At the end of a busy summer it was perfectly timed to go on a roadtrip out to the Shuswap Lake and houseboat with friends of ours. The busy tourist season was over and the lake was fairly quiet. We pretty much had the entire beaches to ourselves where we spent the first couple nites. There were wildfires raging in close proximity and each day the smoke settled in lower and thicker. It was our first time houseboating and even though the weather wasn’t ideal as the sun was filtered by the heavy smoke, we had a really great time! Each morning we went on a hike for a few hours and it felt refreshing to jump off the boat when we got back and then we’d usually all end up in the hot tub. It really was the people we were with on the boat that made this trip enjoyable!! They are friends we don’t see as often as we’d like but glad for a couple memorable times together this summer! We covered a fair bit of the lake cruising along and went up to the ends of both the Anstey and Seymour arms. Our view was more closed in but it was still very beautiful and felt peaceful on the water in good company!!
More than a little excited to head out from the marina!!
We hiked the Hunakwa Trail to the lake. The forest air is revitalizing!!
The next spot we beached our houseboat was where we could hike to Albas Falls. This hike was amazing, so many beautiful waterfalls along the trail that goes up one side of the creek and back on the other.
Once we got to back to Revelstoke we decided to add in a little extra adventure and crossed on the Galena-Horseshoe Bay ferry to enjoy a soak at Halcyon Hot Springs. A man working on the ferry said it was the smokiest day of the summer and the visibility really was minimal so we missed seeing the typically very scenic view on the crossing. There’s something about the smokey haze that is neat too but felt bad for everyone affected by the fires this summer in BC!
We tented in the rain at Golden and there’s something about mountain air that makes for a good sleep!
Other stops as we made our way back to Banff were Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake Lodge. I have wanted to go to Emerald Lake for a long time and it met my expectations! The color of the lake is unreal and someday we want to go back and stay in this cute cabin that we picked out!! It’s on my wish list to photograph a wedding here, how amazing would that be?!
It’s well worth the drive to go further up the road to Takakkaw Falls! In Cree the meaning is ‘it is magnificent’. It really is and one of the highest waterfalls in Canada.
We stopped in Banff for lunch and were amazed again at the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel considering it was 1888 when the hotel opened.
We felt lucky to be invited along on the houseboating trip and we love spending time in beautiful British Columbia!!!