Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Today was mainly overcast with just a few breaks of sunshine and a high of about 10C (50F).

Today we did the Slocan Loop – we went north to Kaslo, northwest to New Denver, then south through Slocan and South Slocan, over to Nelson & back home. What beautiful scenery – lots of snow covered mountains and beautiful views all the way.

We stopped at the Visitor’s Center in Kaslo and toured the SS Moyie. The SS Moyie was a passenger carrying steamwheeler that was built in 1898 for the Canadian Pacific Railway and steamed on Kootenay Lake until 1957. She was the last passenger carrying steamwheeler operating in Canada. Passengers would board her and take the boat to Nelson where they could catch a train to Vancouver.

SS Moyie

We were amazed at how elegant the passenger quarters were, there was a sitting room, large dining room, staterooms off the dining room and washrooms.

Passenger Dining Room & Lounge

Every third window across the top had a black and white picture in it – mainly of the mountain scenery in the area.

The lower level was the cargo level and it carried all sorts of goods, including vehicles and fresh fruit and vegetables, as I said an interesting stop.

John wanted to visit Kaslo as he had ancestors who lived here in the late 1800’s. We got the web address for their archives so as soon as we have wi-fi he will search and see if he can find any mention of his relatives.

Today's Scenery

This Was A Neat House & Cottages in New Denver

Our next stop was New Denver for lunch and I drove home from there as when it was time to pay for lunch John realized he had left his wallet at home (how convenient!).

Park in New Denver

When we got home it was quite cool but we decided to be brave and sit out and enjoy the view for a bit. A rental motor home come in beside us and we talked to the people for a bit, they are from the Netherlands and are at the end of a 3 week tour that started in Calgary and they are now on the return leg back to Calgary and home; they said they have really enjoyed our country.

We are now enjoying another quiet evening after a great day. Thanks Ginny & Gil for telling us about the Kootenay’s – we love the area.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

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