Places to Go



After our great family vacation this summer we didn’t think we would find ourselves on the road again so soon, but it seems we have the travel gene and can’t quite shake it off. In order to satisfy the wanderlust we decided to take the opportunity to visit family closer to home – four hours north-west of Vancouver – Kamloops!


Driving through the valley and up into the mountains was eerily familiar – it brought back memories of our big trip as the landscapes are so often similar… The funniest part was the kids asking constantly “Are we still in Canada? Do they speak English in Kamloops? Is there different money? Did we cross a border yet?” This is a side effect of taking Canadian kids across a continent with 50 different countries and 23(ish) languages that is roughly the size of our entire country… Geography lessons on the horizon. Anyway… first stop, Hope.




After all that driving (and a lot of questions from the back seat) we arrived hungry in downtown Kamloops. Lucky for us, we were advised to have brunch at Hello Toast – I remembered this tiny restaurant from my last visit and was happy to eat here again. We were lucky enough to get a table right away, but if we had waited it would have been worth it – the food is absolutely delicious…


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Our next stop was the BC Wildlife Park… DSCN3838

…which offered this disclaimer:


They must be talking about these animals:

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We have been at the park in the fall before but not with weather like this – our luck held out with sun all day and we made the most of it. (I have to give credit to Miss G. – she is the photographer for most of the pictures in this post…)

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The landscape is unique and lovely – big sky, big texture, soft colours… so beautiful.

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We followed our day at the wildlife park with a visit to Mimi and Cowboy’s farm at Pinantan Lake… another gorgeous drive…

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…to find the menagerie waiting for us! Mocha…


Mumble and Satchmo…




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Best part of the trip to the farm: watching my city kids (experienced farm hands after this summer) mucking out the chicken coop:


…because all kids should have the chance to get dirty once in awhile.


And so all good things must end. We followed our mountain road home again (too soon!)… but are already looking forward to a spring trip and farm fresh eggs…

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