I spent most of the Victoria Day long weekend in and around the Fraser Canyon with my kids. We came home late Sunday because traffic on the Monday of the long weekend is a nightmare I can seriously do without.
We started out Friday afternoon of the Victoria Day weekend with a drive up the Scenic 7. I can no longer handle the pace of traffic on the #1 so we always travel the Scenic 7. And besides, it is much more scenic!
First stop for dinner was the Mission Springs Brewing Company-restaurant. Although you would think that the building that the brew-pub is located in has been there for a 100 year, it was actually purpose built back around 1996. Very cool in a Canadian Pickers-style kind of way. There are an endless number of old farm tools and implements inside.
As well as a “Tailgate Dinner” which is actually just the biggest buffet of golden fried food you will find anywhere. Including deep fried pickles. And they have a taco bar – the kids were in heaven!
After my belly was stuffed full of tacos and deep fried goodness I needed a little pick-me-up to continue driving up the Fraser Canyon. Stop in Hope BC for a cuppa ethical coffee from the good folks at the Blue Moose Cafe.
As soon as we go to the cabin the girls wasted not a minute to pull out the new Shel Silverstein book and start reading the poetry.
I waited until the kids were in bed asleep before I opened my new bottle of single malt Scotch whiskey. A superb whiskey with a strong taste of honey and citrus. I will definitely be enjoying a wee dram of this whiskey now and again.
The morning after the night before I get to make breakfast. Picky Pants only likes hashbrown potatoes so…we have hasbrown potatoes. This time we tried the small bites – like a flattened tater tot. They were well received even though there was significant suspicion about their “weird shape”.
For my foodie daughter and I it was farm fresh eggs scrambled “Ramsay-style” served on the croissants that I had sliced open and warmed in the oven. I grated some of the 3 year old hard cheddar we picked up at Agassiz’s Farmhouse Cheese shop onto the eggs and we both agreed, these were amazing eggs.
After breakfast we spent the day exploring the waterways and watching the wildlife. Just a peaceful and quiet day exploring. No electronics. Other than my phone which is only good for taking photos when we are up in the mountains.
On the way home we stopped at 293 Wallace for an early dinner. Grilled cheese and fries for you-know-who and a Caesar salad with a bowl of the soup of the day – corn and bacon chowder for me and the family foodie.
The chowder had just the right creamy thickness and the hint of maple in the Caesar salad croutons was a pleasant surprise. All reports were that the grilled cheese (off the kids menu) was also a hit with no surprises.
All in all, a wonderful weekend away with my kids. What a great time to be alive.