Agassiz Weekend Getaway At The Fraser River Lodge

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A friend recently asked me if I could go a week without technology. My response was why would I want to? It did get me thinking about how reliant we all are on technology to do things for us that we used to have to do for ourselves. One big example is spell check. Do we even know how to spell any more without our computers to correct our mistakes? I’m not ready to give my technology a vacation just yet but I am happy to go away for a bit of quiet and down time where technology isn’t abandoned but used much less than in my everyday life. What would make the perfect weekend getaway to achieve this you wonder? I think a nice weekend get away to Agassiz at the Fraser River Lodge with a bit of Sturgeon fishing might just be the perfect escape.

The Fraser River Lodge in Agassiz

The Fraser River Lodge in Agassiz

I’m not going alone, in fact it is a big group of us going up at the invitation of Ford Canada. It’s a bit of a Back to Basics weekend for all of us smartphone and tech junkies.

Group Shot of us the Fraser River Lodge with Ford Canada

Group Shot of us at the Fraser River Lodge with Ford Canada

The journey begins like every road trip should begin with a quick once over of the car to make sure everything is at prime operating condition.

  • Tire Pressure? Having the right tire pressure can save you money at the gas pump
  • Wiper Blades? Keeping these at their best makes it easier to see in bad weather conditions
  • Engine Oil? Do you even know how to check your oil?
  • Spare tire? I’m not talking about the one around your waist, make sure you have one and a Jack plus lug wrench.
Info-graphic Guide to Basic Car Care

Info-graphic Guide to Basic Car Care

Now that I am sure the car is ready for a road trip the next question is do we know where we are going? Of course we all have GPS in our cars and on our smartphones but imagine if you cell battery dies or the GPS broke down would you know how to read a road map? I’d like to think I’d be a great navigator.

Checking out the road map on directions to Agassiz

Checking out the road map on directions to Agassiz

Ok it’s time to rock and roll and hit the road. I’m driving the Ford Fusion to Agassiz and loving it. My travel buddy John is handling the entertainment and even snaps a pic for me of the road we are driving on. It’s a rare sight to drive the Trans Canada and not be bumper to bumper with the cars in front of you. I can already feel the relaxation setting in.

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion

The Trans Canada from Vancouver to Agassiz

The Trans Canada from Vancouver to Agassiz

We arrive at the Fraser River Lodge in no time at all. I think door to door it was under 1.5 hours. Wow this place is absolutely gorgeous and before this moment I hadn’t even known it existed. The lodge itself is two stories with all the suites on the second level facing the Fraser River. We have absolutely lucked out with gorgeous weather. It is nothing but sunshine and blue skies today. It’s hard to believe this is Winter but it is.

Fraser River Lodge patio looking towards the Fraser River

Fraser River Lodge patio looking towards the Fraser River

It’s time to check out my room and drop off my bags. They are rustic but have the conveniences I need like a large bathroom with shower, comfy bed and just outside my room doors two Adirondack Chairs that are perfect for sipping a glass of wine or morning coffee with Baileys.

Rustic rooms at the Fraser River Lodge in Agassiz

Rustic rooms at the Fraser River Lodge in Agassiz

Fraser River Lodge in suite bathroom

Fraser River Lodge en suite bathroom

Cathcing some sunshne outside my room at the Fraser River Lodge

Catching some sunshne outside my room at the Fraser River Lodge

We really are in the country here and to remind us of this fact right next door to us is small herd of Bison. I seriously doubt the wire fence would be enough to stop them if they got spooked and decided to charge. I’ll just admire them from the lodge patio with a glass of wine in my hand.

Beware the Bison

Beware the Bison

Nothing between me and the Bison but some Chicken wire

Nothing between me and the Bison but some Chicken wire

After check in the fine folks at Ford gave us a crash course on basic car maintenance. Even though I know how to check the oil, tire pressure and change a tire it is always a good idea to refresh your skills especially since car technology has changed so much since I learned how to drive almost 30 years ago.

I'm checking the oil on this Ford Escape

I’m checking the oil on this Ford Escape

Enough work, it is time to have some fun and nothing is as much fun for me as a great meal with great wine and fun people. Tonight has all three including a post dinner bonfire with Smores. The Lodge looks like a rustic log cabin but this place is set to host any function and our dinner is not served on a platter in our room but in a great dining hall. The Chef out did himself and it was a very happy and full group of us that headed down to the fire pit for dessert.

Dinner table in the Fraser Rive Lodge Dining Hall

Dinner table in the Fraser River Lodge Dining Hall

Dinner at the Fraser River Lodge

Dinner at the Fraser River Lodge

Smoked Duck, Baby Arugula and Beet Salad

Smoked Duck, Baby Arugula and Beet Salad

I’d like to share with you some of the fun times around the campfire but…. what happens around the campfire stays at the campfire. Now it’s time for bed, g’night.

Roaring fire ends the perfect night at Fraser River Lodge

Roaring fire ends the perfect night at Fraser River Lodge

We are up bright and early because we’ve a big morning planned after breakfast. The breakfast buffet is first class with Bacon, Eggs, Sausage and Hasbrowns + fresh fruit and pastries. A good hearty meal to get us ready for a few hours on the Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing.

A hearty breakfast at Fraser River Lodge

A hearty breakfast at Fraser River Lodge

After breakfast we are split into 3 groups of 4 each. Each group is paired with a fishing guide and a boat. We put on our fishing gear which consists of water proof pants, boots and jackets and I think we are ready to fish. Our fishing licences have all been secured ahead of time so we are all set to go.

All geared up and ready to Fish

All geared up and ready to Fish

In total we were on the river for just over three hours. We tried four different locations and were getting lots of nibbles but no solid bites. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that lightning struck for my boat. Withing those 15 minutes we landed two separate Sturgeons. The first was a nice 5.5 foot beauty caught by John but the second one was a real monster. At 7.5 feet long and almost 250 lbs it took three of us to reel it in. Sturgeon can live for a very long time and our guide thought this beast was probably about 50 years old. A true thing of beauty. Of course Sturgeon is catch and release only so after our photo opportunity in the water it was time to release him back to the river. Three hours of patient waiting all for 15 minutes of sheer adrenaline pumping excitement. Amazing.

Lines are set to catch a Sturgeon on the Fraser River

Lines are set to catch a Sturgeon on the Fraser River

waiting for a fish to bite

Waiting for a fish to bite

John Beihler with the first Sturgeon catch for our boat of the day

John Biehler with the first Sturgeon catch of the day for our boat 

The 7.5 foot Sturgeon we waited all day to catch

The 7.5 foot Sturgeon we waited all day to catch

Of course when we got back to the Lodge we actually had “fish tales” to tell but this story wasn’t the one who got away it was all about the one we caught. Speaking of adrenaline rushes before we left I couldn’t resist a little drive in the new Ford Mustang GT. From one beast to another this car handles like a dream. Just a little touch to the gas and I’m off.

I'm driving the Ford Mustang GT

I’m driving the Ford Mustang GT

Ok enough fun it is time to return home and back to reality. I’ve only been gone a day and a half but I feel completely recharged and aside from taking photos and posting some fun ones on Instagram I avoided my email, phone and all other tech distractions. Road trips are some of my favourite adventures to take. They remind me of family vacations from my childhood and funny enough fishing was a huge part of my summer trips with the Grandparents.

relaxing with a cup of coffee and a view to die for

Relaxing with a cup of coffee and a view to die for

I can’t stress enough how important it is to take a few moments before any road trip to make sure your car is in the best operating condition possible. Pack some bottled water, a few snack bars, a warm blanket or two and perhaps even an extra pair of socks. Leave them in the trunk of the car so that if something does happen you are prepared and can wait it out until help arrives.

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If you are looking to escape the city and want some quiet time away from the chaos then the Fraser River Lodge is perfect. Close enough to Harrison Hot Springs that you can fill your day with fun things to do or you can just relax on the patio or go Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser. My only wish is that they had a hot tub for night time soaking.

  • $ for Value
    8
  • Amenities
    6
  • Food
    8
  • Would I come back?
    7.5
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Who doesn't love a weekend getaway? 1.5 hours outside of Vancouver is the Fraser River Lodge which offers great accomdoations & some prime Sturgeon fishing


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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