BACKCOUNTRY CANADA TRAVEL
This is your stepping-stone to the wilderness of Western Canada and Northern Canada with valuable insider tips on visas, work and travel, budget travel and epic road trips. I introduce you to a unique English language school and wilderness ranch for your western cowboying experience. Here you find a selection of TOP Guided Tours and Attractions to make the most of your bucket list trip.
Best of all, I teach you the basic skills you need to survive in the wilderness. Discover the best Canadian small-town rodeos and the wild west and – how to meet the locals. My blog posts keep you updated with insider travel tips and inspirations.
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It can be difficult to know where to start when planning a road trip Canadian road trip. What’s the first step? Where do you gather all the information? Here you’ll find links to the best articles on this site related to Canada and how to plan a trip – whether it’s a two-week Wilderness Adventure or a one or two-year-long stay.
My Trip Planner gives you information on less travelled backcountry destinations in Western Canadian Provinces and the Territories in the North. Here you also find “good to know” insider tips with general Canada facts, where to find the best topo maps, about wildlife, climate and weather. Find out what kind of backcountry accommodation is available, about car rental and everything else you need to know for your trip. The information and advice are based on my own travels and my years of living on the edge of the Canadian wilderness.
(This article was published in the July 2020 edition of Globerovers Magazine) Here I am, back again, driving the Silver Trail gravel highway on the way to Keno City. A small dot on Google maps marks the existence of this tiny, nearly forgotten, old Gold Rush town in the mountains of central Yukon, northern Canada. Despite its name, Keno City […]
Morel mushrooms are a delicacy and a sought after food in kitchens worldwide. My first introduction to morels I remember the time growing up in Switzerland when each spring my dad got on his old bicycle and went to some secret spot in the forest to harvest a bagful of morels. Centuries later I came across morels while hiking on […]
Venturing on many epic road trips has taught me how to be safe travelling solo through Canada’s most remote places. I’m pretty much relaxed and I feel safe when I’m on the road. Of course, we never know what can happen during an extended trip. Fortunately, after travelling solo on many of Canada’s wild highways I have the experience and […]
The situation hit me this morning. A beep on my cell phone and my Google Calendar popped up with the message: Going North. This was a reminder of my timeline planning I did when I was in Mexico in February. I never heard of Coronavirus or Covid-19 at the time. Now I’m stuck at home. I’m grateful that I got […]
Some prefer it fancy, I like it simple. I used to tent on the way. Now I sleep in my Toyota RAV4 which I converted into a mini-camper. What an immense improvement in camping quality. I will never go back to tenting unless it’s during a multi-day hiking trip. On my recent road trip to the Canadian north, Northwest Territories […]
Old Ghost towns always intrigued me. Quesnel Forks is one of the earliest boom towns in the Cariboo, British Columbia with many restored buildings, information kiosks and free riverside campsites. Likely BC is the starting point for visiting Quesnel Forks. A 13 km drive along a winding gravel road with a couple of steep switchbacks will take you to the […]
(This article was published in the June 2019 edition of Globerovers Magazine) The Kaoham Shuttle is Canada’s most breathtaking hidden Train Journey from Lillooet to Seton Portage, British Columbia The train adventure starts in the small town of Lillooet, a special place surrounded by towering mountains, deep canyons, roaring rivers and crystal clear lakes. This unique piece of heaven situated […]
Have you ever thought of ditching your bulky suitcase and travel light with carry-on only? You have come to the right place. During my recent backpacking trip to Portugal, I travelled with a 40-litre backpack weighing only just over 12 kilograms. The backpack held all my belongings for the four-week trip and it was January, the middle of winter. I […]
Hi, I’m Yrene
I’m the founder of BackcountryCanadaTravel.com, the travel website that specializes in Western Canada, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. I sold Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Guest Ranch in Lumby, BC in September 2018 and have been a Nomad since.
Born in Switzerland, I lived and worked on different continents and have travelled the world. That’s me, an Entrepreneur, wilderness nut and animal lover who prefers off the beaten track places. I write about things I love. Mostly.