The Great North American Road Trip: Day 3 – Edmonton, AB to Fort Nelson, BC

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Date: 10 June 2016
Start: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
End: Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Distance Traveled: 655 miles
Total Time: 11 hours

Today, it hit home just how far north I really am, and how remote the world is becoming around me. What drives that point even further is that I still have quite a long way to go before I reach my ultimate northern destination – that’s not going to happen until Tuesday the 14th.

Canada is big.

The day started off simple enough. After getting lost for a few minutes on Edmonton’s highways thanks to outdated GPS maps, I got my bearings and hit the highway toward Grande Prairie around 7:45am or so. The drive was rather uneventful, though featured some pretty trees and nice rolling hills for a while before giving way back to the all-too-familiar plains.

Not a bad way to start the day.
Not a bad way to start the day.

In Grande Prairie, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a very good online friend in-person for the first time. We ate some pretty massive burgers at a steakhouse, talked about random stuff, and pretty much just hung out. I can think of much worse ways to spend a couple hours, especially with such a monotonous thing like driving long distances.

It didn’t take long for me to cross into BC after that, though the half hour or so of nonstop construction following the border seemed to stretch into eternity. Once I got through that, though, the drive up into the northern reaches of the province turned quite pleasant. It was oddly reminiscent of my time spent living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – layers upon layers of trees coating rolling hills with a simple two-lane highway scything down the middle like a knife in warm butter. I even saw a bear.

Tomorrow, I meet the Yukon.

I could get used to this.
I could get used to this.