Day 7 – July 15 // BC Wildlife Park, Kamloops + Kamloops Lake, Pavilion Lake // Fraser Cove Campground
Day 7 – July 15
BC Wildlife Park, Kamloops + Kamloops Lake, Pavilion Lake
Fraser Cove Campground (3/5)
The weather was particularly hot that day. After a routine morning dip, the plan was to head to Lilloett, and stop at the BC Wildlife Park and Heritage Hat Creek Ranch.
We have stopped for an hour and a half at the Wildlife Park. The animals were all rescue, either born in captivity, handicapped or orphaned, all not able to make it in the wild. The park is not entirely huge, but to see all of it allow 1.5-2 hours.
There is a small waterfall that is about 5 minutes away, which can be accessed through a gate in the far left end of the park. The waterfall, while not outstanding, was refreshing, and let us rest from the heat.
We stopped at the Chapters Viewpoint – Mexican Restaurant on top of a hill in Kamloops with astonishing city views for a descent and very affordable cuisine. We got full for a mere $127, and even had some food left to take on the road.
Unfortunately, the Hat Creek Ranch was only open until 5 pm, making us skip it and head straight to the campground.
Fraser Cove Campground review (3/5):
It was the most self-managed campground so far, maintained to a minimal level. The office hours are 3-7.30 pm, and if you arrive past the office closing time, you need to fill up a form, and drop it off in an envelope with the payment in the locked box.
The road is steep, and the campground isn’t very suitable for larger RV’s. Our motorhome took a spot and a half, and I imagine it’s not very suitable for lager camper vans.
If the top spots are vacant, I recommend staying there if you travel in a bigger vehicle. It is located on the Fraser River, with the direct river access, the sports are somewhat spaced out, and there are some coniferous trees. Fraser River has salmon (some are very large), and you can fish if you are staying at the campground, but it’s strictly catch-and-release. The washrooms are pit but showers are good, Wi-Fi doesn’t reach the most parts of the campground, and not all sites have the sani-dump.
It is a nice campground if you are just camping with a tent; however I found it to be not the best location for RV’s.
As always, we have left later than the check-out time, but there was nobody to enforce the rules, and the campground was fairly empty so we didn’t feel too bad about it.