Albas Falls

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Morning After. The rain cleared away a lot of the haziness from the fires.
Shuswap Lake is shaped in a sort of X or H shape it has four main arms that branch out.  This really is a very huge lake and we did not traverse all of it during our 7 day trip.  We started in Salmon Arm, visited Seymour Arm, and then Anestey Arm before making our way back.  This lake is known as the house boating capital of Canada.    There were a lot of houseboats everywhere.  Especially when it was time to beach for the night, and also the Narrows area which is the intersection between all the different arms- lots of boat traffic there.  The Narrows have two floating sea stores with a gas station, dump station, restaurant, and store.  The stores prices were inflated.
  For instance, a bottle of pepsi cost $3, an ice cream bar anywhere from $2.50- $3.80 depending on what type you wanted.  This is Canadian dollars... but when you pay in USD they still give you change in Canadian.... so basically we didn't get an exchange rate.   The gas in the narrows is cheaper than at Twin Anchors marina which we took advantage of.  

Basically, our days consisted of swim, fish, kayak, sun bathe, eat, sleep, cruise, and repeat.  The days went by slowly.  I loved when the ship was moving.... sitting on the top deck with the breeze blowing in your face and surrounded by beautiful views all around..... pure bliss.

Most of the beaches were pebbly or rocky with a sandy beach showing up once in a while.  Albas Falls beach was sandy, very beautiful and very popular.
   There were many houseboaters anchored in this area.   Steamboat bay was just around the corner, more pebbly but with no one in sight so we moved there for the night.  We visited Albas Falls which had a beautiful trail leading to it.  The trail is a loop, but we came back the way we started, because I had hijacked a very sculptural rock from the falls (for my coffee table) and it was very heavy.   The whole area is filled with beautiful rocks.... and this will serve as a beautiful sculpture and a great memory jog from this trip.   Not many people made the effort to go up to the falls, which is a shame because it is a very nice hike.... especially if you don't wear flip flops like
I did, lol.  I only brought beach clothes and a windbreaker.... no sneakers or hiking shoes.... thinking we would be on water the whole time.   I then made the hike in flip flops and got a strap burn on one of my feet... because the trail was rocky and bit steep at times.

Anyway, I really liked Seymour arm and wouldn't mind a return trip here.   The water was very clear, and warm... and the views were of course spectacular.
ranlap says:
How can I drive to Albas falls trail? I am a widower, when my wife was a junior ranger she helped build that trail and I want to take our kids to see it. Pam was very proud of being part of the building crew. She was 16 when the trail was built and the way she talked about it, it was one of the most significant accomplishments in her life.
Posted on: Aug 12, 2011
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Morning After.  The rain cleared a…
Morning After. The rain cleared …
Warm, clear water between Albas Fa…
Warm, clear water between Albas F…
Exploring the shoreline by kayak.
Exploring the shoreline by kayak.
Albas Falls beach... lots of house…
Albas Falls beach... lots of hous…
Large raindrops made for a surreal…
Large raindrops made for a surrea…
Morning after.
Morning after.
Morning after
Morning after
Photos dont do this view any just…
Photos don't do this view any jus…
The rotting mushroom I found at th…
The rotting mushroom I found at t…
Albas Falls
Albas Falls
This was a very grand water fall. …
This was a very grand water fall.…
I dont know very much about photo…
I don't know very much about phot…
A very rocky portion of the trail.…
A very rocky portion of the trail…
Some places had trees that were sa…
Some places had trees that were s…
This stump was great for taking pi…
This stump was great for taking p…
Sun streaming through the trees.
Sun streaming through the trees.
Benches along the trail... in case…
Benches along the trail... in cas…
Boats looking for a spot to park f…
Boats looking for a spot to park …
The two sea stores in the Narrows.
The two sea stores in the Narrows.
I love tug boats they look so cart…
I love tug boats they look so car…
The guy with the spot light on his…
The guy with the spot light on hi…
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