Updated: Aug 11
June began with an upgrade in accommodations. We started this journey in our 4 season tent and after two months we decided we needed something more. We had lived in a tent before, but at that time we were stationary, not overlanding around Canada. The set up and tear down every day or so was just not fun, especially if the gear was wet from the rain or morning dew. Not having fun was not the plan, so we needed to change something.
We have been looking at vehicles for living in, while overlanding, for many years now, everything from truck campers, vans, roof top tents on a 4x4, travel trailers, etc. So, it was time to go shopping and upgrade the tent, as it felt like we might be on the road for some time. It just so happened that we were in Kamloops, British Columbia and they had a few RV dealers we could go visit. We stopped at one and all they had on the lot was large trailers, 5th Wheels and Class C Motorhomes. Nothing that we could pull with our 4Runner or that was small enough for us to feel comfortable in. The salesman came out and entertained us regardless. But once he learned more about us, he said that they had a small travel trailer in the back corner that might work for us. He thought we should have a look at it. It was used, but in good shape and it would be a good start for us, to see if we liked the trailer life. As we followed the salesman across the yard we were pretty much ready to just head back to our tent and call it a day. Then we saw it, this cute little Taxa Tiger Moth. Sitting quietly in the back corner behind a huge Class A, like a puppy no one would adopt.
It seemed perfect. Small enough to tow with our Toyota, and it would give us a solid sleeping space that needed minimal set up. It had a pull out kitchen space, inside storage, an awning, a bug shelter and more. It was just what we needed, but a trailer was not our first choice. We thought to sleep on the decision and would get back to the salesman the next day. We decided to pass on it the next morning, thinking the tent was fine for now. We carried on with the journey in our tent.
But, a week or so later I was on the phone with the salesman and we were planning on turning around to pick up our new trailer. We made it back to Kamloops in good time and took delivery of our Taxa Tiger Moth, named Tigger by this point. We had never driven with a trailer so there were a few things to learn about. This trailer was very small so there wasn't too much too figure out. We pulled out of the RV dealer on a warm dusty day in Kamloops and headed to a nearby campground with our little trailer in tow. Gazoo, our 4Runner, was not impressed with the extra task of towing, but he managed it fine, slow but fine.
The first few days were a bit nerve-racking, but the little trailer was already becoming home. We carried on north through the Thompson region of British Columbia and into the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region, an area that I have become very fond of on this journey. We stopped at the Fort St. James National Historic Site and I took part in a chicken race. Rather silly I thought at first. But then the chicken I picked to win, Buttermilk, was pulling ahead of the other chickens. Buttermilk was running her little butt off and winning. I got wrapped up in the excitement and couldn't help but cheer her on, and she won! I even got a button to remember the event by, all in good fun. 😊
From there we carried on through the Skeena region of British Columbia. I would say we were getting used to the trailer. The backing into campsites was going well, hitching up in the morning was fine and we were sleeping better. We stopped just outside of Hazelton for a few days to enjoy the area and get our canoe in the water for a paddle. Our camp had a backdrop of majestic mountains with the beautiful Seeley Lake at the bottom. We canoed around the lake, enjoyed the views, visited Hazelton and took in the rich culture and history the area has to offer.
The stunning mountain views were just starting as from there we got onto the Cassiar Highway, Hwy 37. Here the trailer was not so much fun to drive, as the bumps and holes in the road were many, but we managed to find our way from camp to camp. The Cassiar Hwy (Hwy 37) runs from Kitwanga Junction on Highway 16 to the Yukon. Highway 37 is one of only two routes from British Columbia to the Yukon Territory and the State of Alaska, the Alaskan Hwy being the other route. The total distance from the junction of Highway 16 to the Yukon border is 725 kilometers (450 miles). Along the way there are a few small populated areas, but it is rather remote. We took a turn about half way up to go into Stewart. We stayed a week there to enjoy the surrounding area, including some glacier viewing.
We dipped into Hyder, Alaska in America as well for a look around and to pick up some of the best homemade fudge ever!
Along the Cassiar we stayed in some nice campgrounds and enjoyed a few paddles in the canoe. The most spectacular was the canoeing in Boya Lake at Ta Ch'ila Provincial Park. A very special place that deserves it's own post in the near future. Around the middle of June we made it into the Yukon Territory. Here not even our little travel trailer could help us....we were terrorized by mosquitoes and had one of the worst nights ever. If it wasn't for my Original Bug Shirt I would have been doomed!!
We had planned on being in the Yukon earlier in the month, but an unusually cool Spring and the passing of my Mom had slowed our progress north and now it was almost summer. The 24 hours of daylight was upon the north. Along with that it was getting really busy with other travellers. It was not the quiet Spring we had become used too.
As we got devoured by insects and clouded by Class A motorhomes rolling in, we decided to turn south east instead of continuing north. There was an unanswered question in both of our minds at this point. In order to get an answer to that question, it meant the gang was heading to Saskatchewan first thing in the morning. It would be a lot of driving with the trailer but we needed to know. Did we want to buy another house or continue living in our travel trailer, Tigger?