Driving along the Trans Canada Highway through the deep glacial valleys of the Monoshees is always a beautiful experience. The winding roads pass by marshes, incredible rock formations, and no small amount of eccentric tourist traps. The Three Valley Gap Hotel is the most spectacular as you wind along a broad lake and the conical turrets of the hotel give it a sense of grandeur from across the water. The luster fades as you approach and you find yourself looking at a kind of Overlook Hotel on a budget.
The hotel itself maintains a late 70s vibe and has decor to match. The views are spectacular lakeside, but otherwise it has all the charm and distinction of Travelodge.
What does set the hotel apart is their musuem in the back property. It's one of BCs few private musuems and is essentially a ghost town style layout. Multiple houses from the early 20th century along with vehicles and a host of trains make for a interesting spot to stretch your legs. It's great for kids, and it paints an illuminating picture of life in the Columbia mountains way back when.