B.C. Travels – Fraser Valley to Golden

My husband and I love to travel close to home. Over the years some of our favourite holidays have been exploring small town (and city) B.C.

We did that again this year—focusing on the Kootenay area of the province. But first we took in a weekend of gospel music in Red Deer, Alberta.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some of our summer 2016 scenes and experiences here on the photo blog.

Today we’ll start with the beginning of our journey which began way back on July 6th. This leg will take us from home (Fraser Valley) through Salmon Arm, Golden, and into Alberta.

We left early in the morning of the 6th in time to have midmorning coffee with friends in Salmon Arm. I love the homey touches they’ve added to their property—like these seats and beautiful gardens. (For coffee, we had fresh raspberries from their bountiful food garden!)


Bent twig love seat under the cedars — how romantic (Photo  © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Afghan covered swing and an innovative chair made with a milk can topped with a machine seat. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Daisies, birds and evergreen shrubs make a colorful garden centerpiece. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Our next stop was Revelstoke where we wandered into the Modern Bakeshop Cafe for a late lunch. How about this veggie sandwich on artisan bread and the massive and wonderful cookie that we shared?

The mountains between Revelstoke and Golden are majestic. There are no end of beautiful vistas.


Rocky Mountains 1 (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Rocky Mountains 2 at Rogers Pass (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Rocky Mountains 3 (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Rocky Mountains 4 (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

We had made a motel reservation for the night in Golden. There we discovered there was to be an evening concert in the town square. After dinner we wandered over to enjoy the outdoor music. The jazzy vibe of Laura Landsberg and her band had us all tapping our toes and many—young and old—up dancing.


Community entertainment in Golden B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Laura Landsberg and her band entertain in Golden B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Loved how this sweet old wheelchair dancer encouraged her little partner to move to the music. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

We began the next day with a walk along the Kicking Horse River. It was a chilly morning but so beautiful.


Kicking Horse River – Golden B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


It was cool enough for jackets on our morning walk. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Fuchsia fireweed adds a burst of color to the brightening scene (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Couldn’t help but photograph this heritage storefront with its old advert “Shoes and Harness Maker To Order” staining the boards. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Then it was into Alberta. The No. 1 highway through the Banff National Park has many of the structures pictured below–bridges that wildlife use to cross the highway.


Wildlife crossing built over the highway (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

More B.C. travels and summer memories in the days ahead





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