Canada 2017 – Castlegar to Summit Lake via Kaslo

21st June, 2017.

Before our departure from Castlegar, Erich had time to take a few more photos.

Today’s route would take us to what looked like being an interesting town, Nelson. Along the way we stopped to take some photos of a hydro-electric installation on Kootenary Lake south of Nelson.

Unfortunately our timing was not favourable as it was market day and the town was teeming with people. Nelson is a very hilly town and we could not find any suitable parking within a reasonable distance of the town centre so we just kept going, planning to stop in the small town of Kaslo if it looked appealing.

It did turn out to be a very attractive little village where we had lunch and restocked with groceries.

Some very pretty architecture as well. The City Hall circa 1898.

The town library was located in the basement.

A fancy looking resort further along the lake.


From Kaslo we headed west in search of a camp spot for the night with the intention of spending our first night in a Provincial Park with basic facilities such as bins and drop toilets. Along the way we stopped to take a few photos of the river rapids which ran close to the road.

The system for Provincial and National Parks in Canada is very well organised. Some parks are on a first come, first served basis and others can be booked online. In the latter case, a ranger puts a “reserved” or “available” sign on each camp spot so it is simply a matter of walking or driving around to find an available spot. As we only planned on staying one night, this site backing on to Summit Lake suited us perfectly. The ranger called around later in the afternoon to collect our camping fee.

Looking across the lake from our campsite, there is an RV Park on the opposite shore.

Around the other side of the park there was even a spot for swimming or a picnic.

Obviously a popular fishing and canoeing spot as many of our fellow campers had boats.

How wonderful to wake up to another beautiful day.

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