August was getting away from us when we hit the road and left Whistler for what is likely to be the last time on this trip, but never say never and who knows what tomorrow will bring. By the time we had cleared up our room it was the early stages of Tuesday afternoon and we still had a 400 km ride to Kelowna to go. We had arranged our first official Couch Surf (via the Couch Surfing website) and were due to spend the next two nights with a chap called Derek before attending the Horizons Unlimited Canada West meeting in Nakusp.
While we were sailing down the inside passage the original boat that usually runs the Skagway to Bellingham route was repaired and floating again, so after 2 nights on the MV Malspina we disembarked at Ketchikan and boarded the MV Columbia all the way back to Bellingham. On board we slept outside on the sundeck underneath the stars, unfortunately the roof wasn’t 100% waterproof, so when the rain came we got rudely awoken and had to move our loungers. We docked at Bellingham at 8am on Friday morning.
After 22 uneventful hours on board the Northern Adventure we offloaded back on the Canadian mainland into the port town of Prince Rupert, we found a hostel close to the touristy part of town, Cow Bay (where the cruise ships dock and is full of quirky touristy shops and also the Breakers Pub where we had a pretty good dinner). At the hostel we decided to save a few dollars and camp in their garden and were up and on the road the following day heading north.