31-Jul-2002 -- The following Calvert cousins converged on this confluence: Alan Calvert Fox, Carolyn Fox, Ann Hughes, Rae Jackson, Larry, Viginia and Will Calvert, Russ and Glennis Calvert, Bill Calvert, Margaret Calvert, Glen, Patricia and Jonathon Fox, Larry Hobson, Ed Hugill, Jack Hugill, Gloria and Arnold Musich, Lynn, Brandon and Jason Prafke. Captain Ted Pederson and the 3 crew members of the "Phoebe Ann" helped make it possible.
Forty four Calvert cousins from across Canada and one from England spent three days together in the Shuswap Lake area of British Columbia. One of the planned events was a six hour boat tour with lunch on the beautiful Shuswap Lake exploring some of the more than 1000 km of shoreline. Twenty two of the cousins, ages two to eighty five, arrived in Sicamous the morning of July 31 to board the Phoebe Ann. The 61 foot Phoebe Ann has an outside upper deck, an enclosed upper deck solarium and a lower galley with complete bar. It was a cool day with a little rain and some patches of sunshine, but there was warm camaraderie aboard the Phoebe Ann.
Shuswap Lake is a deep, glacial carved lake consisting of four "arms". Salmon Arm, Anstey Arm, Seymour Arm and Shuswap Lake Main Arm each branch out from Cinnemousun Narrows. The confluence is near the Narrows and is 18 km straight line distance Northeast of Sicamous. Upon boarding, we weren't sure what route we'd be taking on the Phoebe Ann, but hopeful that we may be near the confluence, Alan took along his GPS. Once we were out on the lake, Alan approached Captain Ted Pederson in his cabin. Captain Ted was extremely accommodating and was willing to go for it. Getting to the confluence required only a small deviation from his planned route.
As we approached the Narrows, Alan went to the cabin to direct Captain Ted who used the two "steering wheels", the throttle and his expertise to move "a little south", "a little west" and so on, until the spot was reached and the GPS photographed. Carolyn took the required photos from the deck as rain began to fall. The First Mate took group pictures of the cousins. The group photo included is two photos spliced together to make one group shot.
The six hour tour was informative and delightful with beautiful scenery to be admired at every turn. From time to time Captain Ted got on the intercom to tell us about the area or some interesting aspect of life or history along the lake. Cottages line much of the west side of the shore. Some can be reached by car and some are accessible only by boat. There were pleasure boats, many houseboats and assorted water craft out on the lake. Some of the houseboats were moored to shore while the vacationers enjoyed the beaches. People on shore and in other boats waved to us as we passed by. We waved back. Along the lake we could see logging roads and a few areas that had been clear cut and replanted. A bald eagle sat high in a tree along the shore. With varied habitat including rivers, lakes and wetlands, the area attracts as many as 250 species of birds. We went right up to the base of a lovely "nameless" water fall just past the Narrows. On the way back to Sicamous on the east shore we saw ancient Indian rock paintings (petroglyphs) on cliffs along the shore.
Near the Narrows are two "Sea Stores". These floating stores and restaurants are on platforms anchored out in the lake. Boaters can visit the stores for supplies or meals. We were given the option to visit a store but everyone chose to continue viewing the sights.
At the Narrows Village, just east of the confluence, we disembarked on the shore to see an interesting development, reached only by boat, where a fantastic tree house can be rented for $500 per night (including meals) or a tee pee for $250 per night. We hiked through the forest over the artistically designed wooden bridges to a beautiful waterfall. Information on the Narrows Village, Phoebe Ann tours, other rentals such as kayaks and ATVs, and a photo gallery can be found at this site. Back onboard we had lunch as we headed south for Sicamous. Our meal consisted of a choice of barbecued salmon, beef burgers or buffalo burgers with salads and a drink followed by ice cream cones.
Despite the cool weather and a bit of rain an enjoyable time was had by all. A big THANK YOU to Captain Ted Pederson for his cooperation and to his crew for their hospitality.