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Day 40 - Driving the Coquihalla

semi-overcast 9 °C

This morning, we left Vancouver and drove to Sicamous, BC.

We drove the Coquihalla Highway Route which follows the Coquihalla River through the Canadian Cascade mountains. The summit of this route is between Hope and Merritt. This summit is called the Coquihalla Pass. This summit is 1,244 metres high (4,081 feet).

This route, while being very steep in places, provides a shorter route to Kamloops, BC from Vancouver. This route is very popular with the trucking industry. This highway was closed last week due to heavy snowfall. This highway is also highlighted on the television program "Highway Thru Hell". We had a very good drive but the television program features accidents which happen due to poor road conditions and maybe poor driving.

We do not have pictures of the Coquihalla route because Reta was driving.

We stopped at a visitor centre just outside Merritt, BC.

Merritt BC from the Visitors Centre

Merritt BC from the Visitors Centre

BC Visitors Centre

BC Visitors Centre

Snow and mountains

Snow and mountains

We noticed a young man who appeared to prefer causing yellow snow rather than visiting the washroom in the visitors centre.

Admiring the view or answering nature's call

Admiring the view or answering nature's call

We drove on from Merritt and passed the Shuswap Lakes. This photo is the best of the photos taken of reflections in one of the lakes.

Reflections on a Shuswap Lake

Reflections on a Shuswap Lake

We are spending the night at a very comfortable hotel in the small community of Sicamous, BC.

Posted by A-RPoulton 21:24 Archived in Canada

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