Being good planners that we are (**cough**cough**), Dale made reservations for the ferry crossing to Vancouver Island out of Tsawwassen. They were offering a discount if we took a later ferry, so we signed up.
When we arrived in Tsawwassen, we found a huge mall there and parked to wait for the 5:45 ferry time. We ate lunch in their food court and walked through the mall. I’m sure we got in our 10,000 steps.
When we arrived at the ferry terminal, we paid our $197 Canadian and got in lane 24 as instructed. As we waited, the other lanes filled up. Thankfully, we were put on the ferry quickly.
If you have ever been on a ferry you know they put almost every kind of vehicle on that boat. When I see all these 18 wheelers I gulp. Will this boat hold up all this weight! It did! 🙂
I showed you the roof of this side of the ferry because when we got off the ferry and to Costco in Nanaimo, there were white dots all over the car and down the back of the motor home. Yep, bird poop! They must hitched a ride.
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Even after our being stopped at the border, we enjoyed Tsawwassen and the ferry ride. Highway 19 was a virtual freeway and we arrived at our destination by 8 p.m.
Life is good. God is a light in the darkness.
As we travel through Alberta and around the Canadian Rockies, we find that the landscape of Canada is much like our own. Green fields of wheat and other crops; farms dotting the landscape here and there; and pine forests that stretch for miles and miles.
We cross through small towns that supply the basic of needs. The roads of Alberta are bumpy from what we think is frost heave since the weather here is cold, cold, cold!
We have encountered high winds almost every day. And when the wind isn’t blowing the weather is balmy and the sky is blue. The weather has been very unpredictable.
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta. There aren’t any big overpasses like in Phoenix, AZ. They lay home to one of the biggest malls around – 800 stores, many themed attractions such as a water park, roller coasters for all ages, an ice skating rink, miniature golf and much more to attract young people as well as the elder generation.
We have met many people in stores and in the RV parks and all have been very friendly with smiles and kind words. Our check out gal was whispered to by me to let her know she wasn’t to tell a soul that an American guy was trying to buy is merchandise with a Safeway discount card. She smiled and said her lips were sealed.
After 4 days we traveled on to Grand Prairie where we stayed at the Elks Lodge. We are right on the edge of Bear Lake, the walking path that goes around the lake and Emerald Park. A lovely setting for us to rest our travel bones.
We have shopped in Canada’s grocery stores, laminated over Dollar Tree prices being more than a dollar and had a very nice dinner at the Browns Social House. The college here is beautiful as is the visitor’s center with a 360 degree views of the town.
We have enjoyed every moment of our experience in Alberta Province. Now our journey will take us to the northern part of British Columbia where we meet up with the tour group in Dawson Creek. Our Alaskan Adventure begins shortly!