Off the beaten path in Chase

I recently tagged along on Chris’s work trip to Chase, BC. The drive from Kelowna takes about two hours. The scenery along the way, as you can expect in most of BC, is beautiful. After lots of wonderful visiting with family and friends during the month of July, I enjoyed doing this drive by myself.

We stayed at Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort for two nights. It is the deserved pride of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band. Located along the shore of Little Shuswap Lake on traditional Skwlax territory, the lodge is a serene retreat from the city.

Although we did not use either amenity, the golf course is reputed to be world class and the spa offers a full range of services. There is a self-guided trail on the grounds with information about Skwalax history and culture posted along the way, and the lodge also features a cultural program that includes guided walks and canoe excursions.  I spent my time walking and lounging on the beach, swimming, and floating on the lake. While Chris was working, I was content to hang out by myself in such a pretty setting.  The staff was, without exception, friendly and helpful.

The first evening, we ventured into nearby Sorrento for dinner. I haven’t eaten a lot of Greek food in my life, but the spanokapita at Stratis Mediterranean Grill was the best I have ever had. Our server was very sweet, and we had a charming, authentic experience.

Chase is a small railway and logging town that Chris and I walked around on our second evening. We had a meal at J.J.’s Asian Cuisine, which is a food truck on the front lawn of the owners’ home. The owner-chef himself is the main reason to go. He fully lived up to his reputation on Trip Advisor as genuine, enthusiastic, and entertaining! We had yummy Thai stir fry and pork dumplings under the shade of a walnut tree and watched trains go by every five minutes.

Mini trips like this are what I am enjoying most about living in BC. There are so many places to go and experiences to be had. If you appreciate places that are a little off the beaten path, I highly recommend visiting the area around Little Shuswap Lake!

Author: Prairie Drifter

Chris & Teri are a Canadian couple who are embarking on a move from Morden, Manitoba to Victoria, B.C. Although Chris & Teri had a really good life in Manitoba, they were craving adventure, challenge, a milder climate, and a more active and urban lifestyle. So even though it meant giving up steady jobs and moving far away from dear friends and family, they are making the leap across the country to establish a new life together on Vancouver Island.

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