Sunday morning in Princeton, this time I found answers to my prayers on a good family restaurant called The Belaire. After having my only food of the day I started driving around without knowing what to do.
Then, by accident, I ended on a wilderness resort that for my surprise is open year around. This beautiful resort is called and here you can do fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming, and hiking in the summer to snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter
The resort has ten charming lakefront log cabins that are cozy, clean, well keep and very affordable. A large cabin cost $65 for 4 people and the small cabin costs $50. The cabins come equipped with heating stoves, propane cooking hot plates, double beds, pots, pans, silverware, dishes and Coleman lanterns for lighting. In case you are wondering the cabins do not have electricy, this is what it is called the "True Rustic Headwaters Experience"
I am planning to return to this place. Now I am going to tell you how to get there from Princeton. In this way you only need to drive 12 kms on an unpaved road and if you are coming from Vancouver you can save 100 kms instead of using the traditional route from Peachland.
From Princeton take Higway 5A towards Merritt, across the Silver bridge over the Tulameen River, and turn right on the Old Hedley Road. Stay left at the fork, and you will be on the Princeton-Summerland Road, which follows the route of the old KVR along Hayes Creek, a distance of about 40 km to Osprey Lake and the town of Bankeir. This is a very pleasant drive, mostly on a paved road.
There you will find the 3 Lakes General Store and Café, which is also the City Hall, and Library. About 4 km. past Bankier, the road turns to “all-weather” 2 lane gravel, and about 2 km. further, you can either continue 46 km to Summerland, or take the Trout Creek FSR to Peachland, both on Okanagan Lake, alternate routes to Penticton and Kelowna.
In my case I took the Trout Creek FSR. I wasn't sure about driving on that road but the winter tires that Juanmobile IV is using gave me the confidence to keep going.
What a beautiful area, is really well worth discovering. I was taking my time and driving carefully, I was expecting anytime to see off-terrain vehicles and/or snowmobiles
After maybe 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) I arrived to a junction, I went left and after 300 metres I saw the welcome sign of . Some people were surprised to see my little car reaching this place in such driving conditions
After a nice chat with the owners and employees of the resort, I decided to do some cross country skiing around the place. There are four Headwaters lakes that are stocked each year with Rainbow Trout and/or Brook Trout.
The resort can be found on Headwater Lake # 1, there is a small BC Forest Service Campsite located on nearby Headwater Lake # 3.
I reached the Peachland FSR, from there I tried to reach Crescent Lake, which provides the fisherman with Rainbows up to 2 lbs.
This is a snowmobile paradise. I was the only one doing cross country and most of the snowmobilers were looking at me in a very funny way. Well, I think I will do the same if I am one of them.
I crossed the powerline, a gentle reminder that British Columbians enjoy some of the lowest electricity rates in the world thanks to a world-class integrated hydroelectric system.
Then I realized I was getting late and I turned back. Crescent Lake can wait for other day
I ended my day chasing a moose for almost 2 kms -- sorry, it's very hard to take pictures and drive at the same time --, a surreal experience before I started my 4.5 hours drive back to Vancouver