Tales from the road

This summer, we started gathering stories about people we’ve met and places we’ve been.

Hotel Ymir
British Columbia
Doug Firby

Ymir Hotel an unlikely sanctuary for great Canadian art

From the dated, wood-frame exterior, it would be easy to dismiss Hotel Ymir (pronounced ‘why-mer’) as just another ramshackle old remnant of British Columbia’s mining heyday, relying on income from the eerie glow of video gaming terminals to eke out a marginal existence. But stepping inside is a bit like diving down the rabbit hole.

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Nancy Greene Provincial Park
British Columbia
Lisa Monforton

Highlights, lowlights and lessons learned, so far

We’ve only been on the road for 18 days of our 110-day ride, but we’ve racked up pannier loads of experiences — most of them fun and fantastic, others more of the physically exhausting and unexpected, crazy-weather kind. From time to time, we’ll compile a list of the highlights and lowlights and some bike-touring tips

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Sherry Parsons Moyie ghosts
British Columbia
Doug Firby

Moyie’s muse is content to live with the old mining town’s ghosts

MOYIE, B.C. – Sherry Parsons lives in a home full of ghosts in an out-of-the way former mining town in British Columbia’s East Kootenays. And she’s OK with that. Parsons, 74, and her husband, Michael, built a house next to the historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Moyie, B.C., after struggling for years to gain

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Annie and Rick McFerrin at Nancy Greene Provincial Park
Canada
Doug Firby

A brush with heat stroke and then hypothermia

  Folks who live in the interior of B.C. like to joke that this month is “Junuary.” One day, it can be scorching hot and the next day can be deathly cold. Knowing you are at the mercy of the weather can be a pretty abstract concept until you live it up close and personal

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Keremeos Grist Mill
British Columbia
Lisa Monforton

One man’s gear is another man’s gold

Rolling into the Grist Mill Campground on a blistering 30-plus day after a 76-Km day on our bikes, we were ready find a place to cool down, camp for the night and rest with a light dinner and a few cold ones. As we have quickly learned on this trip, the serendipity soon begins. The

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British Columbia
Doug Firby

Kindness comes in a bucket of ice and jug of water

Hot and starting to feel fatigue after a vigorous three-hour run from Penticton, the five of us were looking for one of B.C.’s famous rec sites to have a picnic as we approached Keremeos on Highway 3. Although there had been plenty of treed rec sites on the Old Hedley Road we had taken as

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