We finally set out on our own, traveling by car, from Vancouver to Kamloops. We were heading towards the Canadian Rockies for about a week. We had a couple ways we could go to get to our destination by car. The fastest way would have been to take the Trans Canadian Highway straight to Kamloops, which Google Maps says is around 3.5 hours. Instead we went up the Sea to Sky Highway through Whistler, which added 2 hours to the journey. We took this route because we wanted to see as much of Canada as possible, and we thought this route would do that. Next time we do this trip (if we do it again, and hopefully we will) we will take the shorter route option.
The car pick up was quite easy as it was only around the block from our hotel. When we got there they informed us that they had two cars for us, but obviously we only needed one. They gave us a Nissan Sentra, red, with no guts whatsoever. I can’t say too many bad things about the car, it did get us from point A to point B. It never broke down and was quite economical, but it would have been nice to have a bit more grunt under the hood.
About an hour out of Vancouver we came to Shannon Falls. We wanted to stretch our legs for a while and this was the perfect place to do that. The first thing that hit us was the noise of the water and then we looked up. It had been raining the night before which resulted in a massive amour of water coming over the falls. It was a very impressive sight to see so close to the road. This was a great place to walk around and take photos! We took photos of the falls and river, plus we even took photos of the fungus and moss. This was something the lady in the information building had never seen anyone do before.
We stopped in Whistler for lunch. We tried Boston Pizza. The food was nice, but far too spicy for our tastes. The atmosphere in the place wasn’t the best either, with a table of drunken youths hollering and screaming, and otherwise making fools of themselves. Whistler really wasn’t our sort of place. I’d say it caters to the younger generation white well, but no to us.
Younger generation… We were only in our mid 30’s when we took this trip. It’s not like we are that much older than them, but we are old enough to notice the difference.
After Whistler there was a lot of driving. Kim took over driving and I passed out for a while. I wanted to stay awake, but my body had other ideas. Kim did wake me up after a period of time to see a lake and the mountains we were driving past. Not long after this we came to the small town of Lillooet. We had to make a turn off to stay on course here, and I was in charge of the map. The map wasn’t enlarged enough for me to distinguish between the two directions, so we ended up driving through downtown Lillooet, instead of going across the bridge and out of town. I’m sure the people who live here are very nice, but the town reminded us of Queenstown, on the west coast of Tasmania. It looked a little dodgy and we really didn’t want to get stuck here for any reason. A quick U-turn got us back on track and we made sure we crossed the bridge out of town.
We made it to Kamloops, and our hotel, in the mid-afternoon and proceeded to have a relaxing swim in their pool. The hotel, Holiday Inn Express Kamloops, was quite nice, but our floor was under construction. The room was good, but the hallway was a work site. It didn’t matter to us as we were only staying the one night. That evening we had dinner at a place called Chapters Viewpoint restaurant. It was a very nice dinner with a good view of the lights of Kamloops. It looked to be of a similar size compared to our home, Launceston, Tasmania. We were entertained by a group sitting next to us who were trying to figure out the lyrics of “Waltzing Matilda”. They never quite understood what it all meant.
After dinner we returned to the hotel for a good nights rest. Tomorrow we would be driving onto Golden. The day was one we would rather forget, but that is for the next blog post.