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We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 7 cats!
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BC Trip – Kimberley, Taber, Home!

setting sun on the Rockies

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Sunday September 5th, Nakusp – Kimberley

A long drive through the mountains and along big lakes… a beautiful drive! But including a few small breaks, waiting time at the ferry, losing one hour going back to the mountain time zone and a great visit in Creston, it took us from 9.40am until 8.30pm to get from Nakusp to Kimberley.

Marlies on the ferryThe weather was mostly cloudy, so we didn’t get the best of pictures, but the views were still great. In Kaslo we took a small break and saw the sternwheeler downtown. We didn’t stay long because we hoped to get on the 12.20pm ferry in Balfour, but we didn’t make it. So we spent some time on the ferry landing (of all places I found a dress there that I was looking for) and got on the 1.10pm one. That was the big Osprey 2000 and we loved the views on the Kootenay Lake!

us with Sophia and the viewAround 4pm we were in Creston/Erickson where we visited my online friend Sophia and her husband Murray (and last but not least their 4 cats :)). I know her from a Dutch forum about Canada (vacation stuff mostly). They live in a gorgeous house on a hill by a canyon with a spectacular view! It was great meeting them and they fed us yummy sandwiches and such, so we didn’t have to worry about supper anymore later! Thanks for the hospitality guys, we had a great time!!

It took us 2 more hours to get to Kimberley. This included turning for a ‘bear’ sighting… but it was a wooden bear in someone’s yard LOL. We did see a beautiful big elk bull crossing the street though! When we got closer to Kimberley, we could see peaks of the Rockies above the clouds in the orange-red light of the sunset! On the campground we found our spot (the sites are less spacious and private then I had expected), but forgot to ask about the internet option (didn’t find any network at the site).

Monday September 6th, Kimberley

jodelahiti!We chose Kimberley, because we wanted to visit another Dutch couple, Anja and Theo, who came to Canada a year and a half ago and took over the Alpenglow bed & breakfast. Like Chantal and Suus, we know them from the CBB, a forum for Dutch immigrants to Canada. Kimberley has a beautiful campground, but it’s about 8 km away from the B&B, and Anja generously offered to come pick us up! She took us to Kimberley’s Bavaria-style downtown, the Platzl, where shops look German and you’re greeted by jodel-music 😉 We hit the shops and after that we went to the B&B where we met Theo and chatted for a while. We were supposed to go back to the cats for some hours before our dinner plans together, but we had such a good time that we just deciced to stay 🙂 Another couple vacationing from Holland, Herman and Liesbeth, joined us later in the afternoon, we all went for a little walk and for a luxurous dinner at the Bavarian restaurant across the street. What a great last vacation day – Theo and Anja, thanks so much for a wonderful day!! It was after 9 when Theo brought us back to the campground and on the way he and Nico were pretty sure they saw a moose in the ditch! We turned, but it was gone 🙁

Tuesday September 7th, Kimberley BC – Taber AB

Kootenay RockiesTime to go home (in 2 days) 🙁 We didn’t really leave early, we phoned Amalia first for her birthday and we went to the Overwaitea supermarket first to get a few Dutch things (Anja told us about that). We had a good drive through the Rockies (Crowsnest Pass), but we didn’t feel like stopping at sights anymore. We wanted to see how far we could get today. In Lethbridge we visited the Dutch shop there, the Wooden Shoe. We keep saying we don’t really miss much, but we left the store with $200 worth of groceries LOL! Some specific snacks, biscuits, pudding, porridge, liquorice, nasi spices etc etc! And we again visited more Dutch people (the 6th family, not bad haha), Tontje and Joyce moved to Lethbridge 5 months ago (I also know Tontje from Canada forums). It was again great meeting them, but we needed to keep going so we didn’t stay very long. It was already getting late though, so we put up camp not much further in Taber. Tontje had sent us to a Chinese restaurant there and we are now on the very lovely municipal campground on the shore of the Oldman river.

Wednesday September 8th, Taber AB – Regina SK

Home! After another long drive on the prairie and lunch in Swift Current (Husky as usual) we got home around 5pm. Soooo tired and I have to work tomorrow, so I better turn in early!

We had a great vacation, so many new impressions that it felt longer than 2 weeks and we’re tired from all the driving. We’ve seen amazing scenery and it was fun to meet in person with fellow Dutch immigrants Chantal and Suus, Petra (I already knew her from way back), Tontje and Joyce, Sophia (and Murray) and esp. Anja and Theo, and John and Diana! Thanks for all the hospitality, fun times, food, drinks, rides, showers and laundry!! 😉 Our doors are open if you ever end up in Regina, but it’s not much to look at compared to the amazingly beautiful British Columbia! But for now it’s home (who knows if we ever end up in BC hehe) and it’s good to be back 🙂

7 comments to BC Trip – Kimberley, Taber, Home!

  • Leuk leuk! We wachten met smart op de pics (hoewel we nog steeds Geen Internet Thuis hebben….)

    Fijn dat jullie weer thuis zijn, volgens mij hebben jullie het heerlijk gehad! Awesome.
    take care,
    Chantal & Suus

  • Voor alle duidelijkheid: zitten hier in Kimberley vooral vanwege die “Oranje Rockies” en niet zozeer vanwege die Duitse Alcoholist die uit de koekoesklok komt jodelen. Helft van Kimberley wil van het Bavarian Theme af dus als de klok een keer door lokaal forest fire afbrand….
    Volgende keer RV gewoon paar dagen voor onze deur zetten !!

  • Oh Ja, Nico & Marlies
    Hoe smaken die Lethbridge Frikandellen: the real thing ??

  • Hallo Nico en Marlies,

    Het was hartstikke leuk om jullie te ontmoeten, altijd weer welkom hoor als je in de buurt bent!
    We hebben ook met plezier jullie reisverslag gelezen, wat een leuke vakantie! Mur was ook diep onder de indruk van de katten, goed verzorgd en “well behaved”, je kan zien dat ze veel liefde krijgen.
    Hopelijk tot een volgende keer, liefs van ons beidjes!

    Murray & Sophia

  • Hallo Nico en Marlies,
    Even een kort berichtje van hier! 🙂
    Bedankt nog voor jullie mail laatst! Leuk om te lezen wat jullie allemaal meemaken, en de foto’s zijn super! Het lijkt ons daar zo mooi en heerlijk rustig! Fijn dat jullie het naar jullie zin hebben!

    Hier eigenlijk geen nieuws! Alles gaat gewoon zijn gangetje. Helaas niet zo’n mooie verhalen als jullie hebben! 🙂 Geniet ervan en we volgen jullie op deze site!

    Heel veel groetjes en dikke knuffels,
    Rogér en Jacqueline

  • Erg leuk om jullie weblog te lezen.
    Prachtige verhalen en ervaringen.
    Ik geniet er elke keer weer van.
    Wat zien en doen jullie leuke dingen.
    Geniet er van!!!!

  • […] About a week ago, I received an e-mail: “Hi, this is Marlies, we moved to Regina Saskatchewan two years ago, we know each other from a Dutch Canada forum and we’re on holiday in BC. Can we come by and visit you?”Of course they could, we’d be delighted to meet them! And so they stopped by a few days ago… and as she worded it better than I could, here is a link to their blog entry! […]