Day 5: Drive from Golden to Revelstoke

 
 
 
 
 
  

When we got up we saw that is had rained over night, and the cloud was right down on the mountain and it was quite cold. We had a good breakfast at the hotel - very nice home made pancake mix and pastries & fruit. Then Clare bought a ticket to go and see Boo the grizzly bear at the Grizzly Bear Refuge and went up the Gondola to the park - she was the only person on the tour she took, and was lucky to see Boo in the open for most of her visit, and she took loads of pictures as can be seen below.

   

While Clare was seeing the bear, I managed to get myself a LX front mech from the resort bike shop to replace my snapped front mech. I fitted it to my bike, and then packed up the SUV.

Packed SUV

The Highland lodge was an ok place to stay at although there were some problems , on the first night there was no hot water and a couple of things were broken, like the tap in the bathroom had a crack in it, there were rips on the over sheets on the beds. Our room had no view at all, and it was quite expensive. But the lodge itself was very nice all made out of huge logs and the beds were comfortable and the breakfast was pretty good. But we would probably look to stay somewhere else if we return to Golden.

We then set off on the road to Revelstoke along the 1, we were hoping to see great views and maybe stop off for a hike along the way, but as we drove west through Glacier National park we couldn't see a thing as there was thick cloud and heavy rain, occasionally we saw glimpses of snow covered peaks, and glaciers.

 

 

We arrived in Revelstoke at about 1.30pm (they are on Pacific Rim time, one hour behind Mountain time). And went to the tourist information centre and picked up maps and info on the area, we went to a local bike shop where i bought a windproof jacket in their sale, and got some info on the local trails, then had a hot chocolate at a cafe warm up out of the rain. We chatted with some mountain bikers from Washington who were on a road trip, they had been camping up keystone basin and had woken up to find a foot of snow , so had decided not to do the ride. Next we visited the Chalet Bakery and i bought a cream horn as recommended by canadians on the MTBR forum, which was great.

Griffin Lake B&B, Revelstoke pictures

As we drove out of Revelstoke the rain started to let up, we then drove 25k out to Griffin Lake B&B.

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Griffin Lake B&B, Revelstoke pictures It was raining quite hard when we arrived , and we put our gear in the room we had booked "The English Room". We took a few pictures of the Room and Hotel. Our room had two queen beds in it and a view of the lake. Griffin Lake B&B, Revelstoke pictures
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An hour after we had checked into the B&B as it had stopped raining we went for a paddle on the lake in a kayak.

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Kayak on Griffin Lake At the end of the lake we saw two Golden Eagles, which fly from tree to tree as we paddled along. Kayak on Griffin Lake Kayak on Griffin Lake
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We had to paddle back quickly as it started to rain again, back at the B&B we looked up the location of the Revelstoke swimming pool and then headed over there. Before that I emailed some contacts from MTBR and they very kindly sent me GPS trails for Revelestoke and New Denver. Kayak on Griffin Lake Kayak on Griffin Lake Kayak on Griffin Lake
  Kayak on Griffin Lake
112 restaurant - excellent stake
The Revelstoke swimming pool was great there was cold salt water lap pool (too cold for Clare to swim in), a fun water slide, and one part of the pool was heated with a hot tub. After the pool we went and ate at the 112 restaurant at the Regent Inn. We both had fantastic steaks , the food was very good but it was an expensive restaurant. We then headed back to the B&B we were in the English room which had a good view of the lake, the only downside to the B&B was there was a busy road on one side, and a very noisy railway line on the other side which meant we had to wear earplugs to get to sleep.
The noise from the trains was pretty bad click on link to hear noise

DAY 6