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Oct 6, 2009 - Othello Tunnels...
Today we visited the Coquihalla Canyon Park, more commonly known as the Othello Tunnels. The Othello Tunnels were built from 1911 to 1918 to complete the Kettle Valley Railway near where Hope, BC is situated today. They were cut through solid granite to allow the railway to span the 300-foot-deep Coquihalla Canyon. Plagued by washouts and rock slides, the railway line was closed in 1959. The trail that leads through the four tunnels that once supported the track cost $300,000 to lay in 1914. Almost all of the work was done by hand; hence...Jump to full entry
Oct 5, 2009 - Minter Gardens...
Centuries ago, a massive mountain slide swept over the fertile lands of the eastern Fraser Valley. The rock fall pushed north across the Fraser River and ended its westerly flow at the area which is now Minter Gardens. The unique land formations left the area unsuitable for crop farming, but early settlers found it ideal for raising cattle and other animals. Tall native specimen trees added to the charm of the location, and thousands of wild geraniums, columbine, roses and bleeding hearts added a finishing touch. It was this site that...Jump to full entry
Oct 3, 2009 - Hwy 5, Clearwater to Rosedale...
We got a reasonably early start this morning and were quite happy to see the sun trying to break through a thin layer of clouds. Our route today is Hwy 5 heading south. It wasn't long before we were passing lush and fertile valleys, where we understand they produce some of the tastiest fruits and vegetables in North America. This also included numerous vineyards and wineries. From there we encountered high plateaus and rolling ranch land. British Columbia even has its own pocket desert, near Kamloops, complete with cacti and dunes! South of...Jump to full entry
Oct 2, 2009 - Helmcken Falls....
The leaflets and guide books claim that the star attraction of the Wells Gray Park is the Helmcken Falls, fourth highest in Canada and one of the most impressive in North America. We reached them by turning off the main road just beyond the Murtle River bridge. Helmcken Falls owes its foundation to the deposits of volcanic rock in the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field that were placed down in the wide valley of the Murtle River. Layer upon layer of fresh lava created flat areas, over which enormous floods flowed during the last ice age....Jump to full entry
Oct 2, 2009 - Dawson Falls....
Our next stop today was to view Dawson Falls. We arrived, parked easily, and followed the short 10 minute walk on an ample trail to several excellent views of this 65 foot high cascade. Known as 'Little Niagara', this might have been my favorite fall today. I seem to gravitate toward the wider, more powerful ones for some reason. Perhaps because I am in awe of anything closely resembling Niagara. After viewing the falls from the front, we took the path along the side, reaching the point where the water spills. Wow, it was loud and...Jump to full entry
Oct 2, 2009 - Wells Gray Provincial Park...Pt 1
Today we packed a picnic lunch and headed towards the Wells Gray Park. One of British Columbia's most spectacular provincial parks, the wilderness area of Wells Gray Provincial Park is now 540,000 hectares, encompassing most of the Clearwater River watershed. I asked Larry "what the heck is a hectare??" He knew the answer...do you? Before we began our journey up the Clearwater Valley Road, we stopped at the visitor's center and picked up a detailed map. We also spoke to a very nice man who circled the main points of interest. He suggested...Jump to full entry
Oct 1, 2009 - Good morning!
Larry was up early this morning drinking his normal pot of coffee. Personally, I can't stand the stuff. Love the smell, can't gag it down. Hot tea or chocolate for me please! Anyway, the sun was just breaking over the mountain and he grabbed the camera for a few quick shots. There was a neat misty fog coming off the water too. I actually got up during this process and caught a glimpse for myself. Very pretty! After breakfast we took a short drive to check out the surrounding area a bit. Stopped at the river to stretch our legs and take...Jump to full entry
Sep 30, 2009 - Clearwater, BC...
We made a slight change of plans this morning when we realized it had snowed in the surrounding mountains overnight. Larry went up front to the check-in booth to inquire if they would indeed refund our last nights campground fee. They had us pre-pay in order to lock our site up, with the assurance that they would refund any night's fees we didn't use. And yes, they did honor our request. In fact, they agreed that it might not be a bad idea to head west to British Columbia. By the time Larry returned, it was raining. Not hard, but enough to...Jump to full entry
Sep 5, 2009 - Waterfalls
Early start today which made for a very painful climb up the 3 flights of stairs. Fortunately we had a longish drive today so I caught up on some sleep on the minibus. A brief stop at Kamloops for lunch and then arrived a Clearwater Lake late afternoon and to the joyous discovery of actually having double beds, not bunk beds for a change! :-) Some of the group went for a horse ride but I decided to take the safer option of walking to a couple of very pretty waterfalls. (be warned when i come back, there are going to be a lot of pictures of...Jump to full entry
Aug 20, 2007 - Going from Alberta and back into British Columbia, Canada
On our way to Clearwater, British Columbia, down to Kamloops, BC and on to Hwy. 1 heading West towards Vancouver, BC. We traveled 246 miles from Hinton, (Jasper Nt'l Park), to Clearwater, British Columbia. We had reservations at a KOA and the first thing we noticed in the park was "bear in area" signs. Of course we had previously seen these "beware postings" in other parks and had never come across even one bear. After settling in, we proceeded to take our usual early evening 45 minute walk. We headed down a nearby neighborhood's road, when...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2006 - Clearwater Canada
Clearwater Canada, July13 & 14 2006 Scripted by David, edited by Teresa 10 a.m. we were on the road heading north for Canada. At the border, we were stopped and questioned on how much liquor, tobacco, and firearms we were carrying. Not knowing the allowed alcohol limit, I was concerned that we might be over the legal limit since Teresa had stocked up at Costco before we left Gig Harbor. Since we were allowed to cross I can safely state that; 6 bottles of wine, half gallon of Tequila, half gallon of Vodka and a six pack of beer are not too...Jump to full entry
Oct 13, 2004 - Whistler & on to Clearwater.
After a last look at the view from our hostel we went in to Whistler for a good look around the shops and get a feel for the village which will be hosting the Olympics in 2010. In the village there is a building showing where all the events will be staged. Clare was pleased to find out that where we went to watch the Ice-Hockey last Friday is actually where they will be holding the Olympic Figure Skating. Whilst walking in to the town we heard a gun shot and went to see what was going on. When we arrived we saw a police car pulling away,...Jump to full entry