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A May 2010 trip to British Columbia by MagdaDH_AlexH

McConnell Lake Provincial Park Photo, Kamloops, British Columbia More Photos
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The first bear

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Driving through Yoho Photo, Yoho National Park, British Columbia
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I have waited for close to a year with writing about Yoho National Park in Canada and I find it hard to explain my reluctance as it was one of the most beautiful, striking, interesting and special places we have seen in Canada. Or maybe that is what explains the reluctance, as I feel that the brief encounters we had with its beauty cannot possibly do the place any justice. Yoho is the smallest of the Rockies' national parks, and is located between Lake Louise and Golden, centering on the village of Field. We hire a car in Lake Louise - it's only a little bit more expensive and will give us a chance to stop and detour on the way. Soon, a little red Dodge is all ours and after a ...Read More

Emerald Lake detour

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Yoho, near Emerald Lake Photo, Yoho National Park, British Columbia
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On the way back from Golden to Lake Louise we drive again through Yoho National Park, and again, and luckily, it's a reasonable day with fair weather. We don't have much time as we don't want to miss our bus, but we can still in a detour or two and from many potentially beautiful spots we pick the Emerald Lake. The turn-of is a couple of miles west of Field and it takes us along a decent minor road (open all year round, unlike many other side roads around here). The first stop is what is called "Natural Bridge", despite the fact that rock arch over the Kicking Horse River has now fallen in. But the spot is still supremely beautiful, with a river tumbling noisily between the rocks, eroding ...Read More
Photo of Golden, British Columbia
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We have a day in Golden, BC before coming back to Alberta to catch a bus along the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise. As we have a hire car, it seems worth making use of it to explore further and faster than public transport options would let us, but there is so much to see and so little time.We start off on the Trans-Canada towards Revelstoke, with the idea of having a look at the Glacier National Park. Golden is green in these first days of May. It feels like getting out of ever-winter in Narnia-like Alberta to a fresh spring. There is a lacy spray of pale, almost yellow green on birches and all the other trees are coming to life too. As the road climbs up towards Rogers Pas...Read More

Jita's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Cool Community Cafe"

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Jita's cafe, located somewhat on the outskirts of Golden, was very handy for us – in the closest shopping area to our host's home – and we visited twice during our two-day stay in Golden. It's an Indian restaurant as well as a cafe, but I can't comment on the quality of food as we only had a samosa and a couple of muffins, which were OK but a bit politically correct in the whole-food direction. My experience of Indian food in Canada (and Australia for that matter) was generally underwhelming, though Jita's samosas were quite satisfactory. The cafe has, however, a good atmosphere, with a slightly dark interior, a bit ethnic but not overwhelmingly so, with a real community-place ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2011

Jita's Cafe
B-1007 11th Ave South
Golden, British Columbia

McConnell Lake Provincial Park

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Attraction | "Seasonal confusion in Kamloops"

McConnell Lake Provincial Park Photo, Kamloops, British Columbia
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We arrive in Kamloops by train close to midnight and make our way to our host's place by cab. Our Kamloops host is a cool lady indeed, a well travelled, sociable and easy going person who seems happy to show us around (and have us hang around). I still can't get my head round the weather here and now. The Rockies, couple of hundred miles east, are still in the grip of winter, while here in Kamloops there are lilacs in bloom, and everything is green. Children jump on the trampoline in t-shirts and without shoes and the sun is hot. I have even contemplated putting some sunscreen on. And yet, even here the seasons can't quite decide what they are doing.On our first day it's hot an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2011

McConnell Lake Provincial Park
35 km south of Kamloops
Kamloops, British Columbia

Inlet's End

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The end of the Burrard Inlet Photo, Port Moody, British Columbia
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Port Moody qualifies as "inland BC" only just – in fact it lies at the end of the Burrard Inlet which is one of the main inlets on which Vancouver spreads out. Technically a part of metro Vancouver area, Port Moody is a municipality of its own and feels miles away from the cosmopolitan beat of Vancouver's centre. Port Moody is typical suburbia, a middle class sprawl whose only saving grace is the Rocky Point Park. The park is adjacent to the inlet and covers 8 acres – but due to being narrow and extended along the shore, feels bigger – including a great playground, a spray park (in the summer – it was closed in May when we visited) a boat launch and a pier. Beyond the mostly open, grassy a...Read More