Rockies Roadtrip: Vancouver to Shuswap Lake

Today we left Vancouver! We woke up at 6:30am and drove for 5 hours (438km) with a few stops along the way for breakfast at The Pantry ($2 brekkie!) and lunch at Tiger Ramen.

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The journey was mainly dominated by Highway 1 (interesting fact: it runs all the way through to St. John’s Newfoundland too!). The route had some spectacular views of mountains, although due to the hot summer wasn’t a lush-green as we’d been expecting.

We arrived with a few hours to kill in Kamloops to searched on Trip Advisor what there is to do in the area… Apparently, it’s Salmon Spawning time! Off we went to Sockeye Salmon Run to see what all the fuss was about. Surprisingly enough the carpark was full and there was a coach load of tourists too. It’s a very short walk (800m) from the carpark to the viewing platform and the lack of salmon was a tad underwhelming. However, we saw a handful which was interesting…and they’re surprisingly big!

The Sockeye Salmon Run is part of the Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park which has a few nice and short walks on the grounds. We merged trail (1) and (2) together due to the fading light in the forest. As you walk, you can see the fall colours coming in and can see a few more areas of the river as you walk along.

Afterwards, we checked into our hostel. A small, no-frills hostel on the side of Highway 1 which backs on the Shuswap Lake – unsurprisingly called HI-Shuswap Lake πŸ™‚ We booked into our $46 private room, had dinner and watched an amazing sunset over the mountains.

It’s been a long day, so we will now sit back, relax, enjoy a hot chocolate and watch an episode of Call the Midwife. Perfect.

 

 

 

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