Rewind Day 1: On the Kettle Valley line

We packed up all our things and left Vancouver early in the morning. But our summer adventure wasn’t quite over yet.

With a small 3-car convoy, loaded with siblings, cousins, and one large dog, we headed back to the Okanagan.

By then, forest fires had been burning for a number of weeks in the Okanagan, and the Croswnest (Highway 3) was closed due to fire. We took the Coquihalla (Highway 5).

The main difference is that the 3 is curvier, and the 5 is steeper and faster (120km/hr).

When it was first built, my dad took us out on the new highway “just to check it out”.

My most hated feature: when the driver ahead of you slows down going through the snowsheds. Noooooooo!

We had a pick nick in Hope in that park we always stopped in on every single childhood road trip ever.

We drove all the way to Lake Okanagan.

Some stats:

  • Eagles: 5
  • Clear cut: 1
  • Open pit mine: 1
  • Total distance: 7100 km

And how did my hippy dad find the Coquihalla? “Far out” of course.

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