When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time on the highway between varying towns in southern BC and Revelstoke. We moved around a lot in my early years, but the constants in my life were always visiting my father and my grandparents in Revelstoke. Every summer and alternating Easters and Christmases, that’s where I went. And often while I was visiting, I’d end up going to Vernon or Salmon Arm to go shopping with an aunt or my dad or my grandma, so we drove that highway even more. When the weather was good, trips through Sicamous were always punctuated with a stop at the ‘D’ Dutchmen Dairy for ice cream and a quick visit with the cows. We’d sit in the sun at a picnic table, trying to simultaneously savour the creamy cold goodness and catch the dribbles from our cones before they reached our fingers. Good times, I tell you. Good times.
Living in Calgary, we don’t make that drive very often. But when we do, we make sure we have time for an ice cream pit stop. Our latest visit was over the Easter weekend, driving from Vancouver to Revelstoke to visit my family for the holiday. A good time was had by all, even if Jamie did commandeer my ice cream! If you’re driving the Trans-Canada through Sicamous, I highly recommend this stop. It’s just off the highway, and worth the half hour or so you’ll spend indulging in ice cream made on-site from milk they get from their own animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get a kiss from a cow .