Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Canoe Trip To ‘Our’ Island

Across the Lake from Fauquier BC lies an island that used to be connected with the west side of the land south of the Needles ferry terminal. In the late 1960s BC Hydro built a dam near the American border to regulate the lake level and of course to generate power. As a result of this action many small communities were flooded and people were forced off their land. This is how this tiny island was created. I call this abandoned former farmstead our island, because very few people go there and we like to spend some time there all alone, explore its ancient apple orchards, relax and go swimming in the crystal-clear and refreshing waters in the heat of the summer. Recently I recorded such a canoe trip to this amazing little island on my movie camera. Enjoy.

36 comments

  1. Amy · August 12

    Looks divine, Peter! What was the big ship and all the logs?

    Near us there is a large reservoir that was created in the 1930s by damming a river and flooding four towns. It was opposed locally, but since most of the political clout in Massachusetts centers on Boston, which was where this reservoir was going to supply water, the locals in western Massachusetts lost out. It’s a beautiful reservoir, but I do wonder about all the people were displaced. There’s more about it here: https://newengland.com/today/living/new-england-history/lost-towns-quabbin-reservoir/

    Was this done intentionally out there? Were the landowners compensated?

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    • Peter Klopp · August 12

      Your sad story about people losing their property is very similar to those living in the Arrow Lakes district. For a piece of land that has been in family possession for several generations there is no real compensation and the compensation they received was a mere pittance.
      Logging is still main business in our area. The logs you saw are being pulled by tug boat down to a nearby town to be processed into lumber and paper. The big ship is the ferry which is part of the BC highway system and therefore it is free.

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      • Amy · August 12

        Thanks, Peter, for answering my questions. When I read your post, I immediately thought about our Quabbin Reservoir.

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  2. Shepherd Cathy · August 12

    Gorgeous. We have family and friends in Oregon, and a friend in Washington, and another in Alaska. Nice

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  3. Pit · August 12

    Cool trip on a cool lake. I wish I could do that now. 😉

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    • Peter Klopp · August 12

      A week ago we too suffered under a sweltering heat wave. Now it is mostly very pleasant summer weather.

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  4. Robert Parker · August 12

    Thanks for the vicarious cruise on the lake, the island looks great. And I agree with Pit, a cool lake sounds very good during these muggy weeks.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 12

      The lake is part of the Columbia river system which has its source in the Rockz Montains. Thus, it gets rarely really warm.

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  5. crowcanyonjournal · August 12

    It must be nice to have your own island, Peter!

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    • Peter Klopp · August 12

      Perhsps not on weekends but on all the other days we are the owners without legal entitlement of course.

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  6. Stella, oh, Stella · August 12

    What an absolutely fantastic place, Peter! That’s the advantage as a retiree, one can go to places during the week.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 12

      A form of new freedom has come our way.

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      • Stella, oh, Stella · August 12

        Definitely! I am so glad that I don’t have to go to work anymore, and my job was not even boring. Of course there is less money, but I find life so much more relaxed now.

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  7. Des · August 12

    Being on the water is such a relaxing activity! I’ve been doing a little of that myself lately too, Peter. Glad to see you two are enjoying your summer.

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  8. This is such splendid Video of your Canoe trip , you were holding your camera or whatever equipment you used , very steady, even of the ripples of the water. I was wondering about those wood logs as well, but you already answered that. The tip of the trip was that you or Biene went swimming , I wonder if the water was cold. Thank you so much for sharing it made my day.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 13

      The water is somewhat chilly. The Arrow Lakes are part of the Columbia River system. But in the summer heat it is great to cool off. Thank you, Cornelia, for being such a faithful follower and creative blogger yourself!

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  9. Ann Coleman · August 13

    Just beautiful!!! You and Biene are lucky to be able to enjoy canoeing on that lake!

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  10. Su Leslie · August 13

    Thank you for sharing your lovely trip on the lake. I can almost feel the cooling waters.

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  11. Steve Schwartzman · August 13

    Do you know what the pink wildflowers were (at about 2:22 in the video)?

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    • Peter Klopp · August 14

      Sorry, Steve, when it comes to wildflowers, I am a complete ignoramus.

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  12. arv! · August 15

    Quite a paradise.

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  13. shoreacres · August 15

    There are a few rivers in Texas that provide the same sort of cooling in summer, although the scenery isn’t nearly so beautiful. The Rio Frio — Spanish for ‘cold river’ — may be the most popular, although that means it’s much more crowded than your wonderful spot. Being able to have your ‘own’ island surely is delightful.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 15

      Today we went to ‘our’ island across the lake. The only boat with one man in it was the only other vessel on this Saturday morning.

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  14. Sartenada · August 17

    Hello Peter.

    I love your video. It made your post very interesting. Thank you.

    Have a great day!

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  15. krikitarts · August 20

    I really loved your presentation of your canoe excursion! We brought one of our canoes with us in the container with the rest of the stuff that came with us after we bought the house here, and it lives with our daughter Squiddy. Back at the cabin we have two others–one 18 feet long and the other my little 12-foot fishing canoe; two kayaks; and an ancient aluminum rowboat. Thanks for the canoe ride–I really needed that!

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    • Peter Klopp · August 20

      We are cheating a little and often use an electric motor to propel us on our beautiful lake. There will be a few more videos in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for your kind words, Gary!

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      • krikitarts · August 20

        That’s not cheating in the least, it’s using the wisdom you were born with and the resources you have earned. I wouldn’t be without my little electric motor, but I do wish the battery weren’t so heavy.

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  16. Ankur Mithal · August 24

    Adventurous – that is you. Envious – that is me.

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