My favourite family vacation almost came to a tragic end at the Enchanted Forest, near Revelstoke, British Columbia. My mom, dad, brother (with a box of comics between us in the backseat) and I had just finished walking through the Enchanted Forest and piled into our two door blue Dodge Aspen, pulling our Boler trailer, when I became hysterical at the sight of a spider inside the car (I was five or six at the time) which caused my dad to almost veer across the road, and plunge down a cliff, which surely would have lead to our demise. This is how I remember the scene, and it’s a story I’ve repeated for many years. We also visited Bedrock City, a Flintstones theme park, and Old MacDonald’s Farm in Kelowna, and camped near Okanagan Lake where I hoped to spot the legendary lake monster, Ogopogo.
Alas, the two theme parks no longer exist, but the Enchanted Forest still beckons weary travellers on the Trans Canada Highway to stop and walk through an old growth forest full of delightful fairy tale characters. This summer, I wanted to see if it was as magical as I remembered.
Here’s how the Enchanted Forest started..
And some of the scenes you’ll see…
Oh, and as we pulled out of the parking lot, I made sure to note just how far down that cliff was…..there was no cliff.