The Okanagan

Lush green valleys full of orchards and vineyards backed by deep rivers and rimmed with steep evergreen-covered mountains: this is the Okanagan region which lays along the southern central border of British Columbia, and even into northern Washington state. It’s full of wineries and fruit stands.

We spent three days in the area, camping at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park. The lake level is currently very high and flooding a few community roads. So, the park beach was nonexistent, but that didn’t stop Zoe and Avi from taking a dip from the new edgewater.

One blissful day found us hanging around the campground, enjoying a lakeside bike ride, playing at the playground, and enjoying an evening campfire. The weather was warm and sunny; perfect.

The next day our big adventure was biking the Myra Canyon Trestles along the Kettle Valley rail trail.  This portion of the trail is high along the edge of a steep canyon – and without a railing!  Yikes.  The kids got tired of me telling them to stay center trail.  Along the way, however, were the high trestle bridges (with railings)…18 in all!  Plus two cool tunnels. Avi was a bit out of his mind with excitement knowing this was a railroad.

In the afternoon we drove onward and northward another 4 hours into our next adventure in the Cariboo country. We made it to a great little town called 100 Mile House and used their municipal campground.

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