Converting a workers van into a tiny home in four days

We parked our newly bought van along the busy street of our Airbnb and headed inside for a very late dinner. It’s the first van we’ve owned with an alarm system so that was comforting but it didn’t stop me worrying that we’d wake up, look outside and find it had been stolen. I literally…

Arriving in Vancouver and buying our new home on wheels

It was a hell of a journey to get from Northern Norway to Vancouver, Canada. We caught practically every mode of public transport possible and spent 6 uncomfortable hours laying on a hard, cold floor in Oslo airport. When we arrived in Seattle the airport was a shambles, immigration took nearly two hours and we…

More Bears, boating and hiking in Waterton Lakes

Our early start was rewarded with a perfect crisp morning, pure blue skies and morning mist drifting over lakes. We’d camped just outside Waterton Lakes National Park so headed back into the park stopping often for photos as the sun was rising. It’s the only time of day where I don’t despise cob webs as…

One of the worlds top 20 hikes | Crypt Lake

The Crypt Lake Trail has been voted one of the top 20 hikes in the world by National Geographic and sounded like an exciting hike for us. It involved getting a boat across the Upper Waterton Lake to the trailhead which we were a little reluctant about getting due to it costing $24. We thought…

Colourful canyons and the best bear watching in the Rockies

Waterton Lakes national park is the only place in Canada where the prairies and mountains meet without the transition of foothills. Therefore it was a fabulous drive entering the park with dry grassland all around us and mountains rising ahead of us. We headed up the Red Rock Parkway as it was a rainy day…

Exploring the Canadian Badlands

So we basically drove 200-300km from the Rocky Mountains, over the foothills and through the prairies to reach one particular place; Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park is tiny but home to the Canadian badlands and the largest collection of fossilised dinosaur bones on earth. Craig and I are big fans of desert scenery and albeit…

Learning to lasso in Canada’s cowboy country

We rumbled over cattle grids as we passed through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and soon realised our chances of seeing more Bears had drastically diminished. We did think we saw a bear but quickly realised it was a cow and they were free roaming. It was true cowboy country where locals ride horses…

Grizzly bears in K’country

The weather was miserable for our second day in K’country so we did a bit of a drive hoping to see some wildlife. Big areas along the road were closed off with yellow tape and big bear photos so we scanned the bushes for any signs of life. There was a break from the rain…

Wild roads, bear encounters and boating in K’country

Kananaskis country, or K’country as the locals call it, is like another world compared to its neighbouring Banff National Park. It’s an area of provincial parks combined together to make a wonderful, tranquil, wilderness. Few people venture this way and that’s what makes it so special. The scenery is as good as the national parks,…

Adventures in Yoho National Park

The Yoho Valley Road wiggled its way up a mountainous valley and was a beautiful Sunday afternoon kind of drive. It was all going well until we were confronted with a rather intimidating section where the road suddenly headed up the side of a mountain via a couple of switchbacks. So we slowly proceeded up…

Lake Louise and celebrating 8 years of travel

Lake Louise was very similar to how we remembered it; a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, glaciers and wilderness. It’s the sort of magical place that deserves to only be witnessed by those who hike to it, but instead it’s the busiest attraction in the Rockies and full of tour buses, and instead of birds…

Lake Moraine, Banff National Park

We didn’t visit Moraine Lake on our last trip to Canada as the road was closed for the season so I made sure we saw it this time round. It was just as pretty in person as it was in all the brochures, even on a cloudy day. In fact it had rained all night…