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2011 Kentucky Alleyne

April 1, 2012

Camping Kentucky Alleyne

As the summer of 2011 progressed my oldest son (3.5 at the time) started to dislike long drives, and with our destination camp site only having an available spot left for Saturday I went to the map for some camping ideas for Friday night.  The Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park seemed perfect.  With it not accepting reservation we would head up and hope to get a spot.

The first camp site was full, a little nervous we moved onto the second and there will still quite a few spots available.  It was a simple site, had water and outhouses.  You could tell we had moved climates, in contrast to the damp and dense forests of the lowermainland, here it was dry and warm with few trees.

Ash Beach at Kentucky Alleyne Lake

Our camp site was open, only one tree close by, and on a dead end road with only 5 camp spots seemed like a great place to let the boys ride their bikes.  The small hill on the road did quickly start to scare me as the boys ysed it to get there bikes going in my mind far to fast, I am still amazed they didn’t crash.

The lakes were nice, but the beaches were not.  The lakes were formed by a volcano, and the beaches were ash, which close to the waters edge was soft and hard to walk on, if you could keep from sinking  The beach had many small frogs which the boys found interesting, but were very hard to see on the ash beach.  The lakes were fishing lakes with a trail looping around them, making for a nice, bu short walk.

I really liked this spot and plan to visit again, although would not recommend it for swimming or any beach activities.  Merritt has other great locations to explore and with this site being fairly close to town it would make a great base to explore not only this park, but some of the more expensive and often booked up parks as well.

Boys getting Water

4 Comments leave one →
  1. selah permalink
    April 1, 2012 8:34 am

    we visited that spot also.. the lakes are beautiful, but like you we thought that the beach could be dangerous for sinking.. one lady told us that a child had sunk in up to her thighs. Have you ever been to Monck? it is on the Nicola Valley road, is a beautiful Provincial park with an awesome beach.

    • April 1, 2012 8:39 am

      I haven’t been to Monck, I was going to go there first, but it was full. We plan to this year. This area is great, as it is close to home and outside of the damp climate we live in. Thank you for the suggestion!

  2. Yolanda Presant permalink
    April 2, 2012 11:35 am

    Good to know! Luv the pic of the boys getting water!

    • April 2, 2012 12:24 pm

      I love that picture too, it was so much fun to watch them work together to get it back to our campsite.

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