BCB MayJune 2022_LR

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THOMPSON/OKANAGAN An Ode to Tulameen Tulameen has one store (the Trading Post), which happens to be the gas station and a restaurant (also called the Trading Post). Inside, you can stock up on beer, buy a floatie shaped like a dolphin and grab an ice-cream cone before you head out. You know: just like the fur traders who founded this small B.C. town did. But the real action is down by the lake. You can't miss it—just walk straight down one road through town until you hit the water. Kids are out on the floating dock, clambering over each other to pile onto one side and tip it over, while parents set up camp on the sandy beach, flanked by colourful coolers Round trip: 16.5 kilometres Elevation gain: 480 metres Location: E.C. Manning Provincial Park (southwest of Princeton) Surrounded by woods and meadows, Poland Lake is a lovely destination. Find the trailhead on Gibson Pass Road and set off west on the Poland Lake Trail. Head right on a gravel road, which goes over a few streams as it rises to enter the ski area at Manning Park Resort. Earn a big view of Hozomeen Mountain in Washington. Fork right and duck under a chairlift. Where the road curves right, bear left on a path through meadows. Switchback up the ski area and rejoin the road higher up. The road peaks near the top of Grassy Mountain. After a gentle descent, the road rises to traverse the south slopes of Bojo Mountain. Continue on the path along Poland Creek to arrive at the lake. Round the eastern shore to find Poland Lake Camp. Backtrack to return to the trailhead. —Stephen Hui Iconic Hike POLAND LAKE and lazily debating over whether to take the boat out today. The brave (or the slightly tipsy) take turns jumping off the trestle bridge into the water below. Less than 500 people live in this tiny town year- round, but the numbers swell in the summer as West Coasters make the pilgrimage to the A-frame cabins and little log houses that have been in their families for generations. There are no wineries or surf spots here and no hidden-gem restaurants (no offence, Trading Post), but here's why we drive the four hours from Vancouver to be in the middle of nowhere: it just feels like summer here. You step out of the car, and time turns into a beautiful haze. A morning at the beach bleeds into later afternoon, before simple back- porch dinners turn into late nights under the stars.—Stacey McLachlan Shore Enough The quaint houses along Otter Lake (above); the essential Trading Post (left). 58 BCBUSINESS MAY/JUNE 2022

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