In the morning we follow Crowsnest Hwy #3 and finally leave the Manning Park. The Highway leads us through a seemingly endless valley and we enjoy the wideness of the valley. We only see a few cars on the way.
At Keremos we leave Hwy #3, change to Hwy #3a and continue towards Kamloops. Here we are in the middle of a huge fruit growing area. Numerous sales stands line the roadside. We also buy local fruit here. Finally the Hwy #3a leads us on the Okanagan Highway #97.
We continue through the Okanagan Valley through the small towns of Penticton, Summerland and Peachland until we finally reach Kelowna. Kelowna is really big and offers a lot of shopping possibilities. Then we continue on Hwy 97 to our destination today, Ellison Provincial Park. The campground is situated at a beautiful lake. Shortly before the campground we see some deer.
Very close to our campsite there is a path to the beach. We take the opportunity and go directly for a swim.
Campground: Ellison Provincial Park, Site #61, CAD $ 32,30 (with showers)
After a leisurely breakfast we start. First, we drive on the British Columbia Highway #7 to Hope. Here we first take a little walk through the city.
After the city sightseeing, we continue to the Othello Tunnels. There is a lot going on here, but we are lucky and get the last free RV parking lot. The practical thing about the motorhome is that you always have everything with you. So, we can prepare our lunch at any time. Then we go for a little walk through the Othello tunnels. Originally these were railway tunnels. But the railway line has been closed for a very long time, nothing indicates the past except the information boards.
Afterwards we continue on the Crowsnest Hwy #3 to the E.C. Manning Provincial Park. Directly at the park entrance we have the opportunity to watch a diadem jay for a while. Then we continue to the Visitor Center. Here we spend a while and watch the many ground squirrels and chipmunks before we leave for our day’s destination, the Mule Deer Campground. At the Campground we have a place directly at the creek and enjoy refreshing our feet in the cool water.
In the hotel we first treat ourselves to a comfortable breakfast. Then we call CanaDream and ask for the PickUp time. At 9:30 the CanaDream shuttle arrives in front of the hotel. After about thirty minutes we arrive at CanaDream. After a short “hello” a lady is assigned to us for the completion of the formalities. All formalities are explained to us in German. Since we had already completed a large part of the formalities from home via online check-in, we can do this quite quickly. We decided to book a Premium add-on Package for CAD $ 150,00. This includes the toilet chemicals for the whole trip, a complete final cleaning including all tanks and much more. After all this is done and the deposit of CAD $ 750,00 CAD is left, we go to the RV. We get an almost new motorhome; the odometer shows only about 9000 kilometers. The briefing is then done by another very friendly woman, also in German. The whole thing takes about 45-60 minutes. Afterwards still a very exact common investigation of the RVs follows on possibly existing damage from inside and outside. Every little defect is noted down. After all questions have been clarified, we unpack our suitcases and we are ready to leave CanaDream. Around 12:00 o’clock we roll finally from the yard.
First of all on the Trans-Canada Highway 1 to Chilliwack. The size of the vehicle is a bit unfamiliar, but you get along quite well with it. Here we refuel first of all our gas and in the Chilliwack Mall our first purchases are made. Since we don’t get everything on the shopping list, we stop a few meters further on a Real Canadian Super Store. Thanks to the big fridge and also the freezer you can also buy some things on stock.
Now we continue on the Trans-Canada Highway. The destination for this day is the Sasquatch Provincial Park. On the way we stop at the Bridal Veil Falls and take a first walk. After that we continue our comfortable ride and enjoy the first impressions of Canada. The route then leads us towards Agasssis and Harrison Hot Spring along Harrison Lake to our campground Lakeside in Sasquatch Provincial Park.
Finally the time has come and the long-awaited holiday is just around the corner.
After a relaxing breakfast we take the bus to the airport around noon. As we have decided to check in our luggage already the evening before, we will go to the airport comfortably with carry-on luggage only.
At 14:00 we are scheduled to leave. Since our plane arrives late in Frankfurt and is also loaded with the wrong food, we finally leave with about 45 minutes delay. After a quiet flight we land in Montreal.
Here the entry formalities are done. Then we pick up our luggage and have to check it in again. Thus, the waiting time for the connecting flight is used well. Punctually at 9 o’clock p.m. local time we land in Vancouver.
Since all formalities are already done, we can go directly to the hotel with the free shuttle service after picking up the luggage.
Due to the advantageous flight times, we have no problems with the time difference, as we arrive at the hotel it is 10 p.m. and we go to sleep.
We have visited a total of three distilleries in Scotland, each with its own charm.
First, we visited the Dallas Dhu distillery. This is a historic distillery that is no longer in operation. The distillery is very beautifully renovated. You get a good overview of the whole production process from the delivery of the pure barley until the storage of the filled barrels. For the inspection you get an audio guide in nearly all common languages and so you can move in your own speed in exhibition with it. The explanations for the individual steps are good and easy to understand. As the distillery does not produce any more, you can also take photos everywhere. In distilleries that are in operation any kind of electronic devices are strictly forbidden due to the high alcohol content in the air. This also applies to cameras. If you hand in the audio guides after the tour, there is a small whisky sample in the “tasting room”.
The second distillery leads us to Tain. With Glenmorangie we visited a larger distillery that is still producing. Here everything is a bit more commercial. The guided tours start at a fixed time, take place every half hour in the high season and are only offered in English language.
The fact that the distillery is still in operation gives you a very good insight into the production processes. Glenmorangie does not malt the barley itself; they get it malted and delivered dried. You can also have a look into the Wash Backs and take a nose full of the scent. The alcohol mist bites the nose quite strongly. In the hall with the 8 Wash Stills and 8 Spirit Stills it gets quite hot. After the inspection of a warehouse we go to the tasting room where we enjoy a whisky together with the group.
I visited the third distillery due to a recommendation of a work colleague. In my opinion, this was also the best tour. Blair Atholl is a small distillery with a total of 4 active stills (2 washes and 2 spirit stills). The tour is only offered in English. The groups are smaller than at Glenmorangie and guided tours only take place every hour. As with all active distilleries, children under the age of 8 have no access to the productive areas due to the alcohol content in the air.
Balir Atholl also receives the finished malted and dried barley like Glenmorangie. Blair Atholl – like Gelenmorangie too- does not use smoky barley. Nevertheless, the whiskey has a very delicate peat taste. The creek that supplies the water for the whiskey comes directly from the Highlands. The water is only filtered and otherwise not further processed. Since the water runs through the peaty soils, the whiskey gets its subtle peat taste. Altogether Blair Atholl only fills about 2% of the production as single malt whiskey. The rest is sold to other distilleries and used for blended whiskey. The whiskey is mainly found in the region of Pitlochry. As the Blair Atholl has no export permit, it is rather rare to find it abroad.
After the sightseeing, it goes also to the tasting room where we can take a dram of the noble drop.