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HIGHWAY 5A

(Map of Hwy. 5A in B. C.)
Author's note: Original map by
RAND McNALLY, butchered by Lee. A Wood

In the Province of B. C. Canada.

Sometime during the latter part of the last century, one of our illustrious Provincial Premiers came to the conclusion that it was too terrifying to drive from Kelowna, his home town, to Victoria, using highway 1 or highway 3.

Consequently, at a staggering cost to us poor tax payers, the Coquihalla highway was initiated.

As it was, more or less, a continuance of the highway from Tęte Jaune Cache to Kamloops it was numbered `5'.

Thus, Highway 5 from Merritt to Kamloops, along the East side of Nicola Lake, became 5A.

5A is 13 Km longer than 5, From Merritt to Kamloops.

However, 5A connects with Hwy. 1 in Kamloops, above the center of town, making both routes approximately the same length at that point.

The speed limit on 5A is 20 Km/Hr. slower than Hwy 5.

But 5A has fewer hills than 5.

5A has no weight scales.

5A is much more picturesque than 5.

All told, many truckers prefer to use 5A, especially when pulling a heavy load, as it requires less fuel and less wear and tear on the brakes.

There are only two, short, steep, hills along this route.

The first hill is leaving Kamloops to the South.

This is just a continuation of the hill through town, if you are coming from the East, or North.

NOTE: Many of these pictures were taken during the early morning so they have a yellowish cast caused by the rising sun.

NOTE: `12/1 many more pictures, taken in winter of `09/`10, were added.

HIGHWAY 5A - FROM KAMLOOPS TO MERRITT

STUMP LAKE
TRAPP LAKE
QUILCHENA
NICOLA
SHUMWAY LAKE
MERRITT

LEAVING KAMLOOPS

(Kamloops, B. C. Canada - Highway 5A, dwellings highlighted by rising sun.)
(Kamloops, B. C. Canada - Highway 5A, highway intersection.)
JUNCTION OF 5A AND THE TCH
Kamloops, B. C. Canada - (Highway 5A, intersection.)
INTERSECTION TO LONG LAKE
(Kamloops, B. C. Canada - Highway 5A, mobile home subdivision.)
(Kamloops, B. C. Canada - Highway 5A, nearly bare hillside, skiff of snow, dull gray sky.)
(Kamloops, B. C. Canada - Highway 5A, nearly bare hillside, skiff of snow, dull gray sky.)
TOP OF THE HILL LEAVING KAMLOOPS

There are several smaller lakes between Kamloops and Nicola Lake.

(Highway 5A,Shumway Lake, morning sun reflects off a small lake.)
SEPARATION LAKE
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, two horses haloed by the rising sun.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, farm and rolling hills of dry crop.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, green rolling hills and small Lake.)
(Highway 5A,Shumway Lake,  highway drops between hills.)
THE SECOND STEEP HILL
(Highway 5A,Shumway Lake,  highway drops between hills.)

SHUMWAY LAKE

(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, road levels off to a lake.)
SHUMWAY LAKE
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, road levels off to a green field.)
THE NORTHERN END OF THE NICOLA VALLEY
(Highway 5A,Shumway Lake, A small lake.)
OFTEN SEEN WITH MANY FLOATING MILK BOTTLES
THIS LAKE IS USED BY A ROWING CLUB
(Highway 5A,Shumway Lake, Narrow lake, small building.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, building beside road.)
HOME TO; the
KAMLOOPS CANOE & KAYAK CLUB,
the KAMLOOPS ROWING CLUB,
and the KAMLOOPS WATER SKI CLUB
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake beside road.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, an old beehive burner on a point of land.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, close up of burner.)
THE OLD BEEHIVE BURNER WOULD LEAD ONE
TO BELIEVE THAT THERE HAD BEEN
A SAWMILL AT THIS LOCATION, IN YEARS GONE BYE
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, old tractor and truck in a messy farm yard.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, big barn & sign.)
SHUMWAY LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, .)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, barn on far shore.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake,  barn on near shore.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, .)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, sparsely treed hillside, cattle on valley floor.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, house and barn beside road.)
(Highway 5A, Shumway Lake, cattle pens, green field.)
(Highway 5A, barren hills, small intersection.)
INTERSECTION TO ROCHE LAKE

TRAPP LAKE

(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, Trapp lake, trees on hillside.)
TRAPP LAKE
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, Small lake, barren hillside on far shore.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, Small lake, barns and cattle between lake and rd.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, Junky old farm yard.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, barn and corral.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, house below road, beside lake.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, house behind pile of gravel.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, old barn and corral.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, log home.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, long curving road at bas of bare hill.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, house and outbuildings on bare hillside.)
(Highway 5A, Trapp lake, Nicola Valley, bare hill, skim of snow, sign.)
MERRITT 63
PRINCETON 154
HOPE 175
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, wide dry valley .)
EVERY SO OFTEN, ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD,
IS A HUGE, OLD, TREE
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, green field one large green tree.)
THIS IS THE ONLY ONE LEFT STANDING
THE REST WERE CUT DOWN AND LEFT TO ROT
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, Large house middle of barren hillside, few trees, spots of snow.)
(Highway 5A, Stump Lake, low clouds, barren hills, sign by rd.)
STUMP LAKE RANCH
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, low clouds, barren hills, large barn.)
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, low clouds, barren hills, cluster of farm buildings, amongst barren trees.)
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, barren hills, cluster of farm buildings, amongst barren trees.)
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, barren hills, cluster of farm buildings, amongst barren trees.)

STUMP LAKE

(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, small lake and houses.)
STUMP LAKE
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, barren hills, houses along shore of lake.)
STUMP LAKE
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, Large house middle of barren hillside, few trees, spots of snow.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, houses.)
A POPULAR RESORT, AND BEDROOM, FOR KAMLOOPSIANS
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, Houses on shore, barren hillside, few trees, spots of snow, wooden arch over gravel rd.)
GOLDEN QUILL - NORTHERN SHORE
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, houses.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, small lake, houses.)
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, roof covered RV on point of land surrounded by frozen lake below hwy.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, road going up hill, white trailer in ditch.)
THOUGH THE HILLS ARE FEW THE CORNERS ARE MANY
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, close up of large trailer on its side in ditch.)
THOUGH THE SCENERY IS FANTASTIC
ONE MUST KEEP THEIR MIND ON THEIR DRIVING
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, close up of home and crack in ice.)
(Highway 5A, Stump lake, Nicola Valley, highway dips and winds along shore of frozen lake.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, road curves beside Lake.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, lake.)

NICOLA LAKE

(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, green field, houses.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, close up of pink house.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, houses beside lake.)
A CLEAR DAY
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, houses beside lake.)
AN EARLY MORNING CLOUDY DAY
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, hills reflected in lake.)
MERRITT 47
PRINCETON 138
HOPE 159
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, hills reflected in lake.)
NICOLA LAKE
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, Road curves along lake, rainbow in the distant hills.)
A RAINBOW GRACES THE DISTANT HILLS
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, clear blue sky, sky &  hills reflected in lake.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, houses on point of land into lake, cloudy day, lake reflects clouds.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, houses on far shore, blue sky & water.)
MONCK PARK RD.
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, lake and hills, sunny day, homes on point into blue water.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, lake and hills, cloudy day homes on point into frozen lake.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, RVs in RV park, sign, cloudy day.)
N'KWALA BEACH
R.V. PARK
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, RVs in RV park.)

QUILCHENA

(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, approaching a service station.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Service station.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, houses behind service station.)
HOUSES ON SADDLEMAN RD.
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, dirty gray sky, frozen lake, house along road side.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, close up, house beside rd.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, close up, house beside rd.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, barren trees, frozen lake, sign.)
DOUGLAS LK RD
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Nicola Lake, house beside rd.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, barren trees, frozen lake, sign.)
MERRITT 29
PRINCETON 121
HOPE 141
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Nicola Lake, Barren trees, houses, frozen lake beside rd.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, dirty gray sky, houses beside rd.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, dirty gray sky, houses beside rd. frozen lake.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, dirty gray sky, houses beside rd. frozen lake.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, dirty gray sky, stubble field, stacked hay under a roof.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, close up, house beside rd.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, close up, house in trees beside rd.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, barren trees, house in trees.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, green; hills, and fields, scattered hay bales.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, sign beside rd.)
TOURIST ATTRACTION
HISTORIC QUILCHENA
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, green field and pile of hay bales.)
QUILCHENA CREEK ROAD
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Quilchena buildings, green trees.)
QUILCHENA
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Quilchena buildings, parking lot between buildings, dark sky.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Quilchena buildings, green trees.)
QUILCHENA STORE
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Quilchena buildings, green trees.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Nicola Ranch, Quilchena buildings, old hotel.)
QUILCHENA HOTEL
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Quilchena buildings, putting green beneath barren trees.)
QUILCHENA ON THE LAKE GOLF & RV PARK - 9 HOLES
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Quilchena, green trees, golf course.)
(Highway 5A, Quilchena, Nicola Valley, Quilchena, green trees, golf course.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, green field, dirt road, sign.)
KAMLOOPS SAILING ASSOCIATION
(Highway 5A, Nicola Lake, Nicola Valley, dry hill, lake, sailboats.)

(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, Nicola Lake, green fields.)
NICOLA LAKE
(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, Nicola Lake, hills.)

NICOLA

(Highway 5A, Nicola, Nicola Valley, Nicola Lake Ranch church.)
MURRAY UNITED CHURCH - 1876
(Highway 5A, Nicola, Nicola Valley, Nicola Lake Ranch church.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola, Nicola Valley, Nicola Ranch, store.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola, Nicola Valley, Nicola Ranch, close up of store.)
(Highway 5A, Nicola, Nicola Valley, Nicola Ranch, ranch house.)
NICOLA RANCH
(Highway 5A, Nicola, Nicola Valley, Nicola Ranch, ranch house.)

MERRITT

(Highway 5A, Nicola Valley, swathed field being baled.)
APPROACHING MERRITT
(Highway 5A, Highway overpass, stores.)
JUNCTION WITH HWY. 5 AT MERRITT

END

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