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150 B.C. places: Hope, Highways 1 & 3 east

peaches and other fruit at Okanagan fruit stand
Peaches, plums and nectarines are among the fruit available at fruit stands throughout the Okanagan, and there's an abundance of it on fruit stand row at Keremeos.

Numbers 78 to 86 on our list of 150 great things to do in B.C.

What's this list about? We're celebrating B.C. with 150 places to visit

78. Fruit stand row, Keremeos

One of the great things about taking Route 3 to or from the south Okanagan is that you pass through Keremeos and fruit stand heaven. If you're on your way home, leave some space in your vehicle for a box or two of fruit and veggies, especially if you enjoy canning.

79. Bromley Rock Provincial Park, near Princeton

You've been on the road awhile, maybe even got stuck behind a semi through the hairpin curves between Manning Park and Princeton. It's hot and the kids are driving you nuts. Everyone out for a swim – and maybe a cliff jump – at Bromley Rock.

80-81. Lightning Lake Loop and Dry Ridge Trail, Manning Park

The pine beetle has claimed a lot of trees at Manning Park, but several easy hikes in the park can get you to forested areas and nice views. Dry Ridge trail is an easy 3.5 km loop but includes enough elevation gain for a vistas payoff. Lightning Lake loop is a popular trail along the shore of four lakes in the Lightning chain, and can be made shorter by crossing a bridge mid-way. You might be lucky enough to spot a beaver if hiking near dawn or dusk.
Pyramid Lake at Cathedral Provincial Park.

82. Cathedral Provincial Park, near Keremeos

Hike and camp in the back country for the full wilderness experience, or splurge with a stay at Cathedral Lakes Lodge. If you're up to a long, full-day hike, don't miss the Rim Trail that rewards you with a bird's-eye view of azure Lady Slipper Lake.

83. Free camping at Jones Lake, east of Chilliwack

It's a beautiful spot and close enough to Vancouver that if you want a campsite in one of our free BC Hydro campgrounds on Jones Lake on a long weekend, even Thursday afternoon may be too late. What's all the fuss about? Check out the photos on TripAdvisor.

84-85. Fraser Canyon, Trans Canada Highway

Highway No. 1 between Hope and Cache Creek is a bit of a forgotten gem, thanks to the quicker route to Kamloops and east via the Coquihalla Highway. But the canyon is beautiful and has its charms, from Skihist Provincial Park to the whitewater rafting on the Fraser and Thompson rivers.

86. Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park

One visitor to the old Alexandra Bridge over the Fraser River as a "bridge from nowhere to nowhere", and that just adds to the allure. Originally built as part of the Cariboo Wagon Road in 1861, then rebuilt in 1926, it's now a pedestrian-only bridge located about a half-kilometre walk from the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park's parking lot.