Anyone in Canada go here!!!!
Trip Start Apr 11, 2005
54Trip End ??? ??, 2006
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We have been having an absolutely great time in Squilax for the last couple of days. we made the long drive from Vancouver which took most of the day with a few stops along the way to arrive at our destination for the night, a small outback hostel in Squilax.
Now this hostel is anything but normal to start with you sleep in a "Kaboos" (prob spelt wrong) which is a train cabin, we were surprised to say the least, pleasantly so. It was fantastic, you had your own lounge area, kitchen, beds, washroom and last but not least a raised driving seat. It was totally authentic apart from the bunk beds. God only knows how Blair (the lady who owned the place) got them down their, but she did.
we were only supposed to be staying in Squilax for the night as we wanted to push on to Banff and Jasper the next day but with the carriages being so much fun we stayed another day and I think everyone was glad they did
The next day had a lot in store for us some things were quite way out there as you will see as you read on.
First up was the Pancake breakfast that Blair had prepared for us. using organic produce (everything was organic or recycled/composted) whole wheat pancakes with either bananas or apples & rhubarb were made. we had a couple each but were invited to eat as much as we could. The record stands at 13 by a passer by on the greyhound (quickly the story goes that this lad had been informed that 12 was the record by his bus driver so being a competitive sort he skipped dinner the night before in preparation to take the record in hand. He managed it by getting 13. It is unknown as to whether he kept them down as he jumped back on the bus and was of again. The thing is he was miss informed as the record was only around 8. Moral is never listen to bus drivers, but he has now in my opinion set a pretty hefty benchmark as I could only eat two and those who know me know I have a healthy appetite!
After breakfast we had booked ourselves in for an hr's Horse trail ride. Now Kt and her mum had never ridden before in their lives and they were cr@*p#ng themselves
The afternoon had canoeing in store for us which was free with the hostel. Kt and I went upstream as advised (if too tired on way back you can just float back) but couldn't stay out too long as the canoe has a minor whole which seeped water. We did know this before going out and were prepared with a bailing bucket. we didn't spot the beavers that were in the area but saw plenty of fish and trees floating past!
Now the evening had plenty in store for us too. The night before i had gone all native and made fire and wanted the opportunity to do it again however we decided to cook on this one as well. We had a simple meal of baked potatoes and sausages (beer and crisps as well)I was shocked that kt had never cooked on an open fire before so had to teach her. Several hrs later the food was ready. the sausages had fallen in several times. I must intervene at this point to explain that the ash filled sausages were not my responsibility, another lad there had an idea of soaking a piece of wood and placing the sausages on them to cook, where I had mine on sticks hovering above the fire. So whilst his soaked piece of wood soon dried out, set alight, burnt, fell apart and deposited his sausages into the roaring fire mine were nicely toasting away at a safe unflamable distance.
Blair had a Native Sauna. Now this is a far cry from your log ones with nice benches and lighting etc. This was a clay hut half underground no taller than 4ft with a hole in the middle for placing heated rocks. the seating was the floor covered with Canadian pine leaves which had the local insect population living in it. Comfy is not a word you would choose to describe this place. In order to get the rocks heated for the sauna we had to extinguish my fire and build a new one in a special way
The next day we tore ourselves away and headed East. I could have stayed there for months as apparently some people do, the people that originally went for just one night.