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Canada : British Columbia

24.2 km (15.0 miles) SE of Douglas Lake, BC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 1386 m (4547 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 50°S 60°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: A patch of recently-cleared forest, en route to the confluence point

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  50°N 120°W (visit #4)  

#1: The confluence point lies in slightly boggy forest land

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

09-Aug-2012 -- While driving from Kelowna to Vancouver to catch my evening flight back to the U.S., I decided to make a short (or so I first thought) detour to visit this easy-looking confluence point. It turned out, however, to be a rather long detour, because my GPS receiver routed me not along Highway 97C, but instead along Highway 97 towards the town of Peachland. It then directed me onto Princeton Road (paved) and then Headwaters Road (unpaved). These roads climbed steadily towards the northwest. Eventually (after about 30 km) a gravel road passed underneath Highway 97C as I continued towards the confluence point. This puzzled me: Was there not an exit off Highway 97C that I could have taken instead? It turns out (from reading Dave Patton and Mal Finch's writeup afterwards) that there is an exit that I could have taken, but my GPS receiver's routing software was apparently unaware of it.

Nonetheless, I continued on a series of (generally well-maintained) gravel forestry roads towards the confluence point, eventually ending up just 330 metres north of the point. From there it was an easy hike across first a recently harvested (within a decade or so) patch of forest, and then through a marshy area. The confluence point lies within an unharvested area of forest, on slightly boggy land.

Heading back from the confluence point, I tried to find an entrance onto Highway 97C that would save me from having to drive all the way back down to Peachland (Okanagan Lake). Unfortunately I couldn't find one, so had to do a lot of backtracking before I could continue my drive back to Vancouver. At this point, I was more than an hour late, so had to rush to avoid missing my flight. (Fortunately, my flight turned out to be delayed an hour, so I was able to make it after all.)


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#1: The confluence point lies in slightly boggy forest land
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: A patch of recently-cleared forest, en route to the confluence point
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