Blue Lake Resort
We camped at this resort just south of Boston Bar on our way to Vancouver. There really aren't any facilities to speak of here, the laundry area is so run-down I wouldn't set foot in it (or the showers). But this is such a pretty spot, it's still well worth a visit.
Access to the resort is via an old logging road. It is steep and twisty and not for the faint of heart! We had a 25' RV and maneuvered the road with no problems. (hubby is a logging truck driver, so he has plenty of experience on these roads!)
The little lake at the resort is beautiful. It's also as cold as can be! This is a really nice quiet spot to camp with your family.
HOPE - Chainsaw carving Capital.
Chainsaw carving began as a community project in 1991 and now there are over 30 bigger-than-life carvings throughout Hope and the Fraser Canyon area, carved by two local chainsaw artists, Pete Ryan, born in Toronto in l950, and Dr.Robert Forde DC.a local chiropractor.
It all started with a large tree in Memorial Park that was diagnosed with a bad case of root rot. While local residents anguished over the loss of the tree, artist Pete Ryan suggested that there might be a way to gain something positive from the situation.
The tree was cut down from a high point on the trunk, so that a 12ft stump remained behind. He then set to work on the stump with his chainsaws. The result was a carving of a bald eagle with a salmon in it's talons. (I did take a photograph of this parcicular carving, but because it was in amongst all the other trees, it came out dark, and undistinguishable, so I deleted it. )
In 1990 Hope was struggling to come to terms with the face that a number of trees in Memorial Park were afflicted with root rot, and would have to be removed. That is when Pete Ryan came forward with his ingenious idea.
Take a look at the complexity of the carving, and marvel at the dexterity of the carvers.
There is a walking tour that visitors can follow to view all of the carvings. Suggest you go to the Hope Visitor InfoCentre to enquire where any new carvings may be, and pick up a copy of the tour.
I have put other pictures of the carvings under the "things to do" heading, just to show you some to look out for.
One of the most awesome sights in the Hope area is the view of the Hope Slide. where a natural disaster killed four people over 35 years ago.
Early on the morning of January 9th, l965 Johnson Peak collapsed sending tons of rock, mud and trees onto the Crowsnest Highway #3 just southeast of Hope. Three vehicles and their four occupants stopped by an earlier small snow slide, were caught in the wave of mud which swept back into the valley from the south side. Two victims were never found. The extent of the damage is still clearly visible.
I was not able to photograph Johnsons Peak as the tour coach only slowed down, not stopping at all.
Please read the website for interesting facts regarding this, and landslides their differences etc. click here Hope Slide
SURVIVOR 2006 - Ross Lake
And so it began....
4 years of Survivor games and it had come down to Survivor - Ross Lake.
The teams were set: Cirque du Banane, Purple Nurples, Tightey Whiteys, Rhymes with Red, Green Machines, and Brown Cows.
They came, they played, they laughed.
"Our fearless organizer"
Analise, aka Mama Bear, had taken on the arduous task of organizing the Canada Day Survivor for 50 people. Not only did she organize the games, the food, and the prizes, she did it all with a smile on her face and while sick.
The games were a blast and a better weekend could not have happened!
Survivors were equipped with a T-shirt and team "buffs."
All were in on the action, including parents, children, and dogs.
It was a very fun, very supportive, very Canadian weekend!
Survivors were placed here, at Ross Lake Provincial Campground, B.C., Canada.
While being picturesque, there was one major concerns...the dreaded mosquito. Luckily, most of the Survivors were native British Columbians and had brought along the highly effective OFF to avoid pesky mosquito bites.
However, nothing could prepare them for....the walk through Chittenden Meadow....dun dun duunnnnnnnn!
The Tighety Whiteys!!!!
They came, they played, they conquered!!! Yes, my team one the survivor team championships...with help from me on the first day.
However, on the second day, in a twist that could only happen on Survivor, Mama bear swapped contestants and I ended up being a Banana. But white at heart, I supported my teammates in their quest for victory!
"We're white, we're tight, we're gonna win the fight!!"
Fi, Steph, and I made the long trip up to Ross Lake together.
Battling allergies and mosquitos, we had an awesome weekend.
From day one, we were known as "The Party Girls" after making a long trip down the mountain to the liquor store to ensure we had an adequate supply of drinks for the weekend...
...however, the irony is that we hardly drank any of the beer we bought and were some of the first people to hit the hay. Well, live and learn.
"The Youngest Survivor"
We had survivors of all ages and abilities.
This was the youngest survivor by far...and he was a hoot. In and out of the water, in and out of the dirt, there was no where this little man wouldn't go.
What an exciting show to watch!