Photo: BC Transportation
A still from a 1966 video that takes you on a journey through the North OkanaganBC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure just released a video shot in 1966, as part of their BC Road Trip Time Machine series. Digitized archival video takes people through British Columbia in the 1960s through time-lapse photography, and this latest version takes us through the North Okanagan.
According to the department, the videos were originally shot “as a tool to capture information about road conditions across the province and give our engineers the ability to survey a particular stretch of road without having to move on the ground”.
They attached a camera to the dashboard of a car, shot a still image “every 80 feet or so,” then stitched the frames together into a single film.
Buckle up for the latter as it takes you on highways 97, 97A and 97B.
You’ll first pass through the town of Vernon, then pass Swan Lake, the historic O’Keefe Ranch, and Armstrong’s very edge.
You will then pass through the Okanagan Indian Band Reserve at the north end of Okanagan Lake, past the Falkland Stampede grounds and through the tiny community of Westwold.
Next you’ll get a glimpse of the now defunct sawmill at the head of Monte Lake (complete with an old school hive burner), then descend the hill and through the town of Monte Creek, towards Kamloops and very close to the spot where Bill Miner and his band of outlaws robbed a train in 1906. Instead of heading towards Kamloops, you’ll take the right fork and drive through Chase, then along Little Shuswap and Shuswap Lakes, through Sorrento , and , finally, Salmon Arm.
But you won’t stop there! No, you still have Grindrod and Enderby to visit.
You could have driven from Vernon the other way and arrived in Enderby in minutes, but the scenic drive is worth it.
Many of the farming communities on the road pass by in a flash because they’re so small, and while much of the landscape has changed since the year the video was shot, there’s surprisingly a lot that’s remained almost exactly the same.
Oh, and watch for the easter egg which is a semi-trailer lying on its side with a sandwich board next to it.