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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…

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…

Vacation at a British Columbia Dude Ranch

It almost feels like I’m flying, my hair whipping around my face, and the exhilarating rush of the scenery whipping past in a kaleidoscope of colours as if I’m in a dream. I’m riding a feisty Appaloosa horse named Root Beer, cantering across a meadow that is springing back to life after being covered in snow all winter. I pull back on the reins, bring the horse to a halt, and take in a deep breath of the crisp, fresh, country air. I look up at the mountains, blanketed in green hemlock and fir trees, with a cap of snow clinging to the peak, and a cold April breeze hits me. I wish I’d thought to pack a warmer coat and shiver on top of Root Beer as my husband and I follow our guide through the trails near Big Bar Guest Ranch, about a 45 minute drive from Merritt, B.C. Read more…