We travelled 130 kilometers north of Kelowna, out of the Okanagan – and didn’t see any wild animals! We have been doing a fair amount of driving, and keep hoping to see something more exciting than deer. So, imagine how astonished we were when we approached the town of Kamloops and saw the entrance to the British Columbia Wildlife Park! Of course we stopped.
The BC Wildlife Park is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility located on 106 acres. They have over 65 species of animals on the site, some of which have been found injured and are being nursed back to health. We were impressed – we saw the wildlife we have been searching for – bears, bald eagles, and mountain goats.
To be honest, I did briefly consider not posting about the Wildlife Park, but rather photo-shopping the pictures to make it seem like we spotted these animals in the wild. That would have been way more exciting. It was no San Diego Zoo, but the BC Wildlife Park was impressive in its own right.
After Kamloops, we travelled onto Salmon Arm – a city of 18,000 people located on the shores of the Shuswap Lake. Salmon Arm is located on the Trans-Canada Highway – almost halfway between Calgary and Vancouver. Summer draws a large number of tourists to the area – the main economic driver. It is home to the largest wooden wharf in North America.
Heading back to Kelowna on Hwy 97A, we noticed how the landscape changed. There were no orchards, but rather fields better suited to dairy and beef operations. Almost every hay field was being irrigated in some manner.