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.
Such spectacular scenery! I hope the weather is as much so. Your lake loop was an area that Mer and I bypassed in our urgency to get to Lake Louise, the only common track being Canada 1 from Golden across the Rockies. If you get the chance (and this gets to you in time), don’t forget to visit the Banff Park Museum, the fascinating but somewhat overwhelming tribute to the slaughter of Canadian wildlife.
Didn’t get to the museum, too many other things to see. Posts to come soon.
Sounds like a busy week. Glad you were able to see so much.
Many thanks to Rob for all the great suggestions on places to go. We had a fabulous time.
Did you visit Sandon on the way to New Denver? I’m curious if the museum is still open and the condition of the road up to Idaho Peak.
We did go up to Sandon, the museum is still there but we did not stop at it, as we initially thought it was closed. We went partially up the road to Idaho Peak and the road seamed in pretty good shape. The town itself seems pretty run down (even for a ghost town). Someone is using it as a storage lot and has brought in about 20 of the old electric trolley buses from Vancouver. They look to be from the 50’s and 60’s and are very cool but don’t belong there. There are also semi trailers, heavy equipment and that sort of stuff stored up there. Too bad.