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RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Also there is another Hot Springs ( Ainsworth Hot Springs ) about 10 or 12 miles south east of Kaslo on Hwy 31. They have a cave you can swim through. Back when we were kids there were no lights in the cave. Another 15 minutes south east of Ainsworth Hot Springs is another ferry ( Kootenay Lake Ferry) this ferry is the longest free ferry ride in the world. Even if you don’t continue on Hwy 3-A towards Creston BC. A back and forth trip on the ferry is well worth the views. You can also do Day Hikes up Kokanee Glacier. Easiest access is from the Nelson side off Hwy 3-A. You don’t want to take your trailer up to the parking lot as the road is gravel and parking space is limited. There is also a zip line up that road, however I haven’t done that, but have lots of friends that have. Also look up Cody Caves, I think they are open again during the summer, but you will have to heck that’s out yourself. Tons more stuff to keep the kids and mom and dad busy. Soup
SideHillSoup 01/15/20 09:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Wow, Soup! Thanks so much! Great info. I will research all this now. Very helpful! If you need anymore info just drop me a line. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/14/20 02:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Thank you for the tips! I did book sites last night. I got the very last spots available (for my size) in those areas, and the sites are less than desirable. But, I'll make it work. I thought I was giving myself enough time to book (7 months out). In Jasper, I could only get the overflow camping area (basically a parking lot with no services). I called KOA in Jasper this morning and luckily got a spot...not perfect, but at least I'll have some hook-ups. I will book earlier next time I plan a trip to Canada. It will be super busy, but have to do these trips in the summer when my kids are out of school. Some day, hope to have the flexibility to go anytime of the year. Thank you everybody!! Also look at taking Hwy 6 from Vernon BC over to the Needles Ferry ( free ferry ) and then North up towards Nakusp, from Nakusp and across the Shelter Bay ferry on Hwy 23 to Revelstoke. Two campgrounds to look at are at Burton BC Burton Campgound. And the Nakusp Hot Springs campgroundNakusp Hot Springs.. The campground at Burton is a nice small community campground with clean shower ( buddy built them) and some spots with hook up. This campground is located on the shores of the Arrow Lakes ( Columbia River) The Nakusp Hot Springs campground is on the edge of Kuskanax Creek. The Hot springs are about 150 ft across the hot springs parking lot/ rod. The hve watwr Nd some with power. There is so McDonald Cr. provincial park ( BC Parks ) campground again on the shores of the Arrow Lakes. This campground is very busy and hard to get a “ good site”. It’s between Burton and Nakusp on Hwy 6. Also if time permits leave you rig in the campground and drive to New Denver still on Hwy 6. 10 minutes outside of Nakusp headed towards New Denver there the two campgrounds on the shores of a mountain lake called Summit Lake one campground is called Summit Lake Provincal Park campground. The other is Three Islands Resort. We stay at Three Islands al lot during the camping season. They have nice clean washrooms with hot showers, laundry, full hook ups 15 and 30 amp. Row boat rentals peddle boat rentals and firewood. summit lake is great place to fish and the best fishing is right in front of Three Islands. Three Islands New Denver is on the shores of Slocan Lake. New Denver has a campground which is on the shore on Slocan Lake but this campground will require a reservation if you desire to stay here. My kids were on the phone for this campground the morning the reservations opened to book a long weekend in the summer, and they got the site they wanted but the system crashed shortly after that. New Denver Camping Once in New Denver if you follow Hwy 31-A over the hump driving past a couple small mountain lakes ( good ice fishing there) to Kaslo. In Kaslo you can tour the dry docked paddle wheeler built in 1898 the Moyie. Kaslo is on the shores of one of the biggest Lakes in the Kootenay region. This lake is called Kootenay Lake the other big lake is the Arrow Lakes. If hiking is to your liking Idaho Peak is for you guys, which is about 10 minutes up Hwy 31-A and then off to the right up a gravel road past the Ghost town of Sandon. ( YouTube Idaho Peak BC) there is a guy that will for a price drive you up to the parking lot up the mountain. Idaho Peak Shuttle Hopefully the road will be open when you get there as snow usually lasts. until the first week of July. It’s not a hard hike, and the views are spectacular. From Nakusp take Hwy 23 north to Revelstoke and Hwy 1, again you will be crossing the Arrow Lakes, again a free ferry ride, this time the Galena Bay / Shelter Bay ferry. All inland ferries in BC are free. From the ferry crossing at the Needles ferry through Nakusp all the way to Revelstoke, you will be following the shore line of the Arrow Lakes. However after the Shelter Bay / Galena Bay ferry you see less and less of the Arrow Lake ( Columbia River) as you start to climb and get farther away from the shoreline. I live in this area south of the Needles Ferry by about 40 miles on the Columbia River. Before the camper we have now, I pulled my three 5th wheels all around the areas I talked bout. My last two 5th wheel were 32, and 35 ft long, and I got on and off the ferries no issues. Google the places I talked about above, there is a lot of stuff for kids to do here. Which ever way you decide to go, have fun. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/14/20 09:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Two Weeks in Canada

Have you booked places to stay in the Banff / Jasper area. If not you better start looking and booking campsites ASAP. All BC provincial ( BC Parks) and Canadian National parks do not permit anyone to camp or stop over night except in their campgrounds. The Okanogan Valley ( Osoyoos, Kelowna, Vernon area) are really busy in the summer as are Banff and Jasper, sites will be difficult find when just driving up. Good luck on your trip. Soup.
SideHillSoup 01/14/20 08:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

This is the one that we have. It is small however it is perfect for the two of us and fits into the basement of our Northern Lite Camper. https://i.imgur.com/jxVK2yAl.jpg This is my second Primus BBQ ( other one seems to have found new home at the kids house) We have no problem cooking steaks, pork chops, chicken, Burgers etc. The burner is close to the grill so there is no issue with getting heat. The 1 lbs bottles are plenty big enough to cook what is needed. We even take this out snowmobiling and ATVing. Plus it makes great morning coffee
SideHillSoup 12/12/19 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

This is the one that we have. It is small however it is perfect for the two of us and fits into the basement of our Northern Lite Camper. https://i.imgur.com/jxVK2yAl.jpg
SideHillSoup 12/12/19 08:19am Truck Campers
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

I’m in the Kootenays ... and I have beer in the Beer Fridge which will be emptied today while watching the 103rd Grey Cup! Grey Cup :B Soup.
SideHillSoup 11/24/19 09:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Northern-Lite 8-11 & Solar?

SideHillSoup, I’d love to know where that name came from. PM me, if you would. I don’t want to be guilty of drifting my own thread. :) It looks to me that a solution could be to have a factory rack on your camper and mount the panels on it. I’d think, using say 160w panels I could get the 400w I’d like to have. That could solve the more-holes-in-the-roof issue. That would be four more holes plus but at least they’d be factory installed. Just my $0.02 and worth about that.... ;) Bill I’m thinking and writing about the name.... it’s a long story, so put the coffee pot on... I will,pm you when it is done. As for the roof racks..., good idea on less holes, however I would be now worried about wind picking up the panels / bending them...etc.... however you could possibly mount aluminum angle material for structural support and strength. PM coming on name ... Soup.
SideHillSoup 11/20/19 08:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern-Lite 8-11 & Solar?

We have a 2018, NL 8-11 that came equipped with one 100 watt panel, and two 6 volt batteries. We added a second 100 watt panel on the opposite side of the factory installed panel this last spring. I have seen people with NL campers add a lot of panels on the roof, but for the life of me I can’t figure out way, all I see is more holes in the roof. We have used our 100 factory installed panel with my portable 70 panel on a 2 month trip to AZ two winters ago. . We watched statilite TV with a receiver just about every night, charged out Ipad, cell phone and laptop, we operated the camper with all it’s ‘stuff’ no issues. After that winter in the camper down south we decided to install a second 100 panel,on the roof. I do carry a 2000 watt Yamaha Generator for Big power draw items, however I never used it to charge the batteries besides the few times I had it running to run the toaster or instapot. Yuma with the two portable 35 watt panels on the ground, which I plugged into the 100 watt system that came with the camper. https://i.imgur.com/XW7CAh7l.jpg
SideHillSoup 11/20/19 02:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I’ve driven 4X4’s up here in Canada ( BC mountains) for YEARS and have never ever had to use chains on the Hwy. And where I live you can’t get out of the valley with out going over Mountain pass. If the law requires you to have them, that’s one thing......do you need them, I highly doubt it. I also have a NL camper and drove out of here two winters ago on my way to AZ in a snow storm, I used 4 wheel drive but never needed or came close to need Chains. Just get something that will fill the law requirement, you will most likely never use them on the Hwy. Soup.
SideHillSoup 11/12/19 08:31pm Truck Campers
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Raduim Sheep, or Salmo / Creston sheep?
SideHillSoup 11/09/19 09:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Northern Lite Camper modifications/add ons

Deleted post. Soup
SideHillSoup 10/03/19 08:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite

Here is the one that came with my 2018 , 8-11 NL camper. I got the part number off the original that came with the camper and ordered a spare from amazon. I also tried it in the bumper and it fits. https://i.imgur.com/Hhx21oWl.jpg
SideHillSoup 10/03/19 01:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Prince George BC to Eureka Mt.

I have completed that route many times over the years and a few times pulling my old 5th wheel. It is not that long of a drive, and there are no tourist traps or mountain passes on this route, yes the ferries take time, but they do have four days which is plenty of time. This past summer I drove from Bill’s Pond to New Denver in just over 8 hrs and I had to wait for the ferry. From New Denver to Creston by Kootenay Lake Ferry is just over 3.5 hrs ( ferry wait time) Creston to border at Eureka 2.5hrs. Add the 3 hr drive from PG to Bills Pond and the drive isn’t that long. Yup going through Jasper to Elko is a short two drive, but they did say he had 4 days. Soup.
SideHillSoup 10/02/19 03:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Prince George BC to Eureka Mt.

I would think about dropping down Hwy 97 or Cashe Creek then head east on Hwy 1 to Revelstoke. Then south down Hwy 23 to Nakusp across the free ferry at Shelter Bay / Galena Bay and onto Nakusp. Then from Nakusp south on Hwy 6 to New Denver. From New Denver head over the hump on Hwy 31-A to Kaslo. From Kaslo follow Hwy 31 to the Balfour Ferry, where you join up with Hwy 3-A . Take the Kootenay Lake Ferry across Kootenay Lake ( longest free ferry in the world) on Hwy 3-A to Creston BC. Then head east on Hwy 3 through Cranbrook all the way to Elko BC where you head south across the Canada USA boarder to Eureka MT. Soup.
SideHillSoup 10/02/19 07:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Hwy 37-A Scrap!

Thought some of you might like a little excitement with your morning coffee today. Some good o”ll Canadian scrapping over who’s turn is it to buy the next round of Beers! Griz fight. Soup
SideHillSoup 09/22/19 07:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2020 Jasper, Alberta

Like most Govt projects,... didn’t plan well, didn’t schedule well and like always.....didn’t budget enough, should send that planing team back to pealing potatoes. I feel sorry to the community and the campers that want to use the site. Soup.
SideHillSoup 09/09/19 02:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Alaska cancels Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry service

Just read this on the CBC new website. Soup. Link to Alaska ferry news https://i.imgur.com/WGu6esql.jpg
SideHillSoup 09/05/19 03:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: bigfoot and northern lite details on their construction

There is no “core” in my 2018 NL 8-11. It’s two prices fibreglass. There is wood frame is to hold the floor up and wood frame for the walls, but they are not structural. I went on a tour of Northern Lite manufacturing and watched them build a number of units as they are all built on a line. Yes there is wood inside, but it’s to hold up the inter walls and floors cabinets etc.. I opened up the compartment where the dump valves are it’s fibreglass outer walls with no wood support. Here is looking straight up the driver side outside wall towards the front of the camper. The white box on the wall is the outside shower, the brown wall is the shower stall. The pipes are for the shower, toilet sink... no wood other than for floor support https://i.imgur.com/tsT71MIl.jpg
SideHillSoup 08/29/19 06:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Traveling through Canada with Dogs

We travel with our cat, which requires “ papers” as well. We have been asked once coming back into Canada if our cat had its shot and papers, we said yup... that was it. The USA side once .... They wanted to see the cat, which rides in the back of the camper.... we said be careful she is nasty our hand kids are afraid of her and will try to jump out the door when you open it. The guy said you do have papers, we said yup...handed back our passports and waved us through... The lady officer that was with him laughed and laughed.... we just grinned and drove off to AZ for the winter... The type of food seams to be the biggest issue with going into the USA, nothing about food coming back into Canada for us anyways. Soup.
SideHillSoup 08/29/19 05:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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