Touring B.C.’s Southern Interior

Hedley

Hedley

A recent four-day trip through the South Okanagan, Central Kootenays and the Shuswap Valley reminded me of the benefits of slowing down. I would have liked to really get to know these landscapes and villages — what you see here are only glimpses. Thanks to co-tourist Dominic Kotarski for bringing his global perspective, and to the excellent Hume Hotel for a welcome in Nelson.

Many of these towns — Princeton, Hedley, Midway, Greenwood, Kaslo, New Denver — were at their peak in 1900 or before that, riding a boom in silver. Our guide at the volunteer-run historical centre at Sandon said the now-abandoned town was “the Fort McMurray of its age,” the place where young men came to make their fortune.

Osoyoos, Nelson and Salmon Arm have thrived. Each has an urban village and interesting walks. Nelson’s vibrant cultural scene makes it one of the finest towns of its size in Canada, well worth a stop for anyone who is crossing southern B.C.

Similkameen River reduced

Similkameen River

Princeton

Princeton

Hedley main street

Hedley main street

Hedley

Hedley

Keremeos

Keremeos

Osoyoos - Sonora Community Centre wall

Osoyoos – Sonora Community Centre wall

Osoyoos

Osoyoos

Inm'keep Desert Cultural Centre

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Bateau des fleurs, Midway

Bateau des fleurs, Midway

Kettle River at Midway

Kettle River at Midway

Grand Forks

Grand Forks

Mr. Kotarski in downtown Nelson

Mr. Kotarski in downtown Nelson

Nelson

Nelson

Nelson

Nelson

Kaslo

Kaslo

Disintegrating Vancouver trolley buses, Sandon

Disintegrating Vancouver trolley buses, Sandon

Silversmith Hydroelectric Station (1897), Sandon

Silversmith Hydroelectric Station (1897), Sandon

Revelstoke

Revelstoke

Ferry dock, Galena Bay

Ferry dock, Galena Bay

Civic fountain, Salmon Arm

Civic fountain, Salmon Arm

The wharf at Salmon Arm

The wharf at Salmon Arm

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