Day 4 started out with rain. We ducked into the Revelstoke Railway Museum before heading for the Upper Arrow Lakes ferry, about 1 hour drive away. The museum was definitely worth-while. We had to run through the outside part though, because it was quite wet!! The ferry ride was nice. The sky was overcast, but that gives a different view of the scenery all around you. Kind of mystical. We drove to our B&B in Nelson. The Cloudside Inn is just what the name promises. We had to climb many steps to reach our “penthouse suite” in the B&B. But was it ever worth-while! Too bad it was raining so we could not enjoy as much of Nelson as we had hoped. But we found a wonderful little restaurant, the “All Seasons Café” (it took a while to find it as it was quite tucked away).
Next day promised to be a better day. Our itinerary showed we were heading for Summerland in the Okanagan. On the way we checked out Paulson Bridge (go down to the bottom of the page on this link to read about Paulson Bridge), about 16 km north of Christina Lake as well as Christina Lake itself. We stopped and wandered around the small town of Greenwood, with its wild west atmosphere. The sun was shining happily by this time. On we went, to Osoyoos. We almost ended up living there, about 27 years ago. It was a small, sleepy, desert town then. After soaking up sun and sights (and the 26°C), we drove to our next destination: Summerland.
I am quoting here what is written on the sign, high above Osoyoos:
“A valley north and south, a sand spit east and west – this was the crossroads of the centuries. First Nations travelled these lands for millenia. Large rocks laid by these early travellers created a bridge between the lake shores. Down the valley on historic trails came the laden horses of the Fur Brigades from 1824 to 1848. Later, miners, ranchers and settlers streamed northward. The historic Dewdney Trail crossed the sand spit on its way to the distant eastern gold fields and the legendary Wild Horse country. Routes of the past – highways of today”.