Camp like a vegan - yes we can!
It seems as though I’ve been saying ‘hey Shawn, we should go camping this summer!’ for the past, I don’t know, 4 years! Well, the time had finally come, our vacation time was booked, our destination chosen, and we packed the van and hit the open road.
We moved to northern Alberta over a year ago now (from Ont.) and had been dreaming of a visit to the Northwest Territories since our arrival out west. We live 5 hours north of Edmonton, and it’s about 5 hours to the 60th parallel, which is the boarder of Alberta and NWT.
The Territories has a wonderfully easy website that you can book your campsites on, so we booked two nights ($28/night). The first night we stopped at Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park, which was a little under an hour past the border, and the next night we stayed at Lady Evelyn Falls campground. Both sites had amazing views of some very beautiful waterfalls. The falls seemed to come out of nowhere after driving through the dense forests for hours.
Leading up to our adventure, we purchased a tent for $30, a small charcoal grill for $10, along with lighter fluid and charcoal, and of course lots of food. We didn’t want to bother buying too much camping gear, since we clearly don’t do it often, so we got by with disposable cups, plates, and cutlery. We also bought a package of pie plates to cook food on the grill, and a roll of tinfoil.
In the car ride up, we stopped and grabbed a sub for lunch, which was quick and easy.
For dinner, we grilled up Tofurky sausages (which they now carry at the grocery store in Peace River, AB!!), with a side of potatoes, and vegetables (zucchini, carrots, peppers, onions) which I prepared in a pie plate before leaving.
We also cooked up a can of chilli over the fire to snack on that night.
We started a fire that morning, and I made up breakfast burritos! In the burritos, I put refried beans from a can, left over potato from the night before, and salsa. It was simple and delicious, and tasted great with the smokiness from the fire.
Around lunch time, we were up in Hay River, NWT. We were VERY surprised to find veggie burgers at the grocery store there, and at a reasonable price, so we bought them for lunch. I packed a loaf of bread so we threw the patties on there with some salad dressing on top.
For dinner, we did a repeat of Day 1’s meal, with sausages and potatoes. I had also bought a prepackaged stir-fried vegetable mix, which I added curry sauce to and cooked in a pie plate.
We woke up in the morning and I made more breakfast burritos for us.
For lunch, we made peanut butter and jam sandwiches on a roadside turnout on our way home.
It was a quick trip, with very simple meals! Prior to our trip, I worried a bit about what food to pack, and it turned out I way over packed. Some extras in the cooler were bananas, blueberries and cans of beans in tomato sauce.
-We bought a few jugs of water, and froze them over night before we went, they kept the cooler cold for the entire trip!
-I poured some oil into a plastic water bottle to bring along for cooking.
-We bought a vegetable spice mix for our veggies.
-For coffee in the morning, I poked 5 holes in the bottom of a styrofoam cup and put a coffee filter in. Holding the cup, over another cup, I poured the boiling water through. Worked like a charm! Next time, I’ll probably just bring the french press though haha.
the trip was exciting, relaxing, and a lot of fun. There were a lot of forrest fires in the territories at the time, which we thankfully avoided. We were thinking about heading all the way up to Yellowknife, but due to fires, the highway was closed from Fort Providence onwards.
There were also, THANKFULLY, no bugs, probably from all the fires and smoke. I was worried I’d be eaten alive, but came home without a bite.
We didn’t see any smoke until we got back into Alberta.
Sorry for the lack of food pictures (I’m quite a terrible food blogger, eh?)… but here are some trip pics! If you ever have the opportunity to take a trip to the territories, I highly recommend it! It was amazing to experience, and a trip I will never forget.
Shawn and I at Louise falls, the smaller of the Twin Falls.
Our first time dipping our feet into Great Slave Lake!
These smaller falls were upstream from Lady Evelyn Falls. We found a secret path to an unbelievable stone beach above the falls. I was surprised to find empty mussel shells along the water. We listened to these falls from our campsite all night :)
Lady Evelyn Falls. All the parks had very nicely built lookouts and facilities. I was very pleased with all the rest areas which were equipped with fire pits for a quick roadside bbq! Even along the beach in Hay River there were fire pits at every picnic table.