Wednesday, 25 November 2015

From Shelter Bay Ferry to Tsawwassen Ferry

The trip south on Highway 23 from Revelstoke also had two free ferry rides! The first one is the Shelter Bay Ferry, at the north end of Arrow Lake. There is a Provincial Park just at the ferry dock, but it is like a wayside campground with small sites close together. We got there at 5, just as the ferry left. We decided to wait and take the 6pm ferry.
Beginning to board the ferry

It was a calm ride across.

There was lots of room on the ferry

View down the lake

When we got to the other side, we saw a pebbled beach covered in small inukshuks.

Look closely to the left of the ferry, on the beach

We kept driving south
Driving south to Nakusp

and finally reached Nakusp Municipal Campground.

We didn't get in until almost dark, and there were no hookups available, so we went to the overflow area. It was a beautiful private and large field, which we had to ourselves.

Very quiet and private in a huge field

The next morning after John had gone for an early walk, we moved to a lovely large site with electricity and water.

Among the trees, but still private and quiet

After settling in, we went for a walk along the waterfront path. It is beautifully landscaped and kept.

Beach to the north end of town

Koi in the small pond under the bridge

A quiet oasis near the north end of the path
View down the lake from the path
Serenity  by the path
The town is at the top of a hill above the beach. There are several sets of steps
A beautiful arbour along the walk
The Marina at the south end also has beach access

A local landscaper is responsible for the upkeep of the gardens.
On our walk around town,
Main street of "The Kusp"

we found an incredible chocolate store with everything homemade chocolate!

Everything Chocolate!

Later we decided to take a drive down to the McDonald Creek Provincial Park. It is really pretty, with only a new section that has electricity. Unfortunately though, it is a large field with just split rail fences between sites. The other sites are lovely, but generally smaller.
Then we decided to drive up to the Nakusp Hot Springs. We thought it was just outside town. However, the turnoff is just outside, but the hot springs are up and around the mountain, nestled in the woods We decided it was definitely worth a trip! There is a campground, but we decided we would not want to be towing up the twisting road up the mountain!

Next day, more rain, but we went out to the Farmers Market anyway. Except we had been given the wrong information, it was over at 1pm, not 4pm, so most of the vendors had left. We decided this was the right time to dip in the Hot Springs.
A piece of heaven...

It is a huge round pool, with a wall dividing the very hot smaller section from the larger and slightly cooler section. They provide lots of pool noodles, so practically everyone in the larger section was floating around. It was really neat to be floating around with the mist all around and a light rain falling.

In the mist with a light rain falling!

More rain the next day, so we decided to drive southeast on Highway 6 to New Denver. We stopped to look at Summit Lake Provincial Park Campground. It had closed that morning, and workers were starting to clean up sites and put tables away. The sites are beautiful, large and level,

Beautiful large sites

Private entrance to pebble beach 

with lots backing onto the lake.
In New Denver, we shared a sandwich at an eclectic little store, “Sandrandipity”, showcasing local artisans and with a cafĂ©.


It was only a drizzle by then, so we walked around town,

The story of New Denver

A beautiful home down by the lake

This was a bank. and is the Visitor Centre now

and along the waterfront.
The glacier across the lake

We were told there was a bear in town, so we got in the truck, and drove around. There it was, right behind the RCMP station, leaning up against a tree.

He just watched us as we watched him!

We sat and took pictures for about 15 minutes, while it stretched, looked around and munched on the grass, but paid scant attention to us.

The next day, it was time to move on. We continued south then west down Hwy 6. The highway is often like driving through a canyon.
A beautiful drive

It follows Arrow Lake with mountains to the west, right down to the western shore.
not sunny, but interesting...

The second ferry is from Fauquier to Needles. This is a smaller, cable ferry, and still free. While we were waiting for the ferry, a van pulled in behind us. A woman got out and put up a portable cage. While we watched she brought out six of the most adorable, rolly, poly, 10-week old Duck Tolling Retriever puppies.
Curious, adorable... No we did not get one!

Some red-nosed, some black!
They were the hit of the ferry line-up.

 Once on the other side
Lots of room on this ferry too!

it was an easy drive on an excellent road, through a wide valley, domed hills

The day turned out to be sunny and beautiful

on a winding road to Vernon and on to Kelowna.
the road into Kelowna

We decided to stay west of Kelowna in Okanogan Lake Provincial Park for a couple of nights, before we had to be in Penticton for our appointment. We found a beautiful site in the South Campground, on the second level, where we could just see the lake through the trees. We walked down to the beach, and along the shore

The exposed roots have grown bark for protection

View across Lake Okanagan

The swimming area to the north between the campgrounds

High clay bluffs, up to the highway

A beautiful white sand beach along the shore

to the North Campground.

Our day in Kelowna was spent catching up on the Internet, and visiting Okanogan Distillery to get our favourite Raspberry Liqueur. It is decadent and we were looking forward to tasting it again. We also decided it was haircut time as we had an extra hour. On the way back, we stopped at "TBones”, an excellent butcher with a grocery store next door.

The next day we were at Midtown RV by 8:30. We hung around and talked to the mechanic, explaining our concerns, most of them relatively minor. While they worked, we went for a walk, drank lattes, had lunch and checked the Internet. By the time the work was done, it was too late to move on, so,we Midtown-Camped for the night.

The next day after the bill was paid, and we moved to Wrights RV Campground for a couple of days, so we could see more of the Penticton area. This is a large park, on the shore of Skaha Lake.

View south on Skaha Lake from the Campground beach
Some sections were closed as it is really the end of the season for them.
View from the front of our site, when we first arrived
We chose a site with full hookups, cable tv and Internet. We took a drive along the east side of Lake Okanangan to find some of the orchards, vineyards,

Apple orchards

and wineries. It was too late to visit them, but we did climb up Munson's mountain to get a view of the area.

A great job revitalizing the area

Looking back at Penticton

John climbed to the top, I relaxed on the bench. 

View from my bench to the south

I did walk over halfway up though

A place to rest and enjoy the view of Penticton
It rained the next day, so we just hung out at the RV. Early afternoon, we saw another Airstream pull in. John went up to talk to them, to discover that it was the BC Chapter of the Wally Bynam Club who were on a Winery Rally. Soon a whole row of Airstreams was parked in our row!

The Airstream Rally

They invited us to join them for Happy Hour. What a great friendly group they were! We felt as if we had known them for ages. We were invited to join them for their activities and enjoyed dinner at a Chinese Buffet. We joined their Chapter as Affiliate Members, so we can keep in touch. Lunch the next day was hosted by Midtown RV. Everyone was doing their own thing for the afternoon, so we decided to drive to Summerland, a small town just north of Penticton.

Main Street, a pretty town...

with decorations everywhere...

for Harvest Days!

But we were back in time for Happy Hour. We enjoyed breakfast at the Pasta House in downtown Penticton, then a tour of some of the wineries on the shore of Lake Okanagan.

Tasting and learning about the wines

Each winery was unique,

most had many varieties of grapes nearby
We were sorry to part ways the next day, as we were going west to Fort Langley, and they were going North to Kelowna. We waved them off then headed to Fort Langley to the Fort Camping campground.

They are removing some of the sharp curves along highway 3

Another gorgeous day, and interesting drive

To our delight this is an interesting, easily walkable historic town.

The Community Hall

One of the many beautiful old homes

A  quiet tree-lined street

The Pub by the river

An morning walk over the Fraser River into town

One of the newer buildings- a mixture of residential and commercial

We found a couple of excellent cafes, and wandered around the town along the tree-lined streets. We spent an interesting afternoon at Fort Langley. The Fort was built in 1827 as a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post. On the banks of the Fraser River, it was part of the British trade route at the centre of the a large population of Aboriginal people. To win the trade of coastal furs from the US, the HBC Governor drove the price way down, losing money for the HBC but winning the monopoly of the fur trade. Relations were cemented with the encouragement of marriages between HBC employees and Aboriginal women, and the employment of Aboriginals in the Fort. In 1858, with the discovery of gold on the Fraser River, Fort Langley became the centre of the gold rush as 30,000 miners arrived.

Panning for gold...
As BC grew, the Fort’s importance declined. In 1923, it became a national Historic site, and later its one remaining building opened to the public.

View into the Fort via the Native Trading window

Beginning in the 1950’s buildings were added to restore its original atmosphere.

Packing the furs into bundles

The Governor's House

An original dugout canoe

The homes of the workers

Today, it is a beautifully restored and well kept Historic site, with costumed, knowledgeable guides with stories to tell of life in the 1800’s in the Fort. We talked longest with the Smith at the forge who was making coat hooks.

I have a beautiful one for the new abode, whenever we settle.

One evening we took the sky train into Vancouver and had a great visit with one of John’s Queen’s classmates at a local Brew Pub.

Once again, time to move on, this time to Vancouver Island. We packed up, hitched and drove to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.

Turning south towards the Ferry

I love the Bridges!

High Bush Blueberries 

The Ferry - waiting to pay...

and Boarding the BC Ferry

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