Jasper to Burnaby
Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
13Trip End Aug 15, 2012
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Thursday, July 19, we made a short move to Valemont. We are now in Pacific Daylight Time which we're dealing with as well as we can. This trip was the first in a series of three to take us down to sea level at Vancouver so we were going mostly downhill on Rte 16 which is a very scenic route. We only made one stop, at the Mt Robson Park, which had a very nice interpretive center. With the time change and the short distance we pulled into Irvin’s RV Park
just after noon which gave us plenty of time to catch up on laundry, use the internet, and tour the village. A stop at the Swiss Bakery prepared us for breakfast tomorrow and Donna scored a panel for Allie at the quilt shop. In the evening the staff served a bbq beef dinner with salads and baked beans and we all had a nice, relaxing day.
Friday July 20th we moved further south to Kamloops, a larger city on the Thompson
River. As we neared Kamloops the scenery became more of a high desert type and it was pretty dreary. Other than an opportunity to shop some and a campground with full services it didn’t have much to excite me,
Saturday July 21st we left Kamloops and followed the Thompson River west and south to where it joined the mighty Fraser River. As we joined the Fraser the scenery returned to high wooded peaks, a great improvement. We stopped at Hells Gate, a tourist attraction at the narrowest and
deepest part of the Fraser River. It was hard to believe that the 110 ft wide river was 140’ ft deep at this point and had more hydraulic force than Niagara Falls. We rode the tram down to the restaurant and had lunch and then continued through Hope to Rosedale where we spent the night at a big Holiday Trails Campground.
Sunday July 22nd started with a visit to the beautiful Minter Gardens. Anybody who likes flowers had to appreciate the plantings here. Our second stop, Fort Langley, had to be postponed because of excessive event traffic in the area so we just headed for Burnaby and our campground. Tonight was pizza night and one of our fellow caravan members had a birthday; so Tanna got a big birthday cake and we celebrated.
The next few days appear to be extremely busy so I will have one final entry this weekend after we conclude.