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Kootenay Lake, British Columbia

Updated on September 29, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

Our trip to British Columbia in Canada

One of our dreams has always been to take a trip into Canada. Well we finally made our trip on a three day weekend the last weekend in September, and it was incredible.

We went into Canada from Idaho, after driving the some pretty gorgeous country in Idaho, by Lake Pend Oreille and entered just north of Bonners Ferry into British Columbia in the Kootenay Rocky area. The Kootenay Lake, incredibly beautiful and right in view most all the time.

Come experience British Columbia, and the beauty of the Kootenay Rockies and Lake.

The Mountain you pass just before the border of Nelway, British Columbia - In Northern Idaho

mountain you pass in Northern Idaho just before you get to the border at Nelway, British Columbia, Canada
mountain you pass in Northern Idaho just before you get to the border at Nelway, British Columbia, Canada | Source


The above image of the mountain you pass in Northern Idaho just before you get to the border at Nelway, British Columbia, Canada. This is in Idaho in what they call the Panhandle. Do you know why it is called the Panhandle? If you look at a map of Idaho you can see why, shaped like a pan, northern Idaho is the handle.

Arriving at the Canadian Border - We are so excited, it is just around the corner

We are almost there, so excited
We are almost there, so excited | Source

Almost there, only 1500 feet to the border of Canada. We were so excited, finally going to see Canada. Something I have wanted to do as long as I can remember.


We can see Customs - Almost to Canada

We can see customs
We can see customs | Source

We can see customs.


We arrived in Canada, British Columbia.

Arriving in British Columbia
Arriving in British Columbia | Source

We arrived in Canada, British Columbia.


Thinkmetric - 50 mph = 80 kph - Watch out for "fast children"

Thinkmetric sign in Canada
Thinkmetric sign in Canada | Source

We have to change our speed to metric, it is a good thing our odometer has metric reading too. I love the clever way they made their sign too. Notice how the "km" stands out, so clever!

I found a sign that I thought was kind of funny, sorry I didn't get a picture of it. But is said, Maximum speed 50 kph when "children are on road".

Their children must run fast!

Spectacular views along the drive - Untouched Mountains tall above us, with lush valleys below

Spectacular views along the drive
Spectacular views along the drive | Source

The views were just spectacular along the drive. There is high mountains, that seem untouched by man, with lush valleys below.


The Lake is held back by a series of man made dikes - The story about how they came to be

a dream fulfilled
a dream fulfilled | Source

The Lake is held back by a series of man made dikes. This sign told the story about how they came to be.


Another view of the lush valley below.

It is so green and lush
It is so green and lush | Source

Another view of the lush valley below.


Mount Hooknose - Along the Kootenay in British Columbia

Mount Hooknose
Mount Hooknose | Source

Above is Mount Hooknose, appropriately named don't you think?


This is a small marina we stopped at on - Kootenay Lake.

Marina on Kootenay Lak
Marina on Kootenay Lak | Source

This is a small marina we stopped at on Kootenay Lake. It was a nice rest area, with a gazebo for picnics, and probably weddings too.


The views along the drive were just spectacular - Driving along the Kootenay

Gorgeous view of Kootenay Lake
Gorgeous view of Kootenay Lake | Source

The views along the drive were just spectacular. We both enjoyed the beauty so much, just stopping to get out and just enjoy the beautiful views.


The Mountain that took our breath away - The photo does not do it justice

The Mountain that took our breath away
The Mountain that took our breath away | Source

We came up over a small hill and this view opened up. Everything had just been so lush and green, this spectacular sheer granite mountain so tall that it still had snow on it, was just incredible when it came into view. The photo does not do it justice at all as it literally took our breath away!


Readers: Have you been there before?

I'm in love with British Columbia in Canada, gorgeous and uncrowded. The traffic was pretty much none existent, just a few cars along the way. The fall colors were amazing!

Have you ever been to Canada?

Is it a place you would like to visit?

Have you been to Canada, if so where?

Never been there but might like to go.

Never been there but might like to go.

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    • nap4momma 4 years ago

      Sadly, I live so close but have never been. I really wanted to go when the Olympics were there!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Never, but I have to visit this beautiful place in my life time.

    • bgamall lm 8 years ago

      I have not been there. I have been to the southern Cascades but that is the closest. What a great lens. I have two cascade lenses about Mt Shasta and Mt Lassen the southernmost Cascade mountain. Gary

    • littlesnowflakes 8 years ago

      I didn't make it all the way to Canada. My husband and I took a trip to Maine one year. During that trip I was trying to use my cell phone and could not understand WHY I couldn't make a call. It was at that time I saw a sign that said "Canadian Border 5 miles." We were so close that we could no long get and American phone signal.

    • irishblack 8 years ago

      Wish,Wish to go.Someday.Lovely pictures.

    • easyforyouebooks 8 years ago

      No I have never been there but I hope I get to see some of the beautiful place from the pictures

    • WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      I have never been there. I almost made it to Canada once, but it was one of those moments and we turned the car to go some place else.

    • dahlia369 8 years ago

      No, not yet... :)

    • Mayflowerblood 8 years ago

      looks ineresting enough =]

    • Number1Athlete 8 years ago

      I really want to go to Canada and explore. To be honest, I never have been out of the U.S.

    • Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Someone send me the plane ticket please! I've never seen such colours in trees

    • jdionlds 8 years ago

      I would love to go, Dad was from Canada.

    • Patricia 8 years ago

      I have not been there, but it sure looks beautiful.

    • supercibor lm 8 years ago

      No I have never been there,but I'd love to. Your pictures are great. I need to get a Canadian visa which is not easy from this of the world. Is it true that CANADA means ACA? NADA: Here? there is nothing.

    • Spook LM 8 years ago

      Personally have never been there but my wife has many years ago.

    • KadabaCo 8 years ago

      Not yet, but who could resist?

    • AslanBooks 8 years ago

      Never been there...I'd like to visit for a hunting or fishing trip!

    • WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      I would love to visit Canada. The mountains and wide open spaces are my kind of terrain.

    • heehaw lm 8 years ago

      i want to go to Kootenay Lake!!!

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never been to Canada but would like to go to Glacier National Park.

    • SaraMu LM 8 years ago

      You took the same road trip I'd like to take. It's nice to see your pics. I'm even more inspired now.

    • MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I have never been to Western Canada (although my greatgrandfather was from Alberta) But eastern is wonderful

    • CCGAL 8 years ago

      I never thought about it, but looking at these wonderful photos made me want to be there!

    • CleanerLife 8 years ago

      No, but I have distant family in Nova Scotia.

    Yes, been there and we went to...

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Vancouver

      • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

        I've lived in BC all my life and feel so blessed to live in this Beautiful Country.

      • sheilamarie78 6 years ago

        You must have passed through my neighbourhood. It's fun to see your pictures and recognize the place.

      • RYPcontent LM 7 years ago

        Yes, I've been to BC and I LOVE it! I made a lens with some of my favorite places at http://www.squidoo.com/vancouver-bc-beautiful-plac... :-)

      • Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

        I've been across Ontario from Detroit into Vermont. There was a lovely provincial park on Lake Ontario just east of Toronto that we camped in overnight. I love Canada!

      • jolou 8 years ago

        I live in British Columbia on Vancouver Island. The Kootenay area is gorgeous.

      • Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

        I've been to Quebec several times. I love the peacefulness and the wide open spaces. Quebec city reminded me of small cities in Europe. Montreal is too big for me. I'd love to go to British Columbia some day.

      • Hulakow 8 years ago

        I've been to Vancouver & Victoria in B.C., two of the most beautiful & cleanest cities I've ever seen. I've also been through Banff & Lake Louise, two very beautiful places. I've been through Calgary and stayed in Edmonton, Alberta for three weeks. This was many years ago, but I remember only good things of all I saw in Canada. It is truly a kind of paradise of it's own. I would love to live there myself.

      • snowman2795 8 years ago

        Was born in Canada and now live in Wisconsin. Really nice pics. BC and Southern Alberta are my favs (even though I was one of those stinkin' easterner's from Ottawa/Toronto.

        When you go back, I suggest you head toward Calgary (great place) take a trip up to the Glaciers at Jasper, and then head back toward BC along the Trans Canada. Absolutely spectacular! You can bare-knuckle it along the Fraser River or head toward Vancouver thru a tunnel. I've done both.

        BC offers something at every turn. And by the way...while in Alberta and BC...buy some Purdy's chocolates. Best in North America!

      • EricStifel 8 years ago

        I've been a few times. Once I drove in at Niagara Falls and drove mostly around Lake Ontario and came back to the US in Maine, and an other time I drove in at Port Huron in MI and came out at Niagara Falls. Both trips were amazing on different levels. One was done with a few buddies and the other one was done with my Wife and kids. I cherish both memories! To darn cold up there, give me Florida or give me.... Some place farther south! LOL

      • PattB LM 8 years ago

        Drove up along the coast of British Colombia in the moonlight, looking out toward the islands. It was just gorgeous, breath-taking. Then across the Rockies near Banff and on to Toronto. It was a great trip, and I hope to return someday.

      • genefleszar 8 years ago

        Great photos, it's been a long time but the charm is still there. Gene

      • celicagts188 8 years ago

        I have been but it was more of a gambling and "alcoholic beverages" trip. Ha ha ha! My brother and I went to the huge casino on the river and stayed in Montreal most of the time. Ah, the younger days!

      • Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

        I've been to Vancouver and Victoria, BC. They're both just lovely cities.

      • selwynf 8 years ago

        just came back from a three week honeymoon taking in the Rockies (Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper National Park) and a drive through BC to Vancouver for three nights then on to Quebec, Montreal and Toronto.

        Canaga is an amazing place... we came across some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever and probably ever will see. We came across some wildlife too, the suicidal kind just jumping out in front of the car and nearly walking into us! Don't put it off, make your next holiday in Canada. Either go in the heat of summer or depths of winter. The transitional period between summer and winter means that the summer activities have closed down and the winter ones haven't yet started up... ENjoy

      • MobyD 8 years ago

        I've been in Canada, first around Niagara Falls a few times. Later I drove through from there to the Detroit area, but that was mainly a shortcut to the West from New England. My best trips were a couple of forays to the Maritimes in 1994 and 1999, with Cape Breton Island being the highlight of both trips. Since moving to Portland, I've only made one brief trip to Vancouver, BC. I'd love to see more of British Columbia.

      • Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

        I grew up in the Creston valley (Pictures 6-8). I always thought that the "Flats," as we called the reclaimed land between the mountains, is like a patchwork quilt. I've always loved that area and visit my family there often. An artist uncle of mine painted a picture of the mountains while visiting us. When he showed his friends and family in Manitoba the painting they laughed and said, "Blue mountains .. who ever heard of blue mountains!!" They really do look blue though don't they!

        Thank you for enjoying our country and writing about it. Congrats!

      • LDWorld 8 years ago

        We wen to Vancouver and loved it a bunch! We are planning to go back soon...

      • nightbear lm 8 years ago

        I have been to Toronto, it was one of the funnest and most beautiful vacations I've ever taken.

      • AlexD3 8 years ago

        I camped at a Canadian National Park and it was the most quiet place I've ever been. I also got pursued by an grouchy moose!

      • Monica Ranstrom 8 years ago

        Some friends and I took a 5 day road trip to Canada. We went to Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. It was so beautiful and we had an amazing time!

      • DarleneOuimet 8 years ago

        I live in Southern Alberta Canada, right at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I never get tired of the beauty, however... I think I am ready to try living by the Ocean in a warm climate for a few years! LOL

      • fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

        Ontario, Quebec, Sault St. Marie and really enjoyed the drive we took along Lake Superior when we were there. Beautiful country!

      • squid-janices7 8 years ago

        Did a huge loop around the north side of Lake Superior down to Sault Ste. Marie to Ottawa to Montreal to Quebec down through NY state and back up to Niagara Falls. It was quite a trek - we absolutely loved Quebec City. Someday we'll definitely do Banff and B.C.

      • WalterSeward 8 years ago

        lived there. Travel there. Beauty it is in God's country. Seasons, variety, peaceful. Don't tell anyone, we want to keep it this way.

      • JasonE 8 years ago

        I have been to Banff twice and to Lake Louise once. (Both are in Alberta, near Calgary.) I would certainly love to go back again sometime. The mountains and streams there are beautiful. It looks like you had a wonderful trip too!

      • K Linda 8 years ago

        I grew up in northern Vermont. We lived only an hour and a half from Montreal and could actually go out to dinner there. Montreal is a beautiful city and has wonderful restaurants of all kinds. Also, Quebec City is very lovely and is a lot like an old European city. I have never been to western Canada, but I would love to see it.

      • NatalieC 8 years ago

        I live in Canada and have had the opportunity to travel to many gorgeous places. What comes to mind the most, Lake Moraine in Alberta, The old growth forests in the Temagami Ontario, Mohone Bay and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and Quebec City, Quebec.

      • TerriJo 8 years ago

        I love the city so I love Vancouver. Since the day we went to the World's fair there, I have loved it. I've been there on one business trip where we stayed in a fabulous hotel overlooking the world's fair site on the water. It had a revolving top floor restaurant, unbelievable scenery from there. But my favorite place in Canada is Victoria, BC. Stay tuned for pics because this great lens gives me an idea!!

      • OnceUponaBid 8 years ago

        Yes, I have been right over the border from VT about 20 years ago. Canada is great, as our its people. Great pictures on this lens, definately makes anyone want to head right there! :) - Marty

      • KentuckyGal LM 8 years ago

        I went on a fly/bus tour of Banff and Jasper (along with Glacier Park in Montana) back in the early 90's.

      • Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

        I've been to BC twice and love it. It is gorgeous!

      • KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

        I've been to Vancouver and to Niagara Falls. Canada is a beautiful country. I also have family in Windsor, Ontario.

      • Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

        I went across the river from Detroit to Windsor one night for a wedding. That's my experience of being in Canada. Doesn't really count does it...

      • JessieA 8 years ago

        Love Canada, I have been all over Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. British Columbia is by far one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to.

      • WifeLA 8 years ago

        Well, I live in Canada...Sooke, BC on Vancouver Island. There's nothing like Island life!!

        Great Lens...visit us again :)

        LA

      • AngelsAssets 8 years ago

        Canada is a great country...from sea to sea to sea. Best if you see it for yourself though.

      • Ken McVay 8 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

        I've lived in Beautiful British Columbia since 1967, primarily on Vancouver Island. I've never found another place I'd rather be.

      • thesolowriter 8 years ago

        I've been to Quetico backpacking and fishing. It was soooo beautiful. And after seeing your lens, I want to see more of the country.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Yes, we went to Toronto when one of my daughters was only 9 months old. She ensured that we always had the most fantastic service wherever we went and I could have had $5 for every time someone said to us: "Gee, is so cute", then it would have paid for the trip. The highlight had to be Niagara Falls and the ride on The Maid of the Mist - awesome! I would like to go whale watching on the West coast if I went back.

      • AdriennePetersen 8 years ago

        We went to Vancouver once when I was a young teen to visit

        relatives. I want to go to Alberta, my dad was born there.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        ive lived in vancouver canada all my life and its the best city ever it always makes the top 5 cities to live in.

        p.s. cant wait till 2010 olimpyics in vancouver

      • Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

        I have had the pleasure of living all the way from the east coast of Nova Scotia to the west coast of British Columbia and some of the points in between. We have loved everywhere we have been! Canada is a fantastic place to visit so if you have the chance, make sure you grab it!

      • GramaBarb 8 years ago from Vancouver

        I lived in Nelson for 17 years and it is the best places to live EVER! ok, now I'm homesick :( I was living there while Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah were in town filming Roxanne. They became part of the town for the summer of 1987. The movie shows how beautiful Nelson is too.

      • jeffryv 8 years ago

        I lived in Nelson for a summer, one of the best little towns in BC.

      • nightbear lm 8 years ago

        We had one of our favorite vacations in Toronto, Not only was it beautiful it was so clean. Even their subway was so clean and you felt safe riding it. Really nice memories

      • Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

        We have traveled quite a bit in Canada and it is such a gorgeous country! We traveled from BC over to Winnipeg a two or three times. Love that trip!

      • RuthCoffee 8 years ago

        Quebec, Montreal, Windsor....planned a trip to the Canadian Rockies a few years ago but if fell through :(

      • Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

        Yes, been there but it has been awhile. Toronto, Montreal, Windsor, and of course, Niagra Falls.

      • Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

        Yes, I've visited :) The Canadian side of Niagara Falls and then on to Toronto, where I went to the top of the CN Tower. I'm not good with heights..lol...but the views were spectacular.

      The Ferry Schedule - in British Columbia, Canada

      The Ferry Schedule
      The Ferry Schedule | Source

      We were pleasantly surprised to find out that all inland ferries in British Columbia are free! What a great country!

      This was the ferry schedule. (photo below) They say the traffic is a lot heavier in the summer time, so there may be a bit of a wait. But when we went we got right on when the ferry arrived.


      The Bench - I absolutely love this photo!

      The Bench overlooking the Kootenay Bay
      The Bench overlooking the Kootenay Bay | Source

      The following pictures were the view from the dock where the ferry comes in. I'm not sure that waiting in such a beautiful place could be much of an inconvenience if you do go during the summer.

      The Bench overlooking the Kootenay Bay


      The snow covered Mountain Peaks. - Overlooking Kootenay Bay

      Snow covered peaks
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      The snow covered peaks.

      As you can see from the scenery, the ferry wait is just not long enough!


      The ferry as it arrives.

      The ferry as it arrives.
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      The ferry as it arrives.


      Driving onto the ferry. - I think the ferry holds approximately 60 cars

      Driving onto the Ferry
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      Driving onto the ferry. I think the ferry holds approximately 60 cars. There was a semi truck that crossed that unloaded too.


      Incredible views - Along the Kootenay

      The beautiful view of Kootenay Bay
      The beautiful view of Kootenay Bay | Source

      The views of Kootenay bay as you cross on the ferry were just incredible.


      A sailboat crossing the Kootenay - Doesn't that look fun?

      A sailboat crossing the Kootenay
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      A sailboat crossing the Kootenay Bay. Wouldn't that be fun to do!


      Another view of the mountains. - Of Kootenay Bay

      Another view of the bay
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      Another view of the mountains.


      I love the sailboats.

      I love sailboats
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      I love the sailboats.

      They just look like they would be so peaceful to ride in one. No motor sounds, just the silence and sounds of nature.

      The fall colors were so beautiful here. - On Kootenay Bay

      The fall colors on the Kootenay
      The fall colors on the Kootenay | Source

      The fall colors were so beautiful here.


      A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay.

      A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay.
      A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay. | Source

      A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay.


      Entering Nelson British Columbia - A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors.

      A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors.
      A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors. | Source

      Nelson was a beautiful city, that is not too far from the west dock we de-boarded at. There is a gorgeous bridge as you come into the town, but I didn't catch a picture of it. The whole town is set in the depths of those tree covered mountains, with the river running along it. What a incredible place it must be to live there.

      These are some of the views in the city or township, and the drive along the way from the dock.

      A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors.

      This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees. - In Nelson BC

      This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees.
      This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees. | Source


      This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees.

      How about a House shaped like a ship? - Isn't that unique?

      How about a House shaped like a ship? Isn't that unique?
      How about a House shaped like a ship? Isn't that unique? | Source

      How about a House shaped like a ship? Isn't that unique?

      Or is it a ship that is now a house?

      I loved this old building with the castle towers, - Canadian flag flying proudly from the steeple.

      The castle
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      I loved this old building with the castle towers, and the Canadian flag flying proudly from the steeple.

      The Ivy House - So pretty and green

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      This granite building was covered in ivy.

      The falls colors as you drive south - towards the Washington border

      The Fall colors in British Columbia
      The Fall colors in British Columbia | Source

      As we left Nelson and headed south, there was a lot of beautiful country we drove through.

      The fall colors were just amazing.

      Rock Climbers - enjoying their sport

      Rock climbers
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      These were some rock climbers along the drive. There is a lot of steep, and rocky mountains to climb in this area.

      There was a parachuter that we saw too. - Recreation abounds in British Columbia

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      There was a parachuter that we saw too. We were wondering just where he planned on landing as there is nothing but trees as far as you can see in the area he was falling into!

      After we left Canada and entered the state of Washington, the beautiful scenery did not stop. The pictures below are Boundry Lake, in Washington.

      The US Border - Welcoming us back home

      Welcome to the United States
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      The border coming out of Canada was a lot stricter that the border coming into Canada. Which is probably a good thing for our security.


      I appreciate you stopping by and checking out our Canada Trip.

      Please leave a message so I know you were here.

      Linda

      I hope you enjoyed our trip through British Columbia, Canada - Hotels in Canada

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          Amanda Louise Cannon 2 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

          I live in Wynndel BC (just up the road from Kootenay Lake)... Some of your photographs in your lens of the flats could have been taken from my back yard! You captured the beauty and wonder of Kootenay Lake and area... Thank you!!

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          jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

          Another PERFECT Lens! Great Pics!

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          franstan lm 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens. A wonderful way to document your travels. Blessed

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          WOW! Blown away by this lens, the pictures and the way you've presented them are really beautiful to behold. Squid Angel blessed. Thanks again!!

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          JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

          Happy April Fools Day, blessed by a Squid Angel!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          It is one of my dreams to visit Canada some say, the gorgeous pictures you have put in the lens are stunning and they strengthen my determination to make this dream come true.

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          javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

          Great photos of the lake and towns in the area. I love it there.

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          John Parr 6 years ago from Montreal

          Your pictures make me want to go, thank you!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          ~ Blessed by a Squidoo Angel of the Travel Canada neighbourhood ~

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          @jolou: THANKS MEN really is nice place

          family vacation

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          Spook LM 7 years ago

          Outstanding lens and photo's. Blessed by an Angel.

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          Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

          [in reply to al] Al, I am honored to have inspired you with the photographs of your beautiful homeland and wish you the best of luck on your new life, may it bring you all the happiness you seek! Enjoy, Linda

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Your trip looks like a lot of fun and the scenery is breathtaking! I was born in canada 22 years ago and have lived in the UK ever since. I've never had the money to "go home" but your pictures have inspired me again. about to book my one-way ticket to canada from england to start a new life. wish me luck!..

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          Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

          Great way to use a lens as a scrapbook!

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          jolou 8 years ago

          Wonderful lens of a very beautiful area. Love your pictures!

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          Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

          Thank you for the tour of British Columbia.

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          easyforyouebooks 8 years ago

          What an absolutly wonderful place. I hope I'll get to see it one day

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          EricStifel 8 years ago

          Wow, that was an awesome trip, thanks so much. Now I have to find the time to do the western side of Canada in the future, those pics are fantastic. Thanks again, and I really loved the house shaped like a ship, that was just to much, lol.

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          PattB LM 8 years ago

          Awesome lens, beautiful pictures. Congratulations on LOTD! It was well-deserved. I was in BC many years ago in the summertime, and was shocked to see people in ski clothes and with ski racks! Best of both worlds I guess, the ocean and the mountains. 5 stars and a favorite!*****

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Your lenses are always wonderful. And congrats on LOTD!

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          AldricChang1 8 years ago

          Hi ArtbyLinda,

          What a great lens! 5 stars for you! I've also created a lens based on the world's man made marvels at http://www.squidoo.com/man-made-marvels. Hope you can visit it and give me your feedback :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Congratulations LTD!!!! What a beautiful pictures. My aunt lives in Vancouver!! I want to go someday :).

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          Limousine-Directory 8 years ago

          Great pictures - keep up the good work - you've created a great lens.

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          aquariann 8 years ago

          Wonderful lens! The photographs and descriptions of your trip are lovely. Congratulations on making LOTD! :D

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          LucyVet 8 years ago

          Beautiful lens and congrats on LOTD!

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          WhiteOak50 8 years ago

          Beautiful lens, great pictures..thank you for taking us there!

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          Mazzer 8 years ago

          Another really beautful lens from you. The pictures are really great.I sooo want to go there now!

          Congratulations on LOTD!!

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          dahlia369 8 years ago

          Brilliant lens, breathtaking photos and congrats on LOTD!!!

          I really enjoy visiting new places and this surely has been an awesome trip - thanks to you... :)

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          Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

          Awesome lens. Congratulations on Lens of the Day. Very well deserved.

          I've traveled to Victoria, BC by ferry from Port Angeles, WA and up to Vancouver by car. I have a sister who lives in Port Angeles and another sister in Mt. Vernon, WA which is probably less than two hours from Vancouver. Both cities are gorgeous.

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          elico 8 years ago

          I love Canada. Thank you for the beautiful photographs.

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          Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          You have captured the beauty of the Kootenays! Next trip .. Okanagan Valley? Truly beautiful also! Let me know when you're coming ... I'll be your tour guide.

          Congratulations on LOTD. Well deserved! 5*s, favorite, fan already - lensrolled.

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          Janusz LM 8 years ago

          Well deserved, I felt like I was there.. All those fantastic photos :)

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          Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          Great lens. Beautiful photography!!

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          LDWorld 8 years ago

          Super!!

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          jdpugsle 8 years ago

          Hello Linda,

          Breathtaking Lens! You really took some excellent pictures on this lens. Professional quality. You should think about submitting some of these pictures to the professionals. You may get some money for them. They are superb. Thank you for your hard work in presenting this lens. I am grateful for that.

          jdpugsle

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          MrMarmalade 8 years ago

          We are planning to go In January up To Alaska, despite the lady in Charge.

          The accorss canada by train. We love trains.

          Great lens

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          Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

          [in reply to cphillips]

          Thank you everyone for your kind comments and support, I think I have made it to one lens of each of yours and left a little thank you for each of you in return! Bless you all! Linda

          cphillips, Thank you for your kindness about my photo's, I'm an amateur photographer and usually take pictures on the fly from the passenger seat. I'm thrilled when my co-pilot stops so I can really get a photo I desire. On our Canada trip it was so beautiful we stopped quite often to take in the gorgeous views! My camera I use is a Canon Digital EOS, most of those were taken with a 55 mm lens. I am no expert on camera's but for the amatuer I could definately recommend it, I use the 55 mm for distance and bought a 300 mm lens for zooming in animals. But thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it!

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          Terryloohoo 8 years ago

          Wow! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. I had no idea how beautiful Canada is and I'm inspired to visit our Northern neighbors. God bless you!

          Terry

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          nightbear lm 8 years ago

          could there be a bluer blue, so beautiful. Great lens, thank you for sharing it with us.

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          mdvaldosta lm 8 years ago

          Wow this is perhaps the best put together picture lens I've come across, beautiful.

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          Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

          Superb! Breathtaking! Stunning! Magnificent!

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          MaryWilson 8 years ago

          Hi Linda - Yet again you have produced a work of art.

          Congratulations from marywilson - have a look at my new lens please when you have time http:/squidoo.com/hackysackshack

          Boy what a lovely journey

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          francrawford 8 years ago

          Great trip into Canada. I loved the photos. Thanks.

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          Andy 8 years ago from London, England

          Excellent lens and wonderful photography.

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          Patricia 8 years ago

          gorgeous pictures!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          A wondeful and restful lens to vsit, great photos. Thanks for taking us all on a lttle trip with you! :)

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          squid-janices7 8 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD. Gorgeous photos!

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          cphillips 8 years ago

          Hi Linda,

          May I say you have a great talent when it comes to taking pictures. They are absolutely beautiful. I love photography and I am very critical of picture content and quality. Yours, in my opinion, could not be more beautiful. I'm curious what kind of camera do you use.

          Thanks.

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          cphillips 8 years ago

          Hi Linda,

          May I say you have a great talent when it comes to taking pictures. They are absolutely beautiful. I love photography and I am very critical of picture content and quality. Yours, in my opinion, could not be more beautiful. I'm curious what kind of camera do you use.

          Thanks.

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          medicinesongwoman 8 years ago

          I grew up beautiful BC Interior, specifically Kamloops and Vernon - not as far north in BC as the Kootenays but equally as beautiful. When I toured my latest CD last year back home, I did get an interview by Kootenay Co-op Radio though. ;) I currently live in Toronto, Ontario Canada, a far stretch from the vast mountainous beauty of the land I call my true home.

          I LOVE that land more than anything. Thank you for posting such a beautiful appreciative lens about your visit there.

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          JasonE 8 years ago

          Beautiful photos and a great story! I'm glad to hear that you had this opportunity. Congratulations on winning Lens of the Day!

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          ChristopherScot1 8 years ago

          Lots of great pictures!

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          fred999 8 years ago

          Yes I live in Ontario but do get out to BC on business sometimes. Usually in the Vancouver area. I have not been into the interior of BC.

          Walt AKA All Sports on the Web

          All Sports on the Web

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          K Linda 8 years ago

          Wow! What a beautiful photo-travelogue! Makes me want to go there right now. Congratulations on LOTD. You deserve it. 5*'s.

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          Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

          Beautiful lens. Very well done. 5 stars and favorite. Congrats on the LotD award. Bear hugs, Frankster

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          Tarra99 8 years ago

          A big Canuck Congrats on making LOTD!

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          TerriJo 8 years ago

          wow - so beautiful. can't wait to take our next trip!

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          Spook LM 8 years ago

          Beautiful lens and pictures, congratulations.

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          OnceUponaBid 8 years ago

          Awesome job with this lens! Thank you for the great pictures! - Marty

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          elongodolimited 8 years ago

          Never been to canada before infact never left Africa would love to one of these days, but i believe there are some places in africa that is some how like canada, congratulations on LOTD.

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          elongodolimited 8 years ago

          Never been to canada before infact never left Africa would love to one of these days, but i believe there are some places in africa that is some how like canada, congratulations on LOTD.

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          BartonMurray 8 years ago

          Very cool Photoblog

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          KadabaCo 8 years ago

          Your lens certainly deserves this lotd award! I noticed you have quite an eye for photography, the pictures are beautiful! Makes me want to take a deep breath and see if I can get some fresh air!

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          Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

          Congrats on Lens of the Day. You deserve it . These pictures are beautiful.

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          GramaBarb 8 years ago from Vancouver

          Congrats on LOTD!! I am so happy as this lens deserves it. I love this part of the world and your lens really shows the beauty of it.

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          Congratulations, Linda! You create beautiful travel lenses, and I'm so happy about your LOTD honor.

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          AslanBooks 8 years ago

          Beautiful photos.

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          Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Congratulations on LOTD. Nice lens and lots of great pictures. Sounds like you had a great trip. 5*****

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          SKalua 8 years ago

          Love the lens. Our favorite place in the summer is Christina Lake just north of Kettle Falls. Great camping if you have a boat as the sites are on the back side of the lake with no roads. Complete with bears and lots of wild life.

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          WhitU4ever 8 years ago

          Congratulations on LofD and on being able to fulfil your dream of visiting Canada!

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          RuthCoffee 8 years ago

          Gorgeous photos, enjoyed my visit very much!

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          Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

          Congratulations, Linda! What a beautiful LotD! Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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          Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

          [in reply to MeganCasey]

          Thank you Megan Casey, you have just made my day! I really appreciate you choosing this lens for LOTD, and I appreciate all the hard work that YOU do for all of Squidoo! Thank you! :)

          Linda

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          MeganCasey 8 years ago

          thanks, Linda, for the colorful pics and commentary! congrats on LotD :) here's the post: http://blogs.squidoo.com/lensoftheday/?p=485 -- Megan

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Love your lens when I see lens like this it makes want to back to being a truck driver miss all these places

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          Marc 8 years ago from Edinburgh

          Congrats on your LOTD xxx

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          heehaw lm 8 years ago

          wow... nice pictures..... i wished i could go there!!!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Congrats on LOTD. Your photos are beautiful. The whole lens is gorgeous. I love the lay out.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD and so glad you had such a nice trip in our fine country, I enjoyed your visit! B.C. is definitely a beautiful province, lived on Vancouver Island for a couple of years.

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          JessieA 8 years ago

          Wow great lens with beautiful pictures. I love BC it really is one of the most beautiful places in the world. 5* fan:)

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          Joan4 8 years ago

          Absolutely beautiful pictures! Great lens! I enjoyed seeing a part of the world I have never seen before!

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          Debbie 8 years ago from England

          Beautiful photographs and stunning scenery. Congrats on LOTD!!

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          Rusty Quill 8 years ago

          fantastique! Love the photos, certainly gets me in the mood to travel. Congrats on LotD! This lens would make a fine addition to my best family vacation ideas lens..

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          CleanerLife 8 years ago

          Gratz on LOTD! Hope people take the time to check out your other great Lenses!

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          greenerme 8 years ago

          Beautiful pick for LOTD! Amazing pictures.

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          thesolowriter 8 years ago

          your lens is beautiful! Love the photography, the maps, the layout, the colors of it (very inviting). very nice job.

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          CoolFoto 8 years ago

          Congrats on LOD! Nice photos, too. :) *****

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          Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

          Wow! I'm so honored that this lens was chosen for LOTD, the strange thing is that you don't realize it is, until you are looking at all of your comments here! :-)

          Thank you all for taking the time to come and congratulate me, each and every one of your comments truly means so much to me! I appreciate you all!

          Linda

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Have been to Washington State too - Mount Ranier, Mount Hood and Mount St Helens! Fabulous pictorial lens Linda and well done on getting LOTD.

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          AdriennePetersen 8 years ago

          Gorgeous photos and a great lens...5 stars and congrats on LOTD!

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          Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I feel like I've been there with your great pictures. Beautiful lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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          triathlontraini1 8 years ago

          Beautiful trip! It's as though you brought me along. Come to think of it...bring me with next time! :)

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          Fox Music 8 years ago

          Thanks for the road trip -- it was great --- Congrads on Lens of the Day

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          SideSplitters 8 years ago

          Beautiful pictures, congratulations on LOTD!

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          RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

          Stunning lens and Congratulations on LOTD! We went to Canada a few years ago and it was just amazing, we loved it. You took some really beautiful photos. We intend to go back there again one day. One of our best times ever :)

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          bdkz 8 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          Congrats of LOTD!

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Congratulations on making LOTD - well deserved.

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          Mortira 8 years ago

          Thanks for showcasing our wonderful province! Nobody appreciates trees the way we do! I'm curious though, why you think that you need to keep your borders so secure from Canadians? Sure, we have a communist party, but nobody ever votes for them!

          Great lens!

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          esitesro 8 years ago

          Wow, lot of photos. Great work, you got 5* from me :)