Sunday, August 26, 2012

British Columbia Tour 2012

Roger's Pass BC

This summer we did a fifteen-day tour of British Columbia in our motorhome, from July 17th to 31st. the Total distance was 2807 km.

Google map of our route:

View BC Tour 2012 in a larger map

Outline and some highlights, followed by a few pictures:

  • July 17: Drove to Salmon Arm and boondocked at Piccadilly Mall.  They welcome boondockers and even provide a free sani-dump.  A nice place to make supper before hunkering down is McGuire Lake Park on the East side of Salmon Arm.
  • July 18: Drove to Kumsheen Rafting Resort near Lytton
  • July 19: Day of rafting on the Thompson River, hosted by  Kumsheen Rafting Resort . Photo below.
  • July 20: Drove to West Vancouver via the north route, through Lilooet, Pemberton and Whistler.  Incredible scenery!
  • July 21:  Visited relatives in West Vancouver, stayed at Capilano River RV Park.  Very expensive but clean.
  • July 22: Visited relatives in West Vancouver for a second day.
  • July 23: Drove to E.C. Manning Provincial Park
  • July 24: Drove to Osoyoos, on the Okanagan Valley. Stayed at the best campground of the trip, Haynes Point Provincial Park.   "Surrounded by warm water and sandy beaches, Haynes Point sits on a pencil of land jutting into Osoyoos Lake." Photo below.
  • July 25:  Drove north through the Okanagan, stopping at wineries such as Nk'mip Cellars and See Ya Later Ranch . took the winery tour at Nk'Mip Cellars. Ended the day at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park near Vernon.
  • July 26: Another day in  Kekuli Bay Provincial Park , cruised around Vernon and lazed at the beach in Paddlewheel Park.
  • July 27: drove to Vernon and visited the Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. Worth a visit just to see their lovely wood-fired still, let alone the delicious spirits. See Photo below.  Drove west on highway 6 to through Lumby, (beautiful scenery) took the ferry at Needles, through Nakusp and on to Halcyon Hot Springs Village and Spa.  Halcyon is the nicest hot springs I have ever seen!  Photo below.
  • July 28: Soaked some more in the hot springs.  Then drove down through the Slocan Valley through New Denver and stayed overnight on my brother's property near Winlaw.
  • July 29: Stayed in Winlaw. Spent the day boating with my brother on Slocan Lake.  This beautiful lake is a lot less crowded than anything in the Okanagan. 
  • July 30:  Drove on through Nelson; parked at Lakeside Park and rode our bikes from there along the Lakeside Waterfront Pathway. Walked through the quaint downtown area and did some shopping.  Drove on to Creston. 
  • July 31:  Picked 30 pounds of cherries in Creston, then drove home.

Rafting on the Thompson River

Beautiful campsite at Hayne's Point

The still a Okanagan Spirits

Halcyon Hot Springs


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Bob said...

Too funny. I too got a request from "Joel". Sorry Joel. Don't know ya.
Anyway. Was going to say, I like the trip.
I haven't gone back to read the "brakes" episode just yet, but with the Rockies in mind, I think I have an idea. *ulp*
I could tell you some scary brake stories....

The "Halcyon" hot springs layout looks awesome.