just chilling out.    

Smoke from the wildfires sweeping across British Columbia affect things, but not too much.  

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And the observant among you may have noticed a nod at the modern world in the photo above. 

This baby.  

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She is a Tige 22 VE with 393 horsepower and a top speed of 50mph.  

My son, Alex,  practiced his wakeboarding skills behind the boat.    

My daughter, Tashie, has never water skied before and neither had I.    

So, how did we get on?  

I think the look on Tashie's face rather sums it up.

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And here's Alex and myself in action:

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My wife, Kisia, preferred a kayak and the tranquillity. 

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The question everyone has asked me since is "How on earth did you manage without  the internet for 4-days?!" 

Anyone who knows me will know that I am on the internet 24/7 running PlanetSKI.  

Lets just say the uninterrupted company of family and friends is somewhat more preferable. 

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Cabin Fever?  

Not a bit of it.  

Next stop Banff in Alberta as we head back to 'reality'.


Meet my new best friend.

Rather appropriately he's called 'Skis'. 

 "When I was a kid I played a lot of basketball and wanted to be a pro. I had large feet - long as a pair of skis, the other kids said and the name kinda stuck with me over the years," he told me as we climbed aboard his boat. 

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We were going whale watching. 

On his small but nimble vessel.

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Skis was born and bred in the Tofino area on the west of Vancouver Island and now, aged 49, he takes people to watch whales and other marine life. 

I could have taken one of the larger boats but I opted for a small one.  

Good call.    

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The 40ft grey whales that inhabit nearby Ahous Bay at this time of year like to keep close to the shore where the best food is. 

They like shrimps, crab and small fish.  

Other people were looking at the whales from larger boats and even sea planes.
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But they didn't get as close as us. 

Now if you are expecting whales to jump out of the water and splash their tales in the water then that is pretty much only for promotional videos or brochure photos.  

The whales are here to eat, not perform tricks for gawping tourists. 

"You need to keep your eyes open for the spouts of water and then you will see them," said Skis.  "Then you need to imagine what is under the water and what you can't see to get an idea of their size."

I peered into the waters.
   
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And so did Skis.

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And sure enough there was one right by the shore.

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And then another, though I'm not sure if I had been one of the campers on the beach I'd have gone for an early morning swim.

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I only saw a small amount of each whale but they grown up to 40ft (around twice the size of the RV I was travelling in) so I let my imagination do the rest as Skis advised. 

It did the trick.

The main thing is they were here in the water and I was bobbing around amoung them.

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"They come up from Baja in California around March time and they stay here until October before heading south again," said Skis.

"They swim slowly, about 5 knots, so they don't get barnacles growing on them and at night they sleep in short bursts. Kind of like power napping I guess."  

As well as whales we saw sea lions.

This one is about 100lbs but they can grow up to 500lbs.

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And sea otters on amoungst the kelp.  
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Plus gulls, cormorants and all manner of other sea birds.  

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We saw salmon jump out of the water.  

And then do it again.  

The trip was worth it for the views alone.

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"I started taking people out in my boat back in 1989 and I'm still at it. The numbers of whales are about the same as when I started."     

As we headed back to shore 2-hours later I asked the inevitable question. 

"So, Skis have you ever skied?" I enquired.  

"Only the once and I absolutely hated it. Never again!  I prefer bobbing about on the ocean looking out for whales," he replied. 

Who am I to argue?                  

END OF THE ROAD - 29th July

So, this is what the end of the trans-Canada highway looks like.
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It runs from St John's in Newfoundland in the east to here in the west on Vancouver Island.  

More than 8,000kms and 5,000 miles later.  

Some claim it ends in Victoria on the south of Vancouver Island but the inhabitants of Tofino take a different views and have put a sign up to that effect.

Those vehicles at the end of the wooden jetty are at the start/finish according to locals here.  

So, how did PlanetSKI end up here?

See below...

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BANFF (ALBERTA) TO VANCOUVER (BRITISH COLUMBIA) - 28th July


We're heading to Vancouver Island as our Canada trip takes to the road - to the far side of British Columbia from Alberta.

Into the Pacific to be precise.

1,000kms away through the mountains and past a few ski resorts too . 

Foot down and first stop 500kms or so later.......Kelowna.

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Next stop Vancouver.

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Next half of the journey - Kelowna to Vancouver Island...

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See here for Part One of the Canadian blog as we hiked, kayaked and did a few more things beside from our base in Banff, Alberta:
See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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