BACKCOUNTRY CANADA TRAVEL
This is your stepping-stone to the wilderness of Western 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.
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 […]
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 along the mighty Fraser River captured my heart the first time I […]
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 […]
Most of our trip planning starts with the tiresome, repeated search for the cheapest flight and best airfare deal to our travel destination. Flight travel still adds up to one of the largest expenses for a trip to Canada, or anywhere else in the world of travel. Still, there are amazing flight deals out there to be discovered if you […]
Free camping in Canada is known as boondocking, dry camping or wild camping, and can be found all over Canada. Don’t let high fees and crowded campgrounds keep you from going on a backcountry camping adventure; free camping in Canada is totally possible and it will boost your budget. During my recent camping trip, I stayed in some of the […]
Kelowna, the third largest metropole in British Columbia is centrally located and a great home base for exploring the beautiful Okanagan Valley. The name Kelowna is adopted from the indigenous people and means “grizzly bear”. The hot Okanagan climate makes Kelowna ideal for outdoor fun, whether on the lake or in the surrounding hills. Pack your hiking boots and climb some […]
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.