Bill, Mary Ellen & Bowie - Newfoundland 2018 travel blog

Mile "0" in Victoria

Dipping Toes in Salish Sea

Similkimeen River beside our camp site

Day 1 and 2

We decided that an appropriate start to our journey should be Mile “0” on the Trans Canada hwy at the foot of Douglas St in Victoria; then a dip of our toes into the Salish Sea (Pacific waters) at Island View Beach for the classic touristy start to a trip that spans ocean to ocean. As we head off the island in a mad rush we realize that we have forgotten some key items (sitting at home on the dresser)! What is a trip without forgetting something? Our first stop is not a lovely vista of the Fraser River or a lush park were we camp for the night, it is IKEA so we can pick up items for the newlyweds and drop them off in Kelowna on our way east. What all good parents do right! Our drive to Kelowna takes us through a favourite area, Manning Park and a small campground near the Eastgate. The Similkameen River is near the top of its banks and we camp right beside it as the water roars past us. It is quite a sight to see but also means that we could hit some road problems soon and we do as the first closure due to flood and avalanche issues reroute us north at Princeton. Weather forecast advises of more trouble as we move east as the flooding will only get worse with warmer temperatures. We are stopping for 2 nights in Kelowna and by the time we leave temperatures are supposed to soar to 30C. As a side note we are stopped in the same campground we had to flee after a wind storm and fire forced us to evacuate 2 years ago. Ironically it is flooding which is the concern now.

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