It was time to start the climb up and through the Canadian Rockies. There were a lot of small lakes and streams along the way. The main road is built along and follows the path of the streams. Lots of winding and at times lots of climbing. Some areas had snow and others had none at all. I don’t know how the locals drive some of these roads regularly. They are so high at times above canyons and cliffs. It is a loooooooooong way to the bottom. Another neat thing was the wildlife overpasses. Instead of car overpasses, in some places they had wildlife overpasses so the animals could cross the road back and forth without being on the highway. Almost all the areas along the highway had very high heavy fencing along the road so the elk and deer couldn’t run out on the road. Then every so far, there would be an overpass over the road so that they could cross over. Visiting their friends, I guess. Once into British Columbia, we stopped at the visitor centre in Golden and got a bunch of maps and tourist info. By afternoon the temperature had gone up to a balmy 51F. Not hot, but sure warmer than this morning. We stopped at Sicamous for the night and enjoyed a barbeque cooked up by chef Graham.
The next morning we were off to Vernon and stopped there to visit former Elmira Sugar King Andrew Coburn. He is playing hockey in Vernon. After a nice lunch and visit with Andrew, we made our way through the Okanagan Valley to Kelowna and stayed with Ron and Liz Ruppel. We stayed at their house for the night and then in the morning we were up and moving on to Vancouver. It is a beautiful drive through the valley area along Lake Okanagan. The road we travelled on was crazy to drive on, but it was worth it to see the spectacular scenery. We went through the Roger’s Pass on this stretch of driving and reached an altitude of 5,619 feet. The temperature dropped quite a bit. It was high enough for me, and I was glad when we eventually started making our descent.