Canada 2017 travel blog

Chainsaw carving at Hope

Another beautiful chainsaw carving

A carving by a different artist

I couldn't see the top of the Hope Slide because of cloud

The story of the Hope Slide


Today is really the beginning of my trip because now I’m finally heading east. I was a bit slow this morning but left Fort Langley just before 10:00am, heading back through Chilliwack on Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway, to Hope.

Hope started its existence as Fort Hope, also another Hudson’s Bay Company trading post but the main reason I stopped here was to see the famous chain saw carvings. They’re so intricate that I’m sure they’re not all done by chainsaw – there must be finishing-off work by something finer.

I had thought of stopping at Hope because there’s a very nice-looking RV park there but it was only noon, so I pushed on, leaving Highway 1 & taking the very scenic Crowsnest Highway through Princeton to Osoyoos.

It wasn’t a fast road because most of the time I was either crossing mountain passes or following beautiful river valleys until I approached Osoyoos where there were a multitude of orchards & wineries.

All the fruit trees were in blossom which was very beautiful but it also meant it was too early in the season for any of the roadside markets to be open, which was a shame & I’m not inclined to call into any of the scores of wineries.

I’m staying at Nk'mip RV Park which, as the name suggests, is run by a First Nation tribe. I have a site right on the shore of Lake Osoyoos but the sun was wrong for a photo this afternoon so I’ll take one tomorrow morning.



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