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Trip Report Late-May road trip - Vancouver, BC, to Calgary/Drumheller, AB, and return.

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We (two seniors, and daughter, the driver) left May 24, and got back home on June 1 -- and wished we had had more time, to stay longer (but heh, one still works!!).

We left from home (= Burnaby, BC), and went to Revelstoke the first day (via the freeway to Hope, and then via the Coquihalla to Merritt - with a 'fast-food' breakfast stop there - then on to Salmon Arm (with a very pretty and relaxing "walkabout" stop at the Peter Jannink Nature Park, on Shuswap Lake). Nighted over in Revelstoke (at The Coast Hillside) - dined at a small (very friendly and wonderfully-aromatic!!) restaurant in town (Paramjit's Kitchen). A lovely town, by the way - so planned, and well-laid out, and such a great setting!!

Off early the next morning, with a breakfast stop at Golden (on the highway, at Smitty's Family Restaurant), then on to Lake Louise (for a stop/look -- Ouch!! the lake was frozen over, and the weather cold, with snow flurries on the go!!). Then on to Calgary (three nights in a pre-arranged apartment, with a rather nice view of the Bow River, and surroundings - located just on the outskirts of the downtown).

It was family "birthday stuff" time in Calgary, and Drumheller. Dinner in Calgary the first evening (at Ric's Grill, a restaurant/bar near the apartment). On to Drumheller the next day (to the Royal Tyrell Museum, and a driving tour about town). On the last day of our stay in Calgary, a birthday treat to the grand-daughter (her choice - the Calgary Zoo). Fun times for all of us, and emotional as well for my lady -- having not seen her birthplace (Drumheller) in some 60+ years!!!

We stopped at Banff on the way back (a stroll in town, and then on to the Banff Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain -- which had clear visibility, as opposed to earlier on our way to Calgary - fun ride, very "personal', 4-person gondolas. Then back to Revelstoke, and instead of staying there again, we headed south along the Arrow Lakes (with a ferry ride and so many wonderful highway views!!) to Nakusp, where we stayed at small 'inn' for the night (Huckleberry Inn), and enjoyed a chicken dinner (bought in town) out on the little patio in front of our room. We loved what we saw of Nakusp, a very pretty spot!!

Off early the next morning to Ainsworth Hot Springs (with a drive and stop into Sandon - a now ghost town, former silver mining area and thriving town -- it was very quiet, and rather spooky, but well worth checking out), and then Kaslo (we walked the town, and soaked in some of the sights). Arrived in Ainsworth mid-morning, and were checked into the hotel (Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort) for the day and night (just loved it, and spent most of our time there outside in the hot spring pools and caves - and slept like logs that night!!).

To Nelson for a full-breakfast the next morning (at the Hume Hotel, a heritage property), then after a short driving tour of the early-morning sights of Nelson, it was on to Osoyoos (totally absorbing and enjoying all the great mountain and curvy-highway road sights along the way). We stayed two nights there, at a hotel right on the beach (Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel) -- top floor, great view, and loved it. Activities: toured eight wineries in the area from there to Oliver -- Nk'Mip Cellars, Adega, Burrowing Owl, Stoneboat, Silver Sage, Oliver Twist, Gehringer Brothers, and Hester Creek, tasted and bought some nice wines (well, I did!!), walked the beach in front of our hotel, along Osoyoos Lake, and into town, dined in town (a the Golden Chopsticks), and generally soaked in the warmth and beauty of the place, and relaxed (especially out on our balcony, with its wonderful direct views of Osoyoos Lake, the surrounding mountains, and all!!). Osoyoos = such a lovely spot .. and we are hoping/planning to return again in early-September (for a longer stay).

It was back to Burnaby the next day, with a stop at the Manning Park Resort in Manning Park along the way. Ouch, still too cold to stay there!! Later, we hope!!

Lots of driving in a short time, but much was seen and enjoyed (including many of the small stops and details I have left out), and wonderful memories to savour.

We enjoyed our road trip ...

Happy travels everyone!!

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