Author's note: Original map by RAND McNALLY, butchered by Lee. A Wood
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.
JUNCTION OF 5A AND THE TCH
INTERSECTION TO LONG LAKE
TOP OF THE HILL LEAVING KAMLOOPS
There are several smaller lakes between Kamloops and Nicola Lake.
THE SECOND STEEP HILL
THE NORTHERN END OF THE NICOLA VALLEY
OFTEN SEEN WITH MANY FLOATING MILK BOTTLES
THIS LAKE IS USED BY A ROWING CLUB
HOME TO; the
KAMLOOPS CANOE & KAYAK CLUB,
the KAMLOOPS ROWING CLUB,
and the KAMLOOPS WATER SKI CLUB
THE OLD BEEHIVE BURNER WOULD LEAD ONE
TO BELIEVE THAT THERE HAD BEEN
A SAWMILL AT THIS LOCATION, IN YEARS GONE BYE
SHUMWAY LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
INTERSECTION TO ROCHE LAKE
EVERY SO OFTEN, ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD,
IS A HUGE, OLD, TREE
THIS IS THE ONLY ONE LEFT STANDING
THE REST WERE CUT DOWN AND LEFT TO ROT
STUMP LAKE RANCH
A POPULAR RESORT, AND BEDROOM, FOR KAMLOOPSIANS
GOLDEN QUILL - NORTHERN SHORE
THOUGH THE HILLS ARE FEW THE CORNERS ARE MANY
THOUGH THE SCENERY IS FANTASTIC
ONE MUST KEEP THEIR MIND ON THEIR DRIVING
A CLEAR DAY
AN EARLY MORNING CLOUDY DAY
A RAINBOW GRACES THE DISTANT HILLS
MONCK PARK RD.
HOUSES ON SADDLEMAN RD.
DOUGLAS LK RD
QUILCHENA CREEK ROAD
QUILCHENA ON THE LAKE GOLF & RV PARK - 9 HOLES
KAMLOOPS SAILING ASSOCIATION
MURRAY UNITED CHURCH - 1876
JUNCTION WITH HWY. 5 AT MERRITT
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