A few weeks ago we took a drive up to the forestry site at Arlington Lake which is located approximately 25 km/15.5 miles north of Beaverdell, B.C. off Highway 33.
The road into the lake is easy to navigate by two wheel drive vehicles but there are rough patches which could be hard on an RV. The forestry site has 23 campsites and many of them are on the lake. One of the reasons we went up to the lake was to see if we could get Maxx in there for a camping weekend with friends. There were many RV’s at the forestry site but Maxx, at 34 feet, is just a little too big to get in to most of the campsites and the rough road would probably do some damage to my dishes and glasses on the way in.
This is a beautiful forestry site and we were disappointed that we won’t be able to spend some time there! While it’s not really a swimming lake you can take advantage of boating, canoeing, fishing, and bike riding or hiking along the old Kettle Valley Rail line that runs right through the campground.
Here are the directions in case you want to check it out, if travelling from Kelowna the Arlington Lakes turnoff is approximately 24 km south of the Big White turnoff. If travelling from the south the turnoff is approximately 24 km north of Beaverdell along Highway 33. Upon leaving the highway travel along the Arlington Lakes Forest Service Road for approximately 3.5 km to the recreation site.
On our way home we took McCulloch Road, off Highway 33, into Kelowna in order to check out the Hydraulic Lake Forestry Campground. We were very unimpressed; it was an open gravel pit slightly away from the lake but bigger units could get into this site.
As we continued on McCulloch Road we were treated to nice views of the valley and Highway 33 on the other side.
We also drove by Layer Cake Hill, sometimes called Layer Cake Mountain, which shows unique layering that has not been seen anywhere else.
Layer Cake Hill is a volcanic landform composed primarily of Dacite [day-site], volcanic rock with high silica content.
Scientists believe that the layering occurred one thick volcanic flow due to a peculiar way the rock shrinks as it cools. This type of layered structure has been compared to a similar formation in New Zealand where scientists have thoroughly studied it. Still, Layer Cake Hill is unique in the world so it was nice to see it again!
Until next time …