Finding this place was reminiscent of making a landfall after an ocean passage, prior to the days of GPS and SatNav. Yes, those days existed, and not too many years ago.
Although our section of the RV Park is small, it is in the middle of a huge recreation and school complex that encompasses many square blocks.
Read on for more of our experiences in rural Winkler, Manitoba. Continue reading
Winkler to Dakota Magic Casino
Compared to Saturday this is a short hop, about 240 miles, but it does include crossing the border into North Dakota. This is a new experience, as on previous trips into the U.S we leave home with no food in the RV. From home, it is only 20 miles to the border, so we shop after crossing the border at the Bellingham Costco.
The lack of Wi-Fi also restricted our ability to thoroughly research what you can bring in, and more importantly, what is prohibited.
Read on to for our crossing the border experience.
Regina to Winkler, Manitoba
Today is our longest distance so far and is the final day of our sojourn across the Prairies. Our original destination was the Winnipeg KOA, but they emailed us a few days ago advising they were flooded and consequently had to cancel our reservation.
We called Winkler Tourist Park yesterday, to make a reservation, and the phone was answered, “Winkler Aquatic Centre”. Therefore, we departed Regina with no idea what to expect on arrival. Continue reading
After visiting the RCMP Museum, we returned to the campground for lunch and walking the dogs. We arrived in clear, blue skies, but an hour later it had changed to, you guessed it – dull, grey and overcast. Not quite black clouds, but we could see them on the horizon.
How do the locals survive – brilliant sunshine heading to work and rain going home?
300 Days until we board the Sea Princess in Sydney, for the 2015 World Cruise. You might ask, are we counting down the days – you better believe we are.
Planning is continuing as we RV around North America. To date we have completed:
- Excursion planning for ports of interest
- Visa planning
- Completed Australian Visa process
- India Visa process starts in October
- Signed up for the roll call on Cruise Critic Forum
After the serious thunder storm last evening we woke up to the sun beating down from a clear, blue sky. With a warm, sunny day in Regina we have to plan our visit the RCMP Heritage Museum & Training Depot and Wascana Park. Due to the heat we can’t leave the dogs in the car, while we visit the museum. So, the plan is:
- RCMP Museum in the morning,
- Return for lunch and walk the dogs,
- Head out again to Wascana Park.
Our expectations of what we will see on this journey across the Prairie Provinces, isn’t actually reality, so far. Judi has completed this route many times, but the most recent was 35 years ago, so memory could be a little fuzzy. Andy, however has zero experience, having lived within 25 mls of the coast his entire life. His perceptions were based on what he has read, seen in films or heard others discuss. We both expected totally flat land with crops growing all around, with very straight roads.
Interested in what we experienced so far?
The good news is we are now 1/2 way across Canada from Vancouver to Winnipeg, as from there we will drop down to the United States. However, while a great place to stop for an evening, Medicine Hat really isn’t a tourist destination, at least not for the things that interest us.
During today’s voyage from Banff to Medicine Hat, the biggest decision was how to get passed Calgary – go round it or go through it. Without having a Wi-Fi connection for the last 3 days, Andy had been unable to complete his usual voyage planning on Google, so we are relying on the GPS, map book and road signs.
Fortunately we have been here before. Last year we spent a long weekend, for our anniversary, at the Canmore Worldmark, and on one of the days we drove up to Banff to play tourist. We walked along the Bow River all the way down to the Falls, then headed back uphill to the Banff Springs Hotel and finished with a walk around town, and a late lunch in a pub. Therefore, no need to re-visit any of those places.
The 2 places that were of interest are Mt Norquay and Lake Louise, so that’s the plan. Saturday morning was clear, so we elected to do Mt Norquay that day and Lake Louise on Sunday.