Assignment #7 Recap- Bella Bella, BC

I can’t believe that I’ve completed my SEVENTH Travel Nursing contract!! Not to mention that it’s most likely my LAST one. It’s taken me awhile to write this last assignment recap post and it might be because I’ve been dreading reliving it and remembering what it was like to be a travel nurse! It’s been almost two months since I’ve been home and I am finally getting to this!! Enjoy 🙂 Read More

Assignment #5 & 6 Recap – Fort Nelson, BC

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I just finished a long two months of work way up in Northern British Columbia in Fort Nelson! (Minus one week home at the end of January). I had originally sent my recruiter two sets of dates…three weeks in January and four weeks in February…and the facility in Fort Nelson requested me for both! I decided to drive all the way there and fly home for the week in between. It was great having a truck up North in the cold weather and also for adventuring purposes. To be completely honest, I had pretty low expectations going into this contract. Little did I know, it turned out to be one of my favourite locations thus far. Read More

Dog Sledding in Northern BC

I have always wanted to go dog sledding; it’s been on my bucket list for a very long time! The only chance I’ve had to go so far was in Banff, Alberta but it was very expensive and very touristy. I really didn’t want that as my first-time experience when I looked into it. When I signed my contract to come to Fort Nelson, British Columbia I started researching winter-time attractions and things to do in the area. Funny enough, dog sledding didn’t come up so I kind of forgot about it in the meantime. One day I was online and came across a Facebook page for Streeper Kennels.  I could see that they raced sled dogs but did not see anything advertised to actually go dog sledding. While at work one day in Fort Nelson, I mentioned to someone that I would love to go dog sledding and they told me that the Streepers were just starting to take people out on rides! I called them up and sure enough I set it up to go for a ride with the dogs and for a tour of the kennels!! I also found a friend to join me (Moira)! It was the most BEAUTIFUL weather for it too. It’s finally happening!! Read More

A Day in the Northwest Territories

I had no idea how many amazing opportunities were waiting for me in Fort Nelson, BC!! Last month I went to The Yukon, and last week I went to the Northwest Territories!! I’m pretty far north up here so it’s awesome that I was able to cross off two more provinces/territories! I only have to go to Nunavut and Newfoundland now! Read More

Weekend Getaway to Liard River Hot Springs & The Yukon

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For the past month or so I have been working way up in Fort Nelson, British Columbia! It has been a great experience so far and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when my contract is complete. I have been working so much while I’ve been here; give me alllll the overtime!! I had one set of three days off in January so I knew it was the perfect time to go up to the Liard River Hot Springs! However, it was THE coldest week of the year and I should have waited until it warmed up- I went anyway. I suffered slightly due to the cold…more on that later! Read More

Jasper, Alberta & Icefields Parkway

In case you missed it… over New Year’s Andrew and I drove all the way from Ontario across Canada in order to bring me to my next contract in Northern BC. We spent time in Banff, Lake Louise, and Abraham Lake along the way. The next location we visited was Jasper National Park! I’ve been to Jasper by myself before and also with another travel nurse on our days off when we were both working in Dawson Creek, BC. (All of those trips/blog posts are linked if you want to go read them too!!) This was actually the first time that Andrew had been to Jasper! I was so excited to show him a different side of the Rocky Mountains other than touristy Banff which he was used to. He actually ended up liking Jasper a lot more than Banff! I hear a lot of people say this… however Banff will always have a huge piece of my heart. It’s where I fell in love with the mountains for the first time. Read More

Abraham Lake- Banff’s Hidden Secret

If you are planning, or have planned, a trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, you probably automatically think of visiting Banff National Park and Jasper National Park…which you should. You’ll probably start in Banff, hit up Lake Louise then drive up Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway, up to Jasper through the Columbia Icefield (or the opposite way ending in Banff). It’s one of the most gorgeous road trips in the world (more about it in the next blog post!). Along the route, between Lake Louise and Jasper National Park, there’s an intersection called the Saskatchewan River Crossing. This is the junction between the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) and Highway 11, also known as the David Thompson Highway. Most people drive straight through and onward to Jasper but I want to tell you about a detour that’s well worth the extra time!! Read More

Lake Louise & New Years Eve in Banff

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If you missed my last blog post, we started our trip out west to drive me to my next travel nursing contract up in Northern BC. You can read that post here. To continue on, let’s just talk about Banff. It’s a huge tourist town, especially during ski season. It’s way busier in the summer months so a winter vacation here is pretty attractive if you want to avoid crowds. The crowds are still there though. After a few days here, we were pretty good at judging where everyone would be and when. Want to go to the hot springs? Don’t go at night when every other person wants to soak after a long day outside. Most people would go to the ski hills all day then come back to town…all of a sudden the restaurants and shops and streets were filled with people. We tried to hit the high tourist areas in the off-times and when we drove to Lake Louise, this plan worked. We left town around 7:30am and were one of the few standing on Lake Louise by 9:00am. By the time we left the lake around lunch time, the parking lots were FULL of cars. Read More

Winter Vacation in Banff, Alberta

My next nursing contract is way up in Northern BC and I decided to drive all the way there so that I’d have a bit more freedom while on assignment. My boyfriend Andrew just so happened to be off on holidays the week before my start date so it worked out perfectly for a road trip together. Our plan was to drive to Banff for New Years Eve with a stop in Winnipeg along the way and then up to Jasper via the Icefields Parkway. Andrew has never been further than Banff before so I am super excited to show him the best places before he flies home from Fort St John at the end of the week! We were in Banff a few years ago around the same time (read that post here) and it’s pretty funny that we always end up here when it’s freezing cold. I’d take the cold in the mountains over anywhere else any day though. Read More

Four Best Hikes in Prince Rupert, BC

I recently did a contract in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and one of the best parts of working here was all of the hikes that were in the area! I had a hard time finding information about these hikes, especially the fourth one, so I figured writing about them would be helpful for other people! I’m not an experienced hiker at all, so don’t consider me an expert. I was here in December which is not normally a prime time for hiking but on the west coast in a rain forest it’s very doable! I’m sure all four of these hikes would be completely different in the summer time, but here is what they were like in the winter! Read More