Friday, September 14, 2007
BC Vacation Continued - Kamloops Area
From Kelowna we headed north to Kamloops where we stayed at the nearby Sun Peaks Resort for a few days. Sun Peaks is a relatively new ski resort with summer activities of golf, hiking and photography. There was actually a fair number of people there with several being from bus trips(on the way down from Jasper) or conferences. The last day of our stay there was the first day of the Western Porsche Owners Conference and we saw some nice cars!
Using Sun Peaks as our base we explored the countryside. One day we headed east past Revelstoke to Roger's Pass and while it was a little bit overcast we still saw awesome mountainviews. We also saw the spot where, in 1885, CPR( I mean I, see pic in slide show) pounded in the last stake uniting the railroad from east to west. We also saw the beautiful Lake Shuswap named after the largest Native Tribe in Interior BC.
The next day we stayed local and visited the BC Wildlife Park. Here we watched a Birds of Prey show which included a vulture, falcon and owl. We also saw Buffalo, Bears, Coyote, Lynx, Cougar, Goats and a mangy looking wolf!
Another day we went further north into the beautiful Wells Gray Park. Here we saw scenic natural views and Helmcken falls which is 3 times the height of Niagara Falls. On the way to the park we drove through areas where you could see the expanse of 2003 fire damage as well as where the fire jumped the Thompson River. I can't imagine what it would have looked like on fire!
Then on our way to Whistler we stopped at Hat Creek Ranch which is situated in a drier desert like area. The ranch was a regular coach stop during the gold rush and it was an interesting look at what ranch life would have been like in the 1800's. The dry scenery here is quite a contrast to that in the rest of BC.
Stay tuned for more on our BC trip in future posts.