So I left off with our last day in Salmon Arm, when we toured around Margaret Falls. The next morning we started our road trip to Banff, Alberta. It’s about a five hour drive (although it feels way less than that because the scenery is so incredibly amazing you always have something to look at), and to save Evan and I the expense of renting a car, Eric and Kenya were driving us there and then spending the night in Banff with us, and then Evan and I would continue to Calgary. Usually the roles are reversed and I am the one chauffeuring Eric around when he is visiting, so it was a nice change.
Anyway, I have made this particular drive (from Salmon Arm to Calgary) a few times now, and about an hour from Salmon Arm, just outside of Revelstoke, BC, there is a place called The Enchanted Forest. It’s right on the Trans Canada Highway and every time I’ve passed it I’ve always been really intrigued…so this time we stopped. And we were not disappointed. The Enchanted Forest is awesome. When I was reading reviews everyone seemed to go on about how great the attraction is if you have kids, but I think it’s fun for everyone. We had no kids with us and we all LOVED it.
Here is the story of the forest:
It is literally an enchanted forest. A forest full of huge and beautiful trees and filled with nursery rhyme and fairytale characters. Probably the most impressive thing was that all the characters were hand made. Like Humpty Dumpty.
The three little kittens!
Little Miss Muffet!
And so, so many more.
At the very beginning of the forest there was a castle that you can explore, complete with a dungeon.
And what is hands down the greatest thing about the Enchanted Forest is that you can go into the castle and all of the little houses. Like the straw house in the Three Little Pigs…
And the wooden house, built by the second pig.
And more elaborate houses, like the third little pig’s brick house…
…which several people could actually fit inside.
Exploring all the houses was the best. No wonder kids love this place so much. If I was a kid this would be my favourite thing ever.
I loved the house of the old woman who lived in a shoe!
It was pretty spacious inside… There were even stairs.
And a slide from the top to get out…
Which I totally went down. Notice the nice lady in the window. The creepy figurines really made this experience for me.
I also really enjoyed the home of the Three Bears.
And Old Mother Hubbard.
It was REALLY cool that you could just explore everywhere, even inside trees.
There were also elaborate wooden tree houses, which were way nicer than any tree house I’ve ever seen.
Evan was going on for a while about how impressed he was with how this treehouse was built.
Excellent craftsmanship in there.
The forest is also home to BC’s tallest treehouse!
Pretty groovy. I love a good treehouse!
And when I thought the forest couldn’t possibly get any more awesome, we stumbled across the most beautiful nature walk.
Really, the most beautiful.
Some parts of the trail were a bit flooded and we did have some tricky times getting though there, so much so that I thought there should maybe have been a warning about trail conditions. But otherwise that trail was awesome.
I’ve always wanted to take a perfectly reflected photo like the one above. You can turn it upside down and it looks exactly the same. So beauty.
It was so much fun, and a relatively quick stop for us. If you are ever making this road trip along this stretch of the Trans Canada Highway, go to the Enchanted Forest! It is a time.
Some other forest pictures…
If you are just catching up and you missed my other BC posts you can find them here:
- Hanging around Salmon Arm
- Kalamalka Lake adventures
- Canoe Beach, Larch Hills Winery and my Uncle’s House
- Canada Day
- Margaret Falls and Herald Provincial Park