Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Vancouver Island to Peterson's Beach, Fraser Lake BC

21 August 2009

Friday we caught the BC Ferry from Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island) to Tsawwassen (Lower Mainland). 

Jake, our big red dog, immediately realized this was a serious trip when we arrived at the ferry. 

Tazz, the puppy, wasn't sure which way was up yet.  She was reacting to everything and anything.  This was a grand adventure for her ... truck ride, salt air, big boats, lots of people and so forth.

As usual we stayed in the fifth wheel with the dogs during the ferry crossing.

Often we overnight at the Cole Road Rest Area near Abbotsford.  This year we ate supper there but decided to carry on as there were some odd humans at the rest area this year, including one guy harassing folks by asking for $10.  He wasn't leaving so we decided to. 

Carried on to the Hunter Creek Rest Area very near Hope, at the junction of Hwy 1 and 3 & 5.

22 August 2009

Woke to clear sunny skies and thoroughly enjoyed the drive through the Fraser Canyon. Near Cache Creek there was forest fire smoke in the air, from fires near Lillooet BC.

Arrived at Lac La Hache Provincial Park/Campground at 2:30 p.m.  In the evening, we walked the dogs to the day-use area along the lake.  Tazz started wading and then started playing, her first big water session.  Her antics were incredibly funny as she discovered water.

Tazz at Lac La Hache, Hwy 97, BC
Tazz, six-month-old puppy, in Lac La Hache at Lac La Hache Provincial Park

No campfires allowed tonight, due to a fire ban in the province.

23 August 2009

The Tazz-alarm is working well!  She woke us up at 4:45 a.m.  A tummy rub set the snooze alarm, which went off again at 7 a.m.  After a hearty breakfast and dog walk, we were on the road at 9:30.

Stopped in Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park/Campground north of Quesnel for a break.  Arrived in Prince George at 1:15 p.m. to head west on Highway 16.  A RV-friend had recommended the smoked meats at the Co-op in Vanderhoof, so we made a quick stop.  Easy access for the truck and fifth wheel with good parking.  The meat selection was very nice; the deli salad selection not so nice.  After purchasing some sausage and sandwich meats, we continued on to Fraser Lake. 

My research before the trip revealed a recreation site, Peterson's Beach, on the north side of Fraser Lake.  It sounded decent with lakefront sites.  In reality, it was pleasant but the waterfront sites were small.  Very small.  Even the road around the sites was tight.  The first spot we decided on turned out to have a great view of the interior of an outhouse which didn't have a door.  Eventually found a decent spot in an open area with no view of the outhouse and settled in for the evening. 

Tazz again enjoyed playing in the lake, chasing her own splashes!

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