Getting out of the big city
Manning Park is perfect distance from
Vancouver for a lunch stop. I really enjoy visiting in the
early summer when the flowers are blooming. They normally
open the summit area for Canada Day (July 1st) once the bears have
cleared out, but the snow was so bad this year that the road still
wasn't accessible. We stopped briefly before turning around
for lunch at the view point.
The end of our first day driving was Osoyoos. We rented a
hotel room on the spit that bisects the lake and went out for a
brief swim in the lake. Normally this is one of the hottest
places in Canada but surprisingly it was a cold day.
We had brought half our home fridge with us in the cooler so we had
left overs for dinner. Our room had two beds - one bedroom and
a hide away in the living area. The kids got the bedroom so we
could stay up a little later.
As much as my kids enjoy seeing nature, they
don't enjoy getting up early to see wildlife when it's actually
doing things. I got up early and drove up to bird
observatory to see what was hanging out.
There is a beautiful wooden walkway out
into the lake and a multi-story bird blind in the swampy part of
the lake. I was all alone with the birds. It's too
late in the year for spring migration so you see the local
residents, but they are somewhat different residents from
As I walked out back to the truck, I
noticed a stirring in the underbrush. I thought it might be
a snake but it turned out to be a small deer. There was no
sign of the mom around so it wasn't really sure what to do when we
locked eyes. There is plenty of food here, but right next to
boardwalk is hardly a smart place to leave your baby. The
deer didn't got far and laid down again.
Osoyoos Desert Centre
I have visited the Osoyoos Desert
Center a before in 2009
and quite enjoyed the visit.
We timed our visit for a guided tour in the early afternoon.
What we didn't know is that we also timed our tour for a huge
We were about half way around when the sky just opened up. We
ran back to the car but we were soaked (except for Claira who had my
rain proof jacket on). It wasn't just a burst of rain - it
kept raining. We eventually gave up and drove back to the
hotel so we could get dressed in warm clothes.
We had take
out dinner and some time near sunset it finally stopped
raining. We went for a short walk to the mini-donut guy and
enjoyed the end of the day.
We didn't do the math, but today was the fourth of July. After
sunset (and the kids were in bed), we noticed fireworks across the
lake. These were household fireworks but they formed a nearly
continuous show around the lake.
The next morning we packed up and got on the
road. We stopped for the farmers market in Grand Forks where
the kids found some cookies. It was a pretty small
market - perhaps 20 vendors including one produce market and a few
cooked food sellers. The art vendors were quite good - Nara
bought a piece of wood with a horse carved in it and I chatted with
a woman that customized backpacks and bags. We had a long way
to go so we kept up.
We stopped for lunch at the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre at
the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. The hope was to
have enough time to get a hike in, but we still had a long ways to
drive so we made it a quick walk. The Centre does canoe tours
around the wetlands that I would have liked to have tried - maybe on
We did have a long drive! We stopped again in Cranbrook (Helen
wanted a pillow) and made it to our destination (Invermere
) in time to setup
camp and have dinner.
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