From the East to the Rocky Mountains

Québec, Montreal, Ottawa, Banff, Jasper, Dawson Creek

Der Trans-Canada-Highway (TCH), the number here 20 wearing, takes us from Quebec City to Montreal.

Downtown Montreal is easily accessible from the campsite Mont-Laval by bus and metro.

We begin our tour in the old financial district around the Place d'Armes towards the Basilique Notre Dame and stroll past the harbor at Saint Lawrence River with its lively quays.

Of the above 150 Year-old covered market of the "Marche Bonsecours" There are only a few steps to the church "Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours" and the pretty Hôtel de Ville (Rathaus).

By barely featured Chinese district we make our way to the modern skyscrapers of downtown with the stores.

The buildings of the sprawling city are mostly linked by underground passages and hallways, so that the urban shopping enjoyment can be spoiled by weather.

Even with marked in the map "underground city" falls orientation non-locals sometimes not easy.

Downtown Montreal can be good possibly walk. explore combined with the Metro. The moderate road never made us feel like in a big city to be on the road.

The direct neighborhood of historic buildings and modern glass facades leaves almost surreal impressions.

The Canadian capital Ottawa, which lies at the confluence of the Ottawa River and Rideau River, we reach Montreal within hours. Here we say goodbye to by the province of Quebec and welcome the neighboring province of Ontario.

With one of the buses of the "Ottawa Rapid Transit", use mostly their own road network, We are afloat in the midst of the bustling metropolis.

On Parliament Hill, we go around the magnificent Parliament Building and marvel at the architecture of facing the river side library.

Directly below the Parliament Hill are the eight hand-operated locks of the Rideau Canal, overcome here a difference in height of 24 m to the Ottawa River.

The locks are designed for smaller boats still in operation and we can observe, raise as muscle power and hydroelectric power, the motor yachts from the Ottawa River to the Rideau Canal.

For Museum of Civilization We walk through the "Major's Hill Park," and on the Ottawa River spanning "Alexandra Bridge" to Hull, the Ottawa opposite neighboring town. We cross again the river lying in provincial border to Quebec.

Passing the "Notre-Dame Basilica," we make our way back to the bustling bus stop. A bus follows the other, short stop, open the door, close the door, continue.

Surrounded by a never-ending Busschlange also come on our number 97, which brings us quickly and comfortably back to the vehicle again.

Ottawa hat Charme! A city, which you should not miss.

Thousand Islands is an island called area south of Ottawa, or in the outlet of Lake Ontario. is located in the Saint Lawrence River. Of the approximately 1750 Islands include ca. 1/3 to the US and 2/3 to Canada.

From the small town of Gananoque, we take a boat tour of this unique island paradise part. Many islands are inhabited, partially connected close to each location with islands jetty or small bridge.

Move the stories of selected islands are telling us. Amounts, which then some islands changed hands, were lower, as the family ticket for the boat tour.

In Kingston we visit the "Old Fort Henry", which has here to protect strategically position the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

Then it goes to the "Bellevue House National Historic Site", where the first Canadian Prime Minister - John A. Macdonald – ca. one years has lived during his profession.

A detour leads us to the Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario, it claims to have the world's largest freshwater dune system.

Along the Ontario lake we go to Toronto and shimmy us on the highways around the city for QEW (Highway), which pass toward Niagara Falls leads us to Hamilton.

The Niagara Falls are one of the largest and most beautiful natural wonders of North America. Both the American Falls, as well as the Canadian Falls can be seen from the Canadian side better.

The Canadian cases have the shape of a horseshoe and also "Horseshoe" are therefore called.

With a height of 52 m and an edge length of about 700 m (depending on the source) are the Canadian cases much more impressive.

The beaten track at the waterfalls we escape then but relatively quickly, without having participated only in one of the typical tourist attractions.

In the well-known for its wine-growing region around Niagara Falls, we buy rather at the winery Creekside with a few bottles of "grape juice" a.

And since we are from Germany, we should necessarily send an e-mail to the winemaker for the Riesling, the one is obviously very proud.

At Toronto it goes past the Lake Huron along about Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie.

Here are the final two locks (1x USA-, 1x Canada page) on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the the Lake Superior with the Lake Huron connect.

We drive for hours endless forests up to Wawa, What's in the language of the Indians 'wild goose'.

An oversized Wildgans, which greets us at the entrance, is also the symbol of the city. The charming waterfalls »Scenic High Falls", which a few kilometers outside, We achieve a good slope. The runway entry is ca. 1,5 km south of the emblem (Shield: Wanderparkplatz).

Soon we are in White River, the place of Winni the Pooh, whose "monument" can not miss on the thoroughfare.

Out of nowhere, emerging cities, as "Marathon", arise in the endlessness of the track quite a sense enigmatic.

In Thunder Bay we visit the very authentic Fort William, a living museum whose visit we can recommend those interested in any case historically. It involves the reconstruction of a built of the palisade fort North West Company.

We cost on an open fire baked bread, take a look at the tepees and explore the many buildings of the fort. Tell staff in period costume, whom they represent, show us home or workplace of the person represented and explain the perceived in Fort function or lead us "their" craft ago.

The almost 40 m high Kakabeka Falls CA. 25 km west of Thunder Bay are worth a visit, especially as you drive past it anyway directly.

About Winnipeg it's now in the endless expanse of the prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In many cases, is to be read, that this part of the track boring, was long-winded and boring. We do not see that so, perhaps because we love the distant resemblance to the desert.

The unlimited distance vision, the changing colors of the landscape, endless fields, blue lakes, grazing cattle and the classics of CCR leave a float through 1000 km picturesque landscape and provide an amazing sense of freedom, the view adjusted when hardly a tree on the horizon.

In the province of Saskatchewan, we experience the Grasslands NP, in which the prairie is left in its original, as this has been encountered by the first settlers.

In den Prairie dog colonies the animals warn each other of approaching tourists.

In Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, the Fort Walsh was not particularly worth seeing for us.

There is a guided tour or you can explore the fort on your own. However, in the latter case an interesting buildings remain closed.

Anyway - for us no comparison with Fort William! The best thing about Fort Walsh is the nearby start of runway (not for campers, But for Camper Truck and possibly. Suitable Automobiles) through the park after Elkwater.

It is a splendid route through densely wooded hills, which guides us through the "green border" to Alberta.

Yet another time change is due - this applies the Mountain Standard Time.

About Medicine Hat, we drive along the Highway, then on long gravel roads (Gravel Road) and finally on good tar to Dinosaur Provincial Park.

Even before the Dinosaur Provincial Park falls again and again the "Canyon" in the midst of the otherwise flat plains on.

At the park entrance offer low sun spectacular views in the "badlands" of the "Red Deer River". The river digs deeper into the sandstone and so produces this bizarre moonscape.

The park is one of the world's most exciting sites of dinosaur skeletons, in so far 35 Species were discovered.

We stay right in the park and make several short walks on the designated trails.

En route to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, one of the world's leading dinosaur museums, we visit Hoodoos, where it is columnar sandstone formations with a harder rock than "hat".

A comparison with historic photos show the progression of erosion. The Hoodoos are now significantly smaller.

On the dinosaur trail, we cross with one of the last cable ferries Albertas free the Red Deer River.

To Calgery around it goes in the Rocky Mountains to Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada.

Our first trail in the Visitor Center in Banff, where we with our free information- supply and maps.

Even here we can see the many tourists, that this National Park one of the most popular parks in Canada.

Am Lake Louise, one of the attractions in the park, we find similar crowds, wie in Niagara Falls. Even on the way to Peyto Lake is one single minute alone.

One of the world Traumstrassen, the Icefields Parkway (93), takes us on a route of about. 230 km from the Banff National Park in the no less popular Jasper National Park.

The serpentine-free high mountain range also allows the driver, to enjoy the magnificent panoramas of the Rocky Mountains during relaxed driving.

Trucks are banned here, which is why we will also be asked at the check point at the start of the Icefields Parkway, whether this is really a "camper".

Right at the start of the Icefields Parkway, we see our first black bear, the other on the track to follow. There are also dall sheep and an incredibly powerful Hirsch, of which there unfortunately is no photo.

We take a short hike to the impressive Columbia Icefield one of the highlights of the route.

Here you can follow signs on with annual figures for the decline of the ice.

After visiting the Athabasca Falls we take the incipient here old route of the Icefields Parkway.

An increase is the ca. 15 Lange Cavell Road km (Vehicles up to 7 m), which leads us to partly narrow switchbacks up to the Mount Edith Cavell.

Who thinks the lonely and bumpy ride, he was up here all alone, will be happy after the disillusionment, to find a free parking place. We walk the loop trail to Mount Edith Cavell, leads us to the Cavell Glacier with glacial lake and the Angel Glacier.

Back on the old Parkway is the drive over the new Parkway for Maligne Lake, where we also take a short hike along the lake.

We leave the Jasper National Park in the west on the Yellowhead Highway and drive through Prince George to Dawson Creek.

In Dawson Creek begins Alaska Highway, a famous highlight of our trip.

The Alaska Highway was constructed during the Second World War within ca. 8 Months (depending on the source differently) built as a supply route and passes ca. 2.200 km from Dawson Creek (BC, Canada) nach Delta Junction (Alaska, USA).

The distances between the cities are similar to our daily quota. The settlements in between often consist only of gas station, Motel and Campground. Billboards offer hot showers.

The scenic varied journey offers great plugging portions, especially in the Rocky Mountains. Here arise often terrific views.

On the way we see bears, Herds of bison and elk, most moose on road signs warning, but also a living specimen.

Exactly at the Contact Brigde, where the two work teams 1942 have made the construction of the ALCAN, hits us a rock from a passing pickup speeding on the windscreen and damaged them locally. Hardly 10 Minutes later we encounter a heavy truck "with dust cloud". Zack! Second local damage.

Where the roads are paved and are repaired with crushed stone, these damages due to the high speed of the day. We know, that there is also the specialists here, which can repair such damage.

Watson Lake, the gateway to the Yukon, is characterized by its "Sign Post Forest" (Schilderwald) worldwide known.

Here has 1942 a soldier nailed a sign of his hometown and since then hang tourists from around the world brought their signs on. Meanwhile, there are more than 50.000 His signs.

We ask at the tourist office for a company, ours windscreen can be repaired. Knappe friendly reply: »Whitehorse!"

If yes, just 500 km away! But we get a flyer from Glass Magnum, Whitehorse.

Upon arrival in Whitehorse, we call for Glass Magnum and make an appointment for the next day (Saturday!).

George, the owner, recommends us the CP Hi Country, the CP is the best of the city (Wifi!).

The lady at the front desk knows George, practically every day at least once for repairs here and give him our phone also equal pitch number by. This will work out fine!

George is even there a little earlier and immediately begins to repair the windshield.

The damage is drilled, cleaned and then filled with a transparent resin. Under UV light cures the resin and the surface is smoothed, so that the repair area is no longer palpable.

Such damage must be repaired as soon as possible, thus continue no cracks in the disc. The repair of the damage took an hour.

From Whitehorse we will continue towards the infamous gold rush town Dawson City, branches in the vicinity of the Dempster Highway to Inuvik, the largest city in Canada, above the Arctic Circle.

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“Vagabondage's liberation, and the journey of life
on all roads is freedom.”
(Isabelle Eberhardt, 1877-1904)