Last weekend we finally went camping! As it was the weekend between our birthdays, we wanted to go away somewhere and do something that we would remember. We’d been planning for this trip for a long time and had a long list of amazing places to choose from. For this trip, however, we decided on 20 Mile Bay on Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley area, BC. As it was our birthday trip, and it was quite a distance away, we hired a car for the weekend from Enterprise. We had an early night on Friday, and headed out there early on Saturday morning. We knew that we could just drive straight to the campsite, so we brought some home comforts like our own pillows and our duvet! The car was packed with so much stuff, and we kept stopping to buy more stuff. We definitely won’t be doing that when we hike to our next campsite!
The drive took about three hours in total. We stopped off a couple of times, for food, alcohol, and a fishing rod (!) for Nick. We had about an hour of the journey to go when we took a turning off onto a back road which led to the campsite. Little did we know what lay ahead! We should have known what was up when we passed a sign that said “Your car must be insured for $200,000 to drive on this road” but we kept going. Now I’m not exaggerating when I say that the road was awful! It is a forestry road and is covered in gravel and big rocks, as well as having steep up and down sections. Our Toyota Yaris was possibly not the right choice! For 35km we drove on this road, with seemingly no end in sight. We kept thinking that the tyres were going to burst/fall off/blow up but thanks to Nick’s driving and a whole heap of luck, we made it! If we’d known that the road was so bad we would have booked a 4×4 but there wasn’t a great deal of information about the campsite on the internet (a recurring theme in Canada).
Anyway, we pulled into the campsite and drove around a bit until we found a free spot. There are 64 spots at 20 Mile Bay, most of which had been taken by the time we’d arrived. The one we picked had a little bit in a clearing for the tent, a bench and firepit, and a little path which led to our own semi-private beach! We were amazed by the views and started setting up camp right away so we could enjoy them!
The rest of the day was spent not doing an awful lot apart from drinking, making a fire on the beach and throwing rocks, but it was fun. We surprisingly had an ok nights sleep, and woke up with an amazing view of the beach the next morning. It was so peaceful. We sat for a while taking in the view then we packed up our things and drove back on the hell road back to civilisation. We stopped off at Harrison Hot Springs, which is a town at the bottom of Harrison Lake. It was a weird town. It’s the only way to describe it. No life, no soul, just a weird seaside town. We had some lunch in a cafe on the beach which was equally weird. Hand on heart, it’s the only time I’ve ever seen Nick leave a burger untouched, so that gives you a clue as to how disgusting and weird the food was!
We left Harrison and headed down south to Cultus Lake, as Nick had read about a crazy golf place there. It was amazing! I think Nick expected me, being a girl, to be rubbish. But if it wasn’t for hole 13, I would have won! Hole 13 was so annoying, it looked easy but the surface was all wonky. So much so that every time I hit the ball, it rolled straight back to where I started!
On the last hole, you had to hit the ball straight into this tiny pipe, and if you did, you won a free game. I joked that there was no way in hell I’d be able to do it, when I hit the ball and it went into the pipe! This cheesy music started blaring and I got a ticket for a free game! Just call me Tiger Woods. Actually, please don’t.
We then made our way back to Vancouver, stopping off on the way at one of the British food shops so we could get some PG Tips and Irn Bru, essentials! It was an amazing trip, and we can’t wait for the next one. Hopefully with the weather being good it will be soon! This Friday it’s my birthday, and Nick has something planned, although it’s all been kept a secret! All I know is I’ve to pack a bag. I’m excited beyond belief! Watch this space! Here are a couple of amazing pictures Nick took of the beach where we camped, plus one of mine.
We’ve made a little video of our camping trip too, enjoy!