Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Canadian Vacation Part 2: Cabin Life

Canadian Vacation Part 1

I'm very fortunate in that I married in to a family that has access to a quaint little cabin on Shuswap Lake in British Columbia, Canada. Before I started dating Derek, I had never heard of Shuswap Lake, nor had I any desire to visit British Columbia. Well, let me just say that I was soooo silly for ever thinking that it wouldn't be worth  my time (not that I actually thought that, really it was just that the thought never crossed my mind at all).

Back to the point. These cabins have been in my husband's family for years. They were built by his great-grandparents, his great-grandfather actually passed away while visiting them, and thus this is where he is also buried. His wife, Derek's great-grandmother, continued to spend her summers at the cabin every year until her health declined. My father-in-law grew up visiting Shuswap Lake nearly every summer, and this place is very near and dear to his heart.

We mainly spent our time relaxing, reading, and boating. I woke up every morning, and drank my coffee overlooking this beautiful lake, and then proceeded to spend the rest of the day with my nose in a book and my toes in the water. It was really one of the most relaxing vacations I've ever been on.

The cabins viewed from the lake shore.

The interior of the cabin where we stayed. The second cabin is in the process of being remodeled, so we all stayed in one.

As you can see, it was pretty small!

There weren't many piers or docks on the lake, because of this & frequent storms, boats are usually anchored away from the shore and you got to them via canoe.

At the neighbor's annual Saskatoon Pie gathering.

I still can't get over how (almost) perfect the weather was. In Alabama in July, I can hardly stand to be outside for more than 10 minutes at a time due to the miserableness of it being 90+ degrees plus 90% humidity. Nearly all week long it was sunny and mild, and we only had two days of gray skies and one serious thunderstorm. It almost convinced me that I needed to relocate - but thinking about the winter months kept me grounded.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip. And for those of you wondering about the cabin, yes those are the "bedrooms" at the back of the first picture. No, there weren't any doors, curtains, or other forms of privacy. Yes, it was quite awkward to spend five nights like that with your in-laws. Also, the bathroom was outside.

What's one unexpected place you've traveled that you ended up loving?


Lauren said...

Looks gorgeous! But ... could you swim? I mean? Is the water warm? Is that a stupid question? :)

Kayla MKOY said...

Wow it sounds like the weather was nearly perfect!!! That's so sweet!!! That cabin is perfect!! Looks like an awesome trip :)

Kasey At The Bat said...

oh man this looks beautiful! I love that you're all life vested up for the canoe ride. safety first!

Anonymous said...

That mountain view! All the heart eyes.

Megan said...

Beautiful! We actually considered BC for our honeymoon but ended up in a completely different direction haha. It is definitely still on our must-visit list, though! :)

Steph G said...

That place looks incredible. I love tiny lake cabins. And that question? I think the place that I was most surprised by was New Hampshire and the White Mountains. I knew they would be beautiful, but I was blown away.

chelsea @ the new wifestyle said...

oh my goodness WOW! those photos are breathtaking and i absolutely love the history that comes with the cabin! i really love things like that and wish i had one in my family!

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