Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
29Trip End Jan 25, 2006
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Where I stayed
Hostel International Kamloops
Wow what a destination..... (not really recommended apart from two points; the crazy accommodation, and two the fabulous Rose garden!!).
Our Penultimate stop-off on the train. Kamloops is really an industrial town trying to encourage the tourists in - we've heard it's good for skiing!!!
We stayed in the old Court House, built in 1909 (that's old for Kamloops!!!), we were sleeping in the Justice of the Peace room, and we got to shower in the old jail cells, and eat our dinner in the old courtroom - which they have not changed much.
We walked up and down the main street countless times, but the most non-intresting walk we did was the River Trail... apart from crossing the Thompson River it was not until right at the end that we got back on the river path???? How bizarre is that - they might as well have called it the Trailer Park Trail as we saw plenty of these en-route!!!
After people enquiring whether we had chanced upon a bear yet, and despite numerous warning signs to let us know that they were in the area we failed to see a real live bear in the woods. So we thought we would change that... no we did not go on a bear hunt, but instead (and with some regret) went to the BC Wildlife Park - there they have almost all of Canada's native animals on display, but sadly true to form of many zoo's and "wildlife" parks keep the largest animals in the smallest of enclosures. They had two grizzly bears there - which have been at the park since it opened 30 years ago and they were orphaned cubs, I have to say it broke my heart to see them in there obviously bored and in need of stimulation, and with that empty look in their eyes. The Moose, Bison, Elks, Wolves; all had bigger enclosures. Still we can say we've seen them, and have the photo's to prove it, but that's hardly the point. Perhaps you can say that at least they won't be moved out of natural hunting grounds by humans building in their habitats, or hunting them for trophies, or ending up as roadkill - but what a dilemma, to be wild and free but in danger, or caged and lifeless??
So after Kamloops it was back on the train for the last leg of our journey in Canada to Vancouver.