Tucks' Truck Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
December 16th, 2020 Polson Park trail head

Awful spot. Just parking at the side of the road in a commercial/industrial area. We didn't stay.

December 16th, 2020 Kekuli Bay turnout

No camping, No overnight parking sign now in place. In any case, this is an awfully noisy campspot, totally exposed to the main highway. Wouldn't recommend staying here even if it were permitted.

November 7th, 2020 Ft Rupert Curling Club

Sani-dump open all year, drinking water tap turned off in winter. Free.

November 6th, 2020 Raft Cove provincial park

A beautiful beach but a rough and extremely muddy hike to get there, less than 2km took us around an hour, jumping roots and climbing over fallen trees trees. Might not be so soggy in the summer, but go prepared with good waterproof boots. Worth the effort when you get there. Oh, and we confirm what the previous poster said about Rangers... we met one mid-way on the trail, even well out of season, so stick to the rules and take all your rubbish away with you.

November 5th, 2020 Mobile Phone Signal

If you need it for emergency or otherwise, this is apparently the only spot for miles with a Telus network connection (not Rogers). Data is weak, but you can make calls here. Look for the sign in a layby at the side of the road to find the exact spot.

October 27th, 2020 Rest Stop

NOT OPEN IN WINTER access is blocked during winter season.

October 18th, 2020 Private trout lake

This place is permanently closed.

October 18th, 2020 Private trout lake

Road is now blocked-off down to the site.

October 17th, 2020 City of Revelstoke Public WiFi

Free & open WiFi. Not sure how wide this goes across town, but it's a strong signal here.

September 22nd, 2020 Canadian Tire Dump, water & free wifi

Down the side of the store, free dump and water fill

September 21st, 2020 Propane at Co-op Gas Station

Will fill propane/gas bottles. Mall is closed, but fuel station, dump station and water fill is still open.

September 21st, 2020 Dry Island Buffalo Jump car park

Immediately outside the gate on the road down into the park (which is locked and closed to vehicles), this spot has the most amazing views and the sunrise was spectacular. There are no 'no camping' signs and the sign states that '11pm-7am' is 'quiet time', so it seems that it is permitted to stay here overnight. The park in the valley below is day-use only. Free, but no facilities here at all. Please keep this beautiful spot clean and only stay here overnight if you are self-sufficient with your own facilities on-board.

September 20th, 2020 Gopher Museum - World Famous!

This is an awesome fun little place, totally worth a detour to visit. Volunteers have created a series of fun dioramas each with gophers dressed in theme costumes. Totally bizarre and so much fun, you have to see it to believe it! Kids will love it, but not just kids. Price is by voluntary donation. It is open during the summer Jun-Sept, but there is a number on the door to call if you arrive and there is no one there, they will come round to let you in. Also look around the village, all the hydrants are painted as gophers!

September 18th, 2020 Miners Cafe

Super-cute cafe in the museum building. Great choice of salads, sandwiches, cakes, coffee and tea. All food is homemade in the cafe (incl pies and baked bread). Reasonable prices. Great option as there aren't many choices for eating around here. Decent free wifi too.

September 18th, 2020 Near Nordegg

This is a seriously muddy spot with deep tyre tracks in the dirt. We didn't stay, and when we drove back past the spot next morning, after some rain in the night, we are glad that we didn't stay!! We continued just 250m further (northwards) up the road to a better spot on the same side of the road, opposite the small lake.

September 10th, 2020 Horseshoe Rapids

Stunning spot. Absolutely loved it here. As already stated, the two spots at the end are the best, right by the river. This side of the river is is heavy shade in the morning until at least 10:00hrs. If you are camping and want morning sun to warm up, go to the spot on the other side of the river (as mentioned by Nomads365 below). This is a USER-MAINTAINED recreational area, so look after it and leave it clean.

September 9th, 2020 Cadejo’s Crest w/ 360 Mountain Views

Absolutely awesome spot with fabulous views. One of the best we have found over 6 months in Canada! As the OP says, it's a very short but very steep climb up a dirt track, only 4x4 will make it up. If you can't make it to camp on the top, you can camp at the bottom (just off the road in a lovely flat open area) and walk up to the top for the views. The entry point is off Westside Road, just to the south-west of this point, easy to see as you drive past.

September 9th, 2020 Free wifi outside visitor centre

Free open WiFi outside the visitor centre. Good visitor centre with lots of info and helpful staff. Supermarket next door is well stocked.

September 8th, 2020 Various Campspots \ Parking

Didn't like this spot. Everytime a vehicle went past on the road, a huge dust cloud blew across the site. The area away from the road has a nice view, but not accessible by vehicles. If you are vehicle based, you need to camp closer to the road. Maybe not so bad at night when the logging truck traffic dies down, but we didn't stay to find out.

September 4th, 2020 Buchanan lookout recreational site campground

Most spectacular views in all directions, we'll worth a drive up here even if you don't stay the night. Space is limited for camping, but there are a few spots. Picnic tables, fire rings and a pit toilet. Steep and rough track to get here, ideally high clearance 4x4 vehicles. Free.

September 4th, 2020 Free open WiFi from Telus

Slocan village has free open WiFi from Telus, reasonable speed.

September 4th, 2020 Free Telus wifi

Downtown Nelson has free open WiFi from Telus, good speed.

September 4th, 2020 Valhalla Park, Gwillm Lake Trailhead

This is the furthest you can drive and 'official' trailhead to start hikes into the beautiful Valhalla park, but the last 2km of the track before this point are very rough. Only high clearance will make it this far. Overnighting is permitted and we had a peaceful night in our truck, but most people just park here and leave their vehicle whilst they go off camping in the mountains. There is a long-drop pit toilet, otherwise no camping facilities. Chickenwire is provided by the park - put it around your vehicle and secure with stones to protect your tyres and cables underneath from porcupines. If your vehicle won't make it this far, there is a small parking area 2km before this spot, at the start of the very rough section, where you can leave your vehicle and hike up to this trailhead.

September 3rd, 2020 The Frog Peak Cafe

Cool looking place with nice staff, BUT awful weak coffee, mediocre food and the wifi didn't work. There must be better places around.

September 2nd, 2020 Kokanee Creek Campground

Drinking water tap to fill bottles, but can't connect a hose to fill on-board water tank

September 2nd, 2020 Kokanee Trailhead

This is a trailhead rather than a campsite, but a park sign gives warnings about porcupines when overnighting here, so it seems to be permitted. There is a large stash of chickenwire provided so you can put it around your car to protect the tyres and cables from the porcupines. There is a pit toilet, otherwise no facilities. Several people overnight here in their cars ready to set-off early on hikes to the glacier. Very peaceful spot with nice walk around the lake. Rough road to get here. 4x4 & high clearance not essential - some ordinary cars do make it up here, but it is a challenge!

September 2nd, 2020 Parking Of The Trail To Kokanee Glacier

Just to be clear:
1. This is the turn-off the highway, not the campspot, the campspot is 16km up the rough road.
2. When you get to the campspot, chickenwire is provided so you can protect your vehicle from the porcupines.

September 1st, 2020 Kidd Creek Rest Area

This place is permanently closed.

August 31st, 2020 Elk Recreation Site - Free

Wow!! The most awesome free camp spot in the Rockies! Totally beautiful riverside spot surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks! This is a USER MAINTAINED campground, so please look after it; take away all of your rubbish and leave it clean. If it is abused, it will be closed. There are 4 or 5 designated paces amongst the trees, with picnic tables & fire rings. Pit toilet. Follow the short track around the trees to the big open riverside space for the best views. Stunning.

August 30th, 2020 Elk Lakes Provincial Park

Elk Lakes is one of the loveliest spots in the Rockies, with no crowds and no publicity for international tourism - only BC locals seem to come here. 70km dirt road north of Elkford (a bit rough but no 4x4 or high-clearance required), well worth the one-way detour. Short easy hike from this trail-head to the very beautiful Elk Lakes and glaciers. There are several longer and tougher hikes if you want. Plenty of basic recreational sites to camp on the way up the road, also plenty of side-trails for wild-camping. Loved it here. If this was on the Alberta side of the mountains, it would be as crazy-full as Banff!!