Penticton to Kamloops, BC
Woke this morning in Penticton to a temp. 51 degrees F. A perfect day for touring the Okanagan Valley as the sun is shinning and the temp is climbing. We stayed overnight in the Walmart parking lot in Penticton. There’s a sign in the parking lot that says there’s a city ordinance against parking over night. We were told by the manager that there is a city ordinance but that she hadn’t heard of it being enforced for years. We were the only US rig there among more than a dozen 5th wheels, trailers, class B vans and motorhomes and we were undisturbed last night.
Toured the central and upper Okanagan Valley and stopped frequently in the little towns. We find the “big” towns are pretty much the same as the US. Strip malls, big box stores and all the most well know fast food places. When we’re there it has the flavor of “anywhere”. On the other hand, the little towns don’t have one strip mall, etc. and we can really get a feel for a place. Most of the Central and Upper Okanagan Valley seems to be mostly reliant on the tourist trade, vineyards, and retirees. The lakes, mountains and valleys are beautiful and there seems to be plenty of money invested in homes around the lakes. Some of the homes we saw were huge and fabulous.
Bought gas in Kelowna, British Columbia for about $5.05/gal. reg. This was the lowest price we have seen so far.
Kamloops is a busy city with lots of water ways (the Thompson River and nearby Kamloops Lake) surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains. We may overnight at Paul Lake Provincial Park. It doesn’t open until May 15 but you can boondock there off season according to the Mike and Teri Church book.