Howe Sound, The Fraser Canyon, Cat’s Lake, Cayoosh Creek, Kalamalka Lake, Squilax General Store, Turtle Valley, Wood Lake, near Kamloops, Tantalus Range
Spectacular Howe Sound is North America’s and Vancouver’s playground for sailing, diving, camping, hiking, and a host of other recreational activities extending from West Vancouver to north till Squamish. Surrounded by peaks, the scenic Sea to Sky Highway 99 and that Railway, with many islands including Bowen Island, Gambier Island, Keats Island, and Anvil Island. Also the well-known Porteau Cove provincial Park.
The communities along the coast are Squamish, Britannia Beach, Lions Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Port Mellon, Langdale, and Gibsons.
The Fraser Canyon
The Fraser Canyon is a part of the Fraser River where it flows rapidly through rocks in the Coast Mountains on the way from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley.
Cat Lake is a small lake near Squamish BC. Has a beach and is a perfect place for fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. It has small campsites. Gravel road access. Opens May 15
Cayoosh Creek River
This is the area of the streams which connect Seton Lake and the Cayoosh Creek basin to the Fraser, adding the Cayoosh Creek basin itself. Near Lillooet.
Kalamalka Lake. Along Highway 97, between Vernon and Oyama, “The Lake of Many Colours” attract swimmers, fishermen, waterskiers and sunbathers to the naturall coves and warm rocks at Kalamalka Provincial Park. Named by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world with the changes of temperatures during spring or autom takes different colors from green, vivid blue or deep blue. Hiking, swimming, riding horses and wildlife viewing are some of the activities you can enjoy.
The park’s name, Kekuli, refers to the homes built and inhabited by the Interior Salish natives. Evidence of Kekuli pits can still be found in the park. Also a warning Kalamalka lake was used in the Second Wold War for the artillery and there some lost shells if you see any of them report them to the park official.
There are campgrounds, sandy beaches, walking trails, playground, picnic facility, pit, showers and toilettes. Fees are collected from April 1 to October 31
Squilax General Store
The historic Squilax General Store, the hostel sits on Shuswap Lake, one of the province’s most popular summer vacation destinations for swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and hiking. The hostel features three converted Canadian National Cabooses (rail cars) as sleeping quarters. Organic grocery store on site. Tenting also available. Hostel pets on site.
Turtle Valley, Wood Lake, near Kamloops. Tantalus Range between Squamish and Lillooet.
In the heart of the Shuswap, 26 mines west of Salmon Arm, Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club provides you with the finest practice facilities.
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