Since Dear is retired now and soon he’ll be all wrapped up in building his shop we decided to take advantage of “free time” before the shop materials arrive to enjoy a day across the line. (that was a long sentence w/o punctuation) We crossed the border into Canada at a new to us crossing, Paterson, just north of the town of Northport in Washington state. We crossed the line at about 7am and we were the only ones crossing at this time in the morning.
British Columbia welcomed us with a few rules and cautions. Now we would have to think in kilometers.
Rossland is a city in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. Tucked high in the Monashee Mountains, Rossland is at an elevation of 3356′. Its population is 3729, though it fluctuates from season to season. The population is at its peak during the winter.
You have entered the center of an ancient volcano rich in minerals…
Rossland was our first stop in Canada with intentions of having breakfast at a restaurant called Fuel. It was housed in a refurbished gas station. I didn’t take a photo of the building but I did take a photo of our Eggs Benedict.
It was very good. We arrived in town at 7:30am and the restaurant didn’t open until 8am so we drove around the picturesque/quaint town.
The main road through town.
Born a Norwegian, Olaus Jeldness left his home country as a teenager for greener pastures in first the U.S., then Canada, then again in the U.S. Along with him, he brought his love for and adeptness at downhill skiing.
Play not for gain, but for sport.
Leap not for gold, but glee.
Oh! Youth, play well thy part
Whatever life’s gain may be.
You can read more about Olaus Jeldness here.
Nelson artist Cedar Mueller constructed Rusty, a nearly life-size sculpture of a horse, in classic pose from scavenged steel…
The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture also commissioned the installation of “The Storytellers”, a sculpture of ravens in trees, created by Andrew Raney from Salmo, outside Rossland’s public library.
This one is called the Sphere of Influence. By Carl Schlichting (Slocan Valley, BC, 2013) The Sphere was leased for 2015. A perfect Sphere, constructed out of almost 200 old steel bicycle rims…
There were several other sculptures that we missed on this trip.
I enjoyed this little town and it’s close enough that we might take another trip in the future.
On our way back to the USA after visiting Nelson which I’ll share photos of in a future post we stopped in Rossland again and did some deli shopping at their local grocer, Ferraro Foods. They make their own delicious salamis. I took another photo of the main drag in the afternoon light.
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Hope you all have a good weekend.
18 thoughts on “We Crossed the Line…”
It looks like right up my alley.. charming and a great looking breakfast. Yum! The sphere is pretty neat too..
Yes, we too have some unique and interesting places to visit. Looking forward to your comments and pictures of Nelson.
So many interesting sculptures! And love that eggs benedict 🙂 I was at Urban Egg and got one on gluten-free English muffin — aaaahhhh.
So good to see more GF offerings spring up!
…we were on a road trip this week and saw a horse that is similar to yours. It was great to get away.
Tom, more and more I’m appreciating day trips. Glad you had a get away!
Hello, looks like a fun road trip! I like the sculptures. Rusty the horse is great. The breakfast looks delicious!
Hope you have a happy weekend!
We love visiting places like this. John loves Eggs Benedict, too! The photos from around town are wonderful to see.
What a quaint and lovely little town you visited.
What a sweet little town, Ellen! The sculptures are very creative. I especially like the creativity in the Sphere of Influence with bicycle wheels!
Ellen, this town is so cute! It looks like you had a great time!😄💕
It always looks so easy for you to cross the border to Canada. Love the look of Rossland and your eggs Benedict, my favourite breakfast! Intriguing about the Viking connection, they certainly travelled far and wide. B x
Barbara, it really has been easy to cross the border into Canada all the many times we’ve done it. Those Vikings…
Eggs Benedict, just about my favorite breakfast. When you crossed, was it a guarded crossing?
Hello Sandra, Yes, we had to talk to a Canadian agent on our way into Canada and then a U.S. Agent on our way back into the US. Showed our passports and told them what we were going to be doing and then what we did do. Each agent wanted to know if we were bringing something into their country that they didn’t want us to bring in. 🙂 It took about 30 seconds on each end.
What a nice town. My sis lives in Kelowna B.C, and has for 60+ yrs. She is a citizen of Canada. Another neat town or city I suppose
It was a great idea to take a little trip before your hubby is head over heels into his big project! It looks like a charming town with a small town feel. Loved the “sphere of influence”!
Those little BC towns are fun to explore. We go to Nelson every couple of years or so. It’s got quite the history.