Cold Lake, Alberta

A couple of long days driving since we left Winnipeg.  We followed Hwy 16, The Yellowhead, from Portage La Prairie all the way to Lloydminster, AB.  The road is in great shape but we had to really look for places to pull over as there weren’t too many rests stops for rigs 65 feet long. We overnighted at two Walmarts, one in Yorkton, SK and we spent Sunday at the one in Lloydminster, AB.  Both stays were great with minimal traffic noise after the stores closed. An added bonus was being able to use their wifi from inside the bus. We hit a couple of thunderstorms while driving in Saskatoon and also on our way into Lloydminster. It’s nice to see Truck stops, Husky and Petro Pass in particular, offering diesel and bulk DEF on both driver and passenger side pumps now.  Sure makes it easier adding DEF from a passenger side pump.  All the Flying Js we’ve used down south only have driver side bulk DEF.  Perhaps that will change soon too.

We opted to stay in Lloydminster Sunday night even though we only had a couple of hours left to Cold Lake.  It made for an easy morning drive yesterday.  Matt texted us directions for a short cut from Lloydminster to Cold Lake which took over 30 minutes off the suggested GPS route through Bonnyville.  We are staying at Baywood Park on Range Road 514A which isn’t far from Cold Lake Provincial Park. Only 30 amp service but we do have sewer and water.  I asked about washing the road grime off the bus and was offered the use of a commercial truck wash at a business right across the street which is also owned by the owner of the campground.  It doesn’t get any better than that!  Not perfect but it got the lumps off.