The warmest lake in Canada so far

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
Trip End Oct 31, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

From Radium we went to Nelson via the free ferry service. It was a very pretty journey and we were amazed that the 30-minute scenic ferry was still free when there was an alternative road. Driving around there, it reminded us a bit of New Zealand. We stopped at one secluded bay for a picnic lunch and I felt I could have been at Day's Bay in Wellington, except for the non-salty lake water of course, but the light clarity made me feel like I was back home.

We ran into two New Zealand women (one living in Vancouver and the other over visiting) while waiting for the ferry. We then gave the girl in the cafe a hard time about her ice cream flavours for a laugh: "What, you don't sell or even know about hokey pokey ice cream? What a shame!" They did have an orange and liquorice variety and that was very good.
I had visited Nelson when I had come to Canada for a ski trip in 1999 and it was equally charming the second time around: arty, scenic and friendly. We spent a couple of days in the library, prepping for interviews and doing written tests. I even had a phone interview in the lobby of a hotel, unwilling to pay the huge long distance charges for taking the call on my cellphone and unable to find an outside pay phone with a soundproof shell (I still find it strange that I have to pay for incoming calls).

We had a couple of meals at the lookout in the park behind the town and it was a lovely spot.
From Nelson we drove on to Osoyoos through increasingly dry country that looked a bit like Alexandra in New Zealand and indeed, they are both strong fruit growing regions. 
There were a few steep descents and we were interested to see these 'run ways' or rough tracks leading uphill from the main road where trucks can go if their brakes fail. Luckily we didn't have to make use of them.
We had a late evening swim in Lake Osoyoos, which was the warmest lake we have swum in yet but it was very weedy. Part of the Osoyoos township is on an isthmus between two bits of the lakes and we had dinner watching the sun going down behind one side of the lake. It was a tranquil spot.
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