Today we said good bye to our lovely Vancouver hosts, and hit the road ready to navigate our way through the city traffic and across Lions Gate Bridge and onto the Sea to Sky Highway, our destination for the night Kamloops.
We managed to navigate the city traffic without incident, and soon found ourselves on the Sea to Sky Highway with some of the most spectacular views a highway could possibly have!
There was a little tourist pullover to signal the start of the highway at Horseshoe Bay, where we of course pulled over.
We were very happy to see these little guys again – Bear Bins = we not in the city anymore !!
We haven’t introduced our wheels yet. This is Rodger, he looks a little clean right now, but hopefully we might sort that out before too long!
It wasn’t too long before we were pulling over again, and i’m getting the feeling this is going to be a long day (little did i know!).
Our next stop was Furry Creek, where we parked alongside the railway line, made our way across the railway line and followed a dirt track – which may have a been a golf cart track down to the water edge of Howe Sound.
The flowers growing along the pathway/golf cart track were just beautiful.
We decided to backtrack a little as we missed the turn off for Porteau Cove Provincial Park.
Next adventure stop – Shannon Falls Provincial Park – home to Shannon Falls, the 3rd highest waterfalls in British Columbia.
The park was quite busy and after a few drive arounds and almost deciding to drive on we finally scored a park, and we were very glad we did, the park is stunning.
What we didn’t know was that from Shannon Falls PP, we could actually walk to the Sea to Sky Gondola. The walk was really pretty through lovely green forest and it wasn’t too difficult or too long.
As we emerged out of the forest, we could see the cable car above our heads.
We grabbed our tickets from the counter
Joined the queue and waited for our chariot to arrive.
We arrived at the top, and if a cable car ride wasn’t enough, there was a suspension bridge at the top! Day Made !!!
As you rise from the water’s edge on the valley floor, the view opens up before you: the bright blue water of Howe Sound, dotted with green islands and backed by the steep mountains of the Coast Range; the majestic Stawamus Chief; and a bird’s eye view of the town of Squamish with the rugged, snow-capped mountains to the north.
The views were totally stunning, spectacular, beautiful – all the words you can think of!
Howe Sound …
Suspension Bridge fun …
Before too long it was time to join the queue to head back down the mountain, and continue our onward journey.
The last leg
Those views …
We walked back to the car and rejoined the highway. With the snow melt well and truly underway, the colours of the water and the rushing water were just too much for me and there were a few random roadside stops.
The next planned stop was Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. We made our way across the railway tracks again and followed the path to the falls.
The 70-meter (230 ft) falls have their origin in the Powder Mountain Icefield to the west, and are formed by the lip of a lava flow flanking the west bank of the Cheakamus River.
Looking downstream to Daisy Lake.
From Brandywine Falls we made our way to Vancouver’s summer and winter playground – Whistler Mountain. Unfortunately, the cable car wasn’t running, so we wandered the village a little bit, watching all the mountain bike riders come careening down the mountain at break neck speeds before settling on a little pub for a drink and feed.
By this time it was early 7pm (you have to love the long Northern summer endless hours of daylight days), and i had estimated we still had about 5 hours drive Kamloops. Obviously this didn’t stop the random (and many) roadside stops.
The railway line was running alongside the road and the river as we left Whistler and it was one of those “Canadian” shots i had to grab.
At every bend the temptation to stop and get this shot, that shot was always to hard to pass up.
As the sun began to set the light hitting the top of the mountains was just beautiful.
As we hit Duffey Lake, the light was almost gone in front of us, and the colour was just hanging on behind us, and i knew i had to stop and grab a few shots.
With light well and truly disappearing, it was time to get serious about the drive and focus on getting to Kamloops before the sun was up!
We arrived about midnight, after a few detours, and few hectic sections due to some serious wildfires burning through the surrounding areas. Tonight’s accommodation was the Ramada in Kamlooops, and we were very glad to climb into that bed.