Okanagan Valley to Salmon Arm
Vernon Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
June 10th, 2010 – by: restless_soul
As we headed out of the Vancouver area, and its many suburbs, we made a quick stop in Hope to fill up our gas tank (I've been told by numerous people always to fill up the tank in Hope, apparently they offer some very competitive prices on gas, although I'm not overly convinced of this myself) With our tanks full and our eyes set on reaching Vernon as soon as possible, we decided on taking the slightly less scenic Coquihalla Highway to Merritt and then catch the Okanagan Connector.
5 hours later...we happily arrived in Vernon.
In true road tripping spirit none of us had pre-arranged any accommodations, so after comparing rates we settled on the Holiday Inn. (Which I give two big thumbs up!) And crashed for the night.
The next day we headed up to Salmon Arm to check out the area. First impression - WOW. Shuswap Lake is stunning, and the town Salmon Arm itself is filled with personality- not to mention nice patios to enjoy a cold beverage.
We first dropped in to the tourist information center to ask about anyplace/anything that we should check out while in the area, and were pointed in the direction of Sunnybrae Provincal Park and Herald Provincal Park. With our lunch in hand, we jumped back into the car and took off towards the parks.
Sunnybrae P.P. is an awesome place to stop and enjoy lunch alongside the lake. So scenic, peaceful and quiet. I'd highly suggest you go in for a refreshing swim here even though I didn't. (I was hoping Okanagan Lake would be just as warm when we got there... it wasn't.) We didn't spend nearly enough time exploring Herald P.P, but Margaret Falls (and the 500m trek to it) was well worth the time and small parking fee.
I haven't mentioned much of Vernon, and to be honest I don't think there is much to talk about. Everything about this place should make it impressive (it is surrounded by 3 separate lakes ) but it just felt like any other little city. I am forever grateful to my friend who suggested we check out Silver Star Mountain Resort when we arrived back in town.
Silver Star lies right outside of town and as an avid skier I felt compelled to check out the place as a potential winter destination.
Not gonna lie, I was looking forward to moving on to Kelowna the next morning.
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