After leaving Kamloops and the ranch we continued north along Highway 5. Several hours later we pulled into the tiny town of Blue River and hopped into a boat for an outing on the poorly named Mud Lake.
Here’s what we were in for, according to the blurb from River Safari:
The river safari is an unforgettable and awe-inspiring one hour ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest.
Located in the picturesque Monashee Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, the river safari is an activity that both the seasoned adventurer and the not-so-daring can both enjoy.
Ben was totally on board, especially when the guide gunned the engine and roared up the river. A chip off the ole block, I suppose.
Emma? Not so much. Probably because her neck is too short for the baby life jacket. She was not a happy camper.
She fell asleep for a bit until we slowed down to look for bears and then I had my hands full keeping her squeaking to a minimum.
Who named this Mud Lake, anyway?!
I was thrilled. Chris was impressed. Ben was attentive for about three minutes. Emma was not happy. Fortunately she didn’t break into full protest but sucked furiously on her binky while emitting occasional squawks.
We wrapped up the tour with an osprey nest.
Definitely a fun trip; probably best without a five month old in attendance. We had a gracious guide and fellow passengers; we were definitely grateful for their patience and understanding. You win some, you lose some, right?
If You Go
Kids 4 and under are free
No reservations necessary
Tip: Stop by one of the gas stations in Blue River and pick up a coupon for $10 off per couple.
Canada Road Trip
Part II: Bears and Boats