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From the Kootenays to the Okanagan: Get into the Spirit of the Season with 4 Fun Things To Do

Ready or not, the holiday season is on its way.  This, of course, means there are lists to make, gifts to get and some (hopefully) much-needed downtime to spend with family and friends.

Here are a few activities and events happening in BC’s Thompson Okanagan and Kootenay Rockies regions to help you get into the spirit of this joyful season. Read more…

Taking a Break Along the Coquihalla Highway 5, British Columbia, Canada

Named for the Coquihalla River that it parallels near Hope and traversing the daunting Coquihalla Pass, the Coquihalla Highway undoubtedly provides the quickest route between Vancouver and Kamloops.  This timesaving freeway varies between four to six lanes with a speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour (75 miles per hour), guiding you via the picturesque Cascade Mountains. Read more…

Train Spotting: Highway 1 Lytton to Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canada

We decided to stay at the Kumsheen Rafting Resort located a few kilometres east of Lytton in the scenic Thompson River canyon. Here we were well into BC’s semi-desert country with lofty ponderosa pines and tumbleweeds and the wonderful smell of sage. We chose the well-priced “yurt” – the best of both worlds, sleeping in a tent with comfortable bed and solid deck below. We had a fabulous meal on the patio of Cutting Board Restaurant and bonus – we could hear the westbound CPR trains just below the resort as well as the eastbound CNR trains across the canyon. Read more…

Train Spotting: Highway 1 Vancouver to Lytton in British Columbia, Canada

I have been a “foamer”–that is a fanatical train buff since I was a kid in Edmonton (1950’s), and I never miss an opportunity to watch and experience trains whenever I can. Travelling east from Vancouver to the Rockies at the Alberta border has given me many wonderful opportunities to view and experience Canada’s major trains. The Canadian Pacific (CPR) is the trans-continental railway that was first built in the 1880s to secure British Columbia as part of Canada. Highway 1 parallels the CPR most of the way through the Province and there are many spots well worth stopping at to be a regular Train Spotter; and a terrific bonus is that we get to experience trains in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Read more…

Visiting the Kermode Bear, BC Wildlife Centre, Kamloops, British Columbia

The long weekend in May, affectionately known as Victoria Day Weekend, we decided to take a pleasure trip into the Thompson region of British Columbia to visit Kamloops. The motivation for the trip was that we had seen many news stories about the Kermode bear that had been taken to the BC Wildlife Park and the May long weekend in 2015 was the unveiling of the new home that had been built for Clover the Kermode bear. Read more…

Sun Peaks Resort Summer Activities

Sun Peaks Resort is a year round tourist destination, about a 45 minute drive from Kamloops and a 4 hour drive from the Vancouver area if taking the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Kamloops. Add a couple of hours if driving the Fraser Canyon Highway 1 route from Hope. Originally known as Tod Mountain, it was a popular winter ski hill for people living in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. During the 90’s an alpine village was formed bringing hotels, condominiums, a golf course, shops, restaurants, and a sport centre with a swimming pool, hot tub, and tennis courts. It’s come a long way from the days when Tod Mountain offered two days of free ski lessons, including equipment rental and lift pass, just to entice people to drive out here. Sun Peaks is now promoted as a ski in/ski out resort and nicknamed Canada’s Alpine Village. Read more…