Hazelton Camping & Fishing Trip 2017

Last week Eric and I spent 4.5 days camping and fishing in Hazelton, BC with my dad and Eric’s family. The last time Eric and I went to Hazelton was in 2007 for his sister’s wedding. Here is a flashback photo from August 2007 for you.

Eric’s family still goes to Hazelton every August for fishing, so this year we decided to join them!

My dad picked Eric and I up on Monday morning in his motorhome and we spent all day on Monday driving down. It’s only about 950 km (600ish miles) but we were driving the RV and pulling my dad’s jeep plus we stopped twice for groceries so it ended up taking us about 12 hours to get there. We basically parked and then went to bed when we arrived.

The next morning we made a yummy breakfast and wandered down to the river. So nice to be in the mountains!

The rest of Tuesday was spent going into town to get fishing licenses, going out for lunch and then doing some fishing on the riverbank. No fish though! We spent the evening playing Settlers of Catan, one of my favourite board games.

Wednesday we woke up to a beautifully sunshine-y day so after breakfast at the campsite we headed down to the river and spent about 4 hours fishing. I actually spent the majority of that time laying back in the sun in the recliner chair 🙂

I sunburnt my shins!

Happy and freckly after a day in the sun 🙂

Thursday we woke up to a cloudy/foggy day. Eric and I decided to head to the nearby lake and do the 3.5 km hike around the lake.

It wasn’t too strenuous of a trail, but at almost 29 weeks pregnant I was feeling it. Despite keeping up regular workouts throughout my pregnancy it’s amazing how many things that used to be easy now feel very hard!

After we were done our hike we picked up my dad and headed into Smithers, which is an adorable little mountain town about 1 hour away. We had cinnamon buns the size of our heads at Schimmels Bakery.

The afternoon was spent doing more fishing. Still no bites! Our campsite did have a pretty stellar view though. Thursday evening we had dinner and played more Catan, so fun.

On Friday we headed over to the other side of the river to camp with Eric’s family as they arrived late the night before. We spent the day fishing with them and finally had some luck!

Eric’s mom reeling in a fish!

Eric reeling in his fish!

Our adorable niece 🙂

And then, right when I was about to give up (it might have even been my last cast), I finally hooked one!

Eric and my dad gutted and filleted the fish for us (what a messy job!) and then we made an amazing fresh caught salmon dinner on the BBQ.

It was soooo yummy!

Saturday morning we got up and had one more breakfast with our family before hitting the road to head home. We drove part way on Saturday and the rest of the way on Sunday. We were home by noon on Sunday, which was really nice to have the day at home to unpack and do laundry before I went back to work yesterday.

It was a lovely week in the mountains and I’m glad we escaped for one more summer getaway as the chill of fall is already in the air up here and I know winter will be here before we even know it.

5 Responses

  1. I’m glad that you finally caught some fish on your last day! Sounds like a wonderful getaway even though you didn’t catch any fish for most of the week. The views in that area are so beautiful! I bet it was great to get away and unplug for a week. Plus camping in your dad’s motorhome sounds pretty cushy! Much better than tent camping – especially for that long of a trip!!

  2. San says:

    What a great trip! I’ve never gone fishing but you make it sound like fun… and being out at the river is just so cool.

  3. Leigh says:

    Sounds like a wonderful getaway! But fresh caught salmon sounds delicious

  4. Fresh salmon!!!!!!! YUM!!!

    I like that board game too; it’s so fun!

    Sounds like a great trip 🙂

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