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The Last Leg: Kelowna, Merritt and Home to Port Moody, British Columbia – Circle Tour day 7 and 8

Day 7 of our circle tour looping up to Nakusp Hot Springs taking Highway 3 and then Highway 6 to Nakusp and Hwy 6 back to Vernon before running down Highway 5 to Merritt and home on the Trans Canada Hwy 1 to Port Moody. Read more…

Little Known Hot Springs in British Columbia

Many of us know about the popular hot springs around British Columbia that are part of a resort or destination experience such as Harrison Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, and Ainsworth Hot Springs. The main benefit is they’re easy to access, but the downside is they cost a few bucks per soak, or are only available to hotel guests. Read more…

Beat the Heat This Summer in Vancouver, Coast & Mountains, British Columbia

When the local Vancouver forecast calls for soaring temperatures Vancouverites and Tourists go looking for ways to beat the heat and stay cool while enjoying the awesome weather. Read more…

Hidden Gem Waterways in BC for the History Buff

Travel back in time with us for this latest installment of our hidden gems waterways in BC series. This time we’re covering the best hidden waterways for avid history buffs exploring British Columbia, so sit back and enjoy this ride through the past. Read more…

Relaxing at Nakusp Hot Springs, British Columbia – Circle Tour day 6 and 7

After a picturesque drive on Highway 6 from Christina Lake we arrived at Nakusp Hot Springs Chalets and Campground around 5:00 pm on a sunny August evening. Just outside the town of Nakusp is the turn off for the springs and after the12 km drive, seemingly mostly uphill, and at the end of the road, is Nakusp Hot Springs. Read more…

Relaxing in Ainsworth Hot Springs and Visiting Nelson, British Columbia

After packing up our camping gear for our one night-only stay at Kokanee Creek (with promises to the kids that we’d make another longer trip here next time), we hit the road for our 20-minute drive to the Ainsworth Hot Springs – famed for its hot springs (of course) and extraordinary scenery, surrounded by the Purcell Mountains and Kootenay Lake.  But, in my humble opinion, what makes Ainsworth especially unique is its dazzling caves. Read more…

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

When the name Harrison Hot Springs is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the luxury resort that features hot springs pools and hot tubs, but Harrison Hot Springs is also the name of the village, about an hour and a half drive east of Vancouver.

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A Road through the Past: Douglas Road / In-SHUCK-Ch Trail

My family is a bit of an adventurous bunch. In the last two years, we have covered a lot of ground; from the Island to the East Kootenays and many stops in between. There is one road trip, however, that never fails to impress even our most adventurous friends, and the memories will last us a lifetime (or at least until our next visit). No ordinary Sunday drive, the Douglas Road traces the Lillooet river from Pemberton/Mount Currie all the way to Port Douglas, at the north end of  Harrison Lake.

The route is accessible by any vehicle in the summer as far south as the hot springs. Beyond that, and certainly in other seasons, a 4WD with sufficient ground clearance is required. Always check road conditions, be prepared with food and warm clothes in case of an unplanned delay, and let people know where you are traveling  and when you intend to return. The road is gravel most of the way, and susceptible to pot holes, etc. The west side of Harrison Lake is a notoriously rough road.

My partner, a BC history buff, as long been eager to see this historic wagon road. In the 1850s, it served as an early gold rush trail for a handful of years only, until the new route through the Fraser Canyon was completed. By the late 1850s, the Douglas Road was largely abandoned, and the town of Yale grew instead of Port Douglas. Read more…