We spent the night in the very small town of New Denver, again an old mining town that in it’s prime had hopes of becoming bigger than its namesake in the south, Denver Colorado. New Denver has great historical significance now as the site of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre. Click here for more info on the story of the forceable internment of 22,000 Japanese Canadians during WWII.
The next day we continued north, driving along the gorgeous Upper Arrow Lake, which is actually a widening of the mighty Columbia River. The Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes are an amazing 143 miles long and this portion of our journey involved going across Upper Arrow Lake on a ferry. Surrounded by mountains, blue skies and crystal clear water, we enjoyed a free 20 min ferry ride from Galena to Shelter Bay. Once over we continued north and then eventually picked up Trans Canada Hwy 1 in Revelstoke and headed directly east toward the Rockies.
We spent the night at a eco-adventure ranch in Golden that specialized in paragliding. The place was hopping with people who jump off the cliffs of the mountains high above us. They even offered tandem paragliding and Leonard asked me if I wanted to do it….. not a chance!
Tomorrow we plan to head into the Rocky Mountains, but it is a long weekend coming up and we have no reservations, so we’ll hope for the best.