The following series entitled ‘Crossing Canada’ is a photographic journey depicting a recent driving tour from the lower mainland of British Columbia, heading east along the Trans Canada highway to Toronto Ontario.
Our tour started at our beautiful home in Mission, BC – a town of about 30,000 located in the Fraser Valley.
From the first day I set foot in the Fraser Valley, I was in awe of the incredible mountain views, the rolling farmland and the green lush environs. Truly it is a beautiful place.
Winters are very mild, often resulting in a lack of snowfall. Last winter season the local ski hill was unable to open due to a complete lack of snow.
Though it does rain from time to time, it is far from validation of the rumours that BC rains ‘all the time’. That just isn’t true.
You have to head up north or to the east to experience a “proper Canadian winter”.
We chose to take highway 3 for this, our departure tour, primarily so we could visit family. Toronto is a long way away (approximately 4,800km) and we were unsure of when we would be afforded this option again.
This route, also known as the ‘Crowsnest Pass’ takes us through Keremeos – famous for its fruit – and alongside the Similkameen River.
The Similkameen is a relatively shallow body of water, clean and clear – but known to have sections of raging force until the spring run off has moved through.
A handful of teenagers died tubing in her waters not long before we started our trip.
The scenery changes up here. The mountain ranges become more sparse, dotted with fewer trees and the landscape is significantly drier.
Because of the hot, dry climate, the area is perfect for growing fruit.
Trees and vines of all sorts, supplied with irrigation, dominate the landscape throughout the region.
Eventually the fruit trees give way to more desert like conditions deemed the ‘south Okanagan grasslands protected area’. This region lies just before the town of Osoyoos – our next stop.
Additional photos in the slideshow.
- Similkameen Valley (similkameenvalley.com)
- South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area (env.gov.bc.ca)
- Keremeos (keremeos.ca)