Actually, it wasn't very far North. When we came, we thought we'd 'explore Canada' - then we realised, actually, it's not just big, it's vast. So we thought we'd focus on our own province of British Columbia. But turns out that's pretty big too, about the size of France and Germany combined. So now we're mainly focussing on southern BC, where people happily drive 2 hours for a nice lunch... And in that context, although it was an 8 hour drive back to Van from our most northerly point, we still would only have covered the first quarter of the province.
So the journey. We planned to copy BC Ferries' vacation route 'the Discovery Coast circle route' pictured left, travelling on two ferries, one float plane and up Western Canada's most notorious road 'the Hill'. With the ever adventurous Kat game for the challenge (but with an Arbuthnott family gathering to return to at the end) we had an ambitious 6 day timeline...
Leg 1: Vancouver to Port Hardy
|Celebrating no rain, yet...|
Leg 2: Port Hardy to Bella Coola
|Still no rain!|
|Kat's pretty excited re: no rain|
|Klemtu 'big house'|
|Yay, our first whale tail!|
The weather turned, later than anticipated luckily, so we spent the second night sleeping in the lounge, waking up at 5.30am to a very rainy Bella Cool, pysching ourselves up for... the Hill...