I forgot to write about one of the funnest places on our trip to Canada!! After we peeled off from the smaller caravan group (Riveted and Where Is Kyle Now?) we headed towards Wells Gray Provincial Park. We knew we wanted to visit the park and take this road back home (Hwy 5), so as we searched for a park around the area, Deke found this GEM — the Trophy Mountain Buffalo Ranch. Let me back up a bit. We left Jasper and headed to Hwy 5 south. We stopped in Valemount for gas where below was a common sighting in town (if you’re friends with us on Facebook, you probably already saw this). South of Valemount was beautiful — lots of green, lush mountains with snow: and an awesome view of Mt. Albreda (8,600 ft). After about 4 hours, we arrived at Clearwater — the last time you’ll see a town before hitting the long road into Wells Gray (its 70 km from Clearwater to the end of the road into the park), so get gas. Trophy Mountain Buffalo Ranch is 20 km at the turnoff to the park at Clearwater, you can’t miss the buffalo! The ranch has 13 water/electric sites in different sizes, and a Bunk House for rent. They also have an awesome patio outside where they have breakfast in the mornings, but that I forgot to take a photo of! The staff was really awesome too — super friendly and nice.
Aside from the buffalos, the ranch also has horses and does trail rides. We loved staying here — and on the way out noticed a little sign on the gate. We stopped and I went out to see what it said: FOR SALE. I told Deke I wanted it. I mean, seriously — this place is awesome. It’s a good thing I’m not impulsive. Or rich.
Oh, one last note: Our ride continued south a few days later where we ran into a series of billboards along the highway — Johnny Cash, Reba, Keith Urban — announcing Merritt: The Country Music Capital of Canada. A few things about Merritt: 1. Get gas here. Take the exit as soon as you get to town and get gas because there isn’t any for a long, long time. 2: The country music festival isn’t here any longer — it’s been cancelled for a few years. 3: Apparently there’s a walk of fame, but we drove all through town and never found it. A photo of the billboard is about as good as we could do!